When Page South and Jonathan Thomas met, it truly was a story of “love at first sight.” They locked eyes at a social function in 2012, when Page was a sophomore and Jonathan was a junior at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. They have their mutual friends to thank for introducing them, because the duo hit it off that night and never looked back.
At one point during their four-year courtship, Page sadly lost the most influential person in her life — her grandmother, who played a very large part in raising her. In fact, Page considered her to be more than a grandmother; she shaped the person Page is today.
So, on February 27, 2016, the one-year anniversary of her grandmother’s passing, Page’s family planned a gathering at the gravesite to pay their respects. Little did she know, while at the cemetery, a surprise lay in store. Page turned around to find Jonathan down on one knee. He proposed, saying, “I know you always wanted your grandmother to be here for your special day, so I wanted to bring you to her for this. Will you marry me?” Page’s heart melted, and she was blown away by the beautiful thought that Jonathan put into this moment in their lives. They laugh, because people think it is the craziest thing when they mention they were engaged at a cemetery, but once they are able to explain the story, the beautiful meaning behind it comes to light.
Although they decided to have a long engagement, Page spent little time getting the wedding planning started! She knew she wanted to a boho-chic theme. To her, that meant lots of fun flowers intermingled with a casual vibe. She really liked the imagery of beautiful, mixed flowers and lots of greenery layered onto a simple, laid-back backdrop to help set the tone for the day. She wanted her guests to feel comfortable and to feel the romance in the air but, most importantly, to have fun!
So, when it came time to picking a venue, the couple wanted to tie the knot in their beloved Bowling Green, where they experienced love at first sight. The current Louisville residents shared countless memories and laughs in their alma mater town, and they wanted to add just one more unforgettable memory to the mix.
The venue search quickly came to a screeching halt when Page and Jonathan saw Jennings Creek — they knew it was the spot as soon as they saw it. The simplistic yet idyllic feel of the outdoor space, with beautiful towering trees and lush greenery made it the perfect spot to not only host their closest friends and family, but also to capture the laid-back, romantic, bohemian vibe for their dream day. Jennings Creek also has an intimate covered space, which, coincidentally, could perfectly accommodate their 175 guests.
Since flowers were such a large part of Page’s vision, she decided to start there, keeping in mind the bridesmaids’ pale pink dresses and the green forest that would serve as the backdrop. Page worked with the floral designer, Blooms by Essential Details, to make protea flowers the focal point in all the arrangements, incorporating colorful, yet vintage-looking flowers to compliment the wild protea blossoms. Page never really determined a color scheme, but looking back, she realizes she gravitated towards pinks and earthy green tones.
Essential Details handled the entire planning process and the day-of coordination. Page truly believes working with Essential Details was the best decision she made during the wedding planning process. She did not have to worry about anything leading up to the big day, and she was able to relax and actually enjoy her dream day. She loves that they really took the time to listen to her thoughts and vision, and they ensured that her vision came to life.
On May 27, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., Page walked down the aisle towards Jonathan. She says this moment was the most memorable of the night. She remembers her heart pumping out of her chest for the joy she felt to finally be marrying the man she loves. They exchanged vows they wrote themselves, and both agree it was among the most important — and best — decisions they made, because it gave depth and even more personal meaning to the ceremony tying their lives together.
After the ceremony, as dusk fell on Jennings Creek, Page and Jonathan posed for ‘just-married’ photos in the pastoral setting while their friends and family enjoyed a cocktail hour of beer, wine and cocktails. Then, in keeping with the casual vibe, guests enjoyed good ol’ Southern comfort food with pulled pork and chicken barbecue and all the fixins’ by Rib Lickers. Page and Jonathan had their first dance to Michael Buble’s “Everything” and cut into a strawberry cake, their favorite flavor, made by Sugar Belles Cakery.
They finished off the night dancing with one another, surrounded by loved ones, who also had a good bit of fun on the dance floor. The romantic evening ended with the newlyweds in a shower of glittery orbs as they happily dashed through their sparkler sendoff.
Page and Jonathan enjoyed a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, and currently reside in Louisville, where their love for each other grows more every day.
Thanks for sharing your love story with us, Page and Jonathan! Cheers to a lifetime of happiness!
Photography: Morgan Worley Photography
Wedding planning & coordination: Essential Details
Bride’s gown: Regiss Bridal — Glasgow
Bridesmaids dresses: Regiss Bridal — Louisville
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bride’s hair & makeup: Katy Moody Cusick
Bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Cowan & Company
Venue: Jennings Creek
Videographer: Dena Thompson
Florals: Blooms by Essential Details
Rentals & pews: Essential Details
DJ: Brady Chaney
Officiant: Joe Timberlake
Cake: Sugar Belles Cakery
Food: Rib Lickers
Invitations, Programs & Menu Cards: Vistaprint
Guest Accommodations: Holiday Inn University Plaza — Bowling Green
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