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Durham Wedding with Mardi Gras Flair

Happy Wedding Wednesday! With Mardi Gras a couple weeks away, we wanted to share a Durham wedding that captures some of that fun Louisiana style! Take a look at Jasmine and Joel’s colorful and raoucus wedding – complete with a brass band. This wedding was also featured in the 2017 edition of Southern Bride & Groom Magazine.
The Kings Daughters InnEven though Joel Guerrero’s blind date at a friend’s birthday party was a bust, it was a blessing in disguise because he met the love of his life there, Jasmine Stringer. Joel proposed in the ballroom at the Carolina Theater in Durham, one of the couple’s favorite date-night spots. He rented the tiny theater for a private screening of Jasmine’s favorite movie, Breakfast  at Tiffany’s.
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Feather bowtie for groomThe Kings Daughers Inn DurhamNorth Carolina bride and groomWedding at Duke Gardens“Heather and her team at Eclectic Sage are masters at their art! Together, we came up with some really fun and creative ways to make florals a highlight in our design and the arrangements they created were truly one of a kind,” shared the bride.
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“Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair was the brains behind the whole operation,” Jasmine said. “We never could have pulled off such a complex and creative affair without her! She had everything you want in a great coordinator, plus an excellent eye for style!”
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WEDDING CONSULTANT A Swanky Affair | RECEPTION The Rickhouse | CATERER Donovan’s Dish | FLORIST Eclectic Sage | PARTY RENTALS Party Reflections | LIGHTING Get Lit Special Events | WEDDING PARTY ACCOMMODATIONS AND PORTRAITS The King’s Daughters Inn | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Aloft Hotel at American Tobacco Campus | REHEARSAL DINNER The Pit rooftop | RECEPTION MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT SPIN
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PHOTOGRAPHY Carolyn Scott Photography | BRIDAL LUNCHEON 
Watt’s Grocery | CEREMONY Sarah P. Duke Gardens | OFFICIANT  Daniel P. Stringer (brother of the bride) | BRIDAL GOWN Maggie Sotero from Elegant Bridal | BRIDAL SHOES Badgely Mischka | HAIR Qi Essentials | MAKE UP Tiwa Lawrence | JEWELRY Bauble Bar | MEN’S FORMALWEAR J. Crew; custom bow ties made by artist/designer Tracey Telford at FeatherGameBirdsUK.com | CAKE Once in A Blue Moon Bakery | STATIONER Wedding Paper Divas | REHEARSAL DINNER MUSIC Makin’ Ends Meet | CEREMONY MUSIC Alex Gorodezky | BAND Second Line Band: Boom Unit Brass Band | TRANSPORTATION EcoStyle

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