All things white, bright and beautiful

Samantha Bijvoet & Tyler Catlett
May 11, 2019

HOW WE MET:  It was Nov. 11, 2015. We were both at the gym, just trying to stay in shape before the holidays, when we began to notice each other. We both were too shy to speak at first, not knowing if the other would be interested or not.  Unknowingly, we had a mutual friend, Mr. Ken, and he got it all started for us. Once he introduced us, we instantly clicked. After we had been dating for a few months, we decided to take a trip to Vegas for Samantha’s 21st birthday. That is where we first told each other we loved one another. After that, we dated for another two and a half years before getting engaged.

THE PROPOSAL:  For months Tyler had been planning to take me back to where we first told each other we loved one another. Of course, I assumed it was just another couples trip with two of our closest friends. It started out just like any other day. He wanted to watch the fountain show at the Bellagio because he knew it was my favorite. Little did I know this is where he would propose to me. The day was so amazing, and it was even more special because our friends were there to capture all of our moments together. 

FAVORITE WEDDING MOMENT: The entire day was perfect, so it is hard to pick just one moment. If I had to pick, I would say our first look was our favorite part. We were both so anxious and excited about getting to see each other, and when we finally did, it was the best feeling. The way we looked at each other – as though we had never seen something as handsome or beautiful before – was such a special moment, and we will cherish that forever.

Jeweler: Osborne’s Jewelers
Dress: Kathleen’s Bridal
Hair: Marissa Burkhead, Society Salon
Venue: Welleswood Venue
Florist: Athens Florist & Gifts
Caterer: C & A Catering
Bride and groom cakes: Debbie Hardaway
Photographer and videographer: Salt of the Earth Photography