Ruthellen and Daniel: A Romantic Summer Wedding at the Cloth Mill

These days it’s rare to hear of childhood sweethearts that stand the test of time. But, for Ruthellen and Daniel, their middle school relationship was everlasting!

The couple married on a warm summer day. But, the heat didn’t stop them from having a gorgeous first look over the lake at Ruthellen’s family home or a lovely outdoor ceremony at The Cloth Mill. After the ceremony guests cooled off inside with specialty drinks, the  Baby Ruth and the Danny Boy, and some fabulous food from Mitchell’s Catering. Ruthellen chose a sophisticated and  romantic color palette of soft greens and pinks for her decor. But, she also added in a few fun touches! In lieu of a traditional guest book attendees snapped shots with vintage style polaroid cameras to add to the wedding memories. And at each place setting guests were given boxes of “childhood sweet tarts, ” as wedding favors. After dinner, guests partied on the dance floor to the music of Joe Bunn until it was time for the sparkler send off!

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

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Wedding planner- A Swanky Affair

Reception  and  Ceremony Venue- The Cloth Mill

Ceremony and Reception Music- Bunn DJ Company

Rentals- CE Rentals

Chalk Board Artwork- Marika Wendelken

Catering and Wedding Cake- Mitchell’s Catering

Flowers-  The Arrangement Company

Photography- Gaudium Photography

Officiant- Clay Waters

Hair- Posh Salon

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Toni & Matt- Classically Elegant Wedding at The Cookery

I’m excited to share Toni and Matt’s lovely October wedding at The Cookery! The day started off with a sweet and intimate morning ceremony followed by a delicious brunch from Sage and Swift. Guests enjoyed Bloody Mary’s and a menu of blueberry pecan french toast, shrimp and grits, buttermilk biscuits, and sausages. Yum! For music Toni and Matt wanted a relaxed vibe so they chose Band Caribe to offer a little Caribbean flair for their guests to enjoy. One of my favorite details was the traditional send off in their car which was decorated by all the children in attendance.

We hope you enjoy these photo from McCardell Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Venue- The Cookery

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Linens- CE Rentals

Caterer- Sage and Swift

Cake- Edible Art

Flowers- Kelly Odom Flowers

Photography- McCardell Photography

Officiant- Leah Rade

Music- Band Caribe

Hair- Meredith Flamion

Make up- Tiwa Lawrence

Valt- Royal Parking

Reena & Shawn- Fun Summer Rehearsal Dinner at the Rickhouse

Reena and Shawn’s Labor day weekend started off with a Saturday party at the Rickhouse. In typical Indian tradition this party is the Sangeet and is filled with Indian food and choreographed dances. But, Reena and Shawn wanted the evening to be more of a welcome party that was relaxed, festive, and introduced their guests to the Durham. The Rickhouse was the perfect venue. It has an incredible view of the old Durham Bulls Stadium (as seen in the famous movie Bull Durham) and fresh seasonal flowers from Bluebird Meadows filled the room. For dinner guests enjoyed a menu of BBQ, corn fritter, mac n cheese, and fried okra provided by Durham Catering. And nothing cooled guests down on the warm summer evening better than an ice cream by bar the Freezing Pointe.

We hope  you enjoy these photos from the amazing Riley Maclean Photography!

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Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue- The Rickhouse

Caterer- Durham Catering

Linens- Party Tables

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Flowers- Bluebird Meadows

Photography- Riley Maclean Photography

Video- Wrinkled Blanket Media

DJ- No Regret Productions

Ice cream bar- The Freezing Pointe

Lanterns- Table of Contents

Transportation- Academy 

Chalkboard- Marika Wendelken Calligraphy

Hair- Meredith Flamion

Make up- Thuy Lawler

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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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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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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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

Leigh & Brian- Winter Wedding at St. Mary’s Chapel and Cobblestone Hall

I’m so excited to share the gorgeous, personal, and unique wedding of Leigh and Brian!

Let’s start with their love story……Leigh and Brian both went to high school in Raleigh. Leigh attended St. Mary’s and Brian attended St. David’s. One fateful night out they met at a local coffee shop and the rest is history! When it was time to get married the couple loved the idea of a winter wedding in the town where it all began. The ceremony took place at the beautiful St. Mary’s Chapel, where Leigh attended school,  followed with a reception downtown at Cobblestone Hall.

The best part about Leigh and Brian’s wedding was that they brought in so many details to make it a personal experience that reflected their unique styles and personalities. Details in honor of the groom’s New Orlean’s heritage were found throughout the wedding. Leigh wore a fleur de lis hair pin, the bridesmaids had fleur de lis pins on their sashes, there was a New Orleans food station (complete with gumbo and mulfaletta sandwiches), and during the reception they broke out with a second line and custom made handkerchiefs that said, ‘Laissez le bon temps rouler!, ” or, “Let the good times roll!”  Rather than a traditional sit down the dinner the couple opted for a variety of food stations which included local honey and cheeses, Indian fare, along with Mediterranean and Americana foods. And in honor of their passion for beer, they offered a local beer station for the guests to enjoy. After dinner Leigh and Brian treated the guests to  a fabulous hot chocolate station complete with flavored syrups, marshmallows, peppermints and more! Guests partied the night away with a fabulous dj and took breaks to pop in the photo booth for a quick picture. To end the night guests grabbed macron favors as they ran out the door for a glow stick exit!  It certainly was a night filled with incredible food, beautiful details, and  non-stop fun!

