Samantha contacted me last summer and told me that she & Ian got married 2 years ago with just their immediate families present, but were going to be having a celebration on their 2 year anniversary in Buffalo so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it was going to be a vow renewal instead of an actual wedding, but I wasn’t sure if it they would go through the formalities or if it would be more like a party. I didn’t know if she’d go for a full wedding dress and all that – she did! She said she bought this dress and wore it to their courthouse wedding, that it’s been in storage at the bridal salon for 2 years, and she got it out & wore it again – and it looked beautiful!
I met Sam & the girls at her hotel suite where they helped her get ready.
I jokingly asked how many hands could get in there doing these buttons at the same time. Her grandma & aunt watched, peeking around the edges of the doorway.
She made her brooch bouquet both so she could have something she could keep forever, and because she is allergic to a lot of flowers. Moose is her favorite animal so she made sure to have a big one on there!
Down in the lobby, Ian & the guys were waiting patiently for Samantha to finish getting ready and come down for their “first look.” They pinned these handmade boutonnieres while they waited.
For simplicity’s sake, we just staged the first look on the sidewalk outside the hotel so that everyone could ride together to Delaware Park.
We drove to the Japanese Gardens at Delaware Park – always a beautiful park of the park!
From there we went to the Porter Avenue Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. Sam & the girls hid in the bathroom while guests arrived and Ian got last minute details hammered out.
I looked up at the ceiling and got a little artsy fartsy for a minute.
I loved the bright purple base but also the addition of bright colors for the guest sign-in book. They also had personalized “Share A Coke” bottles on their sweetheart table.
They had Sam’s brother officiate the ceremony – less stress since it was a renewal and no legalities involved!
Ian’s nephew drove the rings forward on a little R/C car.
For their vows, Ian read Samantha Mr. Darcy’s “In vain I have struggled” proposal from Pride and Prejudice. She laughed and cried. It made me glad that I finally read (and then watched) it last winter.
After the ceremony, there was a short cocktail hour, a few toasts, then everyone tucked in to Kentucky Greg’s BBQ (and some Moe’s tofu burritos for the vegetarians). I loved hearing the story of how Sam & Ian met while playing Halo online, realized they were both from Erie, PA, and arranged to meet up at Millcreek Mall. Sam was a senior in high school and Ian was a freshman in college. Sam’s mother drove her to the mall and together they peeked at Ian from behind a display, judged that he looked like a decent guy, and Samantha went and hung out with him – a few months later they started dating, and then about 4 1/2 years later, they got married!
They chose to have Paula’s Donuts instead of wedding cake. I love the face of indecision!
During Ian & Sam’s first dance, I love how the rest of the room just kind of fell away as they looked at each other.
Even on the hot July evening, the dancefloor still got a lot of use!
Sam stepped outside to cool down and her friend jokingly rolled icy drink cups up & down her arms.
It was a beautiful sunset, but unfortunately from the Karpeles Museum, there is no good view of the horizon. I asked them if they’d want to drive down to the waterfront, and the three of us hopped in the car real quick and drove down to the end of Porter Ave to get a couple of shots in front of the bright, beautiful sky!
Congratulations on two years of marriage under your belts, and here are my wishes for many, many more! Thanks, guys!!