Caroline and Logan: A Sophisticated and Elegant Ballroom Wedding at Duke Chapel and the Washington Duke Inn

Caroline and Logan are a super sweet couple with a very special bond! Caroline entered Duke as a member of the ROTC program. It’s an intense program where the recruits go through rigorous military training while attending college. Caroline’s freshman year was tough since she was the only freshman in the program. At the start of her sophomore year Caroline was told to bring all of her gear (a huge ruck and 3 big duffel bags) for inspection. Standing outside of the door was a handsome young man that offered to help her and introduced himself as Logan, an ROTC recruit starting as a sophomore. Caroline was so happy to have someone in her class to share her experience with! After lots of struggles and laughs through training they both realized there was something more and began dating on Valentines day! Needless to say the rest was history.

For the wedding Caroline loved the idea of a bright pop of pink to liven things up! The bridesmaids hot pink dresses were fun yet sophisticated and coordinated perfectly with the men in bright blue. After a beautiful ceremony at Duke Chapel guests gathered at the Washington Duke Inn for hors d’oeuvres on the patio and then moved inside to the stunning ballroom.  Just check out the all white dance floor with their names! For dessert they had a small cutting cake but, allowed the guests to enjoy multiple flavors of mini-cupcakes from Gigi’s. And after all of the fabulous food and sweets Ryan from SPIN kept the guests on that beautiful dance floor all night!

We hope you enjoy these images from the fabulous Bronwyn Duffield Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Organist- Jacob Montgomery

Trumpeter- Don Eagle

Officiant- Meghan Benson

Transportation- Ecostyle

Reception- Washington Duke Inn

Photography- Bronwyn Duffield Photography

Dessert- Gigi’s Cupcakes

Hair and make up- Parlor Blow Dry Bar

DJ- Spin

Flowers- Tre Bella Floral

Lounge Furniture- Themeworks

Rentals- CE Rentals

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Shelley and Nishant: A Multicultural American and Indian Wedding in Durham

It’s s so exciting to do a wedding that blends two cultures together! Shelley and Nishant’s American and Indian wedding day was long but wonderful. The festivities began with a  traditional American service at Duke Chapel, followed by an Indian luncheon at the JB Duke Hotel, followed by the Barat (parade) at the hotel entrance, followed by a Hindu ceremony inside, and then to top it off a traditional American evening reception at the Washington Duke Inn!

I hope you enjoy the images of this traditional and classic meets multicultural and fun wedding from Scobey Photography!

Vendors

Wedding Planner-  A Swanky Affair

American Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Luncheon and Hindu Ceremony Location – JB Duke Hotel

Lunch Catering- Raaga

Evening Reception- Washington Duke Inn

Flowers- Tre Bella Floral

DJ and Barat Music- DJ Rang

Dholi- Jeetu

Wedding Cake- Milk Bar

Photography- Scobey Photography

Videography- Sky Point Productions

Transportation- Carolina Livery

Bride’s Hair- Megan Lane

Bride’s Make up- Ginger Mullins

Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup- 140 Salon

Cocktail Hour Music- Arioso Strings

Mandap and Stage- Sharpe Pursuits

Afternoon Dessert- Locopops

Stationary- Persnickety Invitation Studio

Tori and David: A Classic Wedding at Duke Chapel and Bay 7

Tori and David’s gorgeous summer wedding took place in August at Duke Chapel and Bay 7 at American Tobacco. Both attended Duke University and wanted to come back to the  place where their love began as undergraduates!

During the planning process Tori and her mom (who was instrumental with details as Tori took her bar exams) knew they wanted a classic and romantic look. And it was achieved! The bridesmaids stunned in emerald green dresses while the men wore classic black tuxes. And, while the reception was at an industrial venue, we create a romantic vibe with the crystal chandeliers from Get Lit Special Event Lighting and stunning flowers from Meristem Floral.

We hope you enjoy these images from the always fabulous Graham Terhune Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

Vendors

Wedding Planner-  A Swanky Affair

Ceremony Venue- Duke Chapel

Reception Venue- Bay 7 at American Tobacco

Photographer- Graham Terhune

Band- Right 2 Party

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Flowers- Meristem Floral

Videography- Heartstone Films

Transportation- Ecostyle

Rentals- CE Rentals

Hair and Makeup- Wink Hair and Makeup

Cake- Guglhuph Bakery

Men’s Formal Wear- The Black Tux

Late Night Food Truck- Pie Pushers

Cocktail Hour Music- Triangle String Quartet

Vintage Car- Fantasy Limousine Inc.

Photo Booth- Party Brothers Photo Booth

 

Melanie and Greg: An Elegant Durham Wedding

I’m so excited to share Melanie and Greg’s wedding! When I first chatted with Melanie it was clear that she wanted an elegant wedding but, didn’t want it to feel too stuffy or formal. She wanted her guests to have fun!

