Durham Wedding Coordinator
Laura and Steve “Always” dreamed of having a magical wedding day, and on an early December evening, they turned The Cookery in downtown Durham into a romantic winter wonderland, thanks to the talents of renowned DC florist Kevin Canfield of K Aubrey Flowers, a close friend of the Bride & Groom. The delicate wintery whites of their candlelit ceremony were the perfect contrast to the warm navy and gold tones used throughout the cocktail and dinner receptions. Family and friends were treated to delectable appetizers and a savory dinner buffet expertly prepared by Durham Catering. Following a champagne toast and traditional cake cutting ceremony, Laura and Steve danced the night away with their family and friends to the sounds of DJ Damien Maass. The Newlyweds could not have asked for a more perfect beginning to their “Always”.
Laura & Steve’s All-Star Wedding Team
Venue: The Cookery – Durham, NC
Photographer: Brian Mullins Photography
Floral and Decor Design: K Aubrey Flowers
Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination
Caterer: Durham Catering
Bar Service: The Cookery
Photo Booth: Spark Photo Booth
Rentals: American Party Rental
Officiant: Bob Bennett
Hair & Makeup: 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar
Chalkboard Artist: Marika Wendelken Calligraphy
Hotel: The Durham Hotel
Transportation: US Coachways
All Photographs Courtesy of Brian Mullins Photography
Upon meeting Jenn for the first time, I knew immediately that this was going to be a fun wedding to coordinate, and it did not disappoint. Jenn has an enthusiastic confidence and delightfully personable charm that makes everyone around her feel at ease. So, it is no wonder that the quiet, reserved John wasted no time asking Jenn to be his partner in life, and just as quickly as they got engaged, the couple found themselves on the wedding planning fast track when a cancellation allowed Jenn to have her dream Fall wedding at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC.
Jenn and John could not have asked for a more gorgeous October day on which to exchange their vows in front of their closest family and friends. A soft glow of sunshine encircled the Arboretum at Duke Gardens making it the perfect backdrop for the couple’s wedding ceremony. During the prelude, guests found themselves unconsciously humming along with the string quartet before realizing they were listening to the songs of Snow Patrol and other popular modern artists not often associated with either wedding ceremonies or orchestral music. A highlight of the ceremony was when Jenn was walked down the aisle by her parents to a bridal march arranged especially for the couple by Jenn’s sister and Maid of Honor, Amanda.
The evening continued with cocktail and dinner receptions catered by Durham Catering and music provided by All Events DJs, who helped kickstart the fun by inviting the newlyweds to have their first dance as husband and wife – a dance that perfectly captured Jenn & John’s unique personalities and will forever be remembered by their family and friends.
Congratulations, Jenn and John! Thank you for including Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination in your special day! It was one I’ll never forget.
A Special Thank You to RGB Insights for Sharing Their Incredible Photographs with Us
Jenn & John’s Wedding Team
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Photographer: RGB Insights
Floral Design: Pine State Flowers
Wedding Coordination: Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination
Catering: Durham Catering Co.
Decor Rentals: American Party Rentals
Officiant: Perfect Ceremonies – Reverend Phran Gacher
Calligraphy/Chalkboard Design: One Fine Morning Lettering & Calligraphy
Hair/Makeup: Blo Salon – Brier Creek
Cake and Cupcake Design: The Cupcake Bar
Ceremony Music: Audrey Cook Quartet
DJ: All Events DJs
Lighting: Get Lit – Special Event Lighting
Transportation: Carolina Livery Services
And a Personal Shout Out to Christa for Introducing Chestnut & Vine to Jenn and John!