Katie and David: A Romantic and Timeless Wedding at Duke Gardens

There are so many words to describe Katie and David’s wedding. It’s romantic, elegant, timeless, ethereal, and sophisticated yet relaxed. Basically, it’s perfect!

Katie and David wanted their wedding at the beautiful Duke Gardens, a place where they had created many memories  during their undergrad years at Duke University. After a traditional Jewish ceremony in the amphitheater guests enjoyed cocktails  on the lawn with some Spanish inspired tapas in honor of their time spent living in Spain. For dinner guests moved into the stunning tent where they were wowed by the flowers from Meristem Floral. And following dinner the guests celebrated with incredible music from the always fabulous Java Band !

We hope you enjoy these images from Casey Rose Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

Planner- A Swanky Affair
Ceremony and Reception Venue- Duke Gardens
Ceremony and Cocktail music- Arioso Strings
Tent- Party Reflections
Rentals- CE Rentals
Linens- Party Tables
Lighting- Get Lit Lighting
Catering- Catering Company of Chapel Hill
Photography- Casey Rose Photography
Videography- Oak City Films
Dessert- Yellow Bird Baking
Ceremony Sound- Joe Bunn DJ Company
Band- Java Band
Florist- Meristem Floral
Hair- Posh Salon

Jasmine and Joel: A Festive Summer Wedding

It’s so exciting when a bride and groom really want to create a unique wedding that is a reflection of  own their personalities and styles. And that was certainly the case with Jasmine and Joel’s summer wedding!

Jasmine and Joel knew they wanted a day filled with colorful and fun details. From the ombre hair flowers to the feather bowties, nothing was overlooked! The day started out a bit rainy but, they were able to pull off their intimate ceremony at Duke Gardens with Jasmine’s brother acting as the officiant. And rather than a traditional trio, Jasmine opted for  a Spanish guitar which reminded her of her studies abroad.  After the ceremony Jasmine and Joel arrived to the Rickhouse where the big party started! Guests feasted on New Orlean’s dishes in honor of Joel’s heritage. From the shrimp and grits to the gumbo, Donovan’s Dish did an incredible job! After dinner guests danced the night away. But, once the music stopped, Jasmine and Joel had one more surprise! The Boom Unit Brass Band entered the room and lead guests in a second line all the way outside to the getaway car!

I hope you enjoy these images from the fabulous Carolyn Scott Photography and get inspired for your own wedding day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Ceremony Venue- Duke Gardens

Reception Venue- The Rickhouse

Caterer- Donovan’s Dish

Ceremony Music- Alex Gorodezky

Makeup- Tiwa Lawrence

Hair- Qi Essentials Salon

Second Line Band- Boom Unit Brass Band

Rentals- Party Reflections

Cakes- Once in a Bloom Moon Bakery

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Photography- Carolyn Scott Photography

Reception music- Spin DJ

Chalk Board- Bull City Chalk Art

Valet- Royal Parking

Florist- Eclectic Sage

Guest Transportation- Ecostyle

Dress- Elegant Bridal 

Rings- Jewel Smith

Leah and Ben: A Romantic Spring Wedding at Duke Gardens

I’m so excited to share the romantic spring wedding of Leah and Ben! They met at Duke Law school but, it wasn’t until they both ended up working for the same law firm in NYC that they realized there was something more between them.

When they became engaged they felt Durham was the perfect place for their wedding weekend. The spring in NC is beautiful! Plus, they would sharing be with their guests a town they love and the place where their love story really began.

Both Leah and Ben were heavily involved in every detail of the planning. They were a real team! They wanted a romantic and fresh look so they chose a palette of crisp white with shades of coral, pink, and subtle touches of green. One of my favorite details was the invitation. Leah hand wrote hand wrote every single invitation to her guests! She had a background in calligraphy and found it very soothing after a long day of work to indulge in writing. For the wedding program Inidgo Envelope took her calligraphy and formatted it to fit perfectly into the printed wedding programs. Such a personal touch! I also loved Ben’s dad as the best man. He was so sweet!

After a lovely ceremony in the Duke Gardens amphitheater guests moved to the main pavilion where they enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres of scallion pancakes with peking duck and brie tartlets with fig jam followed by a delicious dinner from The Catering Company of Chapel Hill.  After dinner it was time for the first dance and Leah changed into a special red dress so she could really move on the dance floor! For dessert guests enjoyed a variety of cakes but, were treated to a full ice cream Sunday bar. It was a huge hit!

I hope you enjoy these images and get inspired for your own wedding day!

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Wedding Planner-  A Swanky Affair

Venue- Duke Gardens

Caterer- The Catering Company of Chapel Hill

Rentals- Party Reflections

Photography- Casey Rose Photography

Ceremony music- Elegant Ensembles 

Reception Music- Joe Bunn DJ

Flowers- Tre Bella Flowers

Cakes- Details Cake Design

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Ice Cream Bar- The Freezing Pointe

Videography- Jon Clark Weddings

Wedding party transportation- EcoStyle

Guest Transportation- Duke Transit

Hair and Makeup- Onloktion

Anna and Brandon- Relaxed Elegance at Duke Gardens

Anna and Brandon have the sweetest love story. It all began in Brandon’s senior year at Duke when he told his music professor (Anna’s father) that he was attending medical school in Rochester the following year. It turned out that Anna was attending the same school! So Anna’s dad gave Brandon her contact information. They met up their first week in Rochester and needless to say, the rest is history!

