They knew each other way back when, but it wasn’t till later that love bloomed.
Photography by Martin Lingnau, Mermaid Pictures
NOT HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS—He was the off-limits best friend of her high school boyfriend. She was the off-limits “cute girlfriend of one of my closest buds,” says Sam. Years later, they became Facebook friends. They turned up at the same show at Harlow’s, then at an opening of a downtown hotspot, and finally Sam worked up the nerve to ask for her phone number.
THEIR OWN TRADITIONS—Sam and Amber incorporated readings from Native American and Celtic cultures into the ceremony that they wrote themselves. They’re both of Irish descent, and Amber has two Native American tribes in her lineage. They opted out of bouquet and garter tosses, and had no bridesmaids and groomsmen. Their theme was 1920s—their guests dressed in 1920s evening attire and the 10-piece brass band played ’20s music.
BLACK AND WHITE—Spanky, their beloved Pomeranian, carried the wedding bands down the aisle with a mint-green ribbon around his neck and a spray rose boutonniere that matched Sam’s.
ADVICE?—“If you are planning your own wedding, expect for it to become a second or third job,” says Amber.
11.8.16 WISTERIA GARDENS, ELK GROVE