Alex + Graham’s Durham Wedding

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Oh happy day!! Alex and Graham were married this past June in downtown Durham at the First Presbyterian Church and The Cotton Room! This wedding was utterly spectacular in every way, and I was absolutely blessed to be a part of Alex and Graham’s wedding. I have countless happy memories throughout their engagement, leading up to the wedding day, and on the big day itself, and I could go on and on about how incredibly special these two, their families, and their friends are. The second I met with Alex and her amazing mom, Suzie, in person, it was an instant connection and just SO darn fun. I feel like the entire Lowe family is a kindred spirit, and I am so, so happy that we have another Lowe wedding in 2019 (more on that below!)!! Alex and Graham were clearly made for one another, and their love for each other zest for life, deep love for others, servant hearts, and generous spirits were evident time and time again. They love their family, friends, and community deeply, and their personalities and love story were brought to life so beautifully on their wedding day!

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Alex and all twelve of her wonderful bridesmaids spent the morning getting their hair and makeup done, and it was such a calm, fun morning filled with lots of laughter, excitement, and anticipation. You can tell just how adored both Alex and Graham are, and I’m always a huge fan of large wedding parties! Alex and her dad shared the sweetest first look, and there were lots of happy tears as the wedding day unfolded. Having their wedding parties (and best friends) pray over them mere moments before the ceremony was incredibly intimate and special, and these two place such an emphasis on their faith. The church began to fill up with almost 300 of their nearest and dearest, and it was such a smooth, sweet, and fun day with a whole lot of giddiness!

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I don’t think these huge smiles left their faces the entire day, and Alex and Graham’s gratitude, love, and sheer excitement was so palpable. They were simply so excited to be married to each other, celebrate their love with family and friends, and dance the night away, making their wedding day such an remarkable, happy, beautiful, and fun celebration. They also exited their ceremony at the church and drove off in this classic white Rolls Royce, which was just icing on the cake (and a total surprise!)!turnerwedding_anagramphoto-487turnerwedding_anagramphoto-501turnerwedding_anagramphoto-494

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The beautiful, beautiful Lowe ladies — they are all so amazing!turnerwedding_anagramphoto-163turnerwedding_anagramphoto-165turnerwedding_anagramphoto-178turnerwedding_anagramphoto-125

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What a privilege it is to know these two beautiful, kind, hilarious sisters, Alex and Katie, — and now to plan both of their weddings! I have absolutely adored getting to know this incredible family as we planned Alex’s wedding this summer (seriously, ask my husband how many times I raved about their entire family!), and now Katie and Pace are engaged! With their summer wedding on the horizon, I truly couldn’t be more ecstatic to spend another year with the Lowe family… and to bring Katie and Pace’s dream wedding day to fruition! What a deep, deep honor it is to be a part of this exciting season of life for such inspiring couples and their families.turnerwedding_anagramphoto-516turnerwedding_anagramphoto-673turnerwedding_anagramphoto-675

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This head table design makes me so giddy, and it really sets the stage for the reception design. We really set the head table design apart from the rest of Alex and Graham’s guest tables by accentuating it with this dazzling gold sequin linen, topping it with two massive Edison bulb chandeliers, and adorning the tables with lush florals + greenery. It was one of the first focal points when you walked into The Corront Room — and it was simply spectacular for such a special, special wedding!turnerwedding_anagramphoto-687turnerwedding_anagramphoto-656turnerwedding_anagramphoto-664turnerwedding_anagramphoto-666turnerwedding_anagramphoto-668turnerwedding_anagramphoto-685turnerwedding_anagramphoto-683turnerwedding_anagramphoto-690turnerwedding_anagramphoto-646turnerwedding_anagramphoto-653turnerwedding_anagramphoto-645turnerwedding_anagramphoto-639

One of my biggest goals for every wedding is to make it very “them” — in this case, for the wedding to embody Alex and Graham and who they are. And we heard that compliment time + time again during (and after) their wedding — this wedding was so personalized, meaningful, and unique in countless ways! Alex and Graham are avid readers (my kind of people!), and they collected 300 books — their very favorite titles — to share with their guests and give as favors. It was such a hit! We adorned two of these gorgeous gold bookcases with an array of beloved books, custom bookmarks, and flowers to greet their guests, and their family and friends were able to select a beloved book of their choice to take home as a memento of the wedding. Alex and Graham were geniuses to think of this creative idea for their guests — it was unbelievably special and so unique!turnerwedding_anagramphoto-641turnerwedding_anagramphoto-642

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Hooray!! It was an epic, incredibly fun, and stunningly beautiful celebration for these two amazing people as they because husband and wife on such a pretty day! The dance floor was utterly packed all night long, the donuts were such a delicious hit, we had zero books leftover from their wildly unique and meaningful book favor display, the love and joy was so very palpable, and their sparkler exit was such a special end to their wedding day. I can’t rave enough about Alex, Graham, their families, and their friends — it was such a remarkable, amazing wedding, and I am eternally grateful to have been a small part of it. This wedding, and these people, hold a very special place in my heart!

Cheers to the new Turners, and endless congrats, you two!! I adore you both — and wishing you a lifetime of joy and love as you begin your married life together!

It was such a joy working alongside some truly fantastic vendors, and we had an incredible dream team. There are so many people and teams who worked tirelessly to selflessly serve this couple on their wedding day, and I can’t thank them all enough!

