“We met while working on part of a compliance project. We were doing some of the filing and I would kind of make it a point to head over to her desk. I remember one of her co-workers said that I was quite smitten with her,” said Aaron.
Soon, casual conversations led to coffee and lunch dates.
“My co-workers kept saying ‘ooh, are you guys starting to like each other?’ And, I was like no, no. It’s just someone to go for lunch with. Well, that wasn’t true,” recalled Paige.
Eventually the couple went on a first date, though there is some debate about whether it was a date or not.
“He invited me to a hockey game in the second row of a playoff game. I don’t think you just take anybody to that,” laughed Paige. “Every time we scored a goal, I tried to hug him and I tried to celebrate with him and then I found out a year down the road when we were actually dating and living together that he didn’t consider it a date and that it was just him asking a friend to the hockey game.”
That non-date-date was just the beginning of a three-year courtship that led to an October 7, 2018 wedding date.
While brainstorming ideas for venues, they tossed around the idea of Calgary Campus, ATB’s corporate office space in the north end of the city. The idea went from a joke to viable pretty quickly. What better way to pay homage to the core of their story?
Planning a wedding is likely to have its share of stressful moments for the bride and groom. Planning a wedding at a venue that has never hosted a wedding and must maintain business hours and security parameters, not to mention run a customer call centre is also stressful for the senior facilities manager.
“It wasn’t easy. There were a lot of aspects to really understand in order to make the day happen. I think it worked out well,” said Anthony Paulette, senior facilities manager for Calgary Campus.
The ceremony and reception went off with only a few minor glitches thanks to careful planning and a mutual love for ATB. The couple married in an outdoor ceremony on Campus grounds with 150 of their closest friends, family and ATB team members on hand. An indoor reception followed.
And, they wouldn’t have had it any other way.
“All of our guests had nothing but really good things to say. Everything went by so quickly but everything looked amazing. When we came in for the reception, for our entrance, it didn’t even look like an ATB conference room. It was great,” gushed Paige.
Photo courtesy: Carly Dawn Hill Photography