Abby & Sam’s story is one of my absolute favorites. Abby, the Olympic diver and Sam, a talented collegiate athlete himself, both met at Duke. She attends Duke medical school and Sam is the Duke assistant football coach so it stands to reason that these two would meet on campus no? Wrong! Actually, these two met through a kismet accident. At Duke, you are issued a school ID. As luck or fate would have it, Abby seemed to have lost her Duke ID somewhere on campus. Sam, being the observant guy that he is, happened to stumble upon said ID and sent this modern day damsel-in-distress an email. He not only returned her ID but asked her on a date as well! 

Dates turned into a relationship which eventually turned into adopting an adorable puppy, Mookie, and building a home together. Sam proposed to Abby on the beach in Connecticut. He not only presented her a ring but asked her to marry him with the lost ID… her new last name taped over the front. The two got married at the Long Point Yacht club, just walking distance away from where she said “yes.” We actually took portraits at the very spot he got down on one knee. 

This wedding holds a special place in my heart because Abby and Sam have become dear friends. Ben and I were lucky enough to attend their rehearsal dinner. Speech after speech showed how incredible these two people are, not only in their professional lives but as good, kind loving people as well. This was also by far one of the most fun weddings I have ever attended. People danced all night and it was a blast having the Duke crew in front of my camera. Here are my favorite images from the day (including some pizza rolls at the end!) 


Photographer: Kir Tuben (Me) Instagram: @kir2ben

Venue: Groton Long Point Yacht Club

Planning: Penny Johnson, Matthew’s Catering @mattewscateringcompany

Florals: Super Stop & Shop (Norwich, CT)

Beauty & Hair: Kathryn W. Salon @kathrynwsalonandlespa

Linens: Arrow Paper Party Rentals

Catering: Matthew’s Catering Company @mattewscateringcompany

DJ: DJ Mike

Invitations: Splash of Silver @splashofsilver

Dress: BHLDN @bhldn

Shoes: Kate Spade @katespade

Cake: Mystic Market @mysticmarketct

Jewelry: Jennifer Fisher for J. Crew @jcrew

Officiant: Reverend Paul Hayes, Noank Baptist Church