Abby and Samuel are the couple that was blessed enough to get love right the first time around. For six years before marriage, the two dated through high school as well as college! Abby says they are lucky that they were always sure about each other from the beginning.
Samuel planned to pop the question in what we think is the most romantic way possible. He set up the perfect little date at a lake, surrounded by boats and lots of raindrops. Lights were strung throughout the trees, and the fire pit was going strong. Frank Sinatra was playing on the record player that he had set up. The two enjoyed warm hot chocolate under a big umbrella and watched the rain fall. It was the perfect type of intimacy for Samuel to ask Abby to stand with him for the rest of their lives.
On September 4th, 2016, the couple sealed the deal at the Providence Cotton Mill in Maiden, North Carolina. Surrounded by a huge wedding party (14 bridesmaids and groomsmen!), the couple ate, drank, and danced the night away. We love the way Abby and Samuel incorporated their favorite meals and date nights into the cuisine. The menu consisted of a breakfast-for-dinner themed spread. There was a southern biscuit bar, chicken and waffles, a cinnamon roll icing fountain, and of course Krispy Kreme donuts. Yum!! For the first dance, the bride and groom choose “A face to call home” by John Mayer. After the wedding, Abby and Samuel honeymooned in Cancun, where they enjoyed as much guacamole as possible. We love these two foodies!
As for the bride’s day-of look, Abby looked effortlessly stunning in her long sleeve Stella York gown. The lace detailing takes the illusion on this dress to a whole new level. Her gown had an ethereal skirt, made from fine French tulle, which was perfect for the outdoor ceremony. Abby wore a greenery crown and had loose curls which added the perfect bohemian touch. Her 14 bridesmaids wore different Bill Levkoff styles in wine, petal pink, and champagne.
Looking back on the big day, Abby has said the most important aspect to remember is why you are getting married in the first place. It is important to make sure there is a true representation and reflection of the love the bride and groom share. While planning, she stated it is very important to take breaks, go on dates, and to make sure you incorporate your own personal style into the event and make it your own. Abby says she is a dreamer, as Samuel is more of a realist. During the planning process, he took care of all the logistics so she could focus more on the details.
Settled into a year of marriage, the two spend their days on Chinese take-out picnics, discovering the next best coffee shop, or going to their favorite concerts. Abby and Samuel, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your big day. Everything looked truly magical!