Paige Horvath and Chris Putt met as children at YMCA Camp Clearwater, began dating in high school – Chris attended East Chapel Hill High and Paige attended Chapel Hill High – and suddenly, one day together became seven years. After Paige graduated from UNC-Greensboro and Chris from UNC-Charlotte, they moved their story back to where it started – Chapel Hill – and into a new beginning.
Paige and Chris spent months planning a post-graduation trip to Disney World, yet she was unaware of his plans to help the park live up to its slogan, “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” On their first night at Disney, they ate at a restaurant overlooking Magic Kingdom. Fireworks were in the sky as Chris showed Paige to the observation deck, bent down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
On September 3, 2016, Paige and Chris were married in a sentiment-filled ceremony. Paige’s childhood church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, hosted 70 friends and family members – including parents Stephanie and Bryan Horvath and Susan and Ron Putt – and, for the reception at Top of the Hill’s Great Room, Paige incorporated her Western Pennsylvanian roots in a “cookie table.” With a hurricane off North Carolina’s coast, the couple was afraid their wedding would be a wash, but a little drizzle didn’t dampen the party – the couple’s friends had so much fun, they want them to get married again.
Paige and Chris live in Chapel Hill.
Photography by Bronwyn Duffield