Updated: Nov 13, 2018
Preston stands at the altar. His smile is brighter than the two o'clock sun. His eyes are locked on the french doors. His heart is probably racing with adrenaline. To see her. Samantha. In her dress. I follow his lead. Watching the doors with anticipation. I recall a card I found in the bridal suite. Under her hanger a card was addressed to his bride. 'I just wanted you to know today is the happiest day of my life.' I look back at Preston. His eyes let the whole world know. Today is the happiest day of his life.
Just short of a month ago, I met Samantha and Preston at a coffee shop in Chapel Hill. We talked for over an hour and right away I knew this would be a dream wedding to work with. Samantha and Preston got engaged October 6th, 2018 and managed to plan such an amazing wedding in just 10 short weeks. As we talked, and Laila drew pictures for me, I noticed how calm they both were. Samantha has a shyness to her, but a beauty that could silence a room. Her quiet, powerful presence gave me the impression that she knew she would be in good hands. We drew up a timeline for the big day and went our separate ways.
After our final phone call and prepared our wedding timeline together, Christa and I arrived to The Addison Farm in Elon, North Carolina. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and despite everything running behind Samantha still had a great attitude. Her, her mom, her bridesmaids Brianna and Chasity and her daughter Laila got into their dresses. You could see the excitement from Laila as she danced around the bridal suite.
Just as Samantha hoped, the ceremony started on time and went off without a hitch. These two have such a playful and loving relationship that showed from beginning to end. Preston's emotions that day were infectious. It was almost as if he felt complete. As cliche as that sounds. But the man I met prior to the wedding was a different person after the ceremony. As he held his bride during the golden hour pictures he wouldn't stop smiling. His smile got bigger, his hugs got stronger. His kisses got longer. It was the end of an unforgettable day.
Samantha and Preston,
Thank you so much for allowing me into your special day. It was an honor to serve you both during the most beautiful time in your lives. You two have a special place in my heart. I had a blast getting to know you two, Laila and your family. I know this won't be the last time we see each other. Love you guys!
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Massey,