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.
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
TRANSPORTATION Holloway's Auto & Body Shop
SEWING/ALTERATIONS Patty Mitchell
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