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Courthouse Marriage With a Reception at The Rickhouse in Durham

After months of bad dates, Allison Becker felt a sense of relief when a funny profile picture of Alan Ebeling popped up on match.com. One look at Alan clad in a turtleneck with an 80s moustache and a blowout, and she knew she found someone with a great sense of humor. They met up for a casual date over tacos and since that day, haven’t left each other’s side.

Alan proposed on Christmas Eve, saying he “didn’t want to spend another Christmas without being family.” Their wedding was on the third anniversary of the day they met.

The main goal for their wedding was to find a compromise between Allison’s desire to have a private, casual event, and her family’s hopes for a formal wedding. The perfect solution was having an intimate ceremony at the Wake County Courthouse with immediate family only, followed by a full wedding weekend including a giant reception. Grace Beason of Grace Leisure Events was brought onboard to help the couple pull off this delicate balance.

“Grace was so amazing!” Allison said, “She was on top of every detail, from helping us find a venue, vendors, and a band to thinking up what to put in welcome bags for our guests to finding flip flops for the dance floor at the last minute.”

The Rickhouse was exactly what Alan had in mind for their day. Grace focused on a few key elements to help them create their successful party, including Allison and Alan’s great love for food and drink and their colorful, quirky, and chic design aesthetic. She worked with the couple to pull together eclectic elements such as antique furniture, Edison bulb chandeliers from Get Lit, and a hanging garden from Tre Bella Flowers which was positioned above the dance floor and “looked magical and smelled great” according to the bride. Other details included a cigar roller on the patio, an ice cream bar and a pig roast! The evening culminated with a fun dance party with the help of live band, Groovetown.

Since the groom is a photographer, they were picky about choosing that service, and ended up hiring Riley MacLean because his “dynamic” photos were so far from being “cookie cutter.” They shared that he took the time to get to know them and felt like another member of their family.

Allison and Alan planned a weekend of activities to make the trip worthwhile for their many guests traveling from out of town. They hosted a mix and mingle welcome party at The Surf Club and ended the weekend with a Sunday brunch at The Durham Hotel.

Take a look at their intimate courthouse wedding followed by a modern day after party inside The Rickhouse’s unique and modern downtown Durham space.
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