Credit: Meghan Lynn Photography

Bride and Groom

Samantha is a marketing communications manager at Mistral Group, Defense and Homeland Security Company in Bethesda. Michael is master mechanic at River Road Auto Service in Bethesda. The couple lives in Germantown, Maryland.

The wedding

Oct. 10, 2012, ceremony at Musket Ridge Golf Course and reception at Catoctin Hall at Musket Ridge.

How they met

At a party, introduced to each other by mutual friends. They remained friends for about a year until deciding to start dating. 

First date

Dinner and the Colin Farrell movie, S.W.A.T. 

The proposal

At Sugarloaf Winery in Comus, Maryland

Number of people who attended



Wedding Theme

Maple Leaf – a symbol of promise and also the national symbol of Canada, where the bride’s parents are from.

What made the day so special

As a tribute to the bride’s heritage, the theme of the wedding was the maple leaf. Without even realizing it, they picked a place that is surrounded by maple trees and were able to get photos that really tied the entire day together and provided us with the most vibrant photos.

Favorite moment of the day

The first look. Samantha had the longest walk to get to Mike and it felt like an eternity to finally be able to see eye-to-eye.



Maggie Sottero, P. Lawrence Bridal


Meghan Lynn Photography

The honeymoon

Sandals, St. Lucia



EDGE Floral

Hair and Makeup

Beyond Brides Hair and Makeup LLC

Invitations and programs

Self, owner of BlackByrd Paper



Bill Izer, Source4 Entertainment


Musket Ridge Golf Course (Dessert Buffet: Canapés)


JC Motorcoach