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We were a little nervous at first because our planner seemed so young but we quickly learned that she was very professional and well equipped to get us on track to the beautiful, well planned wedding we envisioned. Needless to say, our planner, Rachel, was on point! She was super sweet, on top of everything and well organized. We really appreciated all of her assistance leading up to the day especially since we resided in DC and could not come to NC as often as needed. She did everything with precision and detail and on the day of was prepared with everything we needed but didn’t know we needed – if that makes sense :) . We loved the step by step schedule she prepared for our entire wedding party and the way she kept any snafus (if there were any) quiet so I wasn’t a nervous wreck on our special day. She even put up with my hubby’s excel spreadsheets and directives – which is no small feat. We had a wonderful wedding and are truly thankful to Bliss by Sam for helping to make it run as smoothly as it did.

Mai, Bride


WOW! The Bliss team is AMAZING!!! There just aren’t enough words that can express how great it was working with the entire Bliss team. They made my special day so easy and allowed me to hang with my family and friends and not worry about a single detail. If you want to enjoy your day and not worry about a thing, start with LaShayla of Bliss!

Claudia, Bride


Sarah and Rachel were so helpful at the rehersal and on the day of the wedding. I was able to really relax and enjoy my daughter’s wedding as I knew they were there and had everything under control. It was such a great relief and was well worth the money spent. Sarah stepped right in and really understood our vision for the wedding. She was prompt to respond to questions and was flexible when it came to the timeline. Both of these young ladies are gems and I would strongly recommend them to any mother of the bride who truely wants to enjoy their daughter’s wedding.

Cheryl, Mother of the Bride


Samantha was awesome!! I cannot thank her and her team enough for making our wedding flawless. She was professional, friendly and got the job done! If I was planning the wedding all over again, I would not hesitate to call BBS. The day of the wedding, I didn’t have to worry about a thing happening or making sure it was done correctly. And isn’t that why you hire a wedding planner? THANK YOU SAM!!! :)

Mrs. Sarah Layton


Thank you so much for your hard work at the wedding. We appreciate your organization and could not have done it without you! Everything went so smoothly and the evening was so special. We will definitely recommend you in the future! Thanks for a great day!

The McCalls


Hi Sam,
Just wanted to drop you a line to thank you so much for all you did for us to make Megan’s wedding so perfect! It was wonderful to work with you and you made everyone feel so comfortable during the whole process. I hope that we will have the opportunity to work with you again in the future.

Best wishes,
Glenna Turek, Mother of the Bride


Hi Rachel:

Now that Carlos and I are back we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” for all of your hard work during the last month leading up to the wedding, the rehearsal, and the wedding. You were cool, calm, and confident. Everything a professional should be. I don’t think that our day would have been as great as it was if you weren’t there to mesh everything together. Although I may not have looked like it, I was enjoying myself. I was actually battling some type of bug that entire week and the medicine that I had taken made me a tag groggy. Anyway words can’t express our gratitude. Moving forward you and Bliss by Sam will receive our highest recommendation. Thanks to Ali and LaShayla as well!

Carlos and Danielle


Before finding BBS, I researched many of the wedding planning services in the Triangle area but many of them provided limited service for a big price tag.

Then, I found Bliss by Sam! It was just what I had been looking for and fit nicely within my budget. Rachel went to the planning meeting between me and The Carolina Inn. –This was a huge help! After leaving the meeting I knew exactly what still needed to be done and I had Rachel to help me with all the details! She coordinated with my vendors and developed a detailed time line. This really took all the pressure off of me. She did a great job contacting all of my vendors and working out the time line.

Rachel had a lot of experience working with my venue and my vendors. She has a great reputation with the Social Catering Managers at The Carolina Inn, and they have worked a lot together. Many of my other vendors had worked with Rachel too. This really helped things to go smoothly because Rachel was very familiar with how everything was done at my venue and with the other vendors.

Sara Johnston, Bride


I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful job you did assisting us with Sara’s wedding. Although, the weather was less than cooperative, the event was beautiful and well organized. You and your assistants kept us on track and we really appreciate all of your efforts at making Sara’s day special for everyone.

