San Francisco 49er Antoine Bethea Married His College Sweetheart Samantha at the Ronald Reagan Building

The Howard University alums wed on June 28, 2014.

All photographs by Procopio Photography.

Before Antoine Bethea was a strong safety for the San Francisco 49ers, he played for Howard University, where he met Samantha Romantini during his freshman year. They were both athletes at the school, so their paths crossed frequently and they soon became friends. At first, Antoine played hard to get, even though Samantha could tell the attraction was there. But when Antoine used a box of Mike and Ikes as a bartering chip for her phone number, she knew her suspicions were confirmed.

They went on a first date to IHOP after a college party, and for the next three and a half years, they were inseparable. In 2012, when Antoine was playing for the Colts, he took advantage of a bye week and planned a birthday surprise for Samantha, bringing all of her family and friends to a suite in the Barclays Center in New York. The next night, Antoine took Samantha to dinner at Quality Meats, and when she opened the dessert menu, there was a note from Antoine that finished with the question, “Will you marry me?”

The couple wed on June 28, 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building in front of a stunning draped altar. The room was filled with white orchids and all of their loved ones danced the night away with the couple before they jetted off to honeymoon in Dubai.

Venue: Ronald Reagan Building

Photographer: Procopio Photography

Bride’s Gown: Custom made and designed by Modern Trousseau, MH Pomander’s Bridal

Groom’s Tux: ALBA

Hair Dresser: Filthy Rich Salon

Makeup Artist: Face Couture

Event Coordinator: Defined by Design Events

Cake: Fancy Cakes by Leslie

Florist: Blom Floral

Caterers: Ronald Reagan Building

Transportation: Metropolitan Shuttle

Videographer: Bowen Films

Invitations: Sincerely Jackie

Graphic Design: Articuluck Designs

Decor: Design Foundry

Lighting: Projection Inc.

Draping: Drape Kings

Music: D. Nassar Piano Studio

DJ: Brenden Hill

Violinist: Miracle McKinney

Soloist: Karmella Daniel

Pianist: Samuel Buck

Step & Repeat Photos: Imagine Photography

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.