Andy and Paige were married last November in Bloomington, Illinois. The autumn leaves were late to turn so they were still very beautiful at Miller Park Pavilion on the first weekend of November for their central Illinois wedding as revealed in these gorgeous photos by Melanie Anderson Photography.
Us – Do you have a favorite memory from your wedding day?
Paige – (Not being able to narrow it down to one, she shared five!)
Driving up to Miller Park Pavilion and getting my first look at Andy; then watching his reaction when he first saw me!
Walking down the aisle with my dad, staring at my future husband, and seeing for the first time just how many people (nearly 200) were there to share in our special day!
The Maid-of-Honor (my sister) and Best Man (Andy’s brother) speeches; everyone said there were some of the best they’ve ever heard, and I agree!
Dancing with friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas – all night long!
Walking through the sparkler tunnel on our way to our limo. It was the most perfect way to end the night!
Us – How did Andy propose?
Paige – All my family was gathered at my grandparents’ house to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday. It was an unseasonably warm and beautiful fall day and because it was so pretty and the leaves were so colorful, I asked my sister to take our photo on the dock. (I had no idea that Andy had a ring in his pocket!) She took a couple of great photos, and then Andy insisted she take one more. My sister hesitated just a bit, but as she took another photo, Andy dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him!! I turned to my sister in shock and we both started crying. Hearing all the commotion the rest of my family came running from the house. We celebrated with champagne and of course – a lot more photos!
Us – Your father was very involved in planning your wedding which as you know is unusual for most bride’s fathers.
Paige – My dad is a very organized, hardworking person who loves to help others. He knows how to bring a vision to life, so Andy and I were thrilled that he wanted to help with the planning and preparation for our big day.
Paige’s color palette was burgundy and blush so we chose the deep red Hearts rose and black mini callas along with the beautiful blush Quicksand rose, light pink astilbe, mauve astrantia, navy privet berries and seeded eucalyptus for texture and a mix of greens/dusty miller for her bridal bouquet. Paige’s mother surprised her and had us attach her late grandmother’s (as well as her own) wedding bands to Paige’s bouquet handle wrap.
For the bridesmaid bouquets, Paige wanted mostly white, blush and mauve blooms along with the textures and greens so the bridesmaid bouquets would show up against their berry colored dresses.
Us – Is there any detail that you would change if you could do it over again?
Paige – No, everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined! I would not change one detail!!
The reception decor featured mixed green garlands hung along the banisters with coordinating floral sprays. For the table centerpiece decor we used silver $ eucalyptus stems, burgundy, blush and white roses and lots of candlelight for simple but beautiful look. (This last photo – by Nancy)
Paige said – “Nancy’s work is beautiful, and she is lovely to work with! She has great insight and recommendations and knows how to make a vision come to life.”