After they became engaged they decided Durham was the perfect location for their wedding. Anna and Brandon wanted an elegant yet relaxed vibe so they chose the lovely Duke Gardens as their venue.

The had a perfect spring day with gorgeous sun and warm temps. Blue Bird Meadows provided spring flowers in shades of pink, coral, and orange. The crystal chandeliers from Get Lit were just the right touch for a little added elegance! After dinner guests moved inside where they rocked it out to the fabulous Adrian Duke Project. And as a special touch, guests were given Anna’s home made granola as favors.

I hope you enjoy the photos and get inspired for your own wedding day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue- Duke Gardens

Photography- Robin Lin Photography

Caterer- The Catering Company of Chapel Hill

Rentals- Party Reflections

Officiant- Russel Clover

Ceremony Music- Mallarme Chamber Players

Reception Music- The Adrian Duke Project

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Hair and Make up- One Forty Salon and Blow Dry Bar

Flowers- Blue Bird Meadows

Cakes- Yellow Bird Baking

Stationary- Indigo Envelope

Wedding Dress- Tre Bella Bridal

Men’s Formal Wear- Bernard’s Formal Wear

Transportation- EcoStyle 


Katie & Mark- Colorful Summer wedding at Duke Gardens

I love my job and it’s a pleasure to meet and work with such amazing couples!  Katie and Mark were no exception. When we started planning Katie was seeking dual degrees from both the Kenan Flagler business school at UNC and the Nicholas School for the Environment at Duke. Needless to say, a busy woman! Mark was also involved with opening Social Games and Brew on Main St. in Durham, a very cool place to grab a drink and have some fun. But, all of this work leaves little time for wedding planning so, I was happy to step in and create a beautiful summer wedding to reflect their personalities and style.

Duke Gardens provided the perfect backdrop for their intimate summer wedding. Yellow and shades of coral were used in everything from the beautiful stationary designed by Indigo Envelope and in the gorgeous flowers from Eclectic Sage. One of my favorite details were the cube chandeliers with hanging flowers. Simply stunning!

We hope you enjoy these photos from the amazing Live View Studios and get inspired for your own big day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue- Duke Gardens

Caterer- Durham Catering

Officiant- Heidi Gessner

Tent Rental: Classic Party Rentals

Rentals- Party Reflections

Flowers- Eclectic Sage

Cake- Daisy Cakes

Stationary- Indigo Envelope

Lighting- GetLit Special Event Lighting

Photography- Live View Studios

Ceremony and Reception Music- DJ Dae Emerson

Transportation- Greenway Transit

Hair and make up- Bella Trio

Charmaine & Steve- Intimate Wedding at Duke Gardens and The Piedmont

There is something very special about a small wedding. Charmaine and Steve waited a long time to find each other and when it was time to celebrate they wanted it to be an incredibly meaningful moment with their closest friends and family. Although they live in Boston, they thought Durham was the perfect location for their nuptials. They chose the lovely Duke Gardens for the ceremony followed by a reception at the Piedmont where guests enjoyed an amazing  five course meal and wine pairing menu.

Nesting birds were a recurring theme throughout the wedding. Both Charmaine and Steve are avid bird watchers, often taking trips to explore their passion. But, they were also expecting a baby so the nesting bird theme tied in perfectly to their wedding day!

We hope you enjoy these images from F8 Photo Studios and get inspired!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony Venue- Duke Gardens

Reception Venue- The Piedmont

Officiant- Kayelily Middleton

Flowers- Watered Garden Florist

Ceremony Music- Arioso Strings

Reception Music- Joe Bunn DJ Company

Photography- F8 Photography Studio

Videography- Cinema Couture

Cake- Edible Art

Make Up- Sharon Davis Make up Artistry 

Hair- Perfection by Patricia

Wedding Dress- Luke Aaron

Bridesmaids Dresses- J Crew

Holly & Magnus- Contemporary Wedding at Duke Gardens

Holly and Magnus were married on a perfect North Carolina summer day. Both the ceremony and reception took place at the lovely Duke Gardens. Holly had a definite vision in mind for the design. She wanted a contemporary and modern vibe using hot pink, indigo, and silver accents.

Watered Garden Florist created a modern floral design and threw in a one of a kind touch by using mirrors as runners on the dinner tables.  The Chinese lanterns and market lights provided by Get Lit Special Event Lighting added in a fun and whimsical touch to the design. Of course, I’m all about personal details and my favorite was the contemporary cake stand. It was built by Holly’s uncle and modeled after a Swedish candelabra the couple has in their home. Also in honor of Magnus’ Swedish heritage each guest received a custom shot glass which was filled with Akvavit for the best man’s toast.

