This Bride’s Lucky Number Is 13

For Samantha Hinds, the 13th time she was a member of the wedding party—when she married Joseph Carey—was the best one of all.
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Having been in 12 weddings throughout her lifetime, Samantha Hinds was thrilled to call 13 her lucky number. And she has to admit—of all the weddings she’s been in, her own was her favorite. “Being around so many weddings made me think in-depth about my special day,” she says. “We knew pretty quickly Joe would be the groom next to the bride on top of my wedding cake.”

Photograph by Dolce Vita Photography

Joe, a firefighter, and Samantha, a mental health therapist, met on a blind date set up through a mutual friend in 2018. Within moments of meeting Samantha at Rick’s Tavern in Fairfield, Joe asked for her address so he could take her on a “real date” the following night. “Without pause, I rattled off my address to a perfect stranger,” Samantha says. The next night, Joe picked her up promptly for dinner, and the couple hasn’t spent a day apart since. “Joe immediately drove head first into my chaotic world of friends and family,” she says.

Photograph by Dolce Vita Photography

A rustic October 23, 2021, wedding in Kentucky was the romantic full-circle moment this couple was looking for. “As beautiful as our photos turned out, they will never do justice to the true magic and fairytale-like atmosphere surrounding us on that day,” Samantha says. “It was truly a Taylor Swift music video.”

Photograph by Dolce Vita Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY: Dolce Vita Photography | VENUE: The Prickel Barn | WEDDING PLANNER: Melissa Lohr at Beautiful Memories | FLOWERS: Flowers by Brandi | CAKE: Christine Clarke | CATERING: McHale’s Catering | VIDEOGRAPHY: Rooted Creative | CEREMONY MUSIC: Felicity Phillips | RECEPTION MUSIC: Cincinnati Entertainment Services | GOWN: Alexandra Grecco | MAKEUP: Nicole Wendling | HAIR: Isabella Sims

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