Regina and Sam met through music. Sam was teaching at a music school, and Regina came to help a friend (who also worked at the same place) take some equipment down after a performance.
Sam was interested in Regina from the start. “She was beautiful, and she was very energetic. I could tell she was very charismatic, also,” Sam says. “She came from a large family, and a Christian family, like my own, so it was a really good connection that we had.”
After a year of “hanging out,” the relationship switched officially to seriously dating when Sam said one day, “We’re going to go out—and this is our first date.”
A year-and-a-half later, Sam proposed to Regina, in front of the castle at the Global Winter Wonderland show. Sam got down on one knee with a ring in his hands, telling her how he felt. Regina was excited, surprised and happy. She was also thinking, “Hurry up, I need to say yes!”
Making the changes necessary to keep within budget, and making sacrifices in their time together were planning challenges. Each moved back home with parents for a while to save money. While Sam started a new career and worked several jobs, Regina attended school. Sometimes she would get out of class at 9:50 p.m. and drive over just to hang out with him, often being their only time together for the week.
Keeping the guest list to 100 proved difficult: Sam has a brother and two sisters, and Regina is one of 12 children. “Eleven siblings, and each of them brings a significant other, that’s 22 and my parents are 24, there’s a quarter of our guest list, just with my siblings,” Regina says. “Then you’ve got to factor in cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends.”
Religion plays a central role in their relationship. “We went into our marriage knowing that our faith and my specific religion would play a very important part,” Regina says.
“(Religion) helps us to center ourselves,” Sam says. “I believe it also helps us stay rooted in family and in community; also just in making the right decisions when you don’t want to.”
The wedding was held at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, an affiliate of the church that Regina’s family attends. Sam went to mass for several months prior to the ceremony so he could better understand the processes.
A lot of thought and effort went into making their wedding the perfect day. Was it worth it?
“Our wedding was a total reflection of ourselves, and it was completely fun,” Regina says. “It was the greatest thing of my life so far. I’d do it all over again, and I would do all of the planning all over again.”
“I think for us, with the size of her family, and with me being the last one to marry in my family, it had to be done.” Sam says. “We did it.”
— Margaret Snider
Regina & Sam's Wedding Resources
Grand Palladium Resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Samuel wrote our first dance song as a surprise wedding present to me. It is called “On the Perfect Day” (it’s on Youtube!). It’s about the trip we took to Apple Hill when he knew he wanted to marry me.
“Your Song” by Elton John
“Hey Jude” by The Beatles
“A Whole New World” from Aladdin (Samuel’s favorite Disney movie)
“When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio
“I See the Light” from Tangles
“Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast (Regina’s favorite Disney Princess)
“Better Together by Jack Johnson
“Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth
“Monday Night Football” Theme Song
We had a blush fondant covered three-tiered cake and each tier was a different flavor:
- Bottom tier: Red Velvet
- Middle: Chocolate Mousse
- Top: Kahlua
- My bouquet was primarily pastel roses with some baby’s breath and greenery.
- Bridesmaids had ivory roses with freesia.
- We also had two large arrangements of white gladiolas and willow branches for the church, one on either side of the altar.
- We hung hydrangeas from every other pew with a black silk ribbon.
- Our guest book was a guitar that Samuel has had since he was 8 years old. We had all of our guests sign it with gold ink.
- The box our ring bearer carried was a jewelry box I received as a gift for my 9th birthday from my sister.
- One of the challenges of staying in budget were the invitations. I really wanted gold foil invitation suites (which were double our budget), but we found beautiful invitations on Vistaprint and used our Knot website as an online RSVP.
- Our ceremony musicians were AMAZING! At one point Mallorie and Edgar sang Cesar Franc’s “The Prayer” and it was so beautiful that it brought me to tears! Some guests thought that we had played a recording of Andrea Bocelli.
- I just want to give a final thank you to Erica Baldwin Photography. She really went above and beyond all of our expectations! She took our engagement and wedding photos, and we are constantly getting compliments on them! We just received the beautiful album she put together for us and it is beautiful beyond words.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff!!! You are the only ones who will know when all is said and done. Also, don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Make sure your wedding is a reflection of the two of you and your love for each other!
- Also, be sure to take time during the planning process and during your wedding weekend to take it all in and just bask in everything going on around you. It really goes by way too fast!!!