Courtney & Dylan’s Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding 2024

June 18, 2024

The SamPson's Hollow Wedding

After a great day and evening having fun dancing, I headed out to the light of a very full moon! The perfect day!

The next day, I meet Courtney and Dylan over at Roan Mountain for an After Wedding Adventure Session. Basically they put their wedding clothes back on and we shot an "elopement" style shoot in the mountains.

Turns out there was snow on the ground and the temperatures we not too bad on the mountain for shooting. We had a great hike and had a lovely time capturing their adventurous love!

Check out the photos below from their wedding day and the After Wedding shoot on Roan Mountain!

The Smoky Mountains are such a popular place to get married these days. The fun atmosphere, the mountain culture, the beautiful mountain views, and of course the moonshine and BBQ are abundant!

Courtney and Dylan invited me to be their Wedding Day photographer at the quaint family run Sampson's Hollow Wedding Venue just outside of Walland, Tennessee.

It was a beautiful, but chilly February wedding. The wind was a little too strong early in the day. Fortunately the ceremony was set up in the wooded area.

Sampson's Hollow Wedding Photography 2024

COUPLE'S Q&A

How Did Y'all Meet?

We met at a Publix in Florida. He was a baker and I worked the seafood counter. I was the new kid on the block and about a week working, I noticed this tall, moody, slender man and was like ooo who is that?! I shyly said hi one day and he kept coming around even with nearly empty trash bags to talk to me on his way to the compactor. Slowly we talked more and more and he used to tease me about being late closing down my department. So I made the next big move and sent a friend request on Facebook and then sent a message teasingly saying I got off on time. It took him 2 weeks to respond back!! Once he did we were nonstop messaging and planned our very first date.

When and Where did you go on your first date?

We went to a local park

Tell Me About Your First Date Together

It was my idea of course and I wanted to drive to be cool and go fast but safely! I’ve always seen it passing by going to work and home but never been there and I was super curious. Naturally he asks me where it is and I was like of course, I ended up passing it twice! Lol but that was me being quirky and charming in my own way. We met during early covid stages so dating was a wee bit challenging. We technically were trespassing going into this park, the gate was closed and when they started the first wave of staying home. We talked for awhile walking and holding hands until we decided to leave. My date idea worked because I got a really nice kiss and we already started planning our next date.

How Did You Fall In Love?

Honestly i don’t really remember when I exactly I fell in love but I do remember we became inseparable. It went from dates and working at the same store to packing an overnight bag to a duffel bag staying a couple of days at his mom’s house. His mom even bought me a storage bin to keep my clothes in! I basically moved in. I remember it being so hard leaving every so often to wash and switch out my clothes. Dylan would walk me to my car and I’d stand on my tippy toes looking at him and flirtatiously blinking at him. I would say in my head, I love you, I love you and he would kiss me and it felt like fireworks. My whole body would explode, I love this man but I am so stubborn and didn’t want to be the first one saying it, duhhh! We went on a date night with his mom, best friend and her boyfriend at the local bar. That was the first time Dylan really let loose and had a couple of drinks, he was so cute and giggly and I drove us home. He was talking to me and I just admired him and I slipped up and said I love you out loud! I internally was screaming because he was just quiet and didn’t say anything but he was drunk. I stripped him down helping him get ready for bed and when we woke up the next morning everything was fine. He started asking me about how he was last night and I said really darn cute and then he asked about the ride home. I started saying how cute he was and his mannerisms and then he was like uh huh but what did you say to me?! My mouth l dropped and I punched him in the arm. I said you lil butthole, you remembered everything and you played drunk!! You didn’t even say it back! He laughed and laughed and said I love you too and kissed me. We later discussed what I was feeling the week before and that he too felt the same but didn’t want to be awkward and say I love you too fast or early on. So you ask when we fell in love? It just kind of crept up on us and got us good.

When/Where Did He/She Propose?

