Kristina & Chris- Modern Summer wedding at Jones Chapel and NC Museum of Art

Kristina and Chris’ beautiful summer wedding took place this past July at Jones Chapel at Meredith College followed by a reception at the NC Museum of Art. This wedding was classic, a touch modern, and simply stunning! Just take a look at the fabulous photos from Blest Studios.

We hope this inspires you for your own wedding!

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 Wedding planner-  A Swanky Affair

Ceremony venue- Jones Chapel at Meredith College

Ceremony Music- Arioso Strings

Reception- NC Museum of Art

Photography- Blest Studios

Cake- Sugarland

Flowers- Watered Garden

Rentals- CE Rentals

Cocktail hour music- Table 5

DJ- Bunn DJ Company

Transportation- Carolina Livery

Dress- Lana Addison

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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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

Andrea & Brandon- Contemporary NC Museum of Art Wedding

Andrea and Brandon were first introduced in high school. But, that is not where their love story began. After graduating they both went their separate ways and years later  found themselves back in Raleigh where they kept running into each other . Even though they liked each other immensely they still didn’t see it as something more until friends pointed out their obvious affection for each other. So, with a little encouragement, Andrea and Brandon had a lunch date and the rest is history.

They were married on a gorgeous summer day at the NC Museum of Art. Andrea chose purple as her main wedding color. She said it was because it’s her favorite color but, I have a feeling it has something to do with her ECU pride! After a beautiful ceremony on the museum stairs the guests moved to the reception area where the party started right away! Each guest was given a pair of sunglasses and  a koozie. The NC Museum of Art provided a fabulous display of food stations while DJ Mark Ward kept the crowd entertained all night long. The big finale was a glow stick send off!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony and Reception Venue- The NC Museum of Art

Ceremony and Reception Music- Mark Ward

Florist- Watered Garden Florist

Linens- CE Rental

Cake- Jimgerbread

Photography- Michelle Lyerly Photography

Officiant- Heather Rodriguez

Hair and Make Up- Made-Up Special Events

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

David & Abby-Duke Chapel and Nasher Museum Christmastime Wedding

The holidays certainly are the most wonderful time of the year…to get married! So many couples are hesitant to have a December wedding. But, David and Abby knew is was the perfect time of the year  to celebrate with their family and friends. Duke Chapel was filled  with beautiful azaleas and gorgeous wreaths for the ceremony. For the reception at The Nasher Museum the couple chose bold red linens and gorgeous white flowers,  a nod to the holiday season but, not over themed. The most important aspect of the wedding for David and Abby was the food and beer. They actually  met at a beer tasting! They chose Sage and Swift to provide food stations with amazing dishes such as bacon, mozarella, and basil quesadillas; vidalia onion and blue cheese tartlets; corn muffins with chicken, avacado, and pico de gallo; Moroccan salmon, and an entire station with Southern favorites of deviled eggs, pulled pork bbq, cole slaw, and hush puppies. They chose local beers including the bride’s favorite, Hogwash Porter from Full Steam Brewery. The wedding was also full of personal touches. I loved the red ribbon sash Abby wore on her gown for the reception. And instead of the traditional wedding guest book the couple chose Mad Libs for the guests to fill in and have a little fun. But, perhaps the most special touch was assorted homemade made candies by the groom’s mother, wrapped  in little red boxes with silver bows. They were a huge hit with the guests. Read and enjoy!


Wedding Planner- Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair

Photography- Rebecca Ames Photography

Ceremony Location- Duke Chapel

Ceremony Officiant- Reverend Feldmeyer

Chapel Director- Blanche Williams

Hair and Make up- The Garden Salon

Reception Location- The Nasher Museum

Catering- Sage and Swift

Dessert- Daisy Cakes

Reception Music- McSound Productions

Florist- Tre Bella Florist

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Linens- Party Tables

Melissa & Rob-Duke Chapel and Nasher Museum Wedding

Melissa and Rob were married April 27, 2012 at Duke Chapel with a reception following at the Nasher Museum of Art. The couple met while in medical school in New York and recently moved to Durham for work. With their busy schedules and new found love for the area, they decided to hold the wedding here and make it a destination wedding for all of their guests. There were lots of special touches to the day. My favorite was that Melissa wore her grandmother’s veil from her wedding 75 years ago. We hope you enjoy the photos!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Ceremony- Duke Chapel

Reception venue-The Nasher Museum of Art

Photography-Azul Photography

Caterer- Sage and Swift Catering

Flowers- Ninth Street Flowers

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Cake- Sugarland

Reception music- The Central Park Band

Transportation- Loni’s Antique Cars

Lighting- Get Lit Productions

Hair-Bella Trio Day Spa

Makeup- Antonella Kundig Make Up

Men’s suits- Bernard’s Formal Wear