150629_KarenMike_c_0211Written by Gabrielle Boyer. Photography by Two & Quarter.

For most, one’s memories of their first day of high school garners residual feelings of awkwardness and nerves. For Karen Montalvo and Michael Cobo however, they simply remember it as the day they met. “In our very first class,” Karen recalls.

Although they were never high school sweethearts, Karen and Michael were happy together as friends and maintained their friendship for years post-high school graduation. Until one fateful day when sparks flew and each saw their longtime friend in new light. “We bumped into each other at a local lounge and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Michael proposed to Karen on April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday. While their families gathered at Karen’s sister’s home, Michael instructed his little brother to hand out a basket of sparkly eggs. Each lady received a small egg, containing a silver novelty ring and Hershey kisses. The last (and largest!) was reserved for Karen. When Karen opened her egg, out came a showering of silver rings, revealing a singular ring box placed carefully in the center of the egg. Michael extracted the box and while opening its lid, he dropped to one knee and asked Karen to be his wife. “It was the most amazing and unforgettable moment.”

During the initial stages of planning their wedding, Karen and Michael talked about the idea of having a destination wedding. The wanted their special day to bring their family and friends together in a collective way. What better, they thought, than a cruise to Bermuda with a wedding ceremony and celebration on-island.

Karen and Michael, along with 47 of their guests, travelled by Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Bermuda in June of 2015. They wed the same day they arrived in on the island, at treasured historical site, The Unfinished Church in St. George’s. Immediately following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests travelled to Hamilton to celebrate at award-winning Victoria Grill. “The space was decorated by Class Act Designs, it was beautiful!” In addition to the “amazing” food served up by the restaurant’s chefs, beautifully decorated cupcakes were provided by Crow Lane Bakery. “We were very lucky how everything turned out despite not being able to go for a tasting or rehearsal beforehand.”

Thanks in part to generous helpings of celebratory libations and great music, Karen, Michael and their family and friends toasted and danced the night away. Mark and Ally of Two & Quarter Photography were on hand to capture the couple’s tender moments and rousing reception fun.

Looking back on their big day, the couple fondly remember the moments they spent waiting to see one another and the insurmountable joy they felt when their eyes met while Karen walked down the aisle.

Speaking to future brides and grooms, Karen and Michael insist that each couple stay true to their unique love. “Make your day your own. There shouldn’t be a guide or rules that should be adhered to.”

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