Who says you can’t find love in the club? Deborah met Sam at a lounge when she was out having drinks with her girlfriends. He sparked up a conversation and she soon realized she was sitting across the bar from her soul mate. See their stunning wedding day and share the love!
Part Of the Family
“I knew he was The One when he came home with me for Christmas after just seven months of dating,” says Deborah. “That Christmas day was his first time meeting my parents and extended family, yet it felt like he had been a part of the family forever. It just felt right.”
"Wedding dress shopping can be pretty overwhelming," Deborah admits. "My mother and aunt came shopping with me. I found my dress at the last shop we went to and I chose it because it was just as beautiful as the other dresses I tried on but it was 50-percent off. The shop even threw in the veil and a pair of shoes for free. It was a no brainer."
"My hair is natural so finding a style that would stand up to any type of weather was really important," says Deborah. "I looked at Essence.com and Pinterest to find the perfect style inspiration and brought a picture to my stylist. It wasn’t exactly the look I was going for but it really worked."
"I fell in love with the necklace and Chie Mihara shoes that I purchased from Bhldn.com," Deborah shares. "I know it’s a bit backwards to buy your accessories before buying the dress, but it all worked out."
"I really wanted flowers that went with our rustic theme," says Deborah. "I love succulents so I had them incorporated into our bouquets and boutonnieres. Our moms even wore succulent corsages. The bridesmaid bouquets consisted of yellow ranunculus and yellow roses and my bouquet consisted of paper roses, ranunculus and succulents."
Sam wore a bespoke suit by Black Lapel and his groomsmen wore bespoke suits by Indochino. "Sam picked all the suits and I picked the ties," Deb boasts. We love the look. It's perfect for classic manor wedding style.
"He challenges me to be a better person," says Deborah. "He is strong where I am weak. I see in him many of the same qualities that I see in my father who has been an awesome father to me and a loving husband to my mother for over 35 years."
For her bridesmaid selection, Deb chose two cousins, two close friends from college and two close friends from high school for a total of six lovely ladies. Sam chose Deb's brother Blakely and four close friends to stand by his side. "His best man, Bernard, was with him the day Sam and I met and married my good friend Terri the year before,"says Deb. Aww!
Deborah shed a lot of happy tears on her big day. "I first cried when I put on my dress," she says. "I cried again when my father came into the room. Then I cried again when I first saw Sam as I walked down the aisle and noticed that he was crying too."
Deb's bridesmaids' dresses were designed by the Watters company. "I knew I wanted shorter dresses to go with the outdoor casual feel of the wedding, but I also knew that I didn’t want to pick one dress for everyone," she says. "As a professional bridesmaid, I have so many dresses in my closet that I will never wear again. I really wanted to find a dress for them that could be worn again so I let the girls choose."
"As the bride, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world," gushes Deb. "There were so many people who traveled from different parts of the country and even from different countries to share in our special day. I had such a great time enjoying my husband, friends and family. I could not have asked for a more perfect day."
"My wedding team decorated D and S initials to place around the venue," says Deborah. "We also found chevron fabric to drape the dessert and gift tables. My creative director brought some vintage items like an old typewriter and old luggage to stage the reception and cocktail areas. She also made a swing with flowers and a sign with our wedding theme, “Because of Love,” to hang over the head table."
"Our wedding day was a labor of love," says Deborah. "There were so many special details that were handmade by my family and friends. So many people helped in big and small ways. The blessings in our lives really showed bright that day."
"I really did not want a wedding, I thought that we should just go somewhere and elope,' Sam admits. "Deborah kept telling me, that it would be well worth it and she was so right. I felt so happy to have my friends and family celebrating and having a great time."
"We really had a great time at the reception," says Deborah. "We decided to skip most of the traditions like tossing the bouquet and a formal cake cutting, and instead danced the night away. Only our best man and made of honor made speeches, however; one of the most special parts of the reception is when my father surprised me and recited a song that he wrote and that my brother produced 'A Song for my Deborah.' They even surprised me and had the song recorded."
If you loved Deborah and Sam's romantic, rustic wedding day as much as we did, don't forget to tell us your favorite part and leave the happy couple a little comment love below. To see more of their wedding, visit The Bride's Cafe. To inquire about being featured in Bridal Bliss, email us now.