This San Antonio baseball-themed engagement session was a no brainer. Seriously. There is not one single location that would have been a better backdrop for these two lovebirds to celebrate their upcoming marriage.

When Sammantha and Colby first met on January 4, 2016, the two probably did not ever fathom that their story would end in marriage. Sammantha had come back to her hometown of El Paso to work an internship and had just finished her undergrad and was preparing to begin law school the coming fall. Colby was more than 2,000 miles away from his home of upstate New York working for a new triple-A baseball team. Sammantha admitted that, initially, there was no love lost between the two.

However, that didn’t last long. The season required extra long hours at the field… hours that started as the sun approached the horizon and ended long, long after it set. Sammantha’s internship with the El Paso Chihuahua’s was not only giving her the benefit of work experience, it was also allowing her to form an incipient friendship with Colby—a friendship that would grow into something more substantial over the course of a 64-game grueling schedule.

San Antonio Baseball-Themed Engagement

For seven months, the two worked tirelessly beside each other, enjoyed each other’s company, went on lunch dates, happily endured sarcasm and wit… then on Independence Day, they made this thing officially official.

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But shortly after, the two came to a crossroads. Sammantha was going to law school in San Antonio, and Colby would be taking a job with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. For a while, this long-distance relationship worked. Colby would make the 467-mile trip as often as he could and Sammantha would reciprocate and head north during as many school breaks as she could.

But eventually, they fell into a place where this was no longer sufficient. Colby began looking for jobs in San Antonio and scored one with the San Antonio Spurs. He immediately moved south.

When Sammantha graduated from law school, Colby knew it was finally time. Though they had already celebrated this major milestone with her family, Colby insisted she celebrate privately with him. Despite her pleas for a quiet weekend on the couch in loose-fitting clothing watching nothing but junk TV, Colby twisted her arm just long enough to get her out of the house so that certain preparations could be made. The two enjoyed dinner at Fratello’s.

As they returned home, Sammantha heard a commotion outside on the back porch. When she stepped outside, she was surprised by friends and family standing there—friends and family not only from San Antonio, but from out of town too! They were on the back porch with votive candles and a sign that asked, “Will you marry me?”

As I looked at the sign, Colby got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. My friends and family were there to witness and celebrate.


The two currently enjoy a life with five dogs—some of which have been rescued through fostering. They also have three fish, a snake, and have also adopted a neighborhood cat. Sammantha refers to the animals as their family circus. I’d refer to it as very soft, kind and caring hearts. They’re my kind of people for sure! Bennie, one of the dogs and the circus spokesanimal, is going to get the privilege of carrying their rings down the aisle. I can’t wait for this.

Enjoy some of my favorite images from this San Antonio baseball-themed engagement session then be sure to watch the slideshow at the end!

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