Samantha + Kayne


Samantha and Kayne vendors:

Photographer // Jessica Dean Photography  |  Catering // Catered by Charlotte  |  The rest they D.I.Y.ed!

A little Q & A:

HWI: How did you two meet?  

SAMANTHA: We met in high school (Newton, IA) through my brother, Dustin. Kayne was a Senior and I was a Sophomore. Kayne asked me to be his date for his Senior Prom, and the rest is history! 

HWI: Was the proposal a surprise? Tell us about it!   

SAMANTHA: We were living in Chicago at the time and planned an extended weekend vacation over Thanksgiving weekend (2014) in Lake Geneva, WI. Kayne booked our stay at an amazing, roaring 20’s style bed and breakfast called the Baker House. He proposed to me on Friday night during dinner, which was served next to a fireplace in a private study at the Baker House. I was very surprised when the proposal happened, and celebrated soon after by sharing drinks and live music, with dedicated songs, in the Baker House’s piano lounge. 

HWI: What was your inspiration or the theme you were going for your wedding?   

SAMANTHA: We always planned on a small intimate wedding. It was about creating a night of things we like with all people close to us in our lives. We focused on a mixture of the style and things that we really liked. We didn’t specifically go for a single, defined style. Instead, we found a mixture of fun furniture, decorations and even our custom built bar. 

HWI: How did you pick your vendors?   

SAMANTHA: The two vendors we hired were for food (Catered by Charlotte) and photography
(Jessica Dean Photography). Everything else was put together by us personally, or friends and family. We hired Jessica Dean Photography not only because she, Kayne and I were friends in High School, but specifically because of her unique style of photography that truly captures the entire look, feel and experience of each and every wedding she shoots. 

Originally we wanted a food truck for catering, but since the wedding was the same weekend as the Iowa State Fair and Knoxville racing, every food truck we could find was booked. So we created our own version! We turned the shed window into a walk up food window. We chose Catering by Charlotte because she was so easy to work with and when I explained my vision she understood right away and made the perfect food. Which was also delicious! 

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