Nicole and Samantha Ortiz celebrated their love with a destination wedding on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. The two met when they were both working at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Shreveport while Nicole was in nursing school and Sam was in graduate school for social work. 

Nicole is a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and Northwestern State University in Shreveport, and is an orthopedic charge nurse at WK Bossier. She’s also a board member and social chair of PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality). 

Samantha is a graduate of Caddo Magnet High School and Grambling State University. She is a social worker at the Philadelphia Center where she provides individual/group counseling and case management to individuals living with HIV. She is also a board member of PACE and the chairwoman of the North Louisiana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Nicole is the daughter of Christie Crosby, of Jackson, MS; Samantha is the daughter of Jorge and Vanessa Ortiz, both of Shreveport.

The two plan to honeymoon during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France the summer of 2019.

The Vendors

  • Venue: Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin
  • Photography: Justin Elledge of Max Photography
  • Makeup: Ashley Trice
  • Live Event Painter: Pasha
  • Cakes: Sweet Treets Bakery
  • Graphic Design: Carmen Ortiz