The day started off with a lovely ceremony at Duke Chapel. To  honor her alma mater Melanie chose to wear Duke blue shoes and bring in the same blue accent with the flower girl dresses. After the ceremony Melanie and Greg took some time to stroll through Duke Gardens for a little personal time before meeting everyone at the reception. Once they arrived the party was in full swing! Guests were enjoying cocktails on the Washington Duke Inn patio and then found their seat in the colorful ballroom. Melanie’s second accent color, coral, was brought out in the  gorgeous flowers from A Watered Garden. After dinner guests danced the night away and enjoyed a fun popcorn bar with a combination of both savory and sweet treats!

I hope you read this blog and get inspired for your own wedding day!
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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Officiant- Rev. Stephen Bolle

Transportation-Duke Transit

Hair and make up- Perfection by Patricia

Vintage car rental- Air Haven Limousine

Florist- Watered Garden

Videography- Wrinkled Blanket Media

Photographer- Robin Lin Photography

Reception DJ- No Regret Productions

Reception Venue- The Washington Duke Inn

Rentals- CE Rentals

Dessert- The Cupcake Shoppe

Stationary- Indigo Envelope

 

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Christen & Andrew- Duke Chapel and Nasher Museum Wedding

Christen and Andrew were married on the first day of spring! It’s that magical transition from a cold and dreary winter into a warm and blooming season. What better time to celebrate?

While they both were pursuing careers in Chicago, they chose to come back to their alma mater, Duke for their wedding celebration. The ceremony took place at the gorgeous Duke Chapel. To honor Andrew’s Jewish heritage they installed a curly willow branched chuppah at the alter and his family Rabi performed the ceremony. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a reception at the Nasher museum. Christen chose an eclectic mix of design. While the Nasher is modern, she brought in a few farm tables and chose a classic color palette of gold and cream. It all came together beautifully! For dinner guests feasted on a wonderful menu provided by Sage and Swift. And after dinner it was all about the party. In Full gave an amazing performance and there wasn’t a moment that the dance floor wasn’t packed!

We hope you enjoy these images and get inspired for your own big day!

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Vendors

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Officiant- Rabi Sheldon Ezring

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Reception Venue- Nasher Museum

Florist- Tre Bella Flowers

Caterer- Sage and Swift

Band- In Full

Lighting- GetLit Special Event Lighting 

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Photography- Julia Wade Photography

Videography- 21 Films

Transportation- Carolina Livery and Duke Transit

Lenox & Bradford- Romantic Winter Wedding at Duke Chapel and The Angus Barn

There is something magical about a holiday wedding! Lenox and Bradford were married this past December just before Christmas. The wedding held a lot of elegant details, from the bridal party’s sophisticated blush dresses to the men’s black tuxes. But, the wedding didn’t lack fun! From the amazing Sleeping Booty Band  to the Santa hats and antler ears for all the guests, this wedding was all about the party!

The Angus Barn provided an incredible menu which included fried oysters, mini burger sliders, beef tenderloin, and ahi tuna with seaweed salad. And A Watered Garden Florist created a winter wonderland with 5 huge Christmas trees and tables filled with magnolia garlands, barley twist candle sticks, giant pine cones, and antlers.

Enjoy these photos and get inspired for your own fabulous winter wedding!

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Vendors

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony Venue- Duke Chapel

Reception Venue- Angus Barn

Photography- Graham Terhune Photography

Videography- Inkspot Crow

Flowers- Watered Garden Florist

Rentals- Party Reflections

Linens- CE Rentals

Lighting- Getlit Special Event Lighting

Cake- Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Makeup- Bailey and Scott

Hair- Parlor Dry Bar

Band- Sleeping Booty Band

Transportation- Horizon Coach Lines

Vintage Car- Classy Transportation

Chalk Boards and ceremony programs- Calligraphy Plus

Invitations- Reave’s Engraving

Bride’s Dress- Lea Ann Belter from Traditions by Anna

Men’s Suits- Jos A Banks

Kelly & Andrew- Duke Chapel and Cookery Wedding

I’m so excited to share the lovely summer wedding of Kelly and Andrew!  They chose Durham because it was where they first met. In fact, they met their very first day of undergrad when they moved into the same dorm at Duke. After 8 years of dating and a big move to South Korea quickly approaching, they snagged an open spot at the chapel and booked the Cookery for the reception.

Both Kelly and Andrew wanted to show off a little Southern hospitality to their guests. Their specialty drinks were a Southern Gentleman and a Blueberry Fizz. For food Donovan’s Dish help create a custom menu which included Southern appetizers of  fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, mini chicken and waffles, and Bourbon meatballs.

Since Kelly LOVES dessert she chose assorted cakes made by the wonderful Details Cake Design. Flavors included coconut cake, German chocolate, Hummingbird cake, and even a little key lime pie!

