Sarah & Sam first met in middle school, but became separated after attending different high schools. When they went to college, they were reconnected, and it was there that they fell in love. After five years together, Sam decided to propose to Sarah as a surprise with all of their close family and friends present, including one very special friend from middle school who had just returned from a tour in Iraq the day before. They were thrilled to share this moment with the ones they love most. For their engagement session, they wanted something other than the Arizona dessert, a place with historical significance. Along with Andrea Brewster Photography they decided to go to a small mining town with plenty of history to share!
Tell us about the ring!
Sam was very selective when he picked out my ring. He wanted the absolute best materials and something that I couldn’t damage, as I am rather clumsy. The ring has three Israeli diamonds and a beautiful side detail that he refers to as my Menorah. The three stones symbolize our past, present, and future, while the “Menorah” represents the commitment I made to him whole heartedly when I decided to convert to Judaism.
Have you set a wedding date and location?
We are getting married April 19, 2014, at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, AZ.
Can you tell us a little about your wedding plans so far?
The Kerr Cultural Center became an important place for us. The building was originally the home of Louise Lincoln Kerr and was built in 1948. She owned 47 acres and her home, a studio, and several casitas, where she invited artist, musicians, poets, and other creative people to come and work on their crafts. She housed Pablo Casals, Shel Silverstein, Isaac Stern, the Budapest String Quartet, and many others. She then left her estate to ASU’s department of music and it quickly became the best place in the valley to hear live jazz music. Because the venue had such a beautiful story we wanted to be sure our event went with that story. We have hired a string quartet from ASU to play the ceremony. We are having a vintage, old Hollywood feel to everything but are keeping things very us by swapping out traditional food for catering from our favorite restaurant, Pita Jungle, and having a dessert bar instead of a traditional cake. We are also planning on having one or two long tables for everyone to sit to create a feeling of a more communal meal.