We hope you enjoy these beautiful photos from Rebecca Ames Photography and get inspired for your own wedding!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Venue- Duke Gardens

Photography- Rebecca Ames Photography

Rentals- Party Reflections

Flowers- Watered Garden

Ceremony Music- Florian Music

Reception Music- Groovetown

Catering- The Catering Company of Chapel Hill

Transportation- Harrison Global and Duke Transit

Videography- Big Dog Little Bed

Cakes- Sweet Memories Bakery

Hair and Make Up- Posh Salon

Tara & Greg- Tiffany Blue Duke Gardens Wedding

Tara and Greg were married this past July at Duke Gardens. The start of their love story is by chance. On her way to  a meeting Tara stopped by  a Qdoba in a Philly suburb to grab a quick bite. When she sat down Greg was at the next table having dinner with his adorable son, Nigel. Greg struck up a conversation, they exchanged numbers, and the rest is history!

Tara, a Duke grad, always loved Durham so she thought it was the perfect place to host both families for an intimate wedding weekend. The evening ceremony was performed by Tara’s cousin, a minister from South Carolina, and involved a special sand ceremony to represent the blending of the family.

For decor the couple chose a pallette of Tiffany blue and silver with just a little sparkle and bling. But, don’t let the sophisticated decor fool you because this wedding was all about fun! The Catering Company of Chapel Hill provided  appetizers of mini corn muffins with pulled pork and bbq drizzle, mini burger and fried chicken sliders,  and potato and cheese perogi with sour cream and chive dip. During cocktail hour guests also enjoyed a photo booth and a guest book with fun questions such as: Where do you see the couple in 5 years? What should they do for their first anniversary? What should they teach Nigel about love? After cocktail hour guests moved inside and enjoyed a family style dinner followed by an ice cream sundae station. Yum!!!! After dinner there was more photo booth time and Mark Toney of Joe Bunn DJ Company kept everyone on the floor dancing until the sparkler send off.

We wish Tara, Greg, and Nigel a happy and wonderful life together!View More: http://caseyrosephotography.pass.us/gregandtaraSparkler Send off


Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Venue- Duke Gardens

Officiant- Reverend Jeannette Cooper

Caterer- The Catering Company of Chapel Hill

Linens- CE Rentals

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Florist- Tre Bella Florist

Cake- Sugarland

Ice Sculpture- Ice Occasions

Photography- Casey Rose Photography

Ceremony and reception music- Joe Bunn DJ Company

Hair and Make Up- Suede the Salon

Transportation- Harrison Global

Bride’s Dress- White One by Pronovias from Van Cleve Wedding Pavillion

Men’s Formal Wear- Jos A Banks

Bridesmaid Dress- Kate Spade

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

Carrie & Daniel- Coral Inspired Duke Gardens Wedding

Carrie and Daniel were married this past November at Duke Gardens. The location held a special meaning for the couple, they visited there many times while studying at Duke and it was the place where Daniel had proposed just one year earlier.

Carrie and Daniel  wanted an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for their guests to enjoy. For colors they chose warm corals and grays mixed with playful stripes and chevron patterns. I loved Carrie’s dress which was sophisticated yet whimsical with circles and my favorite thing…pockets! After a beautiful afternoon ceremony the guests were invited to cocktail hour on the patio where they enjoyed specialty drinks of Cucumber Collins and Fig Bourbon Fizz. To find their seats guests located their home city on a hand painted US map and followed  the path to their name and table number. It was amazing to see how far guests had traveled for their special day. After cocktail hour everyone moved inside for an incredible fall inspired dinner from Durham Catering. Guests enjoyed French onion soup followed by a Bibb lettuce salad with Honeycrip apples, spicy pecans, Carolina Moon cheese and a poppy-seed dressing. For the main entrée guests had a choice of braised beef short ribs served over potato gnocchi with toasted garlic and Swiss chard; a sautéed Halibut over risotto with butternut squash; or stuffed squash with couscous, chickpeas, and feta. Yummy!  After dinner guests could choose from two delicious cake flavors; white cake with lemon-raspberry filling or chocolate cake brushed with Kahlua. After all that great food it was time to dance the night away with Frank Meldau of Joe Bunn DJ.

I hope you enjoy the amazing pictures from Kristin Byrum Photography and get a little inspiration for your wedding day!


Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony and Reception- Duke Gardens

Group Transportation- Duke Transit

Officiant- Chaplain Mary Ellison Baars

Ceremony Music-Arioso Strings

Caterer- Durham Catering

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Dinner Chargers- Party Reflections

Florist- Tre Bella Florist

Cake- Cinda’s Creative Cakes

DJ- Frank Meldau of Joe Bunn DJ

Photography- Kristin Byrum Photography

Hair and Make Up- Posh Salon

Vintage Car- Loni’s Antique Cars

Bride’s Dress: Wtoo by Watters via Love Couture Bridal

Men’s Formal Wear- Brook’s Brothers

Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung from Joielle 

Ceremony Programs- Hello Tenfold