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The Art of Wedded Bliss at 21c Durham Hotel

21c Durham Hotel – an Art Lover’s Dream Downtown Durham Wedding Venue

As dwellers of downtown Durham, Southern Bride & Groom magazine is so proud that one of our neighbors is the exquisite 21c Durham Hotel. This downtown Durham wedding venue is perfect for a modern couple who wants one convenient location for all of their wedding guests to stay and experience Bull City at its finest. Best of all, in addition to the amazing digs that this boutique hotel offers, it has amazing event spaces in varying styles. We’re going to take you on a tour of the 21c Durham Hotel ballroom, art galleries, and wonderful Counting House restaurant, with this gorgeous shoot by Fancy This Photography.

Like what you see? Make sure to attend the 21c Durham Hotel “Art of Wedded Bliss” wedding open house event, featuring several local wedding vendors. This free Durham wedding event is Thurs, September 20th, from 5-8pm.

Hayley Paige gown from Tre Bella hangs over a gallery wall of art at Counting House 21c Durham wedding by Fancy This Photography

21c Durham Hotel Penthouse Bridal Suite

It is a lucky bride-to-be who gets to prepare for her wedding day in the 21c Durham Hotel penthouse suite. This downtown Durham wedding venue is not only in the middle of the hustle and bustle of town, but its suite offers views from above. Perhaps this bride started off her wedding morning with a stint in the hot top that is on the outdoor patio, enjoying the sunrise over Bull City.

Shown here, the bride-to-be is enjoying on site hair and makeup by Bella Trio – a downtown Durham salon and spa. Florals enhance the lovely wedding suite from Papersource of Durham.

Rose Petals bursting out of wedding Invitation flat lay - Suite by Papersource

Modern-Meets-Classic Downtown Durham Wedding Venue

The 21c Durham Hotel event space is not all edgy. A historic building, this used to be a bank and its main event space was the teller room. It is a classic ballroom with wooden paneled walls and grand columns. Today, it has giant modern orb lights lining the ceilings which give the downtown Durham wedding venue ballroom an uber modern flair.

Tre Bella Flowers designed an elegant wedding reception at 21c Durham Hotel. They used modern tabletop linen, china, and chairs from CE Rental. The bride spins in her lovely Hayley Paige wedding dress from Tre Bella Bridal in downtown Durham. It looks especially lovely with the light spilling in from the oversized ballroom windows.

Do you recognize the pink penguin? Each 21c property in the US has their own penguin with a unique color. Our 21c Durham Hotel has a fuchsia penguin. He LOVES to be part of photo opps with your wedding guests. Looks like he sneaked into this wedding!

Greenery and Rose garland by Durham wedding florist Tre Bella Flowers, Fancy This Photography
GARLAND Tre Bella Flowers | LINEN AND RENTALS CE Rental | PHOTO Fancy This Photography
Roses on a wedding tabletop by Tre Bella and CE Rental photo by Fancy This
Bride in Hayley Paige wedding dress by window of 21c Durham Hotel Ballroom by Fancy This
HAIR AND MAKEUP Bella Trio Studio | GOWN & BOUQUET Tre Bella | LOCATION 21c Durham Hotel | PHOTO Fancy This Photography
A Sweetheart Cut Hayley Paige wedding dress ballgown and garden bouquet from Tre Bella, photo by Fancy This

Wedding Events in the 21c Durham Art Galleries

We love the idea of a wedding in the modern art galleries at 21c Durham Hotel. More commonly, the galleries are utilized as cocktail space before the full reception in the ballroom. Regardless of how you use the space, your wedding guests will enjoy perusing the artwork. Bonus: it will provoke thoughtful conversation.

Bride in Hayley Paige and Tre Bella bouquet with Bella Trio Hair and Makeup poses in front of Jungle Greenery Artwork at 21c Durham Hotel by Fancy This Photography
GOWN & BOUQUET Tre Bella | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio | LOCATION 21c Durham Hotel | PHOTO Fancy This Photography
Artistic Backdrop for a wedding event at 21c downtown durham wedding venue

Counting House at 21c  – a Great Place for a Durham Rehearsal Dinner or Intimate Wedding Event

One of the most cutting edge restaurants in downtown Durham, both in terms of visual aesthetics and culinary delights, is Counting House. Modern art dons the walls from super high ceilings, and the bar and private event rooms are equally ample in photo opportunities. But best of all, is the food provided by the extremely talented Chef Thomas Card.

The kitchen at Counting House serves all weddings at 21c Durham. Chef Card loves to create customized menus for every couple!

Friends Toast at 21c Counting House wedding Rehearsal Dinner Space Fancy This Photography

Want to see more at 21c Durham? Check out this NEW YEAR’s EVE WEDDING that was featured on our blog last year.

And don’t forget to register for their free event this Thursday!

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