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Samantha & John

A Rustic Wedding at Shoemaker Homestead

I think I'm still in shock from Sam and John's beautiful wedding at Shoemaker Homestead. I just cannot get over how the weather forecast predicted 100% chance of thunderstorm for the time the ceremony was to start. I know the Weather Channel can very often be wrong, but the color of the sky in the morning was matching what a storm would look like, so I was a bit worried. However, when Shawn and I arrived and walked in to greet Sam, she was so positive and happy. The weather seriously couldn't put a damper on the fact that she was marrying her best friend. Not only was she positive, but Sam also was prepared. She read up on advice that I shared about having a rain plan and bought some super cute umbrellas from Ikea. I'm convinced that when you think happy thoughts (and spend a bunch of money on rain gear) the weather will completely change it's mind and be gorgeous. That's exactly what happened for Sam and John and I couldn't have been more ecstatic that they didn't need to change any aspect of their wedding plan.

Not only was the weather on point, but the emotions within this day were on a whole different level. No one could keep a dry eye throughout the day. Tears were shed while Sam was getting ready, since her dress was the same dress that her mother wore almost 30 years ago. And there was no shortage of feelings from John, who was getting choked up during the couple's first touch. Besides Shawn, I don't think I've seen a groom experience such a wave of emotion like what we saw from John. During the ceremony, Sam's bridesmaids hadn't even finished coming down the aisle, and John was already tearing up awaiting his beloved. When the ceremony started, nothing else really matters. All of the planning and waiting is over and they finally got to enjoy a day that is to celebrate their love. It was the sweetest reaction to seeing his bride, and I know my eyes started to water just getting to witness it.

Shawn and I are so happy for Sam and John. It was a fantastic day, and we loved every moment that we got to spend with these two fabulous people. We wish them nothing but the best out of life and marriage. I also hope they are enjoying their honeymoon that started today! :D <3

 

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Talk about a moment that tugs at your heart strings. An emotion reflection on all of the waiting and hard work that led up to this day :). LOVE IT!

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Oh my goodness the best BBQ!

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Made it back from sunset pictures in time for Timber (one of Sam and John's favs)

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All of the amazing vendors that made this day the best day ever!

Sam & John saved on costs by DIYing a lot of the decorations and by having their amazing family and friends assist them throughout the day with coordinating, DJing, hair and makeup, etc. What an amazing crew that gave these two a dream wedding!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Shoemaker Homestead

Caterer: Boneyard BBQ

Florist: DIY by the bride

Dress: The bride's mother's dress

Bridesmaids Dresses: Union Station

Tux: Menguin




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