Now + Forever
Fall In Love With These Treasure Coast Newlyweds
WHO THEY ARE: Rowan, 24, works for The Learning Academy at The Els Center of Excellence, and Sam, 27, works for the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.
HOW THEY MET: Rowan and Sam first met in high school, and Sam was a year older than Rowan. The timing was always off; when Sam liked her, she was dating someone else, and vice versa. Sam ended up switching schools, and the two lost contact. Fast forward seven years to a few liked photos on Instagram and a direct message from Sam asking for her number, and “the rest is history,” Rowan says.
HOW THEY KNEW THEY FOUND THE ONE: Rowan never had one specific moment when she realized Sam was “the one.” “It was a million little moments that solidified my feelings for him and made me realize that I never wanted to be without him,” she says. “Sam is home to me, in every sense of the word; he is such an incredible man and one I look up to every day.”
ON THE PROPOSAL: Rowan is a massive “Harry Potter” fan but had never visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando, so Sam planned a trip there for their first dating anniversary. After enjoying some rides and perusing the area, Sam suggested taking a picture at the notorious Hogwarts Express, then asked someone to actually take a video of the proposal. Rowan set her butterbeer down to smile for the photo, then Sam began to profess his love before getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him.
ON THE THEME AND DECOR: The wedding theme was modestly rustic, with a focus on greenery and shades of blue. Lots of olive leaves and branches were incorporated, as the olive branch symbolizes wisdom, peace and hope—all things the couple aspires to mold into their marriage. The olive theme played a part in the invitations, table arrangements and room décor, and guests received homemade olive oil bottles as wedding favors.
ON THE “LAST” DANCE: Their DJ asked Sam weeks before the wedding to pick a surprise song he wanted to dance with Rowan to at the end of the night. As the reception came to a close, the DJ had everyone leave, then he also left after putting the song on. “I didn’t recognize the song [at first], but as Sam started singing along to the lyrics, I quickly realized it was ‘Beautiful Crazy’ by Luke Combs, a song we had sung together so many times before,” Rowan says. “I have honestly never felt more loved by someone than in that moment with him.”
Wedding Date: March 9, 2019
Ceremony and Reception: Willoughby Golf Club
Gown Designer: Watters
Event Planner: Christina Leite of Willoughby Golf Club
Food: Kirsten Gutowski, catering account executive for Willoughby Golf Club
Cake Maker: Sandra’s Cakes
DJ: Traxx Entertainment
Photo and Video: Nassimbeni Photo & Films
Invitations: Alexis & Lynn Calligraphy and Design
Flowers: Lara’s Theme
Makeup: Makeup Houdini by Kaitlin Mary Rice
Hair: Topknots by Jamie Lynn
Bride: Olivia Bowen Bridal
Bridal Party: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen: Cardita Formal Wear
Jewelry: Olive + Piper
Beer: HopLife Brewing Company
Transportation: Eagle Luxury Transportation