Millennium Center Wedding | Justin + Octavia

It’s becoming routine to ask our Bride’s if they have any advice to give to other couples who are planning their big day. In regards to Octavia’s  words of wisdom, she shared to “breathe, enjoy the process, and remember your reason for planning. It can be overwhelming at times, but the end result is always worth it.” Please join in with us as we enjoy Justin + Octavia’s Millennium Center Wedding.

Millennium Center Wedding

Complete with insights from the bride!

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Justin + Octavia

April 8, 2017

Millennium Center


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Groom getting ready

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration for your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
Although I did not have a specific theme, I knew I wanted to mix old and new. Hence, choosing the Millennium Center as my venue. It is an old post office and has lots of “character.” I loved being able to mix old and new to create a simple, elegant space.

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Groomsmen wedding portrait

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met on the campus of Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem NC. Justin proposed on my 25th birthday after we had gone to dinner in our apartment. It was a complete surprise and very intimate, I appreciate him wanting to share the moment with

only me.

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Custom bridal robe

Bride in robe at Millennium Center

Bridesmaids at Millennium Center

Groomsmen shoes

Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
I like to joke that my wedding dress was my “baby!” I gave her a name and everything. When I began searching for dresses I was sure I did not want a mermaid type gown, and sure enough that is what I bought. My dress was blush with an ivory overlay and had lace throughout the entire bodice and included a corset lace up back with sweetheart neckline. The bottom was a very full tulle and included an intricate lace trimming around the bottom. I love everything about it. I chose simple tear drop earrings and wore my hair down in curls. The groom was going for a very tailored look and wanted his tuxedo to fit him like glove. He wore a navy blue slim fit tux with platinum tie and vest. He chose brown shoes to compliment the tux.

Tying wedding gown

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Bridal bouquet at the Millennium Center

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
I used lots of white hydrangeas and added some coral tulips and roses for the color. We had an assortment of tall and short centerpieces that were used in both the ceremony and reception. My bridesmaids all carried small bouquets of white hydrangeas & my bouquet included tulips, roses, and hydrangeas.

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One of the parts I really enjoyed was having my line sister from my sorority sing during my processional. It was very special to have included her in that manner.

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Bride entering the Millennium Center

Bride walking down the aisleLet’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
I chose to go very simple. Tulips and hydrangeas were used as well as lots of candles for a romantic feel. Lighting was a top priority and I loved that the Millennium Center had so many choices.

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Millennium Center wedding ceremony

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What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
Saying “I DO!”

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Formal portrait of the bride and groom at the Millennium Center

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