Samantha and Matt April 19, 2019

Rainy days make for some gorgeous lighting for photos!! Samantha started her day off with a power outage at the cabin they rented, but she was still able to show up looking this amazing!! I had a hard time narrowing down the teasers, lol. And, we love the look of the naked chapel–I believe this is the first time we’ve had a bride choose to go with no hanging florals.

From the Bride:
Matt and I met in Driver’s Ed 15 years ago. He would always save me a seat, and cheat off of me on the quizzes. He nicknamed me Genius #1, and I called him Genius #2. We have called each other that for years now. Matt had moved to Delaware over the years. I was still in Ohio. We reconnected over social media, and began talking on the phone like we were teenagers. We would spend 8+ hours on the phone, and even fall asleep listening to one another breathe. He invited me to visit him in Delaware after about a month, and I went hesitantly. I wanted to see him, but I was scared of a long distance relationship. We spent the weekend in Ocean City, Maryland. He took me to the boardwalk. We had an amazing time, and started discussing a future and how to make the distance work. By the morning of my departure, he had packed a bag and was headed back to Ohio with me.

Matt proposed to me. He took me back to the driving school where we met. And I panicked. We had only been together a short time, and I was scared. I didn’t say no, but I didn’t even let him ask me. (So much for romance). He later proposed again, in the backyard where we live. He had chosen a ring that closely resembled a stop sign, because we met in driving school, which I thought was adorable.

We decided on Tennessee for our wedding because we knew we wanted to essentially elope. We wanted something in the country, but somewhere we could visit in the years to come. We chose April 19th because our actual dating anniversary is October 19th. We wanted to get married in the spring, so April 19th is the “half” anniversary.

For fun, we slow dance in the kitchen. Quite frequently. It’s something Matt just started doing. He would play music, and make me stop whatever I am doing to dance with him. It has now become sort of an expectation. If we get busy or life gets in our way – it’s nothing for me to tell him “you owe me a dance, mister”. Most recently, he took me into the backyard to dance in the exact spot where he proposed. It was pouring rain. And we didn’t have a care in the world.

Hair and Makeup: Bride
Florals: Etsy – The Northern Moon
Wedding Dress Designer: Eden Black Label
Photography: Star Noir Studio
Venue: Chapel in the Hollow

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