One dance is all it took to find love for Dani and Karlton! Home on break while in undergrad, Dani and her friends wanted a night out on the town. They went to a club and it was there she saw Karlton. Her interest was definitely peaked, so she marched up to him and asked him to dance. She tells us they spent the whole night talking together and the rest is history!
Karlton’s proposal was elaborate, to say the least. Dani’s best friend happens to be a TV personality host, so Karlton asked her to be in on the rouse. Dani’s friend asked her to attend an event with her where she would have to film the whole experience. So, she hired a videographer, got a hotel, paid for hair and make-up, rented a driver, even mic’d Dani up, and created a whole experience to make it as real as possible that she was headed to a celebrity event! Throughout filming her best friend kept speaking about this “event”, but said we had to stop somewhere first. We ended up at this garden and the pathway was lined with pictures of Dani and Karlton, and at that moment she knew what was about to happen! At the top of the path, she saw him standing under an arch, with a violinist playing, down on one knee proposing and she said yes!
When Dani went dress shopping it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with our Avonlea dress from the Madeline Gardner Signature Collection. It was one of the first few gowns she tried, and as soon as it was on she felt like a bride! She instantly knew it was the one. Dani felt like the dress had every detail she wanted, yet remained incredibly elegant and romantic. When she looked at her two friends who came with her and they were in tears, she says she was sold!
Dani floated down the aisle in our Avonlea dress, a classic mermaid with decadent details and trendy style. Her beautiful shape starts at the romantic sweetheart neckline, while a mix of medallion-style and geometric embroidery define your curves and elongate the body—bringing your eye downward towards the gorgeous scalloped train, edged in lovely lace.
The couple got married in the vineyards of Vintners Resort in Sonoma County, California. They decided to have a small elopement and kept the affair intimate with only 7 other guests. The romantic wine country resort was the perfect setting to gather and celebrate! Situated on 92 acres of vineyards, the property offers stunning vineyard views, flawlessly manicured lawns, and gorgeous flowers gardens, making it the perfect venue!
Since it was an elopement, Karlton and Dani got to share many intimate moments together, making the day feel incredibly special. And while Dani opted not to do a first look with her soon-to-be husband, she did have one with her father. She shared how that first look was such an emotional moment between the father/daughter duo. From the amazing speeches to the tears, laughs, and hugs shared this private elopement allowed everyone to truly feel the love that was shared by Dani and Karlton on their wedding day!
- Photographer: Stephane Leon Photo | IG: @stephaneleonphoto
- Venue: Vitners Resort | IG: @vintnersresort
- Florist: Floral Luxe | IG: @floralluxe
- Make Up: Carol Kaledzera | IG: @carol_kaledzera
- Hair: Patricia Martinez | IG: @_trishaahh_ Million Dollar Slay | IG: @miliendollarslay_ Joy Saint | IG: @younggiftedhands
- Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | IG: @encoreeventsrentals