Olivia Lauren Neal and Christopher William Ostrander of Topsail Beach exchanged vows Nov. 3, 2018. Dr. Penny Ziemer officiated the double-ring ceremony held at 5 p.m. at Pine Forest Methodist Church.
The bride is the daughter of Donald C. Neal Jr. and Joann Willetts Neal of Goldsboro and the granddaughter of Iris B. Neal Thomas and the late Donald C. Neal of Goldsboro and Mary B. Willetts and the late William H. Willetts of Goldsboro.
She is a 2008 graduate of Rosewood High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is professionally employed as a substance abuse counselor.
The groom is the son of Sonny and Tracey Ostrander of Cary.
He is a 2008 graduate of Green Hope High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a property manager.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
She wore a strapless gown by Mori Lee featuring a romantic sweetheart neckline and intricate beading of lace on net. A wide scalloped hemline trimmed the skirt and chapel-length train. Covered buttons detailed the back. Olivia carried a hand-tied bouquet of burgundy dahlias, ranunculus, garden roses, amaranthus, eucalyptus, dusty miller and succulents.
Brooke Neal Freeman, sister of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Holley Ostrander of Greensboro, sister of the groom; Nicole Ostrander of Chattanooga, sister of the groom; Tatum Hardison of Fremont; Haile Meadows of Goldsboro; Mary Jo Moore of Wilmington; DeAnna Toliver of Dallas, Texas; Alex Turpin of Winston-Salem; and Brittany Vukicevic of Apex. The ladies wore burgundy sleeveless sequined gowns featuring a V-neckline.
David Hamrick of Charlotte, best man, was unable to participate in the ceremony due to emergency surgery. Matt Ostrander, brother of the groom, held the rings. Groomsmen were Matt Ostrander of Raleigh, brother of the groom; Kenneth Freeman, brother-in-law of the bride; Chase Parker of Chattanooga; Spencer Foerste of Raleigh; Evan Keith of Chapel Hill; Brad Pence of Raleigh; and Chris Presnell of Chapel Hill, Will Osborne and John Osborne of Raleigh, cousins of the bride. The gentlemen wore dark gray suits and burgundy neckties.
Shelby Barlow, cousin of the bride, was flower girl. Presiding at the register was Savannah Barlow, cousin of the bride. Wedding programs were distributed by Scarlett Barlow and Marley Parrish, cousins of the bride.
A program of traditional wedding music was provided by Judy Lewis, pianist, and Doug Tart, trumpeter. Vocalist Jeff Lane sang “Marry Me” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”
The wedding was directed by Donna Little. Steven Parrish, cousin of the bride, chauffeured the couple when they left the ceremony in a 1931 Model A Ford that belonged to the bride’s great grandfather, James Patrick Best.
The reception was held at the Historic Firehouse in Downtown Goldsboro. The front balcony rails were draped with white tulle and seeded eucalyptus centered with a gold “O” monogram. The Firehouse Square entrance was trimmed with flowers, and a “Welcome to Our Beginning” sign greeted guests at the gate. The outdoor balcony was delightful with twinkling lights, lounge seating and tables topped with bouquets, appetizers, and drinks. The wedding party was introduced into the ballroom, and the couple danced under a canopy of fresh dahlias, garden roses and eucalyptus by Cheryl’s Floral Design. Guests were treated to dinner prepared by Funky Fresh Catering and dancing with music provided by the band, Spare Change. As they left the Firehouse, family and friends cheered the newly wedded Ostranders with a sparkler exit.
The Barrique Restaurant in Historic Downtown Goldsboro was the setting for the rehearsal dinner. The wedding party and family enjoyed posing for silly photos with props, and family and friends toasted the couple. The groom’s cake was decorated with the University of North Carolina’s mascot, Rameses: A tribute to the university where Olivia and Chris met. The couple took this opportunity to give gifts to their attendants.
Events held before the wedding included an engagement party at the Neal home Dec. 9, 2017; a bachelor weekend in Tampa, Fla., in June 2018;a bachelorette cruise in October 2018; a wedding shower at Rosewood First Baptist Church Sept. 16 hosted by Brooke Neal Freeman, sister of the bride, Renee Parrish and Valerie Barlow, aunts of the bride, Bliss Parrish Jackson and Jennifer Parrish, cousins of the bride, and ladies of the church; and a wedding day bridal brunch celebration at the Freeman Home hosted by Brooke Neal Freeman, Beth Osborne, aunt of the bride, and Mary Willetts and Iris Neal Thomas, grandmothers of the bride.
Following the wedding, the Ostranders honeymooned in Australia. The couple presently resides at Topsail Beach.