Popping the question wasn't something Sam Davis Jr. had planned to do on December 7, 2002. That afternoon, for fun, he and his girlfriend of two years, Melissa McElhatton, went window-shopping for rings. When they found one they loved, Sam purchased it on the spot. He let her wear it home, warning that she'd have to give it back. Instead, he seized the moment by asking for her hand that evening. "I didn't want her to ever take the ring off," says Sam.
In keeping with the theme of vintage glamour, the newlyweds stepped into a rented 1950s Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud upon their departure from the reception. Gold ribbon draped across the hood and tied to the hood ornament suspends a wreath of garden roses and their tiny buds in shades of pink, peach, and cream. Melissa and Sam were surprised to discover that the car's leather interior was aqua blue, a color prominent throughout their wedding. "The driver told us the car was once owned by Desi Arnaz, and I thought, 'I can't believe Lucy rode in this car,'" says Melissa.