When you pour your heart + soul into your wedding day, there’s no going wrong. That was the mantra for Olivia + Joseph, a duo totally in love with vintage, pops of color, handmade details…and each other! The decor from their North Carolina wedding was totally them, and the actual ceremony put their devotion on display with sweet and meaningful moments. We LOVE how O+J got creative with their indoor ceremony, calling on Vision Events to help plan the day, and A.J. Dunlap Photography to document.
Olivia tells us more: We found our inspiration from all the things we cherish in our actual life: vintage, antique, bohemian, lace, and jewel tones. We actually used decorations from our house— literally took things off of our walls and packed it for the venue. Our desire was for our guests to walk in and think, “This looks just like Joseph and Olivia” (which actually happened). We really thought about all the things we hold dear, like surprising each other, making people feel loved and welcomed, a good party, our families, and tried to keep those things as the center of the day. Most importantly, we made all decisions together because our wedding was about US (despite popular belief of weddings, our day was not JUST the bride’s day), and we wanted the day to be a unique blend of us both.
Let’s see how it all came together!
The bridesmaids jewel-toned gowns from Show Me Your Mumu were accentuated with pops of florals by Bowerbird Flowers.
Olivia’s bouquet featured a special tribute to her father, his favorite ties wrapped around the stems.
Joseph kept the vintage theme going with a custom vest made with certified Harris Tweed by Kannon’s Clothing!
The ceremony took place at The Cloth Mill, a historic cotton mill built in 1896, lit beautifully with natural light and featuring exposed brick + wooden beams.
O+J chose to have the wedding party sit in vintage furniture at the alter—love that idea!
Processional: 8 Circle by Bon Iver
Recessional: 00000 Million by Bon Iver
First Dance: Such Great Heights by Iron and Wine
Our ceremony as a whole was the most emotionally connecting and memorable moment of our wedding day, especially the foot washing ceremony. We wanted the root of our ceremony to be our vow to forever humble ourselves, to serve one another, and to serve our world together for all of our lives. Washing each other's feet encompassed all of these promises.
As we knelt before each other, my wedding dress and his suit touched the floor. We realized that in all of the thought and fuss we had put into these things, we simply (and without question) put them on the ground before each other. This moment made our promise real—that for the rest of our lives we would faithfully accept the dirtiest parts of one another and lay down the things we hold dear in service and devotion.
Planning is stressful no matter your circumstances and comes with so many decisions. All the choices you face are made easier if you stay true to yourselves as a couple. Honestly, your wedding will end up more unique and more memorable if it reflects all the quirky and different aspects of you both.
Also, as you plan, think about how the vendors you choose will act on your actual wedding day. The day of our wedding was stress-free and honestly calming for us both. We chose vendors that we felt at home with and that we knew without a doubt we could trust. On our wedding day, we were able to sit back and completely enjoy our friends and our family and take everything in because we knew everything was so perfectly taken care of.
This is the best advice we can give to anyone: on your actual wedding day, take moments to stop, to look around, and appreciate how your vision came together and all those that made it happen. Remember how you look at each other and feel about each other in the first hours of being married because it’s so easy to get caught up in the festivities of the day and forget to actually be intentional and remember it.
The beautiful naked cakes are from Whole Foods! How stunning are those cake stands, by the way?!
Sam Keel created a sweet video to remember the day:
Many congrats and thanks for sharing your sweet celebration, Olivia + Josephy!
photography: A.J. Dunlap Photography // venue name: The Cloth Mill, Hillsborough, North Carolina, USA // planning: Vision Events // florals: Bowerbird Flowers // wedding dress: Rosa Clara // wedding dress boutique: Traditions by Anna // bride's shoes: Vassie by Steve Madden // bride's ring: Hawkhouse // bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // hair stylist: LJ Bailey // makeup artist: Michelle Clark // groom attire: vest custom made with certified Harris Tweed by Kannon's Clothing // groom's ring: Per Amore // videography: Sam Keel // calligraphy: Bride Hand Lettered // catering: Beau's Catering // cake: Whole Foods // tabletop rentals: Southern Vintage Table // furniture rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters // linen rentals: CE Rental // specialty rentals: Showtime Events // music: All Around DJ // officiant: Brian Goodwin // groomsmen bow ties: Wickham House // bridesmaids bracelets: GaiaBoheme Jewellerey // flower girl dresses: Angora Boutique // flatware : Party Reflections // macrame: MossHound Designs
Well done. So many vintage details. I love her dress, the bouquets, and even the settees at the ceremonies. The china and glassware was spectacular as well.
I had a vintage 1940s wedding, but it wasn’t quite as elaborate and on a shoe-string budget. Still, there are a lot of take-aways to add to any wedding from this article and pix.
An inspiration for my vintage novels as well. I have several characters who will be getting married and I may steal some of these elements for my fiction!
Love this idea, this is really touching and beautiful.
I absolutely adore this concept; not only is it lovely but it is also quite moving.