Kathryn and Samantha have been together for 2.5 years; they met on OK Cupid. Katie saw Sam’s profile and decided to message her – it’s all history from there!

Katie, being a DIY queen, wanted to DIY the entire wedding day. Of course, they soon realized just how unrealistic that was. They did take on doing all of their own florals; not a single real flower was used. Katie designed the centerpieces, made the table number holders, make the seating chart, and all the wedding signage. She made shirts and champagne glasses for the entire bridal party as well as bridal party gift bags.

Finding outfits was fairly easy for Sam. It was the second boutique that she had an appointment at. For Katie, it was somewhat the same, until about one month before the wedding.

After a good amount of money spent on alterations, Katie approached Sam to let her know that she was very unhappy with her dress.

Sam, being supportive and wanting her bride to feel beautiful, suggested Katie look for something different – all while internally freaking out because the budget didn’t allow for another wedding dress!

Katie did find the perfect wedding dress. It happened to be from the same boutique that Sam had found her dream dress – and it was only $199. Very budget-friendly.

When Katie walked down the aisle toward Sam, it’s a moment she will never forget. Katie took her breath away, and Sam had never felt so proud. For Katie, watching Sam walk down the aisle from the bridal suite she was hiding in was a moment where she knew that everything was right in the world, and exactly how it was supposed to be.

Instead of a traditional ‘unity ceremony,’ Katie and Sam decided to tie a nautical knot [fitting for a nautical themed wedding] with beautiful wording read by their officiant while they tied it. They practiced in the lead up to the wedding and thought they’d had it down, but the pressure of the big moment in front of 120 guests led them to tie some sort of know, not exactly a nautical knot. It served for a good laugh during their otherwise emotional ceremony.

To Katie and Sam married means a lifelong commitment to each other, their families, their qualities good and bad. It means choosing each other over anything else. It means always being there for one another and always thinking of one another as decisions are made. It means having a family together and sharing love and life experiences with their children.

Marriage means fighting for one another because inevitably, there will be differences and hard times. It’s a promise that they will always persevere and see each other through those hard times, whether that be making sacrifices to help their spouse, admitting they need help themselves and allowing the other person to be a shoulder to lean on; because you trust that person has your best interest at heart.


featured vendor

Photographer Anna Schmidt Photo

Bridal Boutique Curvaceous Couture
Cake Elisa’s Bakery
Cake Topper Alphabet Canvas
Catering Martell’s Water’s Edge
Celebrant Bobby Gill
Cinematographer Monark Media
Entertainment James Okoro/DJ Heavyweight
Gown Designer Allure Bridals
H&MU Salon Jade
Photo Booth Jersey Photo Booth Rental
Photography Anna Schmidt Photo
Rings Jared Galleria of Jewelry
Signage Savage Craft & Letter
Stationery Zola, Savage Craft & Letter
Transport Shooboo Shuttle
Veil Curvaceous Couture
Venue Martell’s Water’s Edge