Paige & Carter

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Watch their wedding video by the amazingly talented Josh Harney.

From the bride, Paige: 

We are adventurous and passionate people who like to create ideas and make them happen. We are starting our married life off in Boston, a drastic change from the Southern California college world where we met. After years of on and off long distance, we can’t wait to be roommates! And in the same zip code :) We love each other and the beauty in everyday life.

I wanted the wedding day to be authentic, local, and organic. We had a lot of out of town guests coming to California, so I wanted the wedding to be an experience for them. We chose muted grays and pinks to compliment the organic whites, tans and greens. We used local start up companies like Alissa Bell Press, Josh Harney Productions and Lilify, who were incredible to work with. Finding and collaborating with passionate artists who share your vision is inspiring.

The goal was to plan and pull off a DIY wedding without it looking like one. I went for crisp and simple DIY projects like the chalkboards, place cards, tone-on-tone burlap runners, table numbers, the invitation design, and succulents that complimented the overall aesthetic. The key is picking one or two trends and implementing them in your own way. For everything else, do what you love, not what everyone else is doing. I’ll be posting these DIY projects on my blog, Words on a Paige.

Favorite Moment: Our first look, for sure. Carter would say my walk down the aisle. I loved seeing him just the two of us. It removed all the pressure from the ceremony and we got to enjoy it and be present in the moment. Also, the guacamole and margaritas. So good.

Advice: Don’t compare. Instead, be inspired by blogs, Pinterest and your friends ideas. Use them as a launch pad to come up with your own ideas, or change them in ways represent your creativity. It is easy to compare, but this is your day. Do what you love and be confident in your selections and hard work! Spend more time focusing on your marriage than the wedding. Planning an awesome party is a blast, but don’t forget the reason you are doing it all–to be married. Also, finding a photographer that has mastered their craft while being organized and quick is rare but necessary. Jacob and Christin were able to get breathtaking shots while taking very little of our time. Find an artist who you trust who also allows you to enjoy your day. We Heart Photography was that for us–they are incredible!

Processional: Come Thou Fount by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; recessional: Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, performed by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; first dance: Real Love by Regina Spektor; exit song: Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake

Favorite Photo: LOVING those tree shots. And the green path one that looks like we got married in Narnia. Also that one with my dad literally makes me cry every time I see it. YOU GUYS ARE TOO GOOD. It’s like you should do this for your job or something.


Venue: Holman Ranch | Catering: Baja Cantina | Florist: Lilify | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Gown Designer: Sarah Seven
Men’s Formalwear: H & M | Linens: Chic Rentals | Entertainment: DNA Entertainment | Videography: Josh Harney Productions


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Agreed! The Tree images are glorious! (Thank you for using the tree to frame them, rather than grow out of their heads =).

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Paigie your photos and video are something we love to look at over and over! Your day was incredibly SPECIAL! We love you and Carter and miss you❤❤❤.

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The Yolo

When I was in 3rd grade, my family (2 parents and 5 kids) packed into our Honda minivan and started our road trip to Redding, California to visit some family friends. 3 hours into the 5 hour drive we were feeling pretty crammed and pretty bored. We started seeing signs for Yolo, a tiny town in Northern California. My older sister Carrie, who was a freshman in high school at the time, had an idea. “Let’s play a game! You say, ‘YOLO’, and then you confess something.” The wheels started to turn an we all started thinking of our best “Yolos”. My dad had used milk money to buy candy. My brother had cheated on a test. I had stolen a book from the book fair in Kindergarten. My little brother shared something that had happened only one day before and we quickly explained that a Yolo needs to be far enough away that you couldn’t get in trouble for it. To this day my family shares Yolos and it’s one of our favorite games to play.

A few weeks ago, on our drive up to Lake Arrowhead for a mini “friendscation”, we introduced our friends Kenny and Sarah to this game of Yolo. They didn’t totally understand the premise of the game so Jacob and I shared a few to get the ball rolling. Jacob confessed that at one time he wanted an eyebrow ring and I told the infamous book fair story. Kenny and Sarah each shared a story and after a few minutes of silence Jacob laughed to himself. We all wanted to know he was thinking about. “Nothing,” he said, still smirking. “Was it a Yolo?” Jacob smiled, “I think it’s too soon.” We begged him to just tell us.

He was right. It was way too soon.

A few nights before we left for Lake Arrowhead, Jacob and I were getting into bed and I realized I hadn’t taken my daily multivitamin. Luckily, I had brought a huge glass of water to bed with me so I decided to take it (even though I normally take it with food). We turned off the light and kissed each other goodnight. Somehow, the large vitamin got stuck in my throat and no matter how much water I drank it would not budge. Finally, Jacob Googled it and went to get me a piece of bread to help it down. In the dark, he went to get me some bread, rolled a big piece into a ball, and gave it to me to eat. It did help and I eventually fell asleep.

We finally convinced Jacob to share his Yolo. “Remember the other night when I brought you the bread?” I swallowed hard, instantly knowing where this was going. “Well, the next morning when I went to take the loaf back downstairs I noticed a little mold on it.” Laughter erupted from the back seat. Kenny and Sarah had no sympathy for me, and Jacob’s story was far from over. He could hardly get the next few sentences out because he was laughing so hard. “Then I pulled the piece out that I had gotten your piece from and it was COVERED in mold.” More laughter. “You definitely ate a big ball of mold.” Kenny howled. Although I wanted to punch Jacob right in the face, I couldn’t help but smile. I hadn’t gotten sick and it was a pretty funny Yolo. I guess that in some cases, it’s true, that what you don’t know won’t hurt you!

(Later that day in Lake Arrowhead. I cannot believe I still want to kiss him!)

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