“We’re both so excited, as two women, to experience each other’s ‘big bridal moment,’” Olivia tells PEOPLE of the couple's Georgia wedding ceremony
Lunden Stallings and Olivia Bennett are married!
The couple, known as Lunden & Olivia on TikTok, exchanged vows on Saturday in front of 150 friends and family members at Naylor Hall, a historic venue in Roswell, Georgia.
The 26-year-olds, who are known for their “outfit of the day,” “day in the life” and wedding planning videos, spoke with PEOPLE before their highly anticipated ceremony.
“I know that it's hard to take in a moment, but I do feel like the one thing that Olivia and I are good at is being still,” Stallings says. “We like romanticizing the moment that we're in. I’m so excited to see her.”
Stallings walked down the steps of Naylor Hall first, wearing a sleek, white, Safiyaa dress along with Sarah Flint shoes, an Ann-Marie Faulkner birdcage veil and her sister’s long veil as her “something borrowed.” Bennett headed towards the altar shortly after wearing a strapless Monique Lhuillier gown with a big bow fastened on the front. She also wore Stuart Weitzman kitten heels. For her "something borrowed," she used her college best friend’s veil, complete with horsehair trim and a blusher.
The TikTok couple met during the summer of 2020 when Bennett was looking for a golden retriever, and messaged Stallings asking where she got her dog, Willow. Almost a year later, Stallings got a promotion that moved her to Atlanta, where Bennett was living. They met up for Mexican food and bonded over their love of Dr. Pepper. “We talked all night long,” Bennett says. Stallings adds, “We haven’t spent a day apart since.”
Their love for one another was solidified further after accidentally planning surprise proposals at the same time while chartering a private boat in Charleston in May of 2022. “We fell over laughing… things in our relationship just truly fall into place,” Bennett tells PEOPLE about the joint engagement.
Stallings continues, “That night we canceled our five-star dinner reservations and got $3 pizza by the slice, a Dr. Pepper and just ran the streets of Charleston.”
The brides’ dogs, Howie and Willow, who are responsible for connecting the pair, will be part of the celebration. “Willow will be getting ready with us that morning, because she's a girl, so she gets to stay. Howie will come back for photos,” Bennett says, laughing.
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The duo, who planned the entire wedding themselves along with the help of Stallings’ mother, Ashley Gilbow, wanted to make sure the ceremony was special and honored those they love. “The whole wedding party is in white,” Stallings says. Bennett adds, “The guys [brothers and fathers] are in white dinner jackets with black pants, and then all of the 12 bridesmaids are in ivory, satin gowns.”
Bennett continues, “We decided to make our moms our something blue. Miss Ashley is wearing a stunning blue gown, and when I walk down the aisle, I’m going to hold blue hydrangeas for my mom who passed away. My dad will walk me down and my mom will be the first aisle seat in the front row, so I will put those flowers in my mom’s chair, and then I’ll walk back up the aisle with my white bridal bouquet.”
The black tie, “timeless" and "elegant” wedding continued inside with some dancing, late-night Shake Shack and the three-tiered blackberry cheesecake, vanilla and lemon cake that TikTok viewers watched the pair debate over. “It’s so great marrying a girl that is the same as you because there was genuinely no conflict,” Stallings says. “I think the only thing we disagreed on was the lemon cake, truly.”
To show extra love for all of their family and friends who traveled near and far for the Georgia wedding, Bennett hand-embroidered an “S” on every linen napkin to celebrate the new Mrs. and Mrs. Stallings, and the duo bought hats for every guest that read, “From Georgia with love.”
“To us, the most important part of the wedding is that we have one day that every single person in our lives that we love will be in the same place, at the same time,” Stallings tells PEOPLE. “All of our family and friends drove and flew across the country to be here, and so we are very thankful.”
With both the wedding and their TikToks, the newly-minted Stallings — Bennett is taking Stallings' last name — don’t take their impact on the LGBTQ+ community lightly. “I was that girl in high school that was like I'm never going to get to live out my true self, and there's no way I'm going to find a girl that everyone will love and accept,” Stallings says.
Bennett adds, “There was nobody back then that looked like us, that was represented as a lesbian. And I even think in my own head I was like, ‘I don't look like a lesbian.’ But it’s so normalized now and we're very grateful that we're part of this movement... We’re just happy to be included.”
“It's so much bigger than us, and if, just by us showing our life and being in love with each other we can share that with other people, and make people feel an ounce more comfortable about themselves, or change the way they think about people because of us, that means more than any sort of brand deal," Stallings says. "And I think that by showing two feminine women in a relationship in the south, I think that it breaks a barrier.”
Now that the personal vows have been exchanged and they are officially married, the pair are looking forward to what's next. “I’m most excited to have kids and be pregnant and carry our little child in my belly,” Bennett says about the couple, who plans on using a sperm donor and IVF.
“I am most looking forward to... for nothing to change,” Stallings tells PEOPLE. “We fit so well together and we have such a good life together… I’m only excited for things to get even better.”
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