Carly & Tripp- Animal Inspired Wedding at Duke Chapel and The Nasher Museum

As I was standing at the conclusion of Carly and Tripp’s wedding, I thought, “This is why I do my job.” It was such a pleasure working with a couple not only in love, but a couple that had fun through the entire planning process by focusing on what was important to them.  They started with two amazing venues. Duke Chapel for the ceremony and the Nasher Museum for the reception. Carly wanted to create a more traditional feel within the museum. So she chose warm pinks and browns combined with amber lighting to create a more traditional vibe but, mixed it with great modern table top accessories from CE Rental to mix the two styles. The soft and beautiful centerpieces from Floral Dimensions were an homage to her DC heritage and the blooming cherry trees. But, of all the  small touches my favorite was the incorporation of animals. Carly’s career involves studying octopuses and as a couple they both volunteer at the zoo. It all started with amazing invitations from Indigo Envelope that featured hand drawn animal sketches by a close friend. At the reception the guest book was a poster of sea animals, the tables were all images of adopted animals from the World Wildlife Fund, and the wedding cake was covered in an octopus and had kissing beluga whales as the cake topper. It all came together so beautifully!

Congratulations to an amazing couple!


Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Reception- Nasher Museum

Caterer- Cafe Parizade

Rentals- CE Rentals

Cake- Sugarland

Flowers- Floral Dimensions

DJ- Joe Bunn DJ– Randy Bennett

Photography- Raycroft Art

Lighting- Total Production Services

Bride and Groom transportation- Harrison Global

Group transportation- Duke Transit

Stationary- Indigo Envelope

Popcorn Bar- The Mad Popper

Formal Wear- Bernard’s

Bridal Gown- Rivini from Hannelore’s