Our proposal was definitely a special one!!! We had a trip of a lifetime! Dylan knows I want to see every state before I die so we have officially begun this quest! He randomly chose Montana and then we decided on going to Yellowstone. We booked it and started planning a year and a half out. I got us the cutest Airbnb rental with Native American styled tipis and it was so romantic with Buffalo plaid, cow rugs, beautiful wood furniture. It definitely set the mood. The best part it was 4 minutes away from the North Entrance of the Yellowstone National Park, scoreeee! The park was phenomenal from the amazing scenery and all the wildlife, we were just ooing and aweing the whole trip. On day 3, we finally got to see what Dylan was looking forward to, watching Old Faithful mist the sky. She was definitely a beauty. We grabbed some food and sat down for 30-40 minutes to watch her blow and waited around for the next one too! Dylan decided to take me down the pathway alongside old faithful to check out some of the other geysers so we did and we were taking pictures and he happened to walk away to talk to a lady, I thought it was a little weird but I was like it’s cool she probably asked him for help or something. He comes back and tells me there is a moose! I said yeah ok and took a peek! I’ve been wanting to see one to take a picture, I turn around and go mhmm. He was down on one knee, I was like this better not be a joke!! He laughed and said Courtney Michelle Thomas will you marry me? In that moment I cried, i said yes so fast! I was like oh my god, oh my god, he’s actually doing it. I thought he was going to make me wait for seven years and make me question. I was like dang this was easy lol!! The lady he talked to filmed the whole thing and I was so surprised and happy Dylan thought this out and the ring, omg the ring was beautiful and he picked it out all by himself. I was just so proud, surprised and happy! He told me to FaceTime my mom and I did to tell her the good news to find out he actually asked my mom and step dad for their permission and I was in awe mode! How sweet?! He knows how much I love and value my moms opinion and it just made my heart melt. I love this man so much. Later on that day he also told me he wanted to propose at old faithful because the cheesy and sweet meaning that we would grow old and forever be faithful in our marriage but he said it was too crowded and not intimate enough and decided on that side trail and that I almost busted him in on the ring 3 times lol!! From finding a certificate in his truck on the passenger seat, he knows how nosy I am, he forgot to hide it but ripped it out of my hand before I could read it! All I could see was Shane Co and I instantly said that sounds like a jewelry store and kept bothering him on what he bought me! The other times were actually at the park, he kept the ring in a small box and I almost grabbed it because it was so cold he kept his hands in his jacket pocket and I tried to get his hands to be intimate. He swatted at me a couple of times but didn’t think anything of it because sometimes he plays hard to get! Then on our amazing trip, the next day started raining and then more rain and we actually left the park because all the wildlife were bedding up. When we went back to the tipi, the whole thing was drenched! It never rains this much nor this long in this part of Montana and then we got flood warnings. The staff that ran this place were amazing and we stayed in their lobby with another family. The rain got so bad that the river levels kept rising and the road that got us in and out followed the river! Overnight, we got trapped in the small town of Gardiner, we woke up at 5am to get to the park super early to watch the wolves in the park until we tried to get through but they shut down the gate and I had to get out to talk to a police officer to find out the north and south entrances are both shut down due to really bad mudslides and the road to get into the park is gone. Everybody staying in the town Mammoth Hot Springs had to be helicoptered out and Mammoth Hot springs is no longer. It was so sad but we were so thankful because that’s originally where we wanted to stay and we were thankful we got to see it before it got destroyed by bad weather conditions. We missed our flight and had to call work to tell them we’ll be back as soon as we can. It only happened to be one extra day then we intended. We watched a home get engulfed by the river along with a shed on the same property. It was so sad and heart breaking and everybody crowded around because there was nothing better to do. There was only one grocery store and they were already out of water and eating at the restaurants, we had a boil warning our water source is now comprised also. The next day they ended up filling the missing pieces of road that were washed away with dirt and heavy equipment running it over repetitively and filling in more dirt. We were actually driving around early in the morning To find out the good news in their progress. We ended up being the 5th car in line to get out of that small town. It definitely was one hell of an engagement, trip and weather phenomenon experience. I don’t think we will ever forget it!

