We love getting nostalgic here at Junebug, and Rachel and Andrew’s unique drive-in wedding brought us right back to childhood. After COVID-19 changed their wedding planseight times, the idea of drive-in “I do’s” was born–and we’re so happy it was. With the help of expert planner and Junebug member AMV Weddings, the couple turned Four Sisters Winery into a movie theater featuring a ceremony under the stars, classic movies, a taco truck and an ice cream truck.
As if the idea of having a drive-in wedding wasn’t original enough, the couple also passed out goodie bags full of vintage candy, bug spray, and wine with custom labels. We’re so glad that Abigail Gingerale Photography was there to capture every unique detail of the day. Keep scrolling to see how these two took their love into the spotlight–literally.
Our wedding was heavily influenced by the times. Planning a COVID wedding is fun if you love to change plans eight times before the big day! We knew we wanted to keep our original wedding date, had to keep our guests safe, and wanted it to be memorable. By the time we started seriously making plan B (or maybe plan Z? I don’t know, we lost track), our Governor allowed drive-in events–thus the idea of a drive-in wedding was born!
Personalized Wedding Favors
Upon arrival, all of our guests were given a reusable tote bag filled with essentials for the evening ahead. We encouraged everyone to stay in or around their vehicles, so we wanted to equip everyone with everything they might need. We included some of our favorite snacks, some vintage candies to go along with the drive-in theme, bug spray–summertime in NJ is brutal–a flashlight, and a custom-labeled bottle of wine.
Wedding Advice From Rachel
Marry the love of your life. At the end of it all, a big fancy black-tie affair doesn’t change who you are as a couple. Keep it small, safe, and about the love between you and your partner.
Pri and Reggie’s full moon wedding at Locust Hall is proof that parents usually know best. After the couple’s parents spotted the venue, they knew it was the perfect place to tie the knot. The couple said “I do” in a ceremony that featured sweeping countryside views, a unity candle lighting, and a stunning wooden arch with florals put together by A Garden Party.
They followed up their rustic yet elegant ceremony with a photo shoot in the sunflower fields, a reception full of dancing and lawn games, and a last-minute portrait under the moon’s light–all of which photographer Katy Weaver captured beautifully. Keep scrolling to see all of the magical details, and be prepared to be bewitched.
We wanted the feeling to be as if we went foraging in the woods for wedding decor–moss, rough stones, and more foliage–very natural and organic. Our wedding was on a full moon, so there was definitely a magical vibe with all the crystals. We wanted it to feel very ritualistic because marriage is one of our society’s oldest rituals.
Why Locust Hall
It was our parents that made the final call to go with Locust Hall. We had been running around all day visiting different venues, and the moment we turned onto the long driveway flanked by sunflower fields on either side, both our parents were like, “sold! Check, please!” I have to say they made a great call. What I loved most about getting married at Locust Hall was the progression through the different spaces on the property. It really gave the wedding a feeling of momentum and energy. There is also so much natural and scenic beauty that it didn’t need much decorating and our guests had a great time wandering around the property, petting goats, and whatnot.
Wedding Advice From The Bride
Don’t sweat the small details. On the day of, you will be so caught up in the energy of everything that you will 100% not notice the napkin rings or the menu cards. Try to focus on the experiences you and your guests will have. Whenever we reminisce with friends and family, it’s always about the speeches, our newlywed game, the dancing, and playing late-night lawn games–not the decor.
A Favorite Celestial Photo
Our favorite photo of the night was the one of us under the full moon. The weather that day was supposed to be cloudy, so we weren’t sure if we’d be able to get the shot. But, Katy was determined to give us the shot we dreamed of, so she had guests keep a lookout for the moon. It seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. The night was almost over when suddenly Katy grabbed us and told us to run out to the field, so we literally sprinted to get in front of the moon before it disappeared again. We were both sweaty and out of breath, and Katy got down on the ground on her stomach. It was a real team effort, but the end picture was perfect.
A warehouse venue, life-size skeletons, Stormtroopers, a freight elevator entrance filled with smoke — we are starry-eyed with the brilliance of Bridget and Anthony’s eclectic warehouse wedding at The Art Factory in Paterson, New Jersey.
As the guests stepped off the freight elevator, they were greeted with a Game of Thrones-inspired champagne wall. They actually hosted a pre-ceremony cocktail hour with Cuban food truck snacks and drinks served from Walking Dead-style drink vessels. The guests were invited over to the ceremony space, which was lined with gorgeous white draping and a stage covered in greenery, inspired by a Northeastern Winter and Game of Thrones. There were even Westeros house banners flanking the entrance.
The bride’s son escorted her down the aisle, and for their exit, Stormtroopers came down the aisle and led them out of the ceremony to cocktail hour.
The reception decor once again fit the Northeastern winter theme, with the tabletops covered in greenery, candles, and vintage doors draped with lighting above them. As they entered, each guest received a CD that directed them to their table. The table numbers were vintage records with the couple’s favorite lyrics on the back of each. The food during the reception included a large roasted pig, donuts, and ice cream.
Just wait until you see the elevator entrance with lightsabers and all of the killer photo op spots…