Paige met Andrew on the first day of college classes. They both have ties to Germany, and they met in their language class. “As soon as I saw him walk into German class, I was like there he is: future husband,” she says. They quickly became close friends, but it was another couple of years before they started dating during Paige’s junior year.
The couple grew together as they experienced more life changes—graduating, jobs and graduate school. “I got a very good job opportunity in Houston, and Andrew was planning to go to law school in Boston,” Paige remembers. “My friend asked me if I thought we would break up because the long distance was crazy, to which I burst into tears thinking how I never wanted our relationship to end.”
The couple lived together in Washington, D.C. as Andrew finished law school at Georgetown. In their free time, they loved walking around the monuments. Enter Andrew’s idea for his proposal, inviting his sister and her husband along to hide and take photos. “When we arrived to the specific location where I wanted to propose—with the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin in the background—I said a few words to Paige prior to getting down on one knee and my sister anticipated that I did not have the guts to get on one knee, and yelled out ‘get down on one knee, dude!’ It all happened so fast, but before I knew it, Paige had the ring on her finger with teary eyes,” he says.
They enjoyed the thrill of being engaged before jumping into planning mode. “We did not start planning right away because we knew we were moving from D.C. to San Francisco due to some new jobs. I also had my dream location in mind—my parents’ farm in Auburn. As soon as we decided California would be where we would marry, I searched to find the perfect planner.” She found that with Jenn Robirds Events, “Jenn was the best thing that happened to our wedding!” With the location and planner locked in, they could start bringing their overall vision to life. “I really wanted it to feel like we had a bunch of our best friends and family over for a big dinner party with lots of dancing and drinking,” she says. “I wanted it to be a day full of our favorite things: favorite food, colors, drinks, people and music.”
For Andrew, one of his favorite memories happened after everyone had gone home. “We capped the night off in my tux and Paige’s wedding dress with a late night meal at—no place better—In-N-Out. We received a standing ovation when we walked in!”
For Paige, one of the highlights of the day was her first look with Andrew. “They are still some of my favorite pictures because I still remember the feeling. Even though we have been together for seven years, I just felt so excited to see him.”
Paige & Andrew's Wedding Resources
Tina Romo (bridemaids)
Jeff Jarwin (bridesmaids)
Joshua Schwarz Lighthouse Installations (beer lights)
It's All in the Details (chandeliers)
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(plates and silverware)
Winchester Country Club (rehearsal dinner)
Flour Dust Pizza Co. (food truck)
Twenty Rows Winery
Crooked Lane Brewing
Intercontinetal Mo’orea, Intercontinental Le Moana, Intercontinental Thalasso Spa in Mo’orea and Bora Bora
“Everything” by Michael Bublé
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
“Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
“Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
“Single Ladies” by Beyonce
“Pony” by Ginuwine
For dessert we had a three-tier cake with different flavors on each (Champagne, apple spiced, and chocolate with buttercream icing). We also had chocolate and vanilla milkshakes and small desserts–Andrew picked key lime cheesecake and I chose tiramisu. We also had some additional raspberry mojito cupcakes.
Jenn did my flowers for me and I let her choose but just wanted a lot of color. She chose great flowers that held up in the heat!
Little cacti which were also escort card holders; Andrew and I put them together.
• Jenn is honestly the best thing that happened to our wedding. She was our wedding planner but really felt like a friend! She connected us with so many vendors who executed their jobs to perfection under her supervision.
• A particular vendor who brought a unique touch to our venue was Flour Dust Pizza Company. Mano is the owner of Flour Dust Pizza Co. and he and his staff prepared the best Neapolitan pizza from a super unique and fully restored 1950’s International Harvester truck equipped with a killer brick pizza oven. They pumped out the tastiest pizza, and Mano and his team couldn’t have done a better job!
• We also loved all of our stationary customized by Little Bird Paper Company.
• All of our vendors did an amazing job and, without Jenn, we would never have had them make our wedding day as amazing as it was!
• Nothing should get too stressful – just remember this is meant to be one of the best and memorable days of your life. So make sure you just have fun, relax, and enjoy each and every minute of the day because you may never get the chance to have so many of your closest friends and family together at one huge party!
• Not everyone will agree with your wedding planning decisions along the way; but, at the end of the day, everyone is there for you and your spouse.