We hope you enjoy these images from the fabulous Robyn Van Dyke Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

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Vendors

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Reception- The Cookery

Flowers- Tre Bella Flowers

Photography- Robyn Van Dyke

Caterer-Donovans Dish

Cakes- Details Cake Design

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Hair and Make Up- Makeupforyourday

Transportation- Greenway Transit

Reception Music- DJ Damien Maass

Megan & Scott- Summer Wedding at Duke Chapel and Bay 7

I am so excited to present this beautiful summer wedding in Durham! Megan and Scott both attended Duke undergraduate but, didn’t meet until they both enrolled in a masters program at the university. Since Duke represented such a large part of their lives, Durham was the perfect place to exchange vows and celebrate with their friends!

I had such a great time planning with Megan and her mom, Kathleen. They made a great team and I admire their close bond. Of course, the groom did get some input. Especially in choosing the cake from the always fabulous Art of Cake! My favorite part about weddings are the personal touches. In this case, it was Megan’s custom gown created with restored Alecon lace from her mother’s own wedding dress.

After a beautiful Catholic  ceremony at Duke Chapel the guests headed to the  reception at the historic  Bay 7 at  American Tobacco where they enjoyed amazing food from The Angus Barn, including some Maryland style crab cakes in honor of Megan’s home town. After dinner guests got down  with the fabulous Rhythm Nation and danced all night long!

We hope you enjoy these photos by Walter and Walters and get inspired for your own big day!

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Vendors

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Reception Venue- Bay 7 

Chair and Linen Rental- Party Reflections

Napkins – CE Rentals

Florist- Tre Bella Florist

Stationary- Indigo Envelope

Lighting- Getlit Special Event Lighting

Cake- The Art of Cake

Transportation- Duke Transit

Hair and Make Up- Posh Salon

Photography- Walters and Walters

Videography- Hart to Heart Media

Band- Rhythm Nation

Wedding Dress-  Jill Andrews Gowns in Baltimore

Men’s Formal Wear- Vera Wang at Men’s Wearhouse

Zana & Chris- Intimate Duke Chapel and Parizade Wedding

I am so excited to share a very special wedding! It was such a pleasure to work with a bride and groom that really understood what a wedding is all about. It’s about sharing a beautiful day with the family and friends that you love the most.

Zana first move to the US from her native Kosovo during high school. She decided to continue her education in the states at Averitt University. That is where Zana and Chris met through mutual friends. Over the years their love grew, they graduated, and started careers. Chris, a US Army Engineer, found himself being deployed to Afghanistan. Zana and Chris both agreed that they wanted to be married before his departure. Like so many couples that sacrifice for this country, they skipped the traditional wedding and had a simple civil ceremony. But, they still dreamed of having  a more traditional wedding at some point and five years later they made that dream happen. Family and friends came from near and far to share in their special day .

The festivities started with Zana and Chris sharing an intimate horse and carriage ride to Duke Chapel. The wedding was just before Christmas and the chapel was beautifully decorated with poinsettia and greenery. One unique touch was Zana’s European style bouquet. Rather than flowers that are held  upright, they lay  across the bride’s arm. After a lovely Catholic ceremony, everyone gathered at Parizade for the reception. There guests listened to the live music, enjoyed great food, and had delicious cake from Sweet Memories Bakery.

I am so honored to have been  a part of such a special wedding. Please enjoy the images from the fabulous Brian Mullin’s Photography.

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Vendors

Wedding Planner- Amanda Scott- A Swanky Affair

Ceremony Venue- Duke Chapel

Reception- Parizade

Photography- Brian Mullins

Cake- Sweet Memories 

Transportation- Gold Leaf Carriage

Hair and Makeup- Makeupforyourday

Flowers- Floral Dimensions

Rentals- Party Reflections

Music- Save The Date Music

Ellie & Wes- Understated Elegance at Duke Chapel and The Washington Duke Inn

I had the pleasure of working with Ellie and Wes for a full year before their October wedding. My favorite thing about Ellie was her understated elegance. Everything was so gorgeous yet, not over the top. Everything was simply lovely.

The day started with a Catholic ceremony at Duke Chapel. Afterwards, guests headed to the Washington Duke Inn where they enjoyed a cocktail hour on the patio and the sounds of live music from Musica Musicians. When it was time for dinner the ballroom doors opened to show farm tables, lace runners, and beautiful flowers from Tre Bella. In addition to a traditional wedding cake, they had small cakes, including a brown sugar Bourbon pound cake that was a huge hit with the guys! There were lot of special touches. Each table had  a little trivia about Duke  that corresponded with the table number and each guest received a bottle of Dr. John’s BBQ sauce. It was made by Ellie’s dad using his famous family recipe. What a treat!

We had so much fun working with Ellie and Wes and hope you enjoy the beauty of their wedding day and let it inspire you!

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Vendors

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair- Amanda Scott

Ceremony Venue- Duke Chapel

Reception Venue- The Washington Duke Inn

Photographer- J and J Photography

Wedding Cakes- Yellowbird Baking

Flowers- Tre Bella Flowers

Cocktail Hour Music- Musica Musicians

Band- Hot Sauce

Hair and Make Up- Posh the Salon

Transportation- Harrison Global

Linens- CE Rentals