Real Wedding Wednesday: Feeling “At Home” from the Very Beginning…
Samantha and Justin were not expecting to meet in Winston-Salem, NC when Justin was a basketball coach at Samantha’s college. However, Samantha was immediately smitten and the two hit it off right away. After dating for a year and a half, the couple moved to Charlotte, NC to begin graduate school. Shocked and delighted, Justin proposed to her during their vacation in the Bahamas; it was just the two of them and although she was hoping for something special for the trip it became a memory forever!
On July 3, 2016 the couple was married at Samantha’s parents’ stunning lake home in Sanford, NC. It was Samantha’s childhood home where the tall pines and water made it the perfect scenic venue. Their ceremony included personalized wedding vows that they read to one another. A funny note was that their puppy (Gracie) became antsy mid-vows and forced the two to include her in them as well! (How precious!) Our stunning Poffie bride wore a gorgeous Lillian West natural silk ball gown with a sweetheart neckline, natural waistline, lace appliques, pockets, and a full skirt with chapel length train that sparkled in the sunlight. Samantha and Justin shared their first dance to “Stand By Me” by Otis Redding. Because of their great of love adventure, they chose to honeymoon in Colorado, where the couple hiked through Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, and explored a state neither of them had ever known; it was…simply breathtaking! Another memory to last forever.
The couple have been together for over seven years now and shared advice for other brides and grooms to be: “Your wedding day goes by fast, cherish it all. Don’t stress about the details, it will all come together!” Currently, Samantha is an interior architect and Justin is a high school teacher and basketball coach. Their favorite date nights are often spent at the Whitewater Center with their puppy, which is a perfect place for nice hikes and great food, drinks, music and making more memories.
Congratulations Samantha and Justin! Your friends at Poffie Girls are so very happy for you both!