For Chicago natives Samantha and Leo, getting married at The Breakers was a dream come true—but a destination wedding in Palm Beach wasn’t always their plan. Thanks to the father of the bride, Sam’s childhood dream became a reality.

Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo

After overhearing his daughters daydreaming about a wedding at their favorite place to celebrate the Easter holidays, Sam’s father just knew her wedding to Leo had to be at The Breakers.

“I received a phone call from my father while I was at work,” Sam recalls. “My dad was in Palm Beach and said, ‘Hey Sam, I’m here at The Breakers with their wedding planner, can you be down here by next week?’ …I flew down a few days later with my mom and after driving up that palm tree-lined drive and being greeted by the large oceanfront view and chandeliers in the Venetian Ballroom, the only words I could say we’re ‘Yes, thank you, and when do we start planning?'”

Take a peek inside their stunning destination wedding weekend, with photos courtesy of Averyhouse

Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo

Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo

Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo

“My favorite memory from our wedding day was when Leo and I made our entrance after cocktail hour into the reception,” Sam shared. “We had some special alone time as guests filed into their seats. Then, the doors opened to the Venetian Ballroom and we were greeted by 300 familiar, smiling  faces and we couldn’t imagine that day without them.”

Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo

“Everyone told us how special that feeling would be,” Sam adds. “But to experience it was truly heartwarming. That moment was also the kickoff to the celebrations of the best night ever!”

Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo
Real Wedding: Samantha & Leo

Congratulations, Sam & Leo!

Wedding Venue & Catering: The Breakers, Kym Bichon  / Decor & Design: Erin McDonald Design & collaboration by Design Studio at The Breakers, Aime Dunstan / Wedding Planner: Engaging Events by Ali, Ali Phillips  / Welcome Dinner: Ocean Lawn / Ceremony: St. Ann Catholic Church / Reception: Mediterranean Courtyard / Dinner: Venetian Ballroom / Cake: The Breakers Cake Shop / Brunch: Mediterranean Ballroom / Photography: Averyhouse  / Videographer: Poetic Productions, Keith Jorgensen / Entertainment: Ron Bedal Orchestra

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  1. Nancy Cohn Sep 06, 2016 / 03:42 pm

    Beautiful wedding.

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