At first glance, Stephanie and Sam’s wedding was downright fabulous – a glorious, glamorous destination wedding at the Delray Beach Marriott with a stunning bride and her dapper, seersucker-wearing groom enjoying stolen moments in among the mangrove trees. Then you hear Stephanie and Sam’s story and you get all the feels. Because it’s not every day we hear about such a simple, heartfelt proposal, or that the father of the bride doubled as a wedding planner. Or that said dad is from Canada and that his daughter’s choice of a Canadian-designed (and made) gown felt like kismet. Or even that Stephanie and Sam each have a child, and that both were in the wedding and how the whole thing was such a coming together of family…see? The feels.
More about Stephanie and Sam’s day, proposal story and the details on her dad’s planning prowess from our lovely bride:
How did Sam propose?
“My husband, so fun to say, proposed October 17th, 2014. We had a fun weekend planned, as we did most of the time. Sam was going to take me to Fontana Village in NC, his childhood stomping grounds. I got home from work early that Friday and began packing up the car. I ran in to get one last thing and found him on one knee in my kitchen. He said he was too nervous to wait until we got to NC. As soon as we left, I called and texted our friends and family. I never heard most of their responses until we got back because within 30 minutes, we had no service. It was a perfect weekend to spend with my fiancé. “
Tell us what inspired your wedding look and about your day!
“Our wedding day look came together perfectly. Initially I had a vision of all white with a touch of blues. The blue soon became just as prominent as the whites. Sam was persistent on wanting seersucker for his groomsmen. I gave in and I am glad I did. The Vineyard Vines seersucker pants with white button downs and navy ties went perfectly with the Navy Crisp Show Me Your MUMU bridesmaids dresses. My mom and I chose all white flowers and white table linens. Most of the time you hear of weddings where the only active role the father of the bride has is the check book. My dad envisioned the perfect day for us and that is exactly what he gave us…from the venue, the custom-designed pineapple logo (seen on ice sculpture and the guest favors), the best band in South Florida (Higher Ground), and every minor detail. I have to say that I could not have done a better job! He may have a career in wedding planning.
Sam and I both have a child. Maddox, 7 Carson, 5. We wanted them to be a part of our big day! Carson was a beautiful flower girl. She carried long stem roses to hand out to woman guest in the pews. Maddox was a handsome ring bearer decked out in Vineyard Vines and carried a safe that did in fact have the rings inside. They danced all night long and it will definitely be a day they will never forget.”
How did you find your wedding dress?
“The dress. This was something that every girl dreams of growing up. I went dress shopping with my mom and my now mother-in-law. We started out at one dress shop and when I put each dress on, I said this is pretty but it has been sold to other brides and is nothing special. I think I probably tried on 30 dresses before deciding to go on to the next shop. Next stop, Wedding Wonderland. As soon as I walked in I was drawn to the Lea-Ann dresses. After trying on a few of her wedding gowns, I knew this designer was something different but elegant. I fell in love with everything about the designer, including her Canadian roots. My dad was born and raised in Canada. I had more than a dozen Canadian family members flying in to Delray Beach for the wedding. It was meant to be. I called my dad to tell him about Lea-Ann. As mentioned before, he was heavily involved in every step. My dad called the Lea-Ann flagship store and was actually able to speak with Lea-Ann herself! This meant so much to my dad that she would take the time to speak with the father of a bride. Lisa, the owner of Wedding Wonderland, was amazing throughout the whole process. Lea-Ann made me a custom wedding gown with a mocha underlay. It was absolutely gorgeous. It was the perfect dress made just for me. “
What’s your advice for other couples preparing to tie the knot?
“My advice to engaged couples is to enjoy being engaged first, then plan. Allow others to help when they offer. Enjoy every minute of your wedding day. Make sure to focus on you and your husband first and foremost. “