Story By Sarah Kinzbach Williams
The identity of a wedding is comprised of details. Some are elaborate with thousands of intricacies and touches; others are simple and still boast hundreds of particulars. For bride Paige Pickens Engel, her wedding was a sophisticated melody of customization, minutiae, and finishing touches.
Paige and Cameron Engel first met in 2009 at a practice for the Texas A&M University Bowling Club. What began as a shy crush eventually led to dating. Three years later, in 2012, Cameron popped the question.
“We went to 7F Lodge and were staying in a cabin. I was sitting in a rocking chair, and he came outside and got down on one knee,” says Paige. “It was just lovely.”
The private proposal kick-started a two-year engagement balanced between a busy graduate study program and wedding planning.
“I only worked on wedding planning while out of school,” notes Paige, who enlisted the help of Ashley & Company Wedding Planning. “Ashley knew I had school and finals were out of control. She was really patient…I couldn’t have done it without help.”
As an architecture student, Paige is a visionary with an eye for detail. She says almost everything was ordered custom or handmade. “I just wanted everything a certain way,” says Paige.
The stationary and wedding invitations exemplify Paige’s attention to detail. The invitations featured a custom stamp with reference to 7F Lodge. Designed by Momental Designs, a premiere artist studio creating custom, handmade invitations, Paige’s wedding invitations incorporated a watercolor with shades of coral and gold. A 15-proof process, Paige says the experience was neat and allowed her vision to evolve completely. The design studio boasts an impressive portfolio, including Jessica Simpson’s wedding stationary. Paige drew and designed the programs for the day of the wedding: a hand-drawn and watercolor map with local landmarks, including Kyle Field, the Century Tree, 7F Lodge, A&M United Methodist, and Pebble Creek Country Club.
Flowers and floral arrangements were by Post Oak Florist. “They learned my style, and I really trusted them to just go for it,” says Paige. “After the initial planning and design…I didn’t really see anything until the day of and it just turned out beautiful.”
Fabulous Fare Bakery in Bryan designed and made the wedding cake and favors. “[Jaclyn] listened to what I wanted and sketched it out. She was able to take these incomplete design thoughts and understood what I was trying to say,” comments Paige. The cake featured the same lace designs as Paige’s wedding dress. “I was absolutely amazed. It was better than I expected.”
The Day: June 7, 2014
Paige and Cameron’s wedding ceremony was held at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station.
“Cameron and I decided to do the first look,” says Paige. “We met in the courtyard. I’m really glad, because after I saw him my nerves were really calm…it was like everything was fine at that point.”
Paige’s dress was purchased used on a pre-owned wedding website. “I was able to get a dress that I would’ve otherwise been unable to get,” remarks Paige. The dress was designed by Monique Lhuillier and originally bought at the famous Kleinfield Bridal in New York. “I had always loved Monique Lhuillier, but I knew it was out of my price range,” says Paige. “Because I was willing to gamble, I was able to have one. That option is not for everyone, but it didn’t bother me.” The skirt was made of silk and the bodice of alençon lace with a thick champagne sash, which was altered into a bow with a broach. Paige says the dress was two-piece, making alterations easier to manage.
The groom and groomsmen suits boasted custom ties and bowties with handmade, monogrammed cufflinks. The ring bearer pillows, bouquet wraps, and boutonnières were made with the same fabric as the ties. “It’s impossible to buy everything at one place, but if you go custom, the benefit is having the same fabric by ordering it all at once,” notes Paige.
“I loved walking down the aisle,” she says. “When everyone stands up and turns around…it was a great chance to see who was there for you.”
The reception was held at Pebble Creek Country Club and featured a live band, Groove Knight from Austin, dancing, and the standard traditions.
The couple opted to eat in another room before joining the party. “They took us to a separate room and had our dinner served and ready to eat. We had a moment to sit down together and take a breather,” says Paige. Something she recommends to other brides, Paige says it also allowed time for the photographers, PhotoHouse Films, to set up at the reception.
Wanting to allot open time and not interrupt the festivities, Paige and Cameron did everything “traditional” early, including cutting the cake, toasts, and first dances. The first dance was an abridged version of “All of Me” by John Legend. “If there is an abridged version, use it!” exclaims Paige. “It still felt like an eternity.”
The exit was adorned with glow sticks, and the couple drove away in a 1955 Ford truck.
Paige’s advise to other brides: “Have fun and enjoy it. The further away from the wedding we get, the more enjoyable the memories are.”
Photos courtesy of PhotoHouse Films, photohousefilms.com
Planner: Ashley & Co.
Photography: PhotoHouse Films
Bridal Portraits: Portraits by Bryan
Floral: Postoak Florist
Cake: Fabulous Fare
Invitations: Momental Designs
Band: Groove Knight
Ceremony Programs: Wiregrass Weddings
Program Map of College Station: Paige Engel
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Cufflinks: Paige Engel
Linens: Ashley & Co.
Reception Venue: Pebble Creek Country Club