Sarah & Patrick’s Summer Wedding at Duke Chapel & Gardens | Durham, NC

Chestnut & Vine Wedding Logistics Coordinators Duke Chapel Wedding

Duke University has always held a special place in Sarah’s heart.  Having parents who attended Duke University and got married in Duke Chapel, she was raised on Duke Basketball and always looked forward to family trips to visit the gorgeous campus famous for its gardens and gothic buildings.  So when Sarah and Patrick decided to take a short detour to Durham, NC during a road trip from Florida to New York so that Patrick could see the campus for the first time, Patrick knew that Duke Gardens was the perfect place to propose to the love of his life.

Just over a year later, Sarah and Patrick made another memorable trip to Duke University, but this time they were joined by their family and friends to commemorate their next life adventure as husband and wife.  Their wedding weekend began when their entire wedding party loaded onto a chartered bus that took them from Jacksonville, FL to Durham, NC, and since the majority of their guests were also from out-of-town, they smartly used the same chartered bus to transport everyone throughout the weekend to the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception.  On the day of their wedding, Patrick and Sarah saw each other for the first time on the bridge in Duke Gardens where they became engaged, and the highlight of the weekend, of course, was when Sarah’s father walked his daughter down the aisle of Duke Chapel so that she, too, could be married where her parents’ story began.

Wedding Duke Chapel Durham, NC Day-of Wedding CoordinatorFollowing a beautiful ceremony officiated by Rev. Kevin Holland, guests made their way to Kirby Horton Hall at Duke Gardens where they enjoyed delicious dinner stations expertly prepared by Catering Works and a Pastry Works dessert bar that was a sweets lover’s dream.  Willis J. Entertainment had everyone dancing late into the night until it was time for Sarah and Patrick to close out their reception with a private newlyweds’ dance on the Piva Terrace under the bright summer stars.

Sarah and Patrick’s wedding day was everything they had hoped for and more, and we are so grateful that Chestnut & Vine got to help them make it happen.  Cheers, Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy!  We loved working with you and enjoyed seeing your endless smiles throughout the entire weekend!


All Photos Courtesy of We Are The Bowsers

Sarah & Patrick’s All-Star Wedding Team

Photographer/Videographer: We Are The Bowsers

Day-of Wedding Coordination: Chestnut & Vine Wedding Logistics Coordinators

Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel

Officiant: Personal Weddings of North Carolina

Reception Venue: Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Caterer: Catering Works

Florals: Tre Bella Florist

DJ: Willis J. Entertainment

Cake: Pastry Works

Lighting: Get Lit Event Lighting

Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Maranda Brown

Bridesmaids’ Hair: Mena Garcia

Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld New York City

Linen/Dinnerware Rentals: CE Rental

Transportation: A Charter World