What Are You Most Excited About For Your Wedding?

I am so excited for our wedding because yes I know he’s not going anywhere but it just concretes it, he’s mine. He’s got me forever! But in all seriousness, I am beyond enthusiastic about walking down the isle all beautiful and him seeing me the first time that day and making eye contact, I seriously hope he cries. I’m excited about getting all dolled up with my mommasita, she is literally my world and best friend too. I’m excited for dress shopping and finding the right one to make me feel like a million bucks. I love our venue choice and to see it come alive with our touches to make it our special day. I’m just so excited and I can’t wait for the honeymoon and seeing our beautiful pictures. Literally thinking about it is straight heaven.

Describe Your Relationship In 5 Words

ADVENTUROUS, fun, laid back, spiritual, and romantic

Where Would Y'all Go For Your Dream Honeymoon?

Breckenridge, Colorado

What Is Your Most Favorite Thing About Each Other?

I really admire Dylan’s amount oF patience especially with my mood swings. Dylan says my PersonAlity was a winner for him. I make him laugh all the time because i am always doing something stupid.

How Have You Grown As A Couple Since You First Started Dating?

WE HAVE GROWN A LOT! I FEEL LIKE WE MATURED AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A COUPLE A TON. DYLAN WENT FROM BOY TO MAN AND FULL TIMER TO ASSISTANT BAKERY MANAGER. I’VE GROWN FROM A GIRL TO A WOMAN, FROM PART TIME TO FULL TIME MEAT CUTTER AND WORKING ON GETTING PROMOTED ALSO. WE RESPECT OTHER A LOT BY BEING TOGETHER BUT DOING OUR OWN THINGS SUCH AS HIM GAMING TO RELAX AND UNWIND FROM WORK AND ME CHECKING EMAILS OR WATCHING NETFLIX ON MY PHONE. WE ENJOY COOKING AT HOME AND HAVING DATE NIGHTS EVERY OTHER WEEK. WE SHARE OUR HOME RESPONSIBILITIES SUCH AS TAKING THE TRASH OUT AND DOING DISHES AND BEING EQUAL WITH FINANCES. HE IS MY BEST FRIEND AND LOVER AND KNOWS HOW TO READ ME LIKE A FIDDLE. WHEREAS IN THE BEGINNING HE HAD A HARD TIME READING ME TO NOW WE FINSIH EACH OTHER’S SENTENCES. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I KNOW HIM SO WELL BUT I DO GET THOSE OCCASIONAL SURPRISES. I STILL LEARN NEW THINGS EVERYDAY AND I LOVE IT.

Favorite Quirk About Each Other

I REALLY LOVE HOW DYLAN CAN GO STRAIGHT COUNTRY WEARING BOOTS TO GAMER BOY PLAYING POKÉMON ON A NINTENDO DS AND TO TAKING ME TO A MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL FOR OUR MOST RECENT DATE DAY. POLITELY PUT WE ARE DEFINITELY DIFFERENT AND A MIX OF INTERESTS. I ALSO LOVE HOW LAID BACK HE IS AND REALLY LETS ME RUN THE SHOW SOMETIMES. IF I NEED INNER PEACE AND WANT TO BE IN NATURE. DARN GOSH IT HE’LL WAKE UP WITH ME AT 7am TO BE IN A PARK BEFORE EVERYBODY ELSE GETS THERE. AND THOSE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HIM. DYLAN’S FAVORITE QUIRK ABOUT ME IS I LIKE TO REFERENCE COMMON SAYINGS BUT SOMEHOW EVERY TIME I SAY THEM, I CHANGE A WORD TO ITS SYNONYM. ASK ME HOW I DO THIS, I HAVE NO IDEA. I GUESS IT IS PART OF MY CHARM, AWKWARD CHARM LOL. HE ALWAYS LAUGHS AND SAYS YOU ARE SO CLOSE.

