Spring Florals and Formal Decor Fill the Duke Chapel and Washington Duke Inn for a Black Tie Wedding
When you think “classic romance”, think Hope and Rob. Florals and formal was the theme of their elegant southern wedding. Local vendor, Watered Garden Florist designed beautiful pastel bouquets of blush, yellow, and white to match the Spring NC landscape. From the engagement to the reception, this wedding was truly a Duke inspired occasion. The two Blue Devils met and fell in love at Duke and said “I Do” in the University’s beloved Duke Chapel. Instead of camping out for basketball tickets, Hope and Rob camped out for a chance to host their dream wedding ceremony at the Duke Chapel! Rob even proposed to Hope at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens with her whole family hidden in the atrium. The couple’s exquisite wedding style fit the Duke Chapel and the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club like Cinderella’s glass slipper! Perfectly.
DC wedding photographer, Kir Tuben captured this sweet southern love affair on film for us to enjoy.
Getting Ready in Floral and Formal Bridesmaids Dresses at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
Springtime at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is a magical scene. All of the flowers are in bloom and people are alive with the excitement of a new season. Hope and her bridesmaids got ready for the Duke Chapel wedding ceremony in the lovely guest rooms of the Washington Duke Inn. The bridesmaids wore formal, floor length dresses covered in pink, white, and green florals. Hope chose a stunning Vera Wang bridal gown with a full ball gown skirt and bedazzled, strapless neckline. An elegant pearl necklace completed this southern bride’s wedding attire.
Meanwhile, Rob and his groomsmen kicked back to some ESPN on a different floor of the Washington Duke Inn to prepare for the Duke Chapel wedding ceremony! Nonetheless, when it came time for the wedding ceremony, the men looked handsome and ready to go. Classic black tuxedos with white bow ties and gloves was the formalwear of the day. Rob and his team looked royal as they walked beneath the magnificent arches of the Duke Chapel.
Royal Blue Devil Wedding Ceremony at the Duke Chapel
There’s something powerful about the Duke Chapel wedding ceremony venue. When you step through those enormous front doors, you can’t help but get goosebumps and a sense of holy reverence. Watered Garden Florist designed floral arrangement that accentuated the Duke Chapel’s royal architecture. When Hope walked down the aisle wearing her Vera Wang ball gown and holding an elegant bouquet of all white flowers, she looked like a queen. In a word, the Duke Chapel wedding ceremony was divine. Hope and Rob skipped the readings to make more space for hymns sung at the lectern with the congregation. After their first kiss, the newlyweds signed their marriage license and snapped a few “Just Married” portraits on West Campus.
Black Tie Wedding Reception at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
The ornate floral and formal theme of Hope and Rob’s Duke Chapel wedding ceremony flowed easily into their wedding reception at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club. The Washington Duke Inn wedding venue is famous for its gorgeous ballroom event spaces. Wedding guests were greeted by an interior design full of gold, chandeliers, and royal decor. Watered Garden Florist designed elegant white, pink and green bouquets for each of the tables and a fantastic fresh foliage design for the head table. The Washington Duke Inn wedding venue makes wedding planning easy with their full package deals that include on-site party rentals and catering. Did we mention their catering team is incredible? For dessert, the bride and groom cut into an amazing, five tiered, white wedding cake covered in Watered Garden Flowers.
Hope and Rob danced their Washington Duke Inn wedding night away to a rockin’ live band. At the end of the night, the newlyweds ran out to their car after being showered by rice and cheers from their friends and family. Today, Hope is finishing up med school at Duke and the two live together in Durham, NC. Cheers to a life full of love and happiness!
Interested in seeing another local University inspired wedding day? Check out this romantic wedding day on Duke’s rivalry school’s campus – UNC Chapel Hill!