It’s usually a nice sign when the cove in which you become engaged is called “Lover’s Key.” Retreating to a romantic and warm weather getaway in Bonita Springs, Florida, Jay had packed a little something special in his luggage on that November trip. After setting out on a boat and anchoring in a cove, Jay decided to pop the question. “While floating and relaxing, Jay got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife,” says Paige. “Afterward and coincidentally, we found out that the cove was called "Lover's Key."
Being a big planner early on, Paige got to work quickly, booking the venue and researching Indiana weather patterns in order to determine the best date. Benefiting from her recently married sister’s research, lots of Pinterest, magazine inspo and a handy checklist, Paige had all the support she needed in choosing vendors and designing a well-planned outdoor celebration.
Paige and Jay chose Coxhall Gardens because it allowed for an outdoor ceremony and reception all in one location. Other pluses were that it could accommodate their 200 guests and handled all of the catering while adhering to the couple’s overall budget.
Paige fell in love with her Maggie Sottero dress from B.loved for several reasons. It had a unique back design, beautiful lace and it wasn’t strapless.
Although Paige took some time to decide on colors, she ultimately decided on a peach and sage green palette, desiring a “garden feel.” The succulents, seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, White Waxflower, and Grey Brunia Berries complemented the overall look and feel perfectly. Besides the unique and beautiful seating chart, designed and crafted by her father, Paige shied away from most D.I.Y. projects.
When asked what her guests would remember about her big day, Paige says, “My brother-in-law married us. It was important to us that we had someone officiate the wedding that knew us very well. The venue was gorgeous. We heard so many positive comments about the grounds. It is a very unique setting where guests could stroll around the garden throughout the evening."
WHAT WE LOVE
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to traditions. In lieu of party favors, Paige and Jay chose to make a donation to EPM Research on behalf of their guests. “We have horses, and I recently had a horse diagnosed with a disease called EPM. Many of our wedding guests were friends that we had met through horses, so I found it appropriate that we make a donation to EPM research."
ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE
Paige says, “Personally, I think having a longer engagement reduces the amount of stress. It allows more time for planning in smaller doses and helps with budgeting. Rather than spending an entire weekend wedding planning, you might only need to set aside a day. I would also suggest leaving for your honeymoon one day after the wedding. This way you are refreshed and ready to go.”
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