Photography Anagram Photo

Videography Laura Duncan

Coordination + styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Church First Presbyterian Church Durham

Venue + catering The Cotton Room

Florals + specialty rentals Petal + Oak

Linens CE Rental

DJ Bunn DJ Co.

Cake Matta Durham

Donuts Monuts Donuts

Hair + makeup Brittany from Garnish

Calligraphy bar menu Mason Dixon Designs

Invitations + seating chart Indigo Envelope

Dress Gilded Bridal with alterations by Marie Cordella

 

 

 

Lauren + Grant’s Goldsboro Wedding

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2018 was a year filled with truly incredible, gorgeous, special weddings — that’s for sure! Lauren and Grant’s Goldsboro, North Carolina wedding was on for the books, and I am so excited to share the images from their wedding today. In every single way, this was one wildly meaningful, Christ-centered, stunning, joy-filled wedding for a couple whom I adore tremendously. Lauren and Grant chose to be married in their hometown, and they also chose to hold their reception in the newly renovated and historic Firehouse in downtown Goldsboro. Not only were they the very first wedding in this space (so cool!), but the owners of the venue are dear friends of the bride and groom. It felt like such a hometown celebration of love in all the best ways, and what a monumental, happy, and beautiful day it was as Lauren and Grant became Mr. and Mrs. Sasser in front of all of their loved ones!

Lauren reached out to me days after they were engaged (which was an unbelievable honor + blessing!), and we’ve been busy planning and designing their dream wedding day for almost a year now. Lauren and Grant have been dating for over six years, and they were so, so unbelievably ecstatic to marry one another – and to celebrate their loved with their treasured family and friends. If you know these two at all, you know just how important their faith is to them, as well as how much they value the relationships in their lives. Lauren and Grant exude graciousness, love, and fun, and their wedding day was so beautiful, so joyous, and filled with an incredible amount of love. Who they are as individuals and as a couple was reflected in each and every detail and element of design that we planned and brought to life, and these two wanted a day that brought full glory to God, that celebrated their commitment, love, and vows to one another, and that generously celebrated their family and friends.

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There were countless memorable moments throughout the day that are so vivid in my memory, and it was so sweet to witness so much love and excitement surrounding these two. Their bridesmaids and groomsmen are such amazing friends to them, and you can easily tell just how loved they are. From all of the girls getting ready together to opening the most generous gifts from her girls to seeing her bridesmaids’ reactions when Lauren revealed her stunning wedding dress to her best friends to Lauren and her dad’s first look to Lauren and Grant praying together before the ceremony (without seeing one another!) to Lauren reading aloud her card from Grant to the bridesmaids prayer before the ceremony and then to their incredible ceremony and reception… these moments and memories will be ingrained in their minds forever – and captured exquisitely by Ally and Bobby and also by Muddy Trail Films! (These two husband and wife teams are truly incomparable, and I adore when we get to work together. Having vendors who love their couples and love their jobs so well is where the magic happens, and it’s always an honor to work with these two teams!) The entire day was truly overflowing with excitement and joy, and it’s such a sweet reminder of what weddings are really about: marriage and all of the days that are to come – together as husband and wife.

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This is just a recap of some of my favorite parts of their wedding day, but you can be sure that we have so many more stories, moments, and memories to share, as it was such an amazing day from start to finish. It was also pretty awesome to be the very first wedding or event in the brand-new cocktail hour and reception space at The Firehouse in downtown Goldsboro. This venue was completely renovated, and it was the perfect spot to bring their wedding the life. I couldn’t be more in love with this wedding design we dreamed up over the last year for Lauren + Grant’s epic wedding! Lots of organic touches, soft greys with plenty of white, brass, and black, abundant greenery, gray taper candles, and so many personalized, meaningful touches scattered throughout. And filling this space with almost 200 of their closest family and friends?! Priceless. It was the most perfect fall day – sunshine, a cool breeze, and the most magnificent sunset to cap it all off. They ended the evening with Krispy Kreme donuts (their fave!) and a romantic, jubilant sparkler exit! It was a marvelous night in every way!! Endless thanks to a dream team of vendors who worked tirelessly to bring this all to life (including my three wonderful assistants!).

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Happy, happy wedding and MARRIAGE to the incredible Mr. and Mrs. Sasser! Goodness, as you can see, I couldn’t begin to narrow down images from their marvelous wedding day. I am so, so grateful to Lauren and Grant for entrusting their wedding to me, and it was such a deep joy and honor to be a part of such an exciting season and joyful day. These two are so deeply love by countless people, and it’s easy to see why — their hearts of gold are so evident, and they love big.

Cheers to the Sassers, and wishing you two a lifetime of love, laughter, and joy! xoxox

It takes a village, and I am so deeply grateful to every person who poured their heart into bringing this wedding to life for a couple that we all love and adore so much.

Photographer Ally and Bobby Fine Art Film Photography

Planning, design, and styling Stephanie Shaul Events

Videographer Muddy Trails

Venue The Firehouse

Catering + rentals Funky Fresh

Bartending Brewmasters

Florist Flowers for You

DJ Tommy King

Linens + draping CE Rental

Hair Heather Weeks

Makeup Jessica Davis of Awakened Beauty

Invitations + day-of details Oaks and Gray Paper

Bridesmaid gowns from Bella Bridesmaids

Bride’s gown from Pronovias