Weddings are supposed to be one of the happiest days in a couple’s life. The moment the two exchange vows is an experience like none other, and those lucky enough to attend have the privilege of sharing this special moment. While you may plan out your big day to the very last detail, unexpected surprises still have a funny way of popping up.
As this couple enjoyed the wedding of their dreams surrounded by loved ones, they couldn’t imagine a more perfect scene. But when the band suddenly cut out at the sight of an uninvited guest, the bride and groom realized that their special day was about to go completely off the rails…
Samantha Carisch and Taylor Sinclair met for the first time in 2010 at a minor-league baseball game. A member of the Visalia Rawhide, Taylor fell for Sam as soon as he spotted her in the stands.
Despite the unique circumstances of their meeting, a relationship soon blossomed between the two. The couple dated long-distance for a time until Taylor decided to relocate to California permanently to be with Sam.
After four years, Taylor decided to pop the question during a romantic vacation in Cancun, Mexico. Sam accepted his proposal in a heartbeat, and the two immediately got to work planning their dream wedding.
The couple was quick to decide on a return to Cancun for their destination wedding, determined to marry in front of their friends and family at the place where it all began. Unfortunately, this was not meant to be.
Just one day after the couple returned from a wedding-planning trip in late 2014, Sam received heartbreaking news. Apparently, her mother’s multiple sclerosis had worsened to the point that she’d be unable to travel to Cancun for the wedding.
Sam knew she couldn’t enjoy her big day without her mother present, so the couple quickly scrapped their plans in favor of a venue closer to home. But after several months spent planning a wedding in California, the couple was hit with another tragic setback.
After severe pain in her side sent her to the doctor’s, Sam’s mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. With the doctor’s prognosis not looking good, Sam and Taylor resolved to postpone their wedding indefinitely.
Following the diagnosis, Sam relocated from her home in Redondo Beach to Simi Valley in order to care for her mother, opting to see Taylor only on weekends. It was also during this time that Sam began researching cheap wedding ideas, but none of them really blew her away. Then she discovered The Knot.
According to their website, The Knot ran a Dream Wedding competition that fully funded the wedding expenses for one lucky couple. But there was a catch: every detail of the wedding, from the ceremony to the honeymoon, would be voted on by the American public.
While most brides would scoff at the idea of having someone else plan their entire wedding, Sam felt this would be perfect for her and Taylor. “The planning would be handled by America, allowing all of my attention to remain on my mom’s situation,” Sam told The Knot.
Sam entered the competition, and, wouldn’t you know it, she won! With America taking care of their wedding, Sam and Taylor were finally free to focus on their family: all that was left for them to do on their big day was say “I do”.
On June 4th, 2015, Sam and Taylor arrived at the Chateau St. John and were amazed at the wedding that had been planned for them. Although the couple had been preparing for this day for what seemed like forever, they never expected what came next.
For their first dance as a married couple, Sam and Taylor chose the song “Love You Like That” by Canaan Smith. “Just listening to the song makes us both smile and reminds us of each other, our relationship and our love for one another,” said Taylor.
But just as they began dancing, the band abruptly cut out. “You know, we have a better idea,” one of the musicians announced to the couple. “Sam and Taylor, we have a special guest who’s here to sing you your first dance song.”
Before they could react, Sam and Taylor turned and spotted Canaan Smith himself walking toward them! Courtesy of The Knot, the country singer had flown out to California to deliver the couple a surprise of a lifetime.
The newlyweds were in disbelief as Smith took the stage and began performing “Love You Like That” right in front of them. However, Sam and Taylor went right back to dancing, happily singing along with Smith and the band as they played.
“That was beyond our wildest dreams,” a stunned Sam relayed as she exited the dance floor. “That threw us for a loop when they stopped the music, and we said, ‘What’s going on? Did they forget the song?’ We were like ‘What happened?'”
Sam added, “We’ve loved that song from the second that we heard it…I showed it to Taylor and I said, ‘Taylor I think this should be our first dance song.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, absolutely.'”
Despite all the hardships and struggles, Sam and Taylor were still able to have the wedding of their dreams. Regardless of what the future holds for the couple and their family, Sam and Taylor’s wedding day will be one that neither they nor their guests will ever forget.
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