Chirstine and Fabian: A Romantic Irish inspired wedding at the Cookery

Christine and Fabian met on New Year’s Eve 2012 in Dublin, just a few days before she was moving back home to the US. Their connection was instant and Fabian came to visit Christine in the US twice before she made the decision to move back to Ireland for her master’s degree. Once there, the couple’s romance blossomed within the Irish pubs and countryside. So, it was only appropriate that when they planned the wedding a touch of Irish details were included!

They chose a spring wedding and Fabian’s family flew in from France for the occasion. The  day started off sunny but, became more overcast and it started to rain, which really made it feel like an Irish day!

For the wedding Christine wanted to combine the industrial vibe of the Cookery with soft and romantic details. For the ceremony there were beautiful chandeliers and a market light wall, which created a warm and intimate glow. And everywhere you looked, there was lush greenery and candles! The head table had a stunning lace overlay that was soft and romantic. There were a lot of special and fun details as well. In honor of the Japanse wedding tradition, Christine folded 1,000 origami paper cranes which were hung on the wall. Instead of traditional table numbers, each table was the name of a pub they had visited in Ireland, with a corresponding picture of Christine and Fabian standing in front of the pub!  And for the cake cutting, they used a vintage sword that Chrstine’s grandfather collected on his travels around the world.

I had so much fun working with Christine and her mom, Michelle, on the wedding. It’s truly one to remember and a reminder of why I love my job.

I hope you enjoy these amazing photos from Riley Maclean Photography and get inspired for your own wedding day!

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue-The Cookery

Officiant-Officiant- Ana Quintana

Caterer- Mitchell’s Catering

Photography- Riley Maclean Photography

Florist- Tre Bella Florist

Rentals- CE Rentals

Music- Joe Bunn DJ

Chalk Board- MW Calligraphy

Transportation- Ecostyle

Brittany and Megan: An urban Durham Wedding

Brittany and Megan’s wedding was all about fun and laughter! The day started with sixteen women taking over 140 Salon for a morning full of pampering. The girls had a great time and then loaded The Bridge Bus for photos downtown. Brittany and Megan decided to break all traditions about seeing each other on the wedding day. Not only did they see each other at the salon, they skipped the first look! They decided they would rather spend the day with each other having fun instead of being forced apart over tradition.

After taking some gorgeous photos downtown with the Durham skyline it was time for the ceremony and reception at The Cookery. During the ceremony the flower girl refused to walk (typical for a 4 year old). But, suddenly she realized what was happening and ran down the aisle yelling, “It started! It started!” Everyone laughed and it set the tone for the sweet ceremony.

Guests moved inside for the reception where the room was decorated in shades of silver, purple, and gold with accents of greenery and floating candles. It was so romantic! At each place setting guests were treated to some classic NYC black and white cookies in custom bags. For dinner guests enjoyed a Southern feast by Donovan’s Dish and then it was time to party and dance until the glow stick send off!

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

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Vendors

Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue- The Cookery

Photography- Niki Rhodes Photography

Officiant- Reverend Kayelilly Middleton

Caterer- Donovan’s Dish

Linens- CE Rentals

Tent- American Party Rentals

Chalkboard Art- Marika Wendelken Calligraphy

Florist- Tre Bella Floral

Photo Booth- Zim Zoom Photo Booth

Transportation- The Bridge Bus

DJ- Morse Entertainment

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

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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Vendors

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

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

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Transportation- Greenway Transit

Reception Music- DJ Damien Maass