Chatham Mills Wedding During Hurricane Matthew
Today, we’re excited to share Alexandra and James’ wedding at Chatham Mills, which took place in Pittsboro NC during the middle of Hurricane Matthew! Photographer Adam Chapin had the added challenge of shooting during a power outage, but the photos came out beautifully and the wedding is a true testament that this couple’s marriage can weather any storm!
Alexandra and James chose Chatham Mills as their wedding venue because they loved the historic charm. “The old wooden floors looked like they had stories to tell and the light filters in through grand old metal-framed windows,” shared Alexandra. The wedding venue is right outside of Chapel Hill in Pittsboro NC, in an old textile mill. As Alex works in textiles herself, it held something special for them. The true deciding factor was Tom Roberts, the owner of the Mill, treated them with such kindness, they knew they wanted to work with him during the planning process.
Chatham Mills – a Warehouse Wedding Venue Near Chapel Hill
Because Chatham Mills has so much integrity, the bride wanted to have minimal décor and let the building and guests shine. She dispersed single glass bottles, each with a spray of dried eucalyptus, over each table and kept all tables with crisp white linens. “I loved the intermingling of the smell of eucalyptus and this lovely hint of turpentine from the Mill,” she said. “With the two mediums in mind, I created a two-tiered chandelier of eucalyptus that James and I stood under during our ceremony. It defined the most important space of the evening; where our vows were exchanged.”
Alex was very hands-on with her wedding, creating floral arrangements, stationery, and helping with hair and make-up. Ceremony music was provided by the couple’s friends, Katie and Micah Berman.
Chapel Hill NC Wedding Photographer Shoots through Hurricane Matthew and the result is Amazing Wedding Photos
One thing no couple can truly prepare for is a hurricane on their wedding day. The power went out in the middle of the reception, right after James and his mom did their mother/son dance, as Hurricane Matthew swirled across North Carolina on October 8th. Alex’s dad coaxed her out onto the floor in the dark so they could do their dance together and Adam (the photographer) jumped into gear, changing out his lighting and shooting the majority of the rest of the night in the dark!
“Working with Adam Chapin Photography was one of the most rewarding decisions of our wedding preparation,” shared Alex. “Even before our first shoot, Adam spent quality time with us, seeking to understand our vision for the photography and just have a good time. When we all ended up wading into the Eno river for our engagement photos, it was clear that Adam was dedicated to making art with his photography and thinking out of the box. The images we have received back from the wedding are such an inspiring depiction of the day, it has made us feel like we are there again every time we can look over them.”
Because of the ridiculous amount of rain, there were a few instances of water coming into the building and Jorge at the Mills ran around all afternoon making patches in the roof and making sure no belongings were damaged. “He was an absolute hero,” said Alex. “Half way through the reception, he approached us having made James and I two fruit sculptures by hand! A guest even mentioned they saw him pick the flower garnishes himself in the rain.” By the time the power came back on, their DJ jumped right on his set and spun records until the end of the night. “It was so humbling to see so many people work together to give us a night we will always remember with smiles.”
Alex shares some great wisdom for brides to be: “While engagement is a time of so much logistical planning when you are working towards your wedding itself, the true preparation for engagement is for your marriage. Start practicing your partnership now. Talk over decisions and disagreements to seek the others understanding, walk through family dynamics together, anticipate your life together with shared joy. Meeting the expectations of everyone in your life is impossible, but these people are still worth respecting. Learn how to meet those differing expectations now, as practice for when situations arise later in life. Most of all, remember it is never too late to slow down and take account of your decisions thus far. You are not trapped in any plan you are uncomfortable with, it just may take some creativity to figure out what will work for your specific, and valid, situation.”
VENUE Chatham Mills Event Center | REHEARSAL DINNER The Oakleaf |MINISTER Chris Breslin, Oak Church | CATERER Angelina’s Kitchen | PHOTOGRAPHER Adam Chapin Photography | MEN’S FORMALWEAR Hugo Boss | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Etsy customized cuff links and knit ties | RECEPTION MUSIC DJ Gonzo