When I first met Sammie and Austin last year, and asked some of my favorite questions, such as, "How did you guys meet?" and "How did he propose?!" - Austin's proposal story quickly became one of my favorites. The park where they had gone on their first date - with "Will You Marry Me?" spelled out in rose petals on the ground. But the part that really stuck with me, the part that I'd mentally keep going back to on their wedding day - was what Austin said, when I asked Sammie if I could see her ring. A gorgeous Tacori diamond. And Austin said to me "I wanted to spoil her a little".
The truth is - these two spoil each other. They really do. With so much love, faithfulness, and admiration. So, so much. This fact was wildly evident on their wedding day, and that's why I kept going back to that single comment Austin made last year. He spoiled Sammie then, and continues to do so, in so many ways, but Sammie does her own share of spoiling him. And the best part of all this spoiling, is how deeply saturated with love it is.
These two love BIG. Big, I tell you. Before their ceremony, Austin sent a snow globe to Sammie's room, the kind that will hold a photo of them forever, along with some beautiful earrings. Sammie sent Austin a box containing a new watch, a journal, plus hundreds of pre-written letters, all addressed with things such as "Open when... You're feeling happy" and "Open when...You're thinking about the future" - setting him up for a lifetime of precious notes from her. Truly, I can't choose between who's reaction I adored more.
The moment they first saw each other for their First Look goes down as one of my most favorite wedding day moments ever. So. Much. HAPPY.
For their outdoor ceremony, they had a perfect blue sky and the love and support from so many friends and family. Their own written vows, completed perfectly with the way getting through them together meant smiles, laughs, and a few tears.
Their perfect shabby chic styled reception that fell straight off of Pinterest. All those laughs during toasts from two of their dearest friends. That first dance, with endless smiles. Everything about Sammie and Austin's day was soaked in that type of love that you just, love.
Sammie & Austin - Thank you guys sooo much for giving me the true honor of documenting your love story. So many fond memories I'll be carrying throughout my career.
A special thanks to the amazing team behind this perfect day!
Venue | Deer Creek Golf Club
Dress | Norman's Bridal
Bridesmaid Attire | Kennedy Blue
Groomsmen Attire | Men's Wearhouse
Flowers | Good Earth Floral
Cake | Amazing Cake
DJ | DJ Kirby
Photography | Elizabeth Ladean Photography | Instagram | Facebook