Words by Ashley
How did Sam and I meet and fall in love…have you seen her?! How do you not fall for someone of her beauty! Not only is she pretty, but she’s also intelligent, kind, caring, loving, & the yin to my yang.
When we first met (on Tinder), I thought the app’s purpose was to meet friends. Since my friends and I went up to Mammoth and used the app to meet a bunch of people to go out with, I decided to use the app at home, to meet people in West Hollywood & have more friends in that area. As for Sam, she was signed up on the app for guys! However, her Tinder started glitching, and women started coming across it. She decided to
We started texting and then talked that night on the phone for about two hours. She told me she had never met up with anyone from the app before and I said I had made some friends from it, but that’s it. We spoke on the phone every day that next week, and then we set a date to meet for the first time. I drove over to her house to pick her up for dinner & drinks
Fast forward 3.5 years, it was becoming that time where we were at the stage in life to take the next step and get married. I always knew I wanted to propose to Sam, but I wanted to make it perfect and romantic…a moment that neither of us could ever forget. Once I found the perfect ring that matched the 100 photos Sam sent me of a similar ring, it was time to plan the big day. Sam was about to have two huge work trips & shows in NY and LA (New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest and the Golden Globe Awards), and would be working 12-16 hour days for over 21 days straight. I knew that once it was over, Sam was going to want a weekend to unwind & relax.
The morning of Saturday, January 14, 2017, was the first weekend after all the madness. I softly woke Sam up saying “Sammie, I have a day of surprises for you. I need you to wake up and be ready in 15 minutes.” Unbeknownst to her, I already had her bag packed and in the car. After throwing on clothes and going down to the car, I handed her a blindfold and told her to put it on. I was shocked that not only was she was able to get ready in 15 minutes, but she actually put the blindfold on without asking any questions or complaining! (I did have to reassure her that she’d be able to blow-dry her hair later, though.)
Our first stop was Burke Williams Day Spa. We spent nearly five hours relaxing in the spa, receiving
As I drove to the next location, the sun was
Once I had the ring in my hand, I got down on one knee and told her to take off her blindfold. She took it off and immediately started repeating “OH MY GOD!” “OH, MY GOD!” I had a big speech prepared, but could not get a word out. With tears running down my face, I kept it short & sweet and said, “Sam, I love you so much! Will you marry me?” And she had the biggest smile on her face and said, “Of course I will!” Before I could even put the ring on her, she took my face in her hands and kissed me. As we stood
Another fun surprise I had for Sam, was that her best friend photographed the entire thing. She was in on all the plans
After watching the beautiful sunset that evening, we all went to a wine bar in Santa Monica to celebrate. We walked in
Sam is the balance to my life, my heart, my soul, my shoulder to cry on in sad times and happy times, and my complete support system. I would feel lost without her. I am beyond blessed to call her my fiancé and my future wife!
And as for a paragraph about wedding planning… it’s definitely been quite a rollercoaster so far–so much time & planning involved. And to be honest & fully transparent, it can be difficult to juggle all the decision-making, pressure, opinions, family input & budgeting (on top of our normal working lives!). But we feel that we’ve only grown stronger as a couple & we’re getting SO excited for the big day (September 22)! We’re 47 days away and can’t wait to celebrate our love with all of our friends & family, overlooking the beautiful beach in Malibu!
Photography by Katie Edwards