How Do You Feel Most Loved By Your Partner?

Dylan’s first response was spending time together. My favorite form of love language is physical touch, from loving kisses to massaging my neck or playing with my hair.

First Impression Of Each Other

Dylan’s first impression of me was dorky?! I said really lol but then he made up for it with cute and good looking. My first impression of him was a lO'ner, handsome and broody.

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How Did Y’all Meet? Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

We met at a Publix in Florida. He was a baker and I worked the seafood counter. I was the new kid on the block and about a week working, I noticed this tall, moody, slender man and was like ooo who is that?! I shyly said hi one day and he kept coming around even with nearly

empty trash bags to talk to me on his way to the compactor. Slowly we talked more and more and he used to tease me about being late closing down my department. So I made the next big move and sent a friend request on Facebook and then sent a message teasingly saying I got off on time. It took him 2 weeks to respond back!! Once he did we were nonstop messaging and planned our very first date.

When and Where did you go on your first date?

We wEnt to a local park

Tell Me About Your First Date Together Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

It was my idea of course and I wanted to drive to be cool and go fast but safely! I’ve always seen it passing by going to work and home but never been there and I was super curious. Naturally he asks me where it is and I was like of course, I ended up passing it twice! Lol

but that was me being quirky and charming in my own way. We met during early covid stages so dating was a wee bit challenging. We technically were trespassing going into this park, the gate was closed and when they started the first wave of staying home.

We talked for awhile walking and holding hands until we decided to leave. My date idea worked because I got a really nice kiss and we already started planning our next date. Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

How Did You Fall In Love?

Honestly i don’t really remember when I exactly I fell in love but I do remember we became inseparable. It went from dates and working at the same store to packing an overnight bag to a duffel bag staying a couple of days at his mom’s house. His mom even bought me a storage bin

to keep my clothes in! I basically moved in. I remember it being so hard leaving every so often to wash and switch out my clothes. Dylan would walk me to my car and I’d stand on my tippy toes looking at him and flirtatiously blinking at him.

I would say in my head, I love you, I love you and he would kiss me and it felt like fireworks. My whole body would explode, I love this man but I am so stubborn and didn’t want to be the first one saying it, duhhh! We went on a date night with his mom, best friend and her boyfriend at the local bar. That was the first time Dylan really let loose and had a couple of drinks, he was so cute and giggly and I drove us home. He was talking to me and I just admired him and I slipped up and

said I love you out loud! I internally was screaming because he was just quiet and didn’t say anything but he was drunk. I stripped him down helping him get ready for bed and when we woke up the next morning everything was fine.

He started asking me about how he was last night and I said really darn cute and then he asked about the ride home. I started saying how cute he was and his mannerisms and then he was like uh huh but what did you say to me?! My mouth l dropped and I punched him in the arm.

I said you lil butthole, you remembered everything and you played drunk!! You didn’t even say it back! He laughed and laughed and said I love you too and kissed me. We later discussed what I was feeling the week before and that he too felt the same but didn’t want to be awkward and say I love you too fast or early on. So you ask when we fell in love? It just kind of crept up on us and got us good.

When/Where Did He/She Propose?

Our proposal was definitely a special one!!! We had a trip of a lifetime! Dylan knows I want to see every state before I die so we have officially begun this quest! He randomly chose Montana and then we decided on going to Yellowstone. We booked it and started planning a year

and a half out. I got us the cutest Airbnb rental with Native American styled tipis and it was so romantic with Buffalo plaid, cow rugs, beautiful wood furniture. It definitely set the mood. The best part it was 4 minutes away from the North Entrance of the Yellowstone National Park, scoreeee!

