When Karen first met Rich in 1988, she knew it was love at first sight. She was a senior in high school at the time and Rich had already graduated and was in college. Their first date was to a friend’s Halloween party and they immediately hit it off. They wrote letters to each other throughout college and spent their weekends traveling to see one another. In 1993, Rich proposed to Karen in his parents driveway and the two were married a year later in Jamaica.
“We had a destination wedding before they were cool,” joked Karen. Her sister had recently had a huge wedding and they were more interested in saving up for a house. They got married in a very small, low-key ceremony with just a few family members standing by. From that day forward, they have been inseparable. “We are literally one person,” said Karen. “Our relationship has been so easy,” added Rich. “We are partners in everything.”
Throughout the years, Karen and Rich have enjoyed a beautiful life side by side. “We love being outside, cooking together, tasting new craft beers, and spending time with our daughters,” said Rich.
This past September, just one month after sending their youngest daughter off to college, Karen began to notice some unsettling changes in her body. She had been a cycling instructor for years and began to experience unexplained shoulder and rib pain. After adamantly complaining to her doctor, Karen underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. “We had spent so many years raising our girls and preparing them for college and were so excited to begin a new phase of life together,” said Karen.
She immediately underwent an aggressive treatment program, which included a full hysterectomy and months of intense chemotherapy. Throughout it all, Rich has been her biggest supporter and encourager. “He takes such good care of me,” she said. “No matter how I feel or what kind of mood I’m in, he is always so loving, gentle and kind to me.”
The two will renew their vows on July 19th, 2018 on the grounds of the picturesque Cedar Lake Estates. Karen and Rich cannot wait to recommit their lives to each other and to celebrate the wonderful years that they have had together with their daughters and dear friends.
We could not be more honored to grant this wish for Karen and Rich and are so thankful for the wish granters who have signed up to make their day incredibly special:
Planner: Loli Events
Venue and Caterer: Cedar Lake Estates
Stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs
Photographer: Trent Bailey Studio
Videographer: McKenzie Miller Films
Ceremony and Reception Music: Jordan Kahn Music Company
Gown: Lovely Bride
Gown Alterations: Our Story Bridal
Ceremony Renewal Bands: Original Eve
Florist: Buds of Brooklyn
Linens: Nuage Designs