Junius Lindsay Vineyard Wedding
It’s mid December, but I have some end of summer sunshine to share with the interweb. You may recall Josh + Natalie from their really unique engagement session. Now we have images from their beautiful wedding which took place at Junius Lindsay Vineyard. I really love photographing in new locations, and to my surprise we couldn’t find a single wedding published at this North Carolina vineyard. Uncovering this gorgeous venue was just one of many unique elements which made their wedding day so amazing. Every decision reflected on who they are, as well as who & what is important to them. Read more on this below as Natalie shares insights from the bride.
Vineyard Weddings in North Carolina
And now, Insights from the Bride!
Share with us how you two met:
Josh and I met on Thanksgiving day of 2011, when his sister invited me to join her and her family for Thanksgiving. We hit it off immediately. Later we found out she had been trying to come up with a reason for us to meet, and Thanksgiving was the perfect opportunity.
Tell us about your proposal:
Josh proposed while we were on a weekend getaway trip to Asheville, NC. Even before he proposed, it was already the most romantic, fun, and perfect weekend. Him proposing at sunset on Sunday as we drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway was just icing on the cake.
Tell us about your hair & make up?
I had the best hair and make up artist. I asked Alex to make sure I had coverage for the day but keep me looking natural. I don’t wear a ton of make up every day and I wanted to be true to myself. She used Bobbi Brown make up which felt natural and looked like real skin, not face paint. She did an outstanding job and even taught me some tricks for applying my daily make up. For hair, she is unreal. She did the up do like she could do it in her sleep and it stayed put all night. For the engagement pictures, she wasn’t even supposed to do my hair and in ten minutes she gave me the best style that was so much fun.
And your gown …
I’m not a big shopper, and somewhat dreaded looking for a dress…I know very unbride-like. But as soon as I slipped on this dress (only the 3rd of the day) my mother and I burst into tears. I didn’t want to take it off. Originally, I wanted a lace dress, in a slim silhouette, with straps or cap sleeves…. this dress was satin, full ball gown with train, and strapless. Goes to show you, you never know until you try something on. Later, for comparison sake, I tried on a dress that fit all the things I thought I wanted, and it didn’t feel right at all. I couldn’t wait to take it off and put “my” dress back on.
How did you choose your ceremony venue?
The first time we visited the Junius Lindsay Vineyard ( the venue ) was on our anniversary on November 24th, 2012. It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for drinking wine and enjoying the scenery. It was there I felt overwhelmingly in love with Josh and I remember thinking, “I want to marry this man, and I want to marry him here.” When we were planning our wedding it was the obvious spot, sticking out to us because of the romantic setting and small size. Josh and I both like quiet, peaceful places and thought it was perfect.
Was there any particular theme or style for your wedding?
Throughout the entire planning process we kept three words in mind; simple, romantic, and intimate. We wanted the wedding to be true to ourselves, not falling for trendy wedding must haves. Anything too over the top was just not us. One of the best things a friend said about our wedding was that, “Every moment radiated with the couples philosophy of family, friends, and good times!” That pretty much sums it up!
Tell us about Josh’s groomsmen …
Josh is very close with his brother, they are best friends and hockey teammates. It only seemed natural for him to pick Greg.
And your bridesmaids …
When deciding who would stand with me as my witness, there was no one else I wanted but my sister Leah. She was my first roommate, friend, and road trip partner.
Tell us about your flowers …
Since our meal was served family style, with platters of food on each table, we knew we had to keep the centerpieces simple. I loved the idea of having all white flowers for the wedding, something I wouldn’t have guessed about myself until we started planning. After searching and searching for the perfect flower arrangement, I found a website that sold flower petals. They had an “Irish Blend” of white rose petals and pale green hydrangea petals that looked like shamrocks. Since I myself am an Irish blend, and am known for my affinity for St. Patrick’s day, I thought a simple centerpiece utilizing these petals was the way to go. We kept with the simple white flower theme for my sister’s and my bouquet.
How about your photography …
Choosing our wedding photographers was one of the most important details of planning the entire wedding. Having used to work for a wedding photographer, I had very specific criteria and quality in mind (good with lighting, effective at catching the little details, skilled with color…not just covering flaws by putting the pictures in black and white to name a few). He matched what I wanted perfectly and went above and beyond. One thing I appreciated was how quick he was to respond to any questions I had. Now that the wedding is over we have hundreds of amazing photos. Shot after shot is stunning. He captured perfectly the feeling of the wedding. His photos take me right back to those moments. I could gush about how happy I am with the photos for a long time.
And your shoes (and jewelry)…
I knew I wanted blue shoes, and I knew I had to wear wedges because of the ceremony being out in the vineyard. Fancy blue wedges are sort of hard to come by! I finally found the patent leather pair I wore and although they were much more casual than my dress I knew they would be perfect. I love that they are kind of fun and unexpected. Since my dress had a lot of detail at the bust, I kept my jewelry simple. I wore my mother’s drop pearl earrings as my something borrowed, and wore my great grandmother’s pearl bracelet as my something old.
Any advice for future brides?
Keep what’s important in perspective.
Stay tuned for the wedding reception images!