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March 9, 2019 Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Next Exit Photograph­y

March 9, 2019 Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Next Exit Photograph­y

Though Karif Roper caught the eye of Kristina Alt­man as soon as she saw him at a col­lege party, he did not have the same first im­pres­sion of her. “She tried to tell me a ter­ri­ble ice-break­ing joke and I walked away,” he ad­mits. Kristina was un­de­terred. “He clearly re­mem­bered me though, as we ac­tu­ally got to talk­ing at other events, and we be­came best friends for years before we started dat­ing,” she re­veals.

When Karif re­al­ized he was ready to pro­pose, he be­gan the search for the per­fect ring. “My process was to find some­thing that made me think of her in­stantly,” he ex­plains. “Her per­son­al­ity, her laugh, and the pu­rity of her heart.” One af­ter­noon, while the sweet­hearts were cud­dling on the couch watch­ing TV, Karif made a sim­ple re­quest to Kristina. “He asked me to get him a glass of wa­ter,” she con­firms. “When I re­turned, he was on one knee with these bright eyes.” She hap­pily ac­cepted the pro­posal.

Though the love­birds were both stu­dents at the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami in Florida at the time, they elected to host their nup­tials in Los An­ge­les, as they plan to move to the West Coast in the next cou­ple of years and wanted to make a spe­cial con­nec­tion with the city. Af­ter tour­ing a lux­ury ho­tel in Bev­erly Hills, the bride knew it was the spot for their big day. “I’d heard they had swans and I couldn’t get that out of my head.” she shares. Plan­ning a wed­ding in nine months from across the coun­try is no small feat; so Natalie Sofer of Natalie Sofer Wed­dings and Events was brought on to make ev­ery­thing go smoothly. “There were re­ally quick turn­around times, but Natalie made it feel so easy!” raves Kristina.

Beau­ti­ful drap­ery en­veloped the cer­e­mony space as the bride walked down the aisle lined with pink flo­ral ar­range­ments while “Princess Leia’s Theme” from Star Wars played, a nod to the cou­ple’s shared love for the fran­chise. Kristina car­ried a cas­cad­ing bou­quet of ivory blooms, in­clud­ing car­na­tions to rep­re­sent her soror­ity. A lush arch of blush and white roses and hy­drangeas marked the al­tar. The dé­cor was stun­ning, but it was the sen­ti­ment of the oc­ca­sion that made an im­pact. “The most im­por­tant part to me was the vows,” af­firms Karif. “It was when we could make our life­time prom­ises in front of each other and to God.”

Now hus­band and wife, it was time for the new­ly­weds to cel­e­brate with their fam­ily and friends. Cer­e­mony flow­ers were re­pur­posed for the re­cep­tion, but with the ad­di­tion of marsala blos­soms to deepen the color pal­ette. “They looked al­most as if they were float­ing, with flo­rals cas­cad­ing down,” the bride de­scribes of the cen­ter­pieces. A gold-and-white loveseat pro­vided a re­gal look for the sweet­heart ta­ble, which was adorned with a tex­tured flower-pat­tern linen from Luxe Linen and a jaw-drop­ping water­fall of fresh blooms. “I wanted to por­tray the ro­mance and ad­ven­ture of Star Wars while still keep­ing the wed­ding el­e­gant,” ex­plains Kristina. Ties to the sci­ence-fic­tion films were seen in the three-tier monochro­matic cake, which fea­tured clas­sic char­ac­ters and ships made of pearl dust. Ad­di­tion­ally, a fun Star Wars-themed photo wall was avail­able for guests. “It was a com­plete sur­prise,” the groom re­veals. “I had never seen any­thing like it, and it was a huge hit.”

“Your wed­ding is a cel­e­bra­tion of both of you, and it should re­flect that.” .

With both a band and a late-night DJ, rev­el­ers were en­ter­tained all evening long. “It re­ally al­lowed us to have the best time with each other and all our friends and fam­ily,” muses Karif. Though he notes that most grooms are un­likely to be su­per in­volved in the plan­ning, he ad­vises those pre­par­ing for their own nup­tials to not be com­pletely si­lent dur­ing the process. “Your wed­ding is a cel­e­bra­tion of both of you, and it should re­flect that.” Fol­low­ing the big day, the happy new­ly­weds set off on a ro­man­tic hon­ey­moon in Ky­oto and Tokyo, Ja­pan – the first of many ad­ven­tures to come.

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