Locally Infused Durham Wedding at Duke Chapel

Cara and Corey

With a bride from Durham and the couple meeting here, you could say it is a special city for Cara and Corey. The couple wanted to keep their ceremony and reception locally sourced. Not only did they choose renowned Durham locations, but kept their flowers, food and more, local! This locally infused Durham Wedding was seamlessly executed by Sally Oakley Weddings & Events.

Bridal party in classic black suits and mauve dresses at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield

Getting Ready

Cara chose a classically beautiful lace dress from Tre Bella Bridal with a transparent back. “The ladies at Tre Bella Bridal were so wonderful to work with,” said the bride. “The consultant really paid attention to what I wanted.”

Bride in classically beautiful St Patrick gown from Tre Bella in Raleigh NC at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield
Back of St. Patrick, Tre Bella Bridal gown at Duke Chapel wedding, Bronwyn Duffield
Succulent and floral boutonniere by Pine State Flowers for Duke Chapel wedding by Bronwyn Duffield

Bronwyn Duffield Photography took beautiful shots. She is the best! We loved that she helped us to look very natural and not posed,” said Cara.

Ceremony at Duke Chapel

Since the couple had met in Cara’s hometown of Durham while attending physical therapy school at Duke University, getting married at Duke Chapel was a natural fit. They built on that by choosing a local wedding theme, sourcing from virtually all in-state vendors.

Bride and groom tender moment photo op at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield
Bride and groom embrace, must have wedding photo, at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield
Bride and Bridemaids in lavendar mauve mini dresses at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield
Classic NC Bride in veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella, Bronwyn Duffield.
Bride with unique bridal bouquet by Meristem Floral, pop of color with dahlias and green, at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield
Bride in veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella, Bronwyn Duffield Groom in classic black leading bride down Duke Chapel stairs, Bronwyn Duffield Brides with laughing bridesmaids in lavender mauve midi davids bridal dresses at Duke Chapel by Sally Oakley Events Bronwyn Duffield Bridemaid in light purple lace overlay dresses from Weddington Way at NC venue Duke Chapel, Bronwyn Duffield NC Bride in blowing veil and gown by St Patrick from Tre Bella at Duke Chapel Bronwyn Duffield.

Reception at The Cookery

Cara and Corey wanted their wedding reception to feel warm and inviting, and their planning team made that come to life with locally-grown flowers, silver and gold candle accents, and the warm brick walls of their venue.

The Cookery was a beautiful and interesting space that allowed us to have the intimate celebration we wanted while still having over 100 guests. It’s use of artifacts and upcycled materials from Durham in the architecture and décor was also important to us since this is the city we met and I grew up in. We also loved meeting Tammy and her team at The Cookery and felt very confident that they could help us navigate the planning process,” shared Cara.

Calligraphy table number displays with floral arrangements of dahlias at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
intimate and romantic reception decor for wedding reception at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
Neutral Table linens and simple romantic tablescapes for wedding reception at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield The Cookery tablescape with locally grown NC flowers from Pine State Flowers planned by Sally Oakley, Bronwyn Duffield
Tablecapes with floral from Pine State Flowers planned by Sally Oakley, a NC wedding planner, with floral table runners at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
Simple white wedding cake with florals by Cupcake Shoppe, a Raleigh Bakery at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield
Bride and Groom first dance at wedding reception at The Cookery in Durham, Bronwyn Duffield

A special NC touch of Cheerwine and local pecans, candied by the bride herself, were given as favors to the wedding guests.

NC Wedding Favor Ideas with Cheerine at Durham NC Venue The Cookery, Bronwyn Duffield

“Hiring Sally was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding,” shared Cara. “She made a custom service package for us according to what we needed, and provided invaluable advice for every aspect of our wedding throughout our 18-months engagement. On the day of the wedding, Sally made our lives stress-free and no task was too small – she and her team took care of us, our families, and our wedding party.”

Southern Bride and Groom Spring 2017 Cover

SB&G Preferred Vendors

WEDDING CONSULTANT Sally Oakley Weddings & Events | PHOTOGRAPHER Bronwyn Duffield Photography | RECEPTION The Cookery | REHEARSAL DINNER Parizade | CATERER Donovan’s Dish | GOWN St. Patrick from Tre Bella Bridal | PARTY RENTALS American Party Rentals | ACCOMMODATIONS Durham Marriott City Center 

Other Vendors

Ceremony: Duke University Chapel – Durham, NC | Minister: Pastor Chris Pappalardo | Bridal Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Bridesmaids’ Dresses (designer and salon): David’s Bridal | Florist: Pine State Flowers-Durham, NC | Cake: Details Cake Design-Cary, NC | Stationer: Reaves Engraving – Laurinburg, NC | Calligrapher: Marika Wendelken (chalkboard artist) | Ceremony Musicians: Jordan Prescott, Duke Chapel Organist | Reception Music: Bunn DJ Company – Frank Meldau-Raleigh, NC | Party Rentals (linens, tables, chairs, tent, etc): CE Linens | Transportation: Ecostyle Transportation-Raleigh, NC | Hair for Bridal Party: Makeup by Ashley Mooney-Raleigh, NC | Make-Up: Julie Robbins Makeup-Raleigh, NC | Engagement Ring: Heirloom from Nana of the Bride | Wedding Favors: Cheerwine and NC pecans candied by Bride

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