Karena Dawn, co-founder of fitness-and-lifestyle community Tone It Up, had known Bobby Gold for years before they started dating. "He actually went to college with my best friend and business partner [Katrina]'s husband Brian. The timing was never right for us to connect until one summer Bobby moved in to the apartment below me," shares Karena of the story viewers of the Toned Up show on Bravo may remember. "We started hanging out and there was an instant connection."
After talking about getting engaged for about one year, Karena knew a proposal was coming, but she was overjoyed and completely surprised when Bobby made the occasion a public affair. "Our annual Tone It Up Retreat was taking place in Newport Beach, California, and both our moms were in town for it," she shares. "It was the perfect setting on the beach, and I was completely surprised when Bobby took the stage in front of 400 Tone It Up women and proposed!" View more of their proposal story on ToneItUp.com.
When it came time to capture their love in engagement photos prior to their upcoming wedding in Kauai, the couple chose Palm Springs as their desired location. "Bobby and I have a love for mid-century architecture and the lifestyle, so we spend a lot of time in Palm Springs," Karena shares of their decision. "My favorite part of the shoot was shooting around the pool at our home in Palm Springs. We have a lot of memories with friends and family [there and] it's where a lot of quality time is spent."
Take a look at some of our favorite images from their beautiful Palm Springs engagement session below:
Photos by Jana Williams Photography; Bride's Attire: ModCloth (floral dress & polka dot swimsuit), Planet Blue (white crop top & maxi skirt), Trina Turk (dress & jumpsuit); Jewelry by Trumpet & Horn; Groom's Attire: MrTurk (suit), Wil Styles (shirts)
For couples deciding whether or not to have an engagement session, Karena offers the following advice: "Initially we weren't planning on doing an engagement shoot, but I'm so happy we did! I would highly recommend it to any couple. Not only is it a great time to get to know your photographer, but the entire day was full of laughter and time spent celebrating our love."
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