JDE Brides: Katelyn

If you haven't checked out Katelyn & David's wedding.....well, you're missing out.  Their wedding was definitely one of my very favorites that I had the opportunity to coordinate this year.  Katelyn & I go way back and I was so excited that I got to be a part of her big day!  She's one of the nicest and funniest people I know.  Read on to learn a bit more about her and hear the advice she has for future brides.

Who are you and who is your husband?  Katelyn & David

How did the two of you meet?  This is always a difficult question for me to answer....David and I technically met in fourth grade and I have the yearbook to prove I was in love with him {or at least thought he was a hottie} since day one.  And yes, that documentation was shown to all our friends and family in the middle of our wedding ceremony.  We re-met on February 13, 2008.  It was our junior year at Virginia Tech and I literally showed up at his house.  It was the night before my 21st birthday, and my sorority was having a Valentine's Date party.  I went date-less since I wanted to focus on being 21 and not worry about taking care of a date.  All of David's roommates were going, so they offered to host a pre-game at their house.  I had no clue that the house we were going to was David's before I got there, but we spotted each other across the dirty frat-house basement {romantic, I know} and wound up chatting most of the night away.  The next day, I got a phone call asking me to his fraternity's date party that weekend {I'll save that story for another time...} and we have been together ever since!

How did he pop the question?  On June 8, 2013, David convinced me that he had a work event at the Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club that afternoon.  It was a mostly-cloudy day with some scattered thunderstorms, but he suggested we have a picnic lunch before heading over.  Since David typically hates picnics, I immediately took him up on his offer.  He took me to his special spot on the dunes of 80th street where the sun popped out and he popped the question.  David thought ahead and had a photographer there to capture every moment.  No more than 2 minutes after the photographer left, the skies opened and the rain came down.  David convinced me that the "work event" that afternoon was still happening {I blame it on the post-engagement high....I mean, who would actually do that!?}.  He took me over to the Cavalier.  We headed over to a yacht docked at the club and when I opened the door, both of our families and best friends were there to help us celebrate our engagement day!  By this time, there was not a cloud in the sky, so we cruised around the bay for the afternoon, enjoying champagne, cupcakes, and each others company.  It was the most perfect day!

What 5 words would you use to describe your wedding?  Full of love and fun!

What were your favorite/least favorite parts of wedding planning?  Favorite: Our food tasting.  Least favorite: Everything else.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?  The Ritz-Carlton Club in St. Thomas....a very generous wedding gift!

Who were your vendors?
Coordinator - Just Dandy Events
Photography - Sami Proctor Photography & Design
Second Shooter - Elizabeth Henson Photos
Ceremony - Trinity Church
Recepption - Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club
Dress - Ava Clara
Cake - Plaza Bakery
DJ - Barry McKay
Linens - Waterford Event Rentals
Flowers - Bouquets were from Norfolk Wholesale Floral, Centerpieces were DIY from Sams Club
Invitations - LesliesCardArt from Etsy
Programs - PaigesPaper on Etsy

If you could do one thing different, what would it be?  Absolutely nothing, it was perfect!

Any advice for future brides?  Don't over-think things!  I was so easy going about the whole planning process because I didn't want to spend an insane amount of money {that's impossible by the way}.  I picked my vendors, told them what I wanted, and let it go.  I kept the decorations simple since I was DIYing it.  On the day of the wedding, I was actually blown away by how incredible everything looked and I think a lot of that had to do with not being so focused on every detail being extravagant and perfect.

Vendor Spotlight - Sami Proctor Photography & Design

I had the pleasure of working with Sami Proctor on David & Katelyn's wedding.  Not only is she talented, she's also one of THE sweetest people I've ever met.  She's always smiling, she always has something nice to say.  We got the opportunity to sit down over our vendor meals at the wedding, and really talk about what it meant to both of us to start up our "little businesses" while still maintaining a full-time job.  It was so great to get feedback and advice from Sami.  She's wonderful and I truly hope I get the chance to work with her again soon.

Read about Sami, get to know her a bit, and then check out her work.  You'll like her just as much as I do.

Tell us about Sami Proctor Photography & Design: Hi! I’m Sami Proctor, a photographer and designer based out of Columbia, Maryland. I have always had a passion for art and love being inspired by the people I love and the places I go. After graduating from Old Dominion with a degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in Graphic Design, I decided to challenge myself and open up a business. In 2013, I officially opened Sami Proctor Photography & Design.

