Justin and Joe had their wedding at The Great Room, a beautiful 1820’s property at Historic Savage Mill. With lemon and tangerine accents throughout, and an old Hollywood theme to symbolise their love for old cinema, the pair were ready to say I do!
Joe and Justin felt that it was important to incorporate family tradition into their ceremony. Along with a hand fasting and exchange of the rings, they jumped the broom, a tradition signifying a time when people, specifically slaves, couldn’t enter into legally recognised marriage.
Joe and the groomsmen wore grey suits with lemon and tangerine pocket squares and boutonnieres, while the girls wore beautiful tangerine dresses and held silk flower bouquets.
Justin looked fabulous in his lemon suit blazer, lemon and white polkadot shirt, cravat and veil, a look that was pieced together by scouring local thrift stores. To finish it all off he held a button bouquet.
“Our DJ, DJ Myra, worked with us to incorporate beautifully timed period love songs by Gershwin and Porter for the cocktail hour and dinner. Our first dance was to ‘You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger’ a modern take on an old jazz sound and feel. We worked quite extensively on our ceremony and reception decorations, and much of it was DIY, including the shadowbox portraits of old Hollywood actresses, flower mason jars, small glitter-coated jars of tealights, and what was quite the hit, three lounge spaces with themes from three of our most favorite movies to go with the Old Hollywood theme: Singin in the Rain, Pillow Talk, and Gaslight which we turned into photo booths.
There is so much that went into this, ‘Little Wedding That Could’! We had big dreams for our special day and so many hands went into making it come true. From the DIY Wedding parties we hosted for our invitations, ribbon wands and glitter mason jars, to our friends taking our idea for lounge spaces and bringing it to life! Our wedding party kept us on track with deadlines and kept our spirits up with enthusiasm. To say we planned this alone might be accurate but we went through this journey together and everyone enjoyed the ride!”
“We thankfully didn’t have TOO hard a time with our vendors, there was the usual, ‘Which of you is the Bride?’. Our Make-up artists were the most comfortable with us and even did makeup on a Groomsman and Myself (Justin) so that in the face of all the stress and lack of sleep I would look fresh faced and GORGEOUS. She didn’t hesitate to use proper pronouns and never made us feel strange about wanting to get a touch up for the day of! DJ Myra, the people at Edible Incredibles and Jon Fleming (our Photographer) treated us with respect and as if we were any other couple. Jon in particular was VERY excited to hear about our wedding theme and ideas for the photos so that made us feel even more comfortable with him.”
“Be patient with one another in the planning process. Set tasks for yourselves and follow through as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and if you’re doing decorations or creating a unique atmosphere host a DIY party. Friends will come together for pizza and beer but most importantly to help bring your dreams for a unique and beautiful wedding to life.”
Photography: Jon Fleming Photography | Attire: Joe + Groomsmen – Mens Warehouse, Justin – local thrift stores & local tailor, Groomsmaid – David’s Bridal | Make-up: Faces by Brandi | Hair: DIY by co-worker , Mara + niece, Thea | Bouquets (button + Groomsmaids’): Angela’s Artistic Creations | Accessories: David’s Bridal + A/C Moore | Rings: Littman Jewelers | Officiant: Friend, Cara | Venue: The Great Room at Savage Mill | DJ: DJ Myra | Cake: Edibles Incredibles | Catering: Putting On The Ritz | Styling + Flowers: DIY Grooms + wedding party