Olivia & Carlton

Olivia played basketball with her school and with the church. Carlton [CJ] and his family were attending Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church in Greenville, NC. Ebenezer SDA Church congregation were traveling to Kinston for church due to the flood and the rebuilding of their own church. Pastor Robert Green was the pastor over both churches at the time, and to keep the young people’s attention, he created a basketball team with the Kinston and Greenville congregation. CJ was on the Junior Varsity Men’s basketball team and Olivia played with the Women's Basketball team through the church. Olivia and CJ knew of each other, but it never crossed their minds of dating due to the fact Olivia's parents were very strict about no dating until she was a specific age.

Time passed by and the basketball team and youth activities dwindled down - and everyone grew up and went their separate ways. Well, social networks brought Olivia and CJ back in contact with each other and it was history from there. They quickly fell in love!

Olivia thought she was going to get proposed to around July or August because she picked her ring out in June. CJ definitely surprised her a week before her birthday. The couple always get dressed very nice and goes on weekly dates to their favorite Japanese restaurant, so it did not dawn on her at all what was about to take place. CJ had already talked with the managers and planned everything. The chef normally makes smiley faces and hearts with the rice. As the chef proceeded, CJ proceeded to get on one knee and ask the love of his life, "Will you marry me?" Of course, she said yes and was very surprised he was able to pull it off without her knowing anything about it.

Our wedding theme was ‘The Gibbs Happily Ever After.’ I picked this theme because I have always been ‘Princess Olivia’ or ‘Princess Liv’ to everyone that knew me. My father had given me that name as a little girl. When I began to research venues near Greensboro, NC I found Castle McCulloch. It went hand in hand with me being the Princess that I am. So, a Prince met a Beautiful Princess and they lived Happily Ever After!
Our wedding colors were champagne, gold, ivory, and royal blue - with a pop of deep purple. CJ’s only desire of the entire wedding was to have gold as one of the colors. So, I thought of a contrasting color which would be royal blue. My wedding planner, Nishaka, came up with the idea to pop in some purple to make it look even more awesome!
The most unique element of my wedding day was my bouquet of orchids, my large white loveseat at the reception and my gold crown. They really made me feel like the Queen I became!
TriadWedding Magazine helped me tremendously during our planning process! I was stressed out and was pushing for time (in my mind) and needed to find the right wedding planner to make sure I wasn’t missing anything and one that could help put the pieces of the puzzle together! Well, I found Events by Nishaka through TriadWedding Magazine and she is nothing short of amazing! She is everything and more! The reviews helped me out a lot and I was able to connect with her. She was very quick with responding, unlike many others I reached out to. I needed a planner that was going to be attentive to my needs and she met my needs every time.

There is nothing we would change about our wedding day! Everything we wanted, we had! Our wedding day was amazing, and the wedding of our dreams!

CEREMONY Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church

RECEPTION Castle McCulloch

PHOTOGRAPHY In His Image Photography

GOWN Bridals by Lori

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Lily Rose Bridal 

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR Top Bottom & Soles

INVITATIONS U R Invited

CAKE Edible Artistry

CATERING Rozetta's Catering

FLOWERS Blossom Artistry

OFFICIANT Pastor Robert Green Jr. 

HAIR Kristy Bright

MAKEUP Faces by CB

EVENT DESIGN/PLANNER/COORDINATOR Events by Nishaka 

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Clifton Fields

PARTY RENTALS Southern Event Rental

VIDEOGRAPHY Barry

TRANSPORTATION Holloway's Auto & Body Shop

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Patty Mitchell

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