A Wedding Planner to Plan her Own Wedding

Photo by Samantha Maroney- White Room Event

Samantha Maroney, the founder of White Room Event, one of our very own VIB vendors got engaged this past spring! Here is the story of Wedding Planner, Samatha Maroney's engagement:


My fiancé, Peter Blankenship's family has spent one month every year in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina for the last 32 years. As you can imagine, this is a very special place to him and his family. Peter invited me on my very first Hilton Head trip two years ago in April of 2013. Needless to say, I fell in love with the community, beaches, and way of life down south. There is something unique about the island; it has a way of "slowing you down". As a planner, my life is very fast paced, so our time spent in Hilton Head is enjoyed and cherished each time we visit.


This past April, I visited Hilton Head for a second time. Little did I know it would be the most memorable trip of all! Peter got down on one knee in the midst of the sandy dunes on the beach out in front of their place. As if I thought things couldn't get better in that moment I said "YES!"...they did!  Turns out, he flew my parents out to the island to celebrate with us for the remaining four days of our stay. It was magical and special- everything I could have dreamed of and more for a proposal.

Of course, the planner in me began to start planning out our vision and wedding day details. We originally thought of getting married at a mansion on Hilton Head Island with close friends of family. Part of me wishes we went through with this plan, but the dancer in me decided to have the big wedding with ALL friends and family here in Minnesota.


Minnesota is filled with lovely venues, and with many of my favorites being venues that I have worked with in the past, my decision was quite difficult. Combining my love for "Southern Charm" mixed with "Undercover Preppy/Nautical", I landed at a local venue in my hometown, the Lafayette Club.

I couldn't be more thrilled to have chosen this venue and look forward to all of the planning that's in store! Not to mention, I am thrilled to be marrying the most wonderful man in the world, Peter.

Congratulations to Samanthat & Petter and thank you for sharing your story with Forever Bride!

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