Real ECB Joylynn: An Introduction

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Today’s Real East Carolina Bride entry comes to us from Joylynn, a bride whose New Bern wedding is coming up in April 2017.

“I feel like everything in my life has led me to you. My choices, my heartbreaks, my regrets. Everything. And when we are together, my past seems worth it. Because if I had done one thing differently, I might never have met you.” (Author Unknown)

Let me start off by telling you a little about myself. My name is Joylynn. I am 33 years old, I am a preschool teacher and a mother to 3 beautiful girls. I prefer Pepsi over Coke, the only sports team I follow is the Carolina Hurricanes (Go CANES!) and I have been married before.

DSC_0713-2My fiancee’s name is Jared. He is 35 years old and a Captain for a nearby town’s fire department. He prefers Coke over Pepsi, and the only sports team he really follows is the New York Rangers.

Here is our story….

Jared and I met online (Plenty of Fish). In this day in age that seems to be the norm but regardless it’s still weird to admit. His pick up line? “I go to Carolina Beach. What beach do you go to?”  Hook, line and sinker! I fell for the bait…well kind of. I gave him a run for his money. It wasn’t just me I had to think about, I had to make sure he was the right fit. After four months, three dates, him moving a couch and putting together my new one later (he doesn’t ever let me forget about this), I decided he was indeed the right fit.

Fast forward to present day, April 27th, 2016. Jared, being the type of guy he is, made a production for our engagement. He teamed up with my boss to arrange a fire drill at my school. The alarm went off, we went outside. We were all lined up along the back fence on the playground. I hear, “Joylynn, can you let this fireman in?” As I turn I think to myself, “there were no sirens. What’s going on?” There he is, in all his gear. I walk over to him and say “What are you doing here?” After all he does not work for the town I work in and he was, as far as I knew, on shift. From there he gets on one knee and “pops the question.” Since I am here now telling you our story it’s obvious I said yes!

DSC_0241-2We have chosen New Bern as the perfect place for our nuptials. I fell in love with New Bern in that short nine months before we met and had shared my love of the downtown area with Jared when we took a weekend trip there. It just seemed right. As any bride I already knew a majority of what I wanted. I knew I wanted the ceremony to be held at the Union Point Gazebo and I knew that I wanted a semi-casual atmosphere. I also knew I wanted navy blue and blush and gold as part of the color scheme. Jared didn’t like the idea of wearing pink (blush pink was going to washout all my ‘maids) so we added in light blue and voila! We had our color scheme. I also knew I wanted it to have a beachy feel without being tacky.

In the short two months that we have been engaged we have formed our bridal party, booked the venues for our ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner. We have also booked our officiant, DJ, photographer, and caterer.

I think for me, the most exciting part of planning our wedding is the planning! I am a big DIYer because I am very crafty. I look at things that people make and say to myself “why am I going to pay someone to do that when I can just do it myself!” I think what I am dreading the most is staying within budget! Vendors are not as cheap as they were 10 years ago!

I wanted to share our story because let’s face it, we all like to share our ups and downs as a bride. It gives us a way to feel like we are in this together by giving helpful tips/tricks.

We brides have to stick together right? I am excited to be a Real Eastern Carolina Bride and to be able to share my story and my wedding adventures with you!


Joylynn’s Vendor Team:

Engagement Photographer: A n W Photography (Web)

Wedding Photographer: The Uprooted Photographer

Ceremony Venue: Union Point Park Gazebo

Reception Venue: Stanly Hall Ballroom

Rehearsal Dinner: The Chelsea

Catering: Strange and Sons

DJ: Absolute Best DJ Service


We’re looking for more Real East Carolina Brides like Joylynn!  If you’re interested in becoming a Real ECB and sharing your stories with the brides of Eastern North Carolina, you can learn more and see if you qualify on the application page.  We can’t wait to hear about your wedding!


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