When Paige and Wilson connected, they spent six straight days together before Wilson flew 1,000 miles away to work for two months.
They had first met on Wilson’s 21st birthday party in 2012 in Bangor. But their paths didn’t cross again for another year and a half. But when they did, they held on for dear life. “The night we met the second time, and the following night, we stayed up talking and eating pizza and ice cream until 6 a.m. at Wilson’s apartment,” Paige says. “We spent six days together before Wilson had to fly 1,000 miles away to work out on the Great Lakes as a ship’s engineer.”
What was supposed to be a month away from home turned into 62 days. “We wrote letters, talked every night, and sent flowers and cookies while we counted down the days until Wilson could come home,” Paige says. “I picked Wilson up at the airport on October 1, 2013 and we’ve been inseparable ever since!”
Wilson proposed at the couples’ home in Middletown, New Jersey. Wilson took Paige out to dinner and was acting nervous and strange all night. When they returned home from dinner, Paige headed to the bedroom to change into her pajamas. Wilson called to her to wait, gathered their dogs Sophia and Miley by his side, and popped the question.
Both Paige and Wilson are from Maine—he’s from Brewer and she’s from Presque Isle. Getting married at home was an easy decision. “We really wanted to exchange vows in our home state and ensure that all of our family and friends would be able to attend,” Paige says. “We love everything about Maine and hope to return to live in the future.”
Since Wilson works as a ship engineer, the couple planned a nautical wedding. The ceremony was held at Spring Point Ledge Light in South Portland and the reception at Paige’s mother’s home in Freeport.
Some of the nautical touches at the ceremony included a nautical knot tying ceremony; a salute from the Portland Tugboat Company, including water cannons; and special brass cufflinks Paige had made for Wilson that included the longitude and latitude of their ceremony location.
“We turned my mother’s house into a tented outdoor venue,” Paige says. After several hours of talking, laughing, drinking, and dancing, the couple retreated to The Harraseeket Inn to celebrate with Champagne and a dip in their in-room Jacuzzi. “My face hurt from smiling. We had a perfect day.”
In Her Words
We asked the bride more about the big day. Here’s what Paige said…
I wish…I had gone wedding dress shopping on my own before bringing others along and making the decision. While I can’t deny that I ended up with a beautiful gown, I felt pressured and rushed to make a decision with three other sets of eyes on me.
One of my favorite moments was…having my best friend touch up my makeup right before we started taking pictures. That’s when everything really hit me.
I’m glad that…we did everything on our own. While it was a ton of work that brought about a lot of frustration, arguments, and tears, it feels good to say that we basically pulled the whole thing off on our own. I’m also glad that we didn’t let friends and family influence our decisions too much. Everyone has opinions on the date, the venue, and the guest list, but it’s important to remember whose day it really is.
I really liked…how casual the whole day felt. Nothing was too formal or forced. This is the part where both of our personalities really came through. It isn’t like me to choose a bunch of girls to help me plan and make them all wear matching dresses, so I didn’t. It also isn’t like Wilson and I to be apart, so we opted to get ready together instead of keeping things a surprise. Our reception ended up feeling like a big, casual party with all of our family and friends just hanging out and enjoying each other, which was exactly what we had wanted.
My advice to other couples is
…to plan and do as much as you can ahead of time. If you don’t have a wedding planner and are doing the majority of the work yourself, anything that is saved until the end likely won’t get done! Also, leave more time to take photos than you think you’ll need. You’ll thank yourself later.