Karley and Sam – How We Got To I Do
Say hello to Karley Colter and Sam Graham. They celebrated their wedding at The Belvedere on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Sometimes, a couple becomes less like a client and more like a friend. Karley, Sam & Teagan charmed us from the second they walked through the door! Their desire to make their Big Day 100% “Karley & Sam” meant that their guests were spoiled with personal touches like a soup bar (they love soup, like REALLY love it!) and a custom cocktail menu. Since both bride & groom are well-loved beverage reps in the area, the whole Owl Bar crew was also showered with (especially Jager) swag. Who else would schedule a happy hour for their vendors ahead of time for everyone to get to know each other??!! It was at the Owl Bar, of course. At the end of the night, their wedding was truly one of the most FUN parties we’ll ever have.
Learn more as Karley & Sam share their story of how they got to “I do.”
How did you meet?
Karley: How did you meet? We met at work, we’re both in the liquor industry. We were setting up for a special event at the 2013 Preakness Stakes in Baltimore; However, I’m sure we crossed paths multiple times in the past. Sam is from Bowie, MD, I’m from Crofton, MD. Both neighboring towns but in 2 separate counties Anne Arundel and Prince Georges. We both grew up in these towns since 1992, exact same age and have identified many mutual friends and timed we were in the same place at the same time, but never officially met until Preakness 2013.
What was your first impression?
Karley: I thought Sam was very attractive and very intelligent, however, his actual voice made him sound not so intelligent (lol)! We worked for companies who had a partnership and I didn’t want to get involved with someone at work.
Sam: I thought she was beautiful, influential and smart for her to be in the position that she was in her career.
When did you know he was the one?
How Sam proposed….
Karley: In the kitchen. it was perfect. I didn’t want anything big. We both love to cook, it’s our favorite place in our home.
The highs and lows of the engagement period….
Choosing the Belvedere….
Karley: Sam and I loved it. We loved the classy, historic feel of the venue. We wanted everything to be in one place and the Belvedere was able to provide that for us. More importantly, staff was incredible to work with.
The biggest surprise (for better, for worse…) of your wedding day:
Advice to other brides….
Life as a married couple is…
Who: Karley Colter and Sam Graham
When: January 28, 2017
Where: The Belvedere. The ceremony kicked things off in the Charles Ballroom, guests were then invited to the John Eager Howard Ballroom for a wonderful cocktail hour and like magic, the Charles Ballroom was transformed into the reception all ready for the dinner and dancing!
Photographer: Artful Weddings
Videographer: Bowen Films
Photo Booth: iLove Photo Booths
Band: Carl from C&J Entertainment
Food: Belvedere & Co. Events. Hors d’oeuvres included veal & ricotta meatballs, seared ahi tuna and tempura shrimp with a Maryland crab dip display and a soup bar!. Guests enjoyed a dinner of a Baby Arugula Salad, Chicken with Jumbo Lump Crab and Garlic and Herb Roasted Strip Loin.
Florist: Studio H
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