I love natural light and telling a story. I believe in true love and happily ever afters. I strive to create meaningful images that stand the test of time. I love to create, to imagine, to dream.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my business a little more!

How long has SPP&D been operating:  Opening Sami Proctor Photography & Design has been an amazing journey for me. I just recently hit my one-year anniversary of officially being in business. I have learned so much about myself this past year and gained so much knowledge on ways to better serve my clients and grow! I am so excited to see what the future has in store! I hope you’ll join me on this journey.

What area do you serve? I currently shoot sessions in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but I am always thrilled to shoot destination weddings / sessions!

What services do you offer? SPP&D is a photography and design studio specializing in weddings, engagements, couples, maternity, high school seniors and families, as well as branding services, website design, and wedding / event branding, including save the date cards, invitations, programs and more.

How would you describe your photography style? Radiant and Natural.  My style is full of bright, radiant light. I love telling a story that is full of love and emotion. To capture a specific moment in time that cannot be repeated. I strive to create an atmosphere where my clients feel comfortable in front of the camera, which then is reflected into their images. 

What's the most memorable event you've photographed? I have had the opportunity to shoot some amazing couples and families, but my favorite and most memorable event to photograph thus far was for my best friend. We have been best friends since we were in first grade, that’s 23+ years of friendship, and to be able to photograph her engagement session and the opportunity to shoot her wedding this October means the world to me. I love gaining relationships from all of my clients and capturing their amazing moments in life, but it is extra special when that person holds a special place in your heart.

What are your favorite types of events to photograph?  Weddings are my absolute favorite type of event to photograph. After going through this process almost two years ago, I know how meaningful and special your wedding day is. To stand in front of your family, friends and God and proclaim your love for one another is such an amazing gift. To be able to capture these treasured moments fills my heart. After shooting a wedding, my cheeks always hurt from smiling all day! 

Who are your favorite vendors/venues to work with/at? Based on my previous experience as a bride, photographing a handful of weddings and hearing feedback from my brides, some vendors I would recommend are:


          MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)

          The Signature at West Neck

          The Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club

          Back Bay Farms


          Norfok Wholesale Florist

Makeup Artist

          Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry


          Just Dandy Events


          Distinctive Event Rentals


          Sugar Plum Bakery

          Sweetly Done Cakes

What advice do you have for brides trying to choose a photographer?  There are so many wedding photographers in the industry, so how do you find the perfect photographer for you? First, I would recommend looking at their work. Make sure you like their style of photography. Second, I would recommend meeting your photographer, whether in person, over the phone or via Skype. Making sure you and your photographer “click” is so important. You should have no doubt that the photographer you pick was meant to capture your special day! It can be helpful to do a session before your wedding, like an engagement session, to get comfortable with each other. This will give you a little sneak peek into the interaction between you and the photographer on your wedding day! 

  Thanks so much for your time Sami!  You're wonderful!

David & Katelyn

It's always such a great feeling when a couple chooses me to coordinate their wedding day.  It's so special to know they're trusting me to make their big day everything they've dreamed of.  But when a couple you've known for When David & Katelyn chose me as their coordinator, I was beyond thrilled.

Katelyn was my very best friend through all of middle school.  I feel like friends from that time in our lives hold a really special place in our hearts.  David went to school with the two of us as well, and seeing them together now, so in love and perfect for each other....it makes me incredibly happy for them both and their families.

Here are a few of the pictures taken by the incredibly talented Sami Proctor Photography & Design and her amazing second-shooter Elizabeth Henson Photos.  Be sure to check out Sami's blog to see even more of the shots!


Congratulations Katelyn & David!  Thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Ceremony Venue: Trinity Church
Reception Venue: Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club
Photographer: Sami Proctor Photography & Design
Second Shooter: Elizabeth Henson Photos
Cake: Plaza Bakery
Linens: Waterford Event Rentals
DJ: Barry McKay
Florist: Norfolk Wholesale Floral
Beauty: Behind the Veil

Also, a big huge thank you to my friends Maggie & Sammie, who jumped in at the last minute to be my right hands for the day.  You girls rock and I adore you for all your hard work!