Sadie and Paul’s love story shows the divine importance of timing. They met the day after Paul returned from his deployment (he’s a pilot in the Air Force, which is pretty freaking cool!). At a casual volleyball game that their church group put on every Sunday, Sadie met Paul for the first time. Her first impression? Oh, this is the Paul they were all talking about.
Before meeting Paul, Sadie had gone through a really messy divorce. She’d been hurt, and for a long time she avoided dating. Just a few weeks after deciding that she was ready to move on, Paul entered her life. Just at the perfect time.
Not long after they met, Paul had to move from Idaho to North Carolina. Sadie and Paul only had a month and a half together before he left. But even this short time was a blessing. They saw each other every day until he had to leave, and in that time Sadie learned that Paul was a kind and genuine person, the kind of man she had been waiting for.
This is an abbreviated version of the story, and there are so many other little details that had to fall perfectly into place for it to work. If they had met any earlier, Sadie would have still been struggling to make an unhappy marriage work. Any later, and they wouldn’t have had time to get to know each other before Paul moved away. But Sadie and Paul’s love story is one of redemption and faith that beautifully illustrates the way the Lord orchestrates everything at exactly the right time.
Tell us about your dress!
I actually got my dress online. In all honesty, I didn’t love it when I first got it, but I ended up really loving it the day of the wedding. And every time I see pictures, I like it even more.
What were you thinking or feeling when you caught sight of each other for the first time on your wedding day?
The first time we saw each other was walking down the aisle. When I first saw Paul, I just couldn’t stop smiling. He looked so happy standing up there and he was just grinning from ear to ear. I was so excited to marry him.
Where were the ceremony and reception? What did you love about your venue?
We got married in Paul’s parents’ backyard. The reception was also there. I loved getting married there because it felt casual but intimate and special to get to do it where Paul grew up.
What was your favorite moment on your wedding day?
This is a hard one. After we got married and Paul and I were walking out together, he picked me up at the end of the aisle and hugged me so tight and spun me around unexpectedly. I loved seeing how happy Paul was. He was like a little puppy dog, just so happy to be there.
Tell us about the proposal!
The last day we spent together in Idaho before he moved away, Paul took me up into the Boise National Forest to do this beautiful hike called Stack Rock. So several months later in September, my girlfriend Alyssa asked me one day if I wanted to hike Stack Rock with her. She suggested Thursday and that worked for me so I said, “Sure that sounds like fun!” We had talked about doing it for a while so I really didn’t think anything of it. I had the idea to ask my other friend Morgan if she wanted to come with us (I didn’t know she already knew about the hike). So I asked her and she acted like she had never heard of the plans but said she would love to come. Sweet, girl trip!
Right before we left, we actually talked to Alyssa’s neighbor who said the trail was closed for logging. They asked me if I wanted to go still and, of course, I said yes. We started the hike and my dog was running up ahead of us when he started barking at something. I thought it was going to be a logger. I walked up ahead to see a guy in the middle of the path. That logger looks a lot like Paul. Then I fully realized what was happening and I was so surprised that I couldn’t run, so I walked slowly over to him where he then got down on one knee. It was beautiful and shocking and crazy and amazing all at once. Like I said, Paul does not lie (and I mean ever), so he planned the whole thing without lying once. The night he flew to Idaho he even told me had a late flight (which I thought meant he was flying late for work).
Paul would tell a different story where he was stressed out because the trail was closed and he didn’t know where to go, and he didn’t know if we would even come up after finding out about the closure, plus he had no back up plan. But he coordinated it all with Alyssa and Morgan and it turned out just beautifully.
Describe your wedding style.
Definitely very rustic/vintage laid back yard bbq!
What was your favorite detail you incorporated into your wedding?
My wedding was very rustic and it had a lot of other people’s creativity involved. My now sister-in-law made the cake, Paul’s mom did the flowers, all my friends helped put together the decorations, and Paul’s brother did a huge fireworks display. Just so many people helping out to make it such a special day, and it was all the homemade details that made it feel like an intimate backyard wedding.
What song did you dance to for the first time as a married couple?
We danced to “Better Today” by Coffey Anderson.
What advice do you have for others who are planning their own weddings?
My advice would be to not get stressed out about the small things, because it really does all come together somehow at the end, but to also splurge on the things you really want. It’s a big day and a really important one. You only get to do it once, so make it one that you look back on fondly.
Photography and Videography: We Are the Cashmans
Floral Design: Paul’s Mom
Hair and Make Up: Friends
Music: Steve Unthank
Catering: Mission BBQ
Cake: Paul’s Sister