The park was phenomenal from the amazing scenery and all the wildlife, we were just ooing and aweing the whole trip. On day 3, we finally got to see what Dylan was looking forward to, watching Old Faithful mist the sky. She was definitely a beauty. We grabbed some food and sat down for 30-40 minutes to watch her blow and waited around for the next one too! Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

Dylan decided to take me down the pathway alongside old faithful to check out some of the other geysers so we did and we were taking pictures and he happened to walk away to talk to a lady, I thought it was a little weird but I was like it’s cool she probably asked him for help or something. He comes back and tells me there is a moose! I said yeah ok and took a peek! I’ve been wanting to see one to take a picture, I turn around and go mhmm. He was down on one knee, I

was like this better not be a joke!! He laughed and said Courtney Michelle Thomas will you marry me? In that moment I cried, i said yes so fast! I was like oh my god, oh my god, he’s actually doing it. I thought he was going to make me wait for seven years and make me question.

I was like dang this was easy lol!! The lady he talked to filmed the whole thing and I was so surprised and happy Dylan thought this out and the ring, omg the ring was beautiful and he picked it out all by himself. I was just so proud, surprised and happy!

He told me to FaceTime my mom and I did to tell her the good news to find out he actually asked my mom and step dad for their permission and I was in awe mode! How sweet?! He knows how much I love and value my moms opinion and it just made my heart melt. I love this man so much.

Later on that day he also told me he wanted to propose at old faithful because the cheesy and sweet meaning that we would grow old and forever be faithful in our marriage but he said it was too crowded and not intimate enough and decided on that side trail and that I almost

busted him in on the ring 3 times lol!! From finding a certificate in his truck on the passenger seat, he knows how nosy I am, he forgot to hide it but ripped it out of my hand before I could read it! All I could see was Shane Co and I instantly said that sounds like a jewelry store and kept bothering him on what he bought me!

The other times were actually at the park, he kept the ring in a small box and I almost grabbed it because it was so cold he kept his hands in his jacket pocket and I tried to get his hands to be intimate. He swatted at me a couple of times but didn’t think anything of it because sometimes he plays hard to get! Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

Then on our amazing trip, the next day started raining and then more rain and we actually left the park because all the wildlife were bedding up. When we went back to the tipi, the whole thing was drenched! It never rains this much nor this long in this part of Montana and then

we got flood warnings. The staff that ran this place were amazing and we stayed in their lobby with another family. The rain got so bad that the river levels kept rising and the road that got us in and out followed th

e river!

Overnight, we got trapped in the small town of Gardiner, we woke up at 5am to get to the park super early to watch the wolves in the park until we tried to get through but they shut down the gate and I had to get out to talk to a police officer to find out the north and south entrances are both shut down due to really bad mudslides and the road to get into the park is gone. Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

Everybody staying in the town Mammoth Hot Springs had to be helicoptered out and Mammoth Hot springs is no longer. It was so sad but we were so thankful because that’s originally where we wanted to stay and we were thankful we got to see it before it got destroyed by bad weather conditions.

We missed our flight and had to call work to tell them we’ll be back as soon as we can. It only happened to be one extra day then we intended. We watched a home get engulfed by the river along with a shed on the same property.

It was so sad and heart breaking and everybody crowded around because there was nothing better to do. There was only one grocery store and they were already out of water and eating at the restaurants, we had a boil warning our water source is now comprised also. The next day

they ended up filling the missing pieces of road that were washed away with dirt and heavy equipment running it over repetitively and filling in more dirt. Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

We were actually driving around early in the morning To find out the good news in their progress. We ended up being the 5th car in line to get out of that small town. It definitely was one hell of an engagement, trip and weather phenomenon experience. I don’t think we will ever forget it!

What Are You Most Excited About For Your Wedding? Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

I am so excited for our wedding because yes I know he’s not going anywhere but it just concretes it, he’s mine. He’s got me forever! But in all seriousness, I am beyond enthusiastic about walking down the isle all beautiful and him seeing me the first time that day and making eye contact, I seriously hope he cries.

