Hope’s Bride Samantha and Quentin go way back to elementary school. They started dating in March of her sophomore in high school when he was a senior. That October, Quentin went off to basic training for the Marine Corp.
“I thought it was going to be the longest three months of my life. A month into basic, his leg was broken in four places. My long three months turned into a long eleven months. Seven of those eleven months our only communication as writing letters and the occasional phone call when he was lucky. It was tough, but we made it. I knew that if we could make it through that, we could make it through anything,” Sam remembers. A year later, on Christmas, he proposed in front of their friends.
They planned a simple September 2016 wedding in Scott County, with the ceremony at Olde Saint Ann’s and the reception at Eldridge Event Center. She found her Essense of Australia wedding gown and Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses with Hope’s, along with her flower girl’s dress, a bridal belt, shoes, and veil. “Every time I came in they knew me and what dress was mine,” Sam says of her experience.
Sam offers current brides advice, “Do not stress over anything, small issues will go unnoticed on your big day. You have much more to focus on than the little details.” In the end, what’s important is enjoying the time with people you love. Her favorite memories from her wedding day are spending the morning and a Chick-fil-a lunch with her girlfriends, celebrating with all their friends and family, and marrying her best friend.
After the wedding, the couple took a fun honeymoon. “We assumed the role of adult children and took a trip to Disney World! We spent the week in an amazing resort that is a part of our timeshare and took time to RELAX!”
Marriage is going well, and the couple is starting to build their dream home. Sam recognizes that being married is not easy. “Boys are boys. Make sure that you know that they will…or won’t do laundry, dishes, yardwork, cook, clean… There are arguments. You are both your own person. It is okay to disagree, but put yourself into your partner’s shoes. APOLOGIZE. Have sympathy and don’t forget to tell them how much you love them. You can make it through the toughest of days.”
Sam and Quentin, thank you for sharing your story and wise advice! We are so thankful to have been a part of your wedding, and wish you a lifetime of happiness!
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Venue: Wedding- Olde Saint Ann’s; Reception- Eldridge Event Center
Photographer: Ann Steward