‘In high school, Lina was my cute curly-haired blue-eyed cheerleader,’ Karl remembers. He played on the school football and baseball team and always had a crush on her. ‘I never got her sexy ass then! We met again at a high school reunion, our eyes locked and I feel in love right there at that moment. We haven’t left each other’s side ever since…’ Little did he know, Lina always had a crush on him too. ‘I thought Karl was the cutest little thing with his natural bleach blond hair and his long tail hanging out of his helmet.’ Neither of them could imagine that fate would catch up to them 20 years later and light up their lives with such a love.
‘I was sitting at one end of the bar and Karl at the other end. And that’s when it happened, our eyes met and we stared at each other for a good minute, just smiling. I walked over to him and at that moment we knew we were going to spend the rest of our lives together. We haven’t left each others side since that day.’
Thank heavens. Lina & Karl are two halves of the same whole. So warm and kind, open-hearted and sincere, sexy and sassy, perfect together.
Here’s their amazing Jellyfish Punta Cana wedding…
Lina & Karl – hope you feel our LOVE through these images! You two are amazing and we can’t wait to have you back for a timeless anniversary sunrise & quality time! xoxoxoxo K+R.
Top three things Karl loves about Lina: ‘she is the best mom to our kids, she is understanding with them and has all the patience in the world with them and me lol… She never gave up on me, was always there for me, always wanted the best for me, and always made me feel special. Lina helped me through a very difficult time in my life. She is my guardian angel. I love her smile, she makes me laugh. She is so caring and always thinks of the family first. To top is off, she deals with my craziness!’
Top three things Lina loves about Karl: ‘he’s amazing with the kids. Karl took on the role of a step father to the next level. He treats them like his own, cares about them and loves them so much it’s amazing, always tells everyone they are his kids. Also, he makes me laugh and is the best kisser!’
Lina on the Proposal:
‘It was very romantic and unexpected. We went away for a weekend at a beautiful lodge. The next morning we treated ourselves to a couples massage, then relaxed with wine and cheese. Then we went out to dinner at an outside restaurant with a beautiful view of the mountains and fire pits below us. After dinner we sat by the fire pit and roasted some marshmallows, catching a beautiful fireworks show! When it was over Karl said he had to go to the bathroom and that he would be right back. I was just staring at the beautiful stars in the sky, and when I turned around he was right next to me on one knee, asking me to marry him!! He was so nervous that I started to laugh because I thought it was a joke, but then he finally opened up the box and I saw this beautiful sparkling ring. Of course I said yes!’
Karl: ‘Favourite gift Lina has given me? LIFE and my children.’
Lina: ‘I really love and appreciate it when Karl surprises me with breakfast in bed.’
Karl: ‘I love and appreciate it that she calls me every morning before she walks into work … Lina is always is thinking and worrying about me.’
Ideal day together according to Lina: ‘it would be just us two hanging out in bed all day sipping wine, watching tv and ordering take out.’
Ideal day together according to Karl: ‘just being with her is good enough for me no matter what it is … going to a tattoo convention in another city … lol that’s right we did that!!!’
Karl’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘pistachios, pizza, watching Walking Dead, getting new ideas for tattoos and getting new tattoos!’
Lina’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘wine, reality TV, and trash mags.’
Most romantic memory together according to Karl: ‘The first time we made love.’
Most romantic memory together according to Lina: ‘The first time we made love.’
‘If Lina had magical powers, she’d be able to fly.’
‘If Karl had magical powers, he’d be able make things disappear.’
BRIDE POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS:
What did you love most about your Wedding?!
‘The moment I walked down the aisle and saw Karl for the first time, it all hit me … I was marrying the love of my life, and when he started to cry… I almost lost it, but kept it together. I also loved that our kids were there to experience this incredible day!’
Do you have any regrets, what would you have done differently if you could?
‘The only regret I have is that we did not do the sunrise session. But we are planning on going back for our 1 yr anniversary and plan on doing an intimate session with Katya & Rob.’
Most memorable moments from the Day / Wedding week?!
‘When our guests started arriving to the resort a few days before the wedding. I was so happy that our friends and family were there for us. Spending a few days together before and after the wedding definitely brought us all so much closer. Also, dressing my daughter and son, they were so ecstatic to be part of our big day… it melted my heart. Lastly, the first dance as husband and wife… (Bruno Mars – Rest of Our Lives) that song fits our story so perfectly.’
Any comments about vendors, resort etc
‘The Reserve at the Paradisus was amazing. We stayed at the Family Concierge and they did a fantastic job fulfilling all our requests, they have a ton of fun activities for kids & adults and the food was really good.
Katya & Rob… are FABULOUS! From the moment they came into my dressing room they had such great energy. Karl and I both felt as if we’ve known them forever & they were so much fun to be around. Our family and friends still talk about how amazing they are.
Cores Films was also great and fun to work with.
Anna Nuet is a phenomenal make-up and hairdresser, she was like one of us girls! She made the morning fun.
Jellyfish Restaurant hands down, Issac and his girls did an fantastic job of fulfilling every detail of our wedding, our guest were blown away by the food and decor… & the DJs had us on our feet the entire night.’
Any advice for future brides/grooms?!
‘Must have Rob and Katya as your photographers and Jellyfish as your venue. They will not disappoint!’