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Rebecca J. Sampson — Noah D. Balazs

Miss Rebecca Joy Sampson and Mr. Noah Dalton Balazs were married on July 6th, 2013. The ceremony was held at Memorial Chapel, Northfield Mount Hermon School, and was officiated by the Rev. David Neal.

The bride is the daughter of Michael and Patricia Sampson of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

The groom is the son of Stephen and Martha Balazs of Northfield, Mass.

Given in marriage by her parents, and escorted by her father, the bride wore her paternal grandmother’s gown. The dress was candlelight satin and Chantilly lace, and the bouquet included blue hydrangea, dusty miller and English ivy.

The bride and her father arrived at the chapel by horse-drawn jaunting cart, driven by Balazs’ family friend Mr. Richard Odman.

Wedding ceremony and Reception flowers were prepared by Fairview Gardens.

A musical selection, “One Hand, One Heart,” was performed by Patricia Sampson, Nancy Foltz, Kathryn Sampson, Patricia Short, and Julia Dillard, the bride’s mother and aunts.

The organist was Marilyn Berthelette.

Readings were given by Steven Sampson, brother of the bride, and Kathryn Sampson, the bride’s paternal aunt.

Miss Cristie Cole of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was the Maid of Honor. The bridesmaids were Mrs. Christy Kinkhabwala of Dakar, Senegal, Mrs. Andrea Crary of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., and Miss Emma Balazs, sister of the groom, of Wiscasset, Maine. The attendants’ dresses were shades of blue and grey.

Mr. Steven Weinberg of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the best man. Groomsmen were Mr. Nicholas Beaird of Seattle, Wash., Mr. Matthew Busch, of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Mr. Sean Melia of Charlestown, Mass.

The flower girl was Miss Abigail Dillard of Arlington, Va., niece of the bride.

A truly magical outdoor reception was held at the home of Thomas Boisvert and Joanne Gardner in Northfield.

The contra dance band, “Nor’Easter,” provided the evening’s music. The festivities were lit with all manner of lanterns and candlelight, illuminating the gathering and the beautiful gardens on the property. Moss gardens created by members of the bride’s family adorned the tables as centerpieces. There was a memorial table honoring both families.

The bride is a graduate of Kenston High School, Bainbridge, Ohio, and Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.

The groom graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, and Salem

State University, Salem, Mass.

Noah and Rebecca met and fell in love while teaching at the International School in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.

Wedding guests attended from all over the U.S., as well as Senegal, China and Indonesia.

Having just returned from working and traveling extensively overseas, the couple took a quick weekend escape to Vermont, and are planning a honeymoon for a later date.

The couple has made their home in Charleston, S.C., where Rebecca is currently in a graduate program in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston.

Noah is a faculty member at The Cooper School in Charleston.

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