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September 2nd, 2023 at Combustion Brewery in Pickerington Ohio

AR: How did you two meet?

John: Set up by a close friend.

Sam: My former coworker (I was her supervisor at Victoria’s Secret) sent me a Facebook message putting in a good word for John. Her husband, Todd, is John’s best friend, and they grew up together. At the time it was one of those- “I have this friend…” messages. I had 0 luck with stuff like that in the past. My dad was also in and out of the hospital at the time and I was hesitant to even try to go on a date. I put myself out there and went for it. Sent him a message on Facebook. We talked for a couple weeks on Facebook and then officially met after that.

AR: Where was your first date?

J: At a Condado Taco’s in Easton. 

S: We met up at Condado at Easton.

AR: How did your proposal happen?

J:  Hocking Hills, in the very same cottage we spent on our first trip to the woods. Waited until the end of the trip and proposed just before we left. 

S: He proposed in a cottage at Hocking Hills. It was the same cottage we stayed out for our first trip out to Hocking Hills. I had a feeling it was coming. I put press on nails all weekend and kept thinking he would do it at the restaurant, astronomy park, while we were hiking, etc. He waited right until I was packing the last bag for us to leave that Sunday. Haha. That took me by surprise. 

AR: What do you remember most from your wedding day?

J: Looking at all my friends, family and Sam after walking down the aisle. 

S: I really enjoyed doing the first look with my close friends. I was nervous before going out and just thinking about and missing my dad. They hyped me up and made me feel amazing. Spending time with my mom and sister getting ready was great too.

Walking out and seeing John put me at ease immediately. I loved every single moment of the wedding and reception. Seeing everyone jam to NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, etc. was so fun and put a huge smile on my face. I’m so grateful and blessed that we had so many people show up just for us.

Thanks to the amazing team:

Vow’d Weddings

The Flowerman Columbus

Combustion Private Event Space, Combustion Brewery & Taproom – Pickerington

Sam + John


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