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!

Traditional Wedding InvitationDuke Chapel WeddingInitials embroidered in veilDurham weddingAll white wedding bouquetLong Navy blue bridesmaid dressesTraditional weddingFather escorting daughter at her weddingCatholic wedding DurhamLace wedding dressWashington Duke Inn WeddingGorgeous Duke bride and groom Lace table runnerElegant table numbersClassic menu cardLong head tableBBQ sauce wedding favorFun first danceNavy blue bridesmaids dresesAssorted wedding cakesOld fashioned wedding cakeBride and groom chair signsFather-Daughter DanceMother Son DanceHot Sauce BandRaleigh wedding plannerGroom body surfing2013-12-17_0052 Bouquet toss Garter tossRose petal and golf car send off


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