Alexandra + Chris’ Duke Chapel + Cotton Room Wedding

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Oh happy day!! Alexandra and Chris were married in August in Durham at the Duke Chapel and The Cotton Room! This wedding was utterly spectacular in every way, and I was absolutely blessed to be a part of Alexandra and Chris’ wedding over the past year. 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 Alexandra and her amazing mom, Janet, it was an instant connection and wedding planning was just SO darn fun with them. Alexandra and Chris 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! Over the past year, I’ve gotten to know these two, and Alexandra and Chris are kind, warm, hilarious, passionate, wise, inspiring, loving, generous, and so intentional and thoughtful. Their love is inspiring, and they are so deeply in love! Their new marriage was celebrated so well by their amazing family and friends on their wedding day, and we packed in so many personalized, meaningful, and beautiful surprises and touches.

Alexandra and Chris’ wedding gallery from the amazing Kelsey Nelson Photography has arrived in my inbox, and I’m ecstatic to be sharing their magical, meaningful wedding day with you! Every single image is breathtaking and perfectly captures how joyful, stunning, magical, and love-filled their entire wedding day was. I am absolutely loving re-living their wedding day again (and trying not to cry too much or favorite every photo…)! Y’all, it was just the best, and their wedding day will forever live in my heart and in my memories. Some of my favorite moments of the day include: a sweet, calm, fun wedding morning with Alexandra and her bridesmaids while we styled details, the cutest flower girls and ring bearers, the evident love and closeness of Alexandra and her amazing parents, the magnificence of their Duke Chapel ceremony, sending Alexandra down the spectacular aisle with her daddy, the ecstatic beams as they were pronounced husband and wife and recessed down the aisle, wedding party photos with the trolley, their reception reveal, many joyous hugs with Janet and Alexandra, the sweetest first dances, and so much more! These two (and their families and friends) are one-of-a-kind, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it all and to have witnessed such a dreamy, joyous wedding day for one incredible couple!

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As you can see, Alexandra and Chris’ entire wedding day overflowed with so much pure joy, love, and magical moments and details. Alexandra and Chris’ wedding was an epic, incredibly fun, and stunningly beautiful celebration for these two amazing people as they because husband and wife on such a pretty August day! Their Duke Chapel ceremony was so meaningful and touching, the weather was perfectly beautiful, the white trolley was such a photogenic hit, dance floor was packed all night long, the donuts were such a delicious addition (Alexandra is from Winston-Salem, the birthplace of Krispy Kreme), their family and friends were the sweetest, 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 Alexandra, Chris, their families, and their friends — it was such a remarkable, amazing wedding, and I am eternally grateful to have been a part of it. This wedding, and these people, hold a very special place in my heart!

Cheers to the new Sheehans, 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!

I can’t thank our wedding dream team enough for the ways in which they brought Alexandra and Chris’ wedding to life so perfectly; I’m grateful to have worked with so many people whom I adore and love working alongside:

Photography: Kelsey Nelson Photography

Planning, design, and styling: Stephanie Shaul Events

Ceremony venue: Duke Chapel

Reception venue + catering: The Cotton Room

Florist: Bowerbird Flowers

Rentals: CE Rental and Petal & Oak

DJ: Mark from Bunn DJ Co.

Cake: Edible Art

Seating chart + bar menu: Mason-Dixon Designs

Invitations + calligraphy: Reaves Engraving and Calligraphy by Carole

Hair and makeup: Tease and Blush

Videography: Steve Creel Video

Trolley: Great Raleigh Trolley

Late night snack: Krispy Kreme

Wedding gown: Nitsa’s

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie

all images by the wildly talented Kelsey Nelson Photography

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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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!

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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