Paige Nicole Giles (Maiden name: Dixon), 23, From Las Vegas, Nevada – currently living in Perris, California
Scott William Giles, 27, from Corona, California – currently living in Perris, California
We actually met in a volunteer cadet program called Civil Air Patrol about 10 years ago at a staff selection exercise (SSX), in other words, hiring event for encampment. I was applying to be a flight sergeant, and he was one of the squadron commanders/evaluators. The first time we had a conversation was when there was some sort of back up of in-processing so he grabbed me and three others cadets to interview.
Scott: I thought she was smart, cute and I knew I was going to be the squadron commander to hire her. I was correct and she was on my staff for the next three years.
Paige: I did not like him. Until I met him at the SSX, I had never heard of him, and when I got the call that I was selected to serve on his staff for the upcoming encampment I was actually pretty disappointed, I had been hoping for one of the other two commanders to select me for their staff instead. However, it didn’t take long before that feeling went away and I had a MAJOR crush on him.
We first became friends back in 2009 when he first hired me for that flight sergeant position, and we remained good friends for several years following. I still had a pretty big crush on him over the years but he had had various girlfriends and I’d had a few boyfriends during that time. His girlfriends, however, were notorious for being a little on the crazy side, and we he couldn’t talk to them, he would always confide in me until finally in early 2012, he broke up with the last one.
After that we really started talking a lot more, we were texting constantly, and on the phone for hours almost every single night. That’s when I found out he had actually had a crush on me this whole time too! He had just been playing the ‘big brother card’ all this time to hide it. A few months went by and then I hosted a staff retreat weekend (for yet another encampment, except this time I was the squadron commander) at my house, and he came to stay with us for the weekend. (At the time, he still lived in California and I lived in Vegas)
That first night, after everyone had gone to bed, I snuck out to the kitchen for a glass of water and found him up still. He met me in the kitchen, in the dark and leaned in really close, paused a moment, and then kissed me. My heart jumped and started beating faster than I’ve ever felt, and there were hundreds of butterflies in my stomach. I knew something big had just happened. Later that weekend, my mom looked at me and said, “You’re gonna marry that boy some day.” I told her, that was crazy and that we weren’t even dating, but secretly I had hoped she was right. 6 years later and here we are.
Well, after a few months, we were watching Star Wars with her family and she quoted Han Solo saying “Laugh it up, fuzzball” while her father and I were poking fun at her (we were not watching that scene). I knew then but did not say it officially for a couple more months. Since then, there has not been a day that we have not quoted a show or movie that we both love.
So, funny story. We started dating July 22nd, 2012 and had always agreed that we would wait to get married at least until Paige was out of college. Well in in the summer of 2017, she was 1 semester away from graduation and we were heading on a vacation to Hawaii with my parents and my sister.
Paige had never been to Hawaii, and with graduation only a few months away, I think she suspected something was up all along. The surprise was almost definitely blown though when I was selected for a random bag search and had to empty everything out of my backpack including the ringbox. Luckily, I had hid it in a pair of socks, and I had to tell the TSA agent sneakily to NOT take it out of the bag. Paige definitely suspected something, but she definitely didn’t see it.
I missed my chance to on this super cool and secluded beach on the big island. We left very early that morning and I totally forgot the ring in the safe…idiot. She was even suspecting it there and I pulled her to the side, away from the family and just went for a walk with her. I found out later that what I thought was romantic just made her more mad when I didn’t actually propose, lol.
I tried again a few days later. I thought maybe it would be really beautiful to do it at night on the beach, with all the lights of downtown Kona, but we went on a Manta swimming experience earlier that day and by the time we got from dinner, we were so exhausted, everyone just wanted to go to bed. Well on the last day of the trip, I was carrying this giant backpack full of random stuff to make it look like my Mom had me carting stuff for her.
After a few minutes, I went to grab my ring as she walked down this beautiful hill by the trees. I had taken so long to get the ring out and in my pocket that she was walking back up. I got her to join me for her second walk down the hill begrudgingly (I mean she’d just walked all the way back up…) and I was lost for words. I got down on one knee and essentially spouted adorable non-sense about how cute and derpy we are and how good we are together and then I asked her to marry me. Her exact response was “finally”. It was sweet, in a beautiful setting and very special, in more than one way lol
Very ethereal, kind of rustic, outdoor w/ lush greenery, classy, formal but not black-tie
I found these amazing gold, airplane bottle-openers with a tag attached “Let the Adventure Begin” from Target. We placed these on the table as thank you gifts for our guests. Additionally, I made some “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs that were hung on the Bride and Groom table for the reception. Our décor really went with the rustic, garden feel.
There were wine barrels used to line the start of the aisle, and placed at the altar. We also had lawn games including lawn bowling, lawn jenga, and cornhole placed under what we called the “Harry Potter tent” during cocktail hour. We call it the “Harry Potter tent” because it’s this giant marquee in a green pasture that very closely resemble the tent used in 7 th movie for the Weasley wedding.
Additionally, our florist did an amazing job of decorating the larger arbor we got married under for the ceremony, as well as the aisle and tables with dark and burgundy greenery. We also had miniature mason jars with tea lights, and big rustic lanterns placed on the large wooden farm tables as centerpieces throughout.
Scott: The ceremony; knowing that I was marrying my best friend and seeing her so happy and dressed so beautifully. It truly was perfect. (and he shed a tear)
Paige: I did love the ceremony, but it all went by so fast. I think my favorite part of the night was all of the dancing. It was so wonderful to see all of the friend’s and family that came out to support us, and to laugh with them and feel all of that overwhelming love was incredible. Plus, I feel like we really got everyone out on the floor!
Both: Ultimately, I think my favorite part of the day was right after the ceremony. After that, we knew the hard part was over and this huge weight seemed to be lifted from our shoulders. We were able to relax a little, and celebrate this huge accomplishment with friends, food, and drinks. We took pictures right after the ceremony, and Mike, our photographer, was awesome and really made us feel comfortable enough to be ourselves. We had a ton of fun goofing around and ultimately took some amazing shots!
The Honeymoon… Just kidding, but we did have a lot of fun with the tasting! The food the venue provided was awesome, including an ‘X’ & ‘O’ donut wall. Plus! We had a family friend step up and offer to provide the desserts, so we got to sample LOTS of different cupcakes!
Also, I personally loved the dress fitting. I think for me, this is when it all started to feel real, and I could really begin to see myself as a bride.
Ceremony Site: Ethereal Open Air Resort (California Botanical Gardens)
Reception Site: Ethereal Open Air Resort (California Botanical Gardens)
Stationery: Unica Forma – Jordin Brinn
Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography – Mike Olbinski
Flowers: Simply Adina Floral Design – Adina Onda
Gown: Fit For a Bride, Bridal Boutique, Las Vegas NV
Hair: The Posh Parlour – Stephanie Marsh
Make-Up: Make me Blush – Taylor Solorzano
Wedding Rings: Busch Jewelers (Paige’s ring) / Staghead Designs (Scott’s ring)
Jewelry: Amy O. Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom Rack
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Catering: (Provided by the venue)
Cake: Tsp Bakery, Las Vegas
Desserts: Cupcakes (Lemon & Red Velvet) provided by a family friend – Linda McDermott
Music/DJ: Sound Garden Productions – Frederick (Fred) Davis
Scott is an amazing, kind, generous, funny, and wonderfully thoughtful man. He is genuinely my best friend, and I feel like everyday I get to know him a little more and I love him even more. I am so blessed to be his wife, and so grateful for that amazing day we were able to proclaim it to the world. I’ve got TONS of other sweet stories about him that I could go on forever.