I’m excited about getting all dolled up with my mommasita, she is literally my world and best friend too. I’m excited for dress shopping and finding the right one to make me feel like a million bucks. I love our venue choice and to see it come alive with our touches to make it our special day. I’m just so excited and I can’t wait for the honeymoon and seeing our beautiful pictures. Literally thinking about it is straight heaven.

Describe Your Relationship In 5 Words

Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

ADVENTUROUS, fun, laid back, spiritual, and romantic

Where Would Y’all Go For Your Dream Honeymoon?

BRECKINRIDGE, ColoradO

What Is Your Most Favorite Thing About Each Other?

I really admire Dylan’s amount oF patience especially with my mood swings. Dylan says my PersonAlity was a winner for him. I make him laugh all the time because i am always doing something stupid.

How Have You Grown As A Couple Since You First Started Dating?

WE HAVE GROWN A LOT! I FEEL LIKE WE MATURED AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A COUPLE A TON. DYLAN WENT FROM BOY TO MAN AND FULL TIMER TO ASSISTANT BAKERY MANAGER. I’VE GROWN FROM A GIRL TO A WOMAN, FROM PART TIME TO FULL TIME

MEAT CUTTER AND WORKING ON GETTING PROMOTED ALSO. WE RESPECT OTHER A LOT BY BEING TOGETHER BUT DOING OUR OWN THINGS SUCH AS HIM GAMING TO RELAX AND UNWIND FROM WORK AND ME CHECKING EMAILS OR WATCHING NETFLIX ON MY PHONE.

WE ENJOY COOKING AT HOME AND HAVING DATE NIGHTS EVERY OTHER WEEK. WE SHARE OUR HOME RESPONSIBILITIES SUCH AS TAKING THE TRASH OUT AND DOING DISHES AND BEING EQUAL WITH FINANCES. HE IS MY BEST FRIEND AND L

OVER AND KNOWS HOW TO READ ME LIKE A FIDDLE. WHEREAS IN THE BEGINNING HE HAD A HARD TIME READING ME TO NOW WE FINSIH EACH OTHER’S SENTENCES. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I KNOW HIM SO WELL

BUT I DO GET THOSE OCCASIONAL SURPRISES. I STILL LEARN NEW THINGS EVERYDAY AND I LOVE IT.

Favorite Quirk About Each Other Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

I REALLY LOVE HOW DYLAN CAN GO STRAIGHT COUNTRY WEARING BOOTS TO GAMER BOY PLAYING POKÉMON ON A NINTENDO DS AND TO TAKING ME TO A MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL FOR OUR MOST RECENT DATE DAY. POLITELY PUT WE ARE DEFINITELY DIFFERENT AND A MIX OF INTERESTS.

I ALSO LOVE HOW LAID BACK HE IS AND REALLY LETS ME RUN THE SHOW SOMETIMES. IF I NEED INNER PEACE AND WANT TO BE IN NATURE. DARN GOSH IT HE’LL WAKE UP WITH ME AT 7am TO BE IN A PARK BEFORE EVERYBODY ELSE GETS THERE.

AND THOSE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HIM. DYLAN’S FAVORITE QUIRK ABOUT ME IS I LIKE TO REFERENCE COMMON SAYINGS BUT SOMEHOW EVERY TIME I SAY THEM, I CHANGE A WORD TO ITS SYNONYM.

ASK ME HOW I DO THIS, I HAVE NO IDEA. I GUESS IT IS PART OF MY CHARM, AWKWARD CHARM LOL. HE ALWAYS LAUGHS AND SAYS YOU ARE SO CLOSE.

How Do You Feel Most Loved By Your Partner? Gorgeous Samsons Hollow Wedding

Dylan’s first response was spending time together. My favorite form of love language is physical touch, from loving kisses to massaging my neck or playing with my hair.

First Impression Of Each Other

Dylan’s first impression of me was dorky?! I said really lol but then he made up for it with cute and good looking. My first impression of him was a lOner, handsome and broody.

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