A Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Morning Glory Farm in Monroe, North Carolina

Lauren White (26 and a pharmacy technician) knew she was going to marry Joshua Van Loftis (27 and an IT professional) after their first date. Three years later, they wed in a romantic, vintage-inspired affair at a working flower farm in Monroe, North Carolina. 

The October day kept a strong focus on family and personal details, all carefully planned and executed by Lauren and her family members. Throughout the couple's engagement, Lauren, her mother and her aunt scoured flea markets and thrift shops for vintage china pieces and antiques like books, globes and clocks to use for unique centerpieces and decorative vignettes. "I wanted it to be kind of eclectic," says Lauren, "so I looked for little things that struck a chord or reminded me of my grandparents or Van's family." 

Other relatives contributed their own china and heirloom quilts to display at the wedding. Van's grandfather, a pastor, officiated the ceremony. The day featured lots of DIY elements, from the paper goods (designed by Lauren's matron of honor) to the favors (granola and mixed CDs handmade by the couple). A true labor of love. —Michelle Thomas