Samantha and Brian met through Match.com. For their first date, they went to a wine bar (a shared favorite of theirs) and had a very good time, finishing the night with a perfect first kiss. Within their first three months together, they took two weekend trips - one to Boston to see Van Halen, and the second to Mexico. On Valentine's Day, Brian cooked dinner and, according to Samantha, "...Along the way, we fell in love."
When asked about the proposal, Brian wrote, "We had just gotten to Montauk for a long Labor Day weekend. We were on the beach at that perfect time of day, that afternoon early evening calm. I intentionally left the ring in the room in my bag. I told Sami I needed to go to the bathroom. I went back to the room, pulled the box with the ring out of my bag and panicked when I realized I had no place but my bathing suit pocket to hide the ring. I walked back onto the beach with this bulge sliding from side to side against my thigh as I walked. I tried to use my arm to hide the obvious. I was able to sit down next to Sami without her noticing. I then asked Sami to take a walk with me. We didn't get very far, I was desperate to get the box out of my pocket. I stopped her at a spot that I believe to be perfect. I removed the box from my pocket, got down on my left knee, looked into her eyes, said a few words and proposed. She said yes and everyone around us cheered. We had the rest of the weekend to celebrate."
The wedding took place on a perfect Autumn day at Windows on the Water at Frogbridge. The girls got ready together, hair done by Anne Frances and makeup completed by Christina DePascal Atelier. Samantha's gown was custom made by her friend, Alice Roi, as were the maid and matron of honor's dresses. Bloom, the couple's incredibly talented florist, designed the breathtaking bouquets and additional details, such as their stunning huppa and rustic centerpieces. The love between the bride and groom could be felt by all those present as Samantha walked down the aisle with her eyes locked on Brian. The ecstatic couple stole a moment alone after the ceremony to simply be together. This is a couple clearly in love.
The tented reception was decorated with inviting Fall colors and rustic touches such as lanterns and painted wood table numbers. The cake, designed by Palermo's Bakery, had burlap around each tier and a special heart detail that looked as if it were make of tree bark, with the couple's initials carved into it. With warm hearts and lots to celebrate, the couple made their entrance with a little help from the Seth Tieger Band. The night was filled with smiles and love, all captured on video by Gary Licker, and is surely a wedding we will never forget.