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Durham Bulls Wedding Ceremony with a Rickhouse Reception!

Durham Bulls Ceremony and Rickhouse Wedding Reception

Steph and Chad wanted a wedding that embodied their beloved Bull City, through and through. With a first look at The Durham Hotel, wedding ceremony at the Historic Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and a Rickhouse wedding reception, the entire celebration was a quintessential Durham affair.

The couple entrusted Gather Together, a top NC wedding planner, to plan their Durham Bulls wedding ceremony and Rickhouse wedding reception. All of the excitement was captured by Katherine Miles Jones in a beautifully airy styled photography.

Wedding Party at old Durham Bulls stadium in Downtown Durham Wedding, KMJ

Stephanie and Chad’s NC Love Story

Stephanie and Chad met while undergrads at UNC Chapel Hill but didn’t connect romantically until years later when mutual friends set them up. It was definitely a great match for the two avid sports fans. Chad popped the question to Steph at the Carolina Basketball Museum before a sports party in the penthouse suite of The Durham Hotel, where their friends and family cheered the couple and the Tar Heel win over Syracuse in the Final Four in 2017.

Floral Themed Wedding Stationery for durham NC wedding, KMJ
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | FLORIST Bluebird Meadows
Vintage Gold Engagement Ring on Watercolor, KMJ
Embroidered Name Makeup Bag for Bride before wedding, KMJ
Bride getting ready for Downtown Durham Wedding, KMJ

Wedding Day Looks Styled by Local NC Wedding Vendors

The bride wore a beautiful sleek Amy Kuschel gown from Lana Addison Bridal, an amazing bridal shop in Cary, NC. Her bridesmaids wore long blush gowns. They polished their looks with hair by Parlor Blow Dry Bar and makeup by Raleigh wedding makeup artist, Makeup for Your Day.

The groomsmen dressed in trendy blue chambray suits – a hot trend for groom’s fashion. The suits were dressed down with converse sneakers (Chad wore golf sneakers) and patterned ties that they were gifted. We love when couples choose out of the box fashion styles to show off their personalities on their wedding day!

These offbeat fashion looks paired perfectly with the Bull City affair – from the casual setting of the Durham Bulls ceremony, to the industrial vibe offered at The Rickhouse wedding reception.

Bridal Portrait by Durham wedding photography Katherine Miles Jones
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | FLORIST Bluebird Meadows | WEDDING GOWN Lana Addison | HAIR Parlor Blow Dry Bar | MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | FLORIST Bluebird Meadows
Gold Metallic Unique Grooms Shoes and Light Blue Patterned Tie photo by KMJ
Groom getting ready for Downtown Durham Bulls Wedding, KMJ2
Groom in Downtown Durham Wedding, KMJ
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones
Groom wearing fun patterned tie or wedding attire, KMJ
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | FLORIST Bluebird Meadows
First Look for bride and groom inside The Durham Hotel KMJ
First Look for bride and groom inside The Durham Hotel KMJ3
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | VENUE The Durham Hotel
Modern Bride and Groom standing in The Durham Hotel for Downtown Durham Wedding Photo by Katherine Miles Jones
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | WEDDING GOWN Lana Addison
Durham Bull Statue, KMJ

Wedding Ceremony at the Historic Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Downtown Durham

The Historic Durham Athletic Park was the home of the Durham Bulls for nearly 70 years and was also the film location for the movie Bull Durham. Steph and Chad couldn’t think of a better location to have their downtown Durham wedding than this historic venue.  The Rickhouse wedding venue being adjacent to the baseball field made it the perfect location to host their Durham wedding reception. The Rickhouse even has a patio overlooking the Durham Bulls field, so it was an easy commute and kept the wedding flow feeling thoughtfully knit together.

“Getting married on the Historic Durham Athletic Park field was a dream come true! The juxtaposition of the baseball field with the floral arrangements, seating and decor truly made it unique and represented us as a couple,” shared Steph.

The wedding planner, Gather Together, even surprised the couple by having the couple’s initials “S + C” drawn inside a heart on the Durham Bulls pitcher’s mound. This created a special backdrop behind the altar.

