Samantha and Hunter's wedding was the picture of rustic romance. The Bride and Groom had originally expected a rustic barn wedding, but the venue they fell in love with offered a beautifully historic and romantic feel instead. Not wanting to abandon the rustic inspiration completely, they combined the two themes and it came together beautifully!
The couple were wed at the historic Barristers Club in downtown Allentown, PA. To bring the rustic romantic theme together Samantha kept the color palette soft and romantic using blush tones and neutrals accented with rose gold and greenery. She then, with the help of some crafty family members, incorporated DIY decorations using burlap and wood planks to add the rustic flare.
"We looked at a few locations before the Barristers Club, but ultimately the size and style drove our decision. We wanted a small wedding and the club's ballroom was the perfect size. It also offered the cutest outdoor courtyard."
Samantha wore an Essense of Australia ballgown. The classic sweetheart neckline, full bodied, but light as a cloud, organza skirt, and subtle Moscato color offer a delicate and romantic feel. The lace bodice and belted waistline add the touch of rustic flare Sam loves.
To complete the look the bride adds a stunningly dramatic cathedral length veil, rose gold headband, statement studs, and her grandmother's pearl necklace.
"I was trying so hard not to cry hysterically, but I remember his smile, he looked so happy and with that smile all my nerves just went away."
Bringing it all Together
Weddings don't come together overnight, they take a village. Here are just a few of the MVPs who helped Samantha bring her vision to life:
"My brother, Glenn, and my best friend, Amanda were the real MVPs though. They made sure to follow me around with water and appetizers so that I wouldn't pass out from hunger and dehydration, because let me tell you, it was HOT on that day!"
"It came to like and so much more. We couldn't be happier with the result."
The One Who Almost Got Away
Samantha and Hunter met over ten years ago but they didn't have there first date until 6 years later. After meeting in high school through a mutual friend Hunter joined the Air Force and Samantha went of to college.
"I used to joke and tell my friends in college that he was the one who got away. Little did I know, he'd be the one that I'd have forever"
When they both came back home to Bethlehem there were able to reconnect. He took her out to dinner and they spent the whole night talking and catching up.
Despite having already been talking about marriage, the proposal was a complete surprise. Sam had just graduated with a master's degree and Hunter was preparing for deployment. Samantha was expecting a proposal any time soon. Hunter had different plans.
Hunter surprised her at her graduation party. While Samantha gave a thank you speech to their guests, Hunter waited behind her on bended knee holding the ring.
"It was honestly perfect. We were surrounded by both our families and close friends. It meant so much to me that he wanted everyone involved in the surprise."
What the Future Holds
"Hunter and I are taking it slow. We are saving for our first home, which has its ups and downs. We have talked about having children as I can't wait to be a mom and I know Hunter is going to make an amazing dad. Even though he may be nervous, I see how he is with his nephew and out friends' children and it melts my heart"