Sammie and Alex met online at a place you would not expect…Tinder, and after 4 days of texting back and forth and a semi-serious discussion on relationship goals, they set up a meeting at Starbucks. As Sammy states, “ We’d both gone from hopelessly single to hopelessly in love in about 45 minutes after our first meet.” Four months later Alex popped the question and seven months later they said their I Do’s at The Edgewater in Seattle, WA! And with the help from the talented Meant2Be Events, their spring wedding was the epitome of elegant romance in shades of red, gold and hints of navy. Flora Nova created a plethora of show-stopping florals for the event, including Sammie’s beyond gorgeous bouquet that’s literally dripping with orchids, and Stephanie Cristalli Photography captured all the amazing images you are about to see below.
From the Bride, Sammie:
How They Met:
I met my husband online. Corny, I know. I truly believe some level of fate had to be playing it’s game that day because what are the odds I would match with the only other guy on Tinder (yes, Tinder) who was looking for a relationship. Being the forward type of girl I am, I messaged first. We talked non-stop via text for about 4 days until we finally decided to have a semi-serious discussion. Since we had met on a not-so-reputable “dating site”, we each confronted each other as to what we wanted out of this. We both thought the other was on a different page and when we realized that wasn’t the case, we decided to go on our first real date.
The First Date:
Our first meeting was at a Starbucks in Port Orchard, Washington. I drove up in my white BMW 550i and spotted his sweet smile rolling out of a big, black Ford F-150. He held the door for me and bought my coffee. He even tried a new drink just to get on my good side. He has never since ordered that drink again, but on that day he had the whole cup. I think both of us had only expected a 30 minute visit followed by a hug and a maybe-second date. We ended up staying there for two hours talking about the most random stuff in the world. After that we got ice-cream since it was a very hot day, especially for Washington. I left my house that day around 9:30 in the morning and didn’t get home until about 6:30 at night.It was a very funny situation. Not laughable, but peculiar in a good way. We’d both gone from hopelessly single to hopelessly in love in about 45 minutes after our first meet. A lot of people say we rushed, we’re too young, and we don’t really know about life. To that, I simply say, no. It is an indescribable sensation to meet someone who not only brings out the joy and excitement of a new relationship, but brings a sense of calm and peace to your life. We have had many fights and I expect to have many more. With somebody that brings you that sense of serenity it’s easy to express your true feelings because at the end of the day you’d want nothing less but for them to do the same and you know they won’t leave simply because you disagree.
Our engagement was sweet and I 150% saw it coming. He technically lived at my house with my parents and I, and because he spent so much time there it just made sense. He hated living in the barracks and he brought his adorable German Shepherd when he moved so win-win. Unfortunately for my sweet Alex he ordered the ring online and my mom and I accidentally picked it up from the mail. So shock factor in that sense was minimal. However, when I saw the ring itself, that took my breathe away. Such a unique cut, I believe it’s called Marquise. Every time I look at it I am more and more amazed at it’s beauty and the love it brings me.
Alex and I had only dated for about four months when we got engaged. Our engagement however, lasted about 7. Two months into our engagement my military fiancée received PCS papers to Anchorage, Alaska. He left March 6th and drove the Alkan with all of our things packed into a trailer. When I got the news we were eventually relocating I stopped school. I was going to leave before I could graduate and financially it didn’t make sense to pay for another term when I couldn’t even finish. So I focused on my fiancées move and then continued the wedding planning alone; since our date and venue had already been set in stone at The Edgewater and I was not going to change it. It was around this time I decided to hire Regina as my wedding planner. I had gotten the big stuff down, like dress, venue, food and what not, but I still didn’t feel prepared to put on such a party without help. She was a life saver. If it hadn’t been for Regina I don’t know if I would’ve been able to keep my sanity during this crazy, trying time.
May 9th went by so fast. It was an amazing day and I felt truly special to see family and friends help celebrate such a joyous day. I’ll never forget the amazing food, reconnecting with all my cheer girls from high school, and dancing with my husband, father and grandfather (grandpa was the best).
Event Planner/Designer: Meant2Be Events|Photographer: Stephanie Cristalli Photography|Invitation Designer: Be In Love Designs: Wedding & Event Stationary|Floral Designer: Flora Nova|Reception Venue: The Edgewater