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Midcentury wedding features bright colors

Noelle and Justin Woolley’s wedding — which had a 1960s, midcentury, “Mad Men” theme — took place July 23, 2016, on friends’ property in Centralia. “We loved our wedding location because it was so special to have our friends share their house and property with us,” says Noelle. “It was simple but beautiful — nature all around us.”

HOW THEY MET: “We actually knew each other in high school, but hung out with completely different groups,” says Noelle. “We officially met in 2014 at the Brewfest at McMenamins Olympic Club in Centralia.”

VISION: “We wanted to show our friends, family and each other the significance of what we mean to one another and the seriousness of our commitment,” says Noelle. “I think sometimes people can get caught up in the details of the wedding and forget what it is really about.” Noelle says the couple wanted to share with their loved ones “the love we both finally found.”

THEME, DECOR: The wedding colors were 1960s shades of teal, orange and yellow, in keeping with the midcentury, “Mad Men” theme. Noelle’s mom, Melody Nelson, also their professional caterer, served as their wedding planner and put together the decor.

GREEN TOUCHES: Melody found much of the decor and furniture at thrift stores and garage sales. Then she refurbished some of the items to make them presentable for the wedding reception. She found vintage milk-glass vases, filled them with fresh flowers and had them placed on guest tables.

Noelle’s brother, who owns a construction business, built a funky bar and made lanterns for the guest tables. Melody made the lantern covers, which featured a pattern similar to some of the vintage plates.

Colorful, handmade yarn pompoms were spread on the grass aisle and in front of the ceremony site. For the ceremony, the couple stood near a metal arch from the 1960s. It was decorated with 28 glass terrariums filled with flowers.

“The most important element for planning the wedding was to make sure my wedding planner (aka mom) wasn’t getting too stressed out and had everything she needed to make the wedding come together seamlessly, which she did perfectly,” says Noelle.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: “The most memorable part of the wedding was standing at the altar with the love of my life,” says Noelle. “I don’t think either of us even looked into the crowd; we just stared into each other’s eyes. We were both just so happy and full of love.”

Noelle works in the medical field, and Justin is a business owner. They make their home in Centralia.

This wedding was featured in South Sound Wedding & Event magazine 2017.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Jerome Tso Photography

CATERER: Five Star Catering, Centralia

CAKE AND DESSERTS: Abby’s Cookies and Cupcakes

FLORIST: Benny’s Florist

JAZZ BAND: Carol LaMar Trio

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Published on January 3, 2018.

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