We hope you enjoy the fabulous photos from Jessica Arden Photography and get inspired !

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Ceremony Venue- St. Mary’s Chapel

Reception Venue- Cobblestone Hall

Chairs- Party Reflections

Rentals- CE Rentals

Caterer- Mitchell’s Catering

Cake- Mitchell’s Catering

Photography- Jessica Arden Photography

Reception Music- All Events DJs

Videography- Twenty One Films

Makeup- Megan Brown

Hair- Sharon Hammill

Florist- Eclectic Sage

Photo Booth- Good Time Photo Booth

Stationary- Hello Tenfold

Chalkboards- Calligraphy by Carrie

Transportation-Blue Diamond Limo

Bride’s Dress- Maggi Bridal

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

Diane & Rob-Durham Meets New Orleans Wedding

I am thrilled to share Diane and Rob’s wedding from September. After 16 years of dating the couple decided to share their commitment with an intimate group  of family and friends in Durham.

The overall theme of the wedding was Durham meets New Orleans. Indigo Envelope did a great job of incorporating this theme in every piece of print and won the Triangle NACE Best Print Collateral for 2012!

After a beautiful ceremony on the front porch of the historic Greystone Inn a reception followed at The Trotter Building downtown. Durham Catering provided an incredible menu of  fried green tomato and pimento cheese sliders, mini chicken and waffles, and oysters on the half shell followed by a three course dinner which included fresh, local ingredients. As a special surprise for their guests, Diane and Rob brought their favorite jazz musician, Kermit Ruffins, all the way from New Orleans! One of the best details were the favors, replica Bull Durham tobacco bags filled with pralines.

Diane and Rob had a wedding to remember, I am so honored to have been a part of such a special event.


Wedding Planner-A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Ceremony Location- The Greystone Inn

Officiant- Unity Counseling and Consulting

Reception Loation- The Trotter Building

Caterer-Durham Catering

Hair and Make up- Makeupforyourday

Cake- Daisy Cakes

Rentals- Party Reflections

Ceremony Music-Arioso Strings

Flowers-Tre Bella Florist

Band-Kermit Ruffins

Sound Equipment- North State Sound

Photographer- Dara Blakley Photography

Videography- Blueberry Fusion

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Vintage Car- Loni’s Antique Cars

Stationary- Indigo Envelope

Lounge Furniture-AFR

Dorie & Andrew-Duke Chapel and Modern Warehouse Wedding

I am so excited to share this wonderful wedding from last September! Dorie and Andrew worked together as a team to plan every detail from start to finish. For the colors they chose dark blue and white. These colors celebrated the love for their alma mater, Duke, and complimented the beautiful stained glass windows of Duke Chapel.  One of my favorite details was the men’s blue and white striped ties and cummerbunds that matched the striped ribbons on the bridesmaids bouquets. A special touch were the custom  navy blue bridesmaids dresses by Andrew’s cousins company, Thread. For the reception Dorie and Andrew chose a classic, yet contemporary design using blue and white linens with a trellis pattern. For the florals they kept the look clean and fresh using all white flowers including tall ceneterpieces of cala lillies.  Durham Catering created an amazing menu. The guests started with a  plated salad of local heirloom tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and avocado drizzled with pesto and balsamic vinegar. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a wide variety of food stations, including a Southern station with NC style bbq and hushpuppies. One of my favorite memories of the evening was during dinner when Dorie turned to me raving about the hushpuppies and tried to hand me one. They were just that good!

We hope you enjoy the incredible pictures by Walters and Walters.


Wedding Planner-A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Ceremony Venue- Duke Chapel

Reception Venue- Bay 7 at American Tobacco

Caterer-Durham Catering

Florist- Tre Bella Flowers

Rentals- Party Reflections

Linens- Party Tables

Cake- Swank Cake

Photography- Walters and Walters

Cocktail Hour Music- Save the Date Music

Band- The Dickens

Hair and Make Up- Makeupforyourday

Menswear- Jos. A Bank

Cummerbunds- High Cotton Ties

Bridesmaids Dresses- Thread

Wedding Dress- Ramona Keveza

Stationary- Reaves Engraving

Seating Chart- Calligraphy by Carrie

Lighting- Total Production Services

Wine and Beer- Chapel Hill Wine Company

Accommodations- The Washington Duke Inn

Transportation- Duke Transit

Rehearsal Dinner- 604 at West Village

After Party- Tyler’s Tap Room

Wedding Day Luncheon and Sunday Brunch- The Washington Duke Inn