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A Durham Wedding from Duke Gardens to Bay 7

It’s wedding feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re excited to share Amy and Dave’s contemporary wedding with plenty of old world charm in the Bull City (Durham, NC).

Amy and Dave met at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Durham, therefore, became a place that held very fond memories for the couple. Even though it was a challenge to plan their wedding remotely from across the county, Dave and Amy knew, after getting engaged on a ski trip to Whistler, Canada, that the Bull City would be the perfect backdrop for their special day. It was a very Durham wedding from Duke Gardens to Bay 7 at American Tobacco.

Getting married on Duke’s campus meant a lot to Amy and David since it was where they met in grad school. As soon as the couple saw Bay 7, they were sold. “It embodies the old world nostalgia of Durham in such a beautiful way,” Amy shares. Angus Barn catered the food and even created a special bride and groom gift basket. Sally Oakley, an SB&G preferred planner, worked with the couple from afar and brought together all the elements, creating a wedding that encapsulated their special connection to Durham.

The bride came across Dara Blakeley Photography when flipping through an issue of Southern Bride & Groom. Dara’s images below show off everything from the grand and beautiful backdrops to the small, personalized details.

Blue and grey wedding colors worked well in the garden setting as well as for the reception in the restored brick buildings at American Tobacco Campus where Bay 7 is located. Amy wanted to achieve a very simple and refined look so that the two different venues really stood out. “Duke Gardens are so lush and green, and Bay 7 is so old-world cool,” she says.

The couple made the event personal by adding lots of fun local twists, such as old Durham nostalgia displayed on the welcome table, candy cigarettes for the Lucky Strike Tower, and branded “Match made in Durham” matchbox wedding favors.

Amy now spends her days looking at wedding products, working for Minted, an e-commerce company focused on stationery. Even though the couple lives a long way from Durham, in San Francisco, CA, they will always have a special connection to the Bull City!Brides blue shoes and diamond earringsWhite green and ivory wedding bouquetBride and groom first look in the Duke GardensNorth Carolina Wedding PhotographyBlue bridesmaids dressesWhite and green wedding flowersGroom at American Tobacco Campus in Durham NCCeremony at the Duke Gardens in Durham NCDurham NC reception at Bay 7Wedding venue in Durham NCLemon yellow wedding cakeCity inspired wedding menuBeef sliders NC wedding cateringWedding dessert by Angus Barn CateringBride and Groom gift basketDurham NC wedding favorsSB&G PREFERRED VENDOR TESTIMONIALS

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“I think our guests enjoyed Friday night as much as the actual wedding! The Pit in downtown Durham was a blast! Other than our classmates, most folks were from New York or Boston and had never been to the South. They loved the Pit’s hearty BBQ, bluegrass music, and perfect fall patio weather,” shares Amy.

“Sally was incredible! We live in California, but getting married in Durham was so important to us because it’s where we met in grad school. We just could not have done it without Sally’s help!” says Amy emphatically.

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“Dara and Kathy were so comforting and seemed to instinctively know what we were looking for,” Amy shares. “They did such an incredible job.”Black and white wedding photographyCEREMONY VENUE Sarah P. Duke Gardens | RECEPTION Bay 7 | CATERING Angus Barn | PLANNER Sally Oakley | PHOTOGRAPHY Dara Blakeley | REHEARSAL DINNER The Pit | GOWN Watters Gown | JEWELRY Dannijo earrings | BRIDESMAIDS Style the Aisle | FLORIST Gold Finch Designs | INVITATIONS Minted | MUSIC Save the Date musicians and Michael Jons Band | ACCOMMODATIONS Durham Marriott | FAVORS candy cigarettes and personalized matches

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