A vineyard inspired wedding was perfect for this amazing, wine loving couple who met in California.
Samantha and Sam met in 2003 online and became close friends until they met in person on November 23, 2008. The couple remained friends until 2011, visiting back and forth between California and Florida, when they went their seperate ways and lost touch.
In 2013, Sam realized that she didn’t want Samantha to be “the one that got away”. She made a leap of faith and moved across the country from California to Florida so the couple could reconnect.
Sam’s move cross-country reunited the two and on December 28, 2016, Cali dropped to one knee and asked Florida to marry her. Of course, she said yes, but not to be outdone, Samantha staged a second proposal on February 15, 2017, in which she proposed to Sam.
Choosing Mission Inn:
Samantha and Samantha (the Sams) stumbled upon Mission Inn when they attended our annual wedding showcase. The couple took a group tour during the showcase and fell in love. In fact, they had a hard time deciding between Legends and Marina del Rey because they loved them both so much. In the end, they chose Legends as the backdrop for their happily ever after. The pair didn’t know it at the time, but Legends would turn out to be the perfect compliment to their wedding theme.
Here’s a fun candid photo of them winning a prize at our first wedding show!
The Planning Process:
The Sams had a blast through the entire planning process. The couple enjoyed going to wedding shows, taking their time and choosing one vendor category at each show that they attended. For a theme, the couple wanted a vineyard feel, fitting since they met in California and love wine. The colors they chose included burgundy, slate and pops of gold.
The Sams are lucky ladies! Here they are at our 2019 Wedding Showcase after winning the grand prize!
Each of the Sams spent the morning on wedding day getting ready in their own ready room. Their daughters and their families were by their side every step of the way.
For Cali (each Sam is lovingly nicknamed after their home state), a piece of her dad’s favorite shirt was pinned into her vest by her brother. He wanted a way for Sam to have her dad with her on the big day.
Samantha & Samantha both knew that they wanted a private first look with just the two of them before the big moment. The couple decided that the waterfall would be the perfect spot. Since Cali had been designated as the “br-oom” as the couple called it, it was decided that Cali would be the one waiting to see Florida. Her eyes filled with tears before she even turned to see her beautiful bride.
A Vineyard Inspired Wedding Ceremony:
The couple had a perfect, intimate vineyard inspired wedding ceremony. Cali walked down the aisle carrying her dad’s favorite leather hat and placed it on his empty seat to start the ceremony. On Florida’s side, Samantha had her daughter Brooke, her sister and best friends. On Cali’s side, Sam had her daughter, Teagan, her brother, her sister and her brother-in-law. Officiating the ceremony was Cali’s uncle, Rick, who’s personalized ceremony brought tears to everyone’s eyes.
Portraits of the Couple:
One Awesome Bridal Party:
A Vineyard Inspired Wedding Reception:
To create their vineyard inspired wedding reception, The Sams chose burgundy and slate with pops of gold. Rustic wine barrels framed the couple’s sweetheart table to complete the look.
Calling It a Night:
Kind Words from our Brides:
My wife and I first met Jessica and Mission Inn on a whim when we decided to attend their “Seasons of Love” showcase. We did a group tour with Jessica and had a amazing time meeting all their vendors.
After the showcase, we couldn’t stop thinking about the beautiful location and the amazing staff that we met that day… and the delicious hors d’oeuvres that we enjoyed while we were there. After comparing locations and staff, we couldn’t imagine holding our ceremony in any other place with any other people. We then met Bri and our love for Mission Inn grew even more.
Jessica and Bri are amazing ladies with remarkable attention to detail that made our entire planning process simple and stress free. We looked forward to meeting with them at all of the various wedding shows and intentionally hunted them down just to say hello. Bri-Ica made our wedding day and night, a night to remember. We received rave reviews from those who attended who also fell in love with the scenery, food, and service… but really those reviews belong to Mission Inn and their staff. Bri-Ica really out did themselves and we look forward to visiting the resort each month as our getaway from reality and reliving our “Happily Ever After”.
Thank you Jessica and Bri for everything you have done we couldn’t be any happier.
Check Out Their Wedding Video:
Wedding Ceremony: Mission Inn Resort’s Legends Courtyard
Wedding Reception: Mission Inn Resort’s Legends Ballroom
Photo & Video By: PB & J Studios
Bride’s Floral By: Faiella Creations
Ceremony & Reception Music: Our DJ Rocks
Dessert & Wedding Cake: Sugar Layne Sweets
Wedding Party Makeup: Jazz it Up Artistry