Leslie & David-Springtime Durham Wedding

Leslie and David’s March wedding was a welcome into Spring! The sun was shining and the temperatures were just right  for their exchange of vows at Duke Gardens. After the intimate ceremony a reception followed at The Cotton Room. Leslie and David chose a palette of spring colors with pinks, purples, and greens. Tre Bella created beautiful centerpieces with tulips, moss, and candles. As a personal touch Leslie and David provided beer growlers from their favorite breweries for vases. And in honor of Leslie’s grandmother each guest found a packet of wildflower seeds at their place setting as the favor.

Congratulations to  a wonderful couple!


Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair – Amanda Scott

Ceremony- Duke Gardens

Ceremony Music- Arioso Stings

Officiant- Bruce Lawrence

Reception- The Cotton Room

Dessert- Daisy Cakes

Flowers- Tre Bella Florist

Band-  The Soulless Dogs Blues Band

Band Sound System- North State Sound

Photography- Anna Kirby

Transportation-Duke Transit

Limo- The Right Limo

Hair- Wavelengths

Latoya & Aaron-Cotton Room Wedding in Durham

Latoya and Aaron met as undergrads at Duke University in Durham. So when it was time to get married they wanted to come back to where it all began. They chose one of Durham’s most beautiful and historic venues, The Cotton Room. The space is a great blank canvas with exposed brick walls and large windows.  And in this case it was perfect for showcasing Latoya’s desire for all things that sparkle and bling! The vibrant color scheme of purple and blue was showcased in the linens and in the beautiful flowers by Tre Bella. There were also some very personal touches. Each table number had a photo of  Latoya and Aaron at that age. And as a special treat Latoya made delicious milk chocolate and white chocolate cookies as favors.

As you look through the photos you will see lots of other unique touches that made the wedding special. But, what stands out to me the most is the joy and love that you see in everyone’s face. One of the most touching moments I have ever seen as a planner was when Aaron’s son cried during the ceremony because he was so happy to see Latoya and his father marry. It was certainly a very special day that I will never forget.
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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Venue and Caterer- The Cotton Room

Photographer- Luster Studios

Photo Booth- Shutter Booth Photo 

Cake/Cupcakes- Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Music- Spin DJ

Flowers- Tre Bella Florist

Bride’s Hair- Lavish Salon

Bride’s Make Up- Tiwa Lawrence

Erin & Mike- Cotton Room Wedding in Durham

I am so excited to share Erin and Mike’s wedding at the Cotton Room in Durham. When I first met Erin and Mike they  were  living in Charlotte and moving to the  Triangle area for Mike’s grad school. They were completely open to having the wedding anywhere in the Triangle. When we visited the Cotton Room they knew it was a perfect fit. For the design Erin chose shades of purple, green, and white with silver accents. Tre Bella created amazing centerpieces incorporating Southern touches with silver lanterns and mint julep cups. And since Erin is from New Orléans the fleur-de-lis was used in everything from the invitations to the cake. Along with the saying, “Laissez les bons temps rouler, ” meaning, “Let the good times roll!” And they certainly did with Fantasy Band rocking the crowd. It was such a pleasure working with a couple so full of joy and love. Enjoy the pictures and get inspired!

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Wedding Planner-A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Ceremony and Reception and Catering- The Cotton Room Durham

Photographer- Megan Kime

Cake- Swank Cake

Officiant- Triangle Custom Weddings

Band-Fantasy Band

Florist- Tre Bella

Lighting-  Simpsound DJ and Lighting Services

Transportation- Elite and Duke Transportation

Hair and make up- Posh Salon

Men’s Formal Wear- Bernard’s Formal Wear

Bride’s Dress- Traditions By Anna

Stationary- Indigo Envelope