Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fierce & Fabulous Weddings: Paige & Bo

When the Walmart heiress gets engaged, you can be pretty sure her big day will be fabulous. Once you find out that Colin Cowie will be planning, it's sure to be one for the books! 
Paige Laurie and Bo Dubbert's nuptials were amazing, but nothing compared to their love story. The charming couple met back in high school during an ACT prep course, where they ended up studying each other instead of their academics. Here's the romantic story in Paige's own words...

“We owe it to our moms for making us take that class,” the Wal-Mart heiress says, yet the two Missourians parted ways after dating briefly their senior year of high school.Four years later, while Bo was vacationing near her college, he mentioned to a friend that he wished he’d run into Paige. The next night, at an L.A. club, “All of a sudden, I see Bo—as handsome as ever,” Paige remembers. “It was love at first sight,” she says. “I knew I was going to marry him. There was something bigger than us that wanted us to find each other again.”

During a December 2006 Whistler getaway for Paige’s birthday, the only sound was the jangle of bells until their horse-drawn sleigh—stopping. Bo got down on one knee in the snow. “I said yes about as loud as I could,” Paige says. “I was nervous and cold,” remembers Bo, who’d arranged to have champagne and a rose-filled suite waiting.

Next up was planning their wedding and they wasted no time jumping right on in. They went to meet the legendary Colin Cowie in New York, who they fell in love with immediately, and spent the next fourteen months designing all the details for their big day.

There was no expenses spared for this fabulous wedding. The ceremony and reception took place at the Laurie residence in Columbia, MO-but this wasn't your typical backyard wedding. Cowie constructed two tents-one for the ceremony, the other for the reception. As with all things designed by Colin, these weren't like any tents you've seen before.

This entire cathedral is inside of a tent!!  Colin called upon the super talented event production company  Along Came Mary, to design the cathedral and the reception area. They've produced everything from the MTV Movie awards to the Ocean's 13 movie premier party to Jaguar's Tribute to Style event. Now they can add the Lauire/ Dubbert wedding to their exclusive list of clients. They did an exquisite job of constructing this church, that looks like it's been there for centuries, in the matter of weeks!
The ceremony itself was very touching. Beside the traditional vows, Dr. Linda Garbett followed it up  by telling the couple's love story, turning the ceremony into an extra special time. The bride and groom were choked up by how meaningful it was.

Paige wanted her reception to be "formal, glamorous, and elegant" but "wanted it to be fun"  and Cowie certainly exceeded her expectations! The dining tent boasted velvet walls, a sunken floor, and the fabric ceilings. Custom lighting done by Images by Lighting- covered the pavillion in shades of purple,crystal, blue, red, and green.The evening started with a chandelier hanging above the dance floor as Paige & Bo had their first dance. As the night went on and the party really started, disco balls replaced the chandelier and guests danced the night away.

The details really made this entire wedding into an extraordinary event. Colin Cowie brought in vendors from the east and west boast to bring Paige's vision to life. Celebrity chef, Alfred Portale from Gotham Bar and Grill was the man behind to food that night. Guests feasted on a savory menu and then were treated to dessert by Perfect Endings. Many guests commented on how they thought the cake was a piece of the structural decor! The tablescapes were beautifully designed by Bardin Palomo floral designer extraordinaire and Resource One did an amazing job on the linens. Paige donned two wedding dresses (love that!) Her wedding gown was designed by none other than Carolina Herrera, with her "nightclub dress" as she called it, from Jenny Packham.  The coupled partied it up with their 600 guests who they surprised with a firework display at midnight that was said to have been "better than Macy's or Disney's"! Now thats a serious compliment!

 The wedding was undoubtedly an amazing success. After the fireworks, the after party started. Guests dined on good ole Mac & Cheese, mini pizzas, grilled cheese and french fried! Yum!! The last guests departed at 6 a.m. Surely, this wedding won't be one anyone will forget!


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