 

Wedding Ceremony at Historic Durham Bulls BAseball Field in Durham, KMJ
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together
Floral and Linen Wedding Arbor for Ceremony on Baseball Field of Durham Bulls Stadium, KMJ
WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | FLORIST Bluebird Meadows
Bride and Father of bride walking down aisle on durham bull baseball field, KMJ
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones
Bride and Groom at baseball wedding ceremony in Durham NC, KMJ.
Bride and Groom under wedding arbor at baseball wedding ceremony in Durham NC, KMJ
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | FLORIST Bluebird Meadows
Floral Wedding Arbor for Ceremony on Baseball Field of Durham Bulls Stadium, KMJ
FLORIST Bluebird Meadows | PLANNER Gather Together
Monogram on Baseball Field of Durham Bulls Stadium in Durham, KMJ
WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together

Downtown Durham Wedding Photography by Katherine Miles Jones

It’s always memorable to have your wedding portraits show off your wedding location – so when you look back in 10 years you can remember the day as well as the environment around your nuptials instead of just a plain nondescript backdrop. Katherine Miles Jones Photography, a Durham and Chapel Hill wedding photographer, is an expert at capturing the special moments between a couple as well as the scenery around them – as evident in Steph and Chad’s Durham Bull ceremony and Rickhouse wedding reception.

“Katherine Miles Jones was a joy to work with. Her calm and friendly demeanor throughout the day helped keep us calm, and we will treasure her photos forever,” said Steph.

Durham Bulls Wedding Portrait by Durham wedding photography Katherine Miles Jones
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones
Bridesmaids in Blush for Downtown Durham Wedding Portraits and styled by Parlor Blow Dry Bar in Raleigh by KAtherine Miles Jones Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | FLORIST Bluebird Meadows | WEDDING GOWN Lana Addison | HAIR Parlor Blow Dry Bar | MAKEUP Makeup for Your Day
Groomsmen in blue suits in Downtown Durham Wedding Portraits by KAtherine Miles Jones Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones
Downtown Durham Wedding Portraits by KAtherine Miles Jones Photography
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together

Stunning Summertime Decor and Florals at Rickhouse Wedding Reception

The Rickhouse wedding reception decor was kept in neutral shades in order to accentuate the pops of color in the florals by Durham wedding florist and flower farm, Bluebird Meadows. The flowers were accented with vivid colors, which were also reflected in the reception menus and  place cards.

Chad, being the co-owner of American Party Rentals, of course had the best of the best reception rentals for his guests to enjoy. American Party Rentals helped make the venue look extra stunning with brand new natural diamond-back chairs and colored glassware. Paired with the geometric accents of Get Lit Special Event Lighting, the Rickhouse wedding reception in this Durham wedding venue was a sight to be seen!

Steph said,“The Rickhouse provided the perfect backdrop for an evening of love, memories, and lots of dancing!”

Simple Wedding Decor with florals and pops of blue at Rickhouse wedding in Durham NC, KMJ
WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | VENUE The Rickhouse
Simple Wedding Decor at Rickhouse wedding in Durham NC, KMJ
Chalkboard Table Wedding Decor at Rickhouse wedding in Durham NC, KMJ
Custom illustrations of durham landmarks for table numbers, KMJ
WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together

Fun and Unique Additions to Rickhouse Wedding Reception

The couple, if you had not already been able to tell, are a unique and fun couple! They wanted to make sure their guests had a fun time and boy did they do just that. With late night baseball park themed bites, a specialty chalk design that paid homage to their alma mater of UNC-Chapel Hill, ZimZoom Photo Booth and a grand exit with foam fingers – this wedding definitely makes it in the hall of fame!

Baseball themed wedding food with hotdogs, KMJ
Wedding Party in Raleigh Durham Wedding Photobooth ZimZoom Photobooth, KMJ
PHOTOBOOTH ZimZoom Photo Booth
Chalkboard Table Wedding Decor at Rickhouse wedding in Durham NC, KMJ
Wedding Party Exit with Foam Fingers, Alternative Grand Exit at Durham Wedding, KMJ
PHOTOGRAPHY Katherine Miles Jones | WEDDING PLANNER Gather Together | RECEPTION VENUE The Rickhouse
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