Some of my favorite love stories are the ones that stem from two best friends who become something more. That’s what happened for Dustin and Samantha. These two met while at pharmacy school and became fast friends. Things stayed that way for three years before they started dating! One of their favorite moments together was when they first held hands, before they were officially dating, because it was the moment they both knew that this was something much more.
Dustin and Sam love visiting the wineries together, so Dustin decided to propose to Sam when they were on a trip to Linville Falls Winery with friends. As the story goes (and it was hilarious hearing Dustin tell it!), Dustin enlisted the help of their friend to find a perfect spot to propose. He had found a beautiful spot and told Dustin where it was. On the way to the winery, Dustin told Sam he wanted to stop off there for a minute but when they got to the location, the gate was closed! He couldn’t get in and ended up just driving straight to the winery. When they got to Linville Falls Winery, their friends were waiting and expecting them to be engaged, so Dustin had to think fast and let them know it didn’t happen! In the end, he took her to a private spot in the vineyard and asked her to marry him and of course she said yes! While it may not have gone as planned, it was still an amazing moment for the two of them at the beautiful vineyard!
We met up last fall at Lake Benson park to shoot their engagement photos. They are such a fun couple, and clearly crazy about each other! I loved getting to work with them and I can’t wait to photograph Samantha’s bridal session and their wedding in April! As a photographer who just moved back to Connecticut, I’m so excited I get to travel back to North Carolina a few times this year for these amazing weddings! <3