Thanks so much!
Denise Johnston


Dear Rachel,

Thank you so very much for all of your hard work on our special day. I honestly don’t know how we could have pulled off everything without you. I know I was too much of a mess to handle anything! Thank you especially for coming all the way back to give us Michael’s car keys! I’ll make sure to post a glowing review on theknot.com!

All the best,
Michelle & Michael Wolfson


The following letter is one of recommendation for Ali Bamberger.

Ali was the consultant for my October 31st, 2009 wedding. Words cannot quite express how grateful we are for the wonderful job that she did. My parents and I were so nervous that things were not going to go as we had planned them. My parents also wanted to be able to enjoy the day and not have to “run the show,” so to speak. Ali allowed them to relax and have fun. As for me, I don’t know what I would have done without her. From the rehearsal at the church, the ceremony the next morning, and then the reception, Ali made sure the wedding party and family members were always where they needed to be.

I very much believe that if it wasn’t for her organization, ingenuity, and perfectionism our wedding would not have run as smoothly as it did.” She made sure that my husband-to-be and his groomsmen were dressed and picked up on time. She also made sure they had their boutonnieres (and that they were pinned on correctly). When I had issues bustling my dress, her, Samantha Dockery, and Rachel Hamm swooped in to rescue me! Furthermore, Ali made sure my husband and I were the first to be served food at our reception. She knew that if I didn’t eat then, it would not happen at all that night. By the way, that was great advice! I don’t know when I would have had time to sit down and enjoy our delicious entrees!

Our friends and family have made numerous comments about how organized and well planned the entire event was. Ali not only made herself accessible to our family and the wedding party, but she was also there to aide our guests in any way possible. As far as I’m concerned, she surpassed any expectations that any bride could ever have. This helped to make my day the most memorable ever.

The week before I got married, my boss gave me some great advice. She told me to be sure to take it all in. She said that when I got to the end of the aisle, to take a moment to look around at everyone that was there because they were all there for my husband and I. She also said that all of those people would probably never be in the same room again, but they were going to be on that day because of how important my husband and I were to them. Thanks to Ali Bamberger, I was able to relax, take a deep breath, take it all in, and enjoy the best day ever!

I would, without at doubt, recommend Ali Bamberger to anyone who needs their day perfectly planned!

Mrs. Stephanie Seville


Dear Sam,
Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort in making Jenny’s wedding a perfect day. All your people were outstanding.

Mrs. Reckleff, Mother of the Bride


Bliss By Sam was tremendous. The amount of work and attention you all put into the wedding was truly amazing. Given that we only retained your team for day-of services, the value we received from your services was incalculable. Everyone on your staff was helpful, went above and beyond, and did so without question. The fact that we had your principal staff on hand as well was not only flattering, but impressive. We knew without a doubt that you all would ensure this wedding would be as perfect as you could make it.

Kara & Greg


Samantha, you really went above and beyond. We would like to thank you and your team for everything! Our wedding day was truly a dream come true! We knew we were in good hands, but you guys totally surpassed our expectations. Your attention to detail, organization skills, punctuality and professionalism allowed our day to flow seamlessly from beginning to end. Thanks again for everything! You guys are the BEST!

Mechele & Kurtis Stewart


Thank you so much for all of your amazing help in the planning and realization of our wedding. Eric and I truly feel like our wedding our wedding exceeded our expectations. Despite the cool weather, the wedding was so warm, meaningful and fun! On our honeymoon in Napa, we mentioned many times how wonderful you and the rest of the Bliss crew were and how smoothly the evening went (seemingly effortless!). We know a lot of your effort went into keeping it so smooth And kudos again to you kicking out the wedding crashers! Again, thank you so much for your hard work and your lovely manner – we are certainly glad that you were part of our day!

Laura, Bride


Winfrey and I want to thank you so much for everything you did for us to make our day that much more special. You are wonderful and we would recommend you to any of our ‘unmarried’ yet friends.

Mr. & Mrs. Winfrey Hill


Bliss by Sam Staff (especially Rachel), Thank you so much for all your help in planning our wedding. I can’t imagine doing this without you guys. I think I would have totally lost my mind. Rachel has been absolutely amazing in her planning and attention to detail. Thanks again, I have enjoyed it so much!

Leslie & Chad Myers

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