In honor of the New Year, we have a special New Year’s Eve wedding to share on the final Wedding Wednesday of 2016! Take a look at Cameron and Mattias’ celebration at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham as they rang in the new year surrounded by friends and family and started the year off as husband and wife!
Cameron and Mattias met while working at McKinney advertising agency in Durham and their first date in 2010 was at the (then) newly opened Fullsteam Brewery, followed by burgers at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe at American Tobacco. When it came time to plan the wedding, it made sense that it too would center around the city of Durham where they met and fell in love. They even returned to their first-date locations for their rehearsal dinner!
Cameron admits she had never before considered a New Year’s Eve wedding. “I figured I’d always get married in spring or fall outside, so when we made the decision on NYE the year before the date, I had some catching up to do on inside weddings and looked to SB&G for ideas,” she said.
With a strong history and connection to the Bull City, the couple knew they wanted a downtown venue with hotels close by so people didn’t have to drive or take a cab on New Year’s Eve. They instantly fell in love with the Main Gallery space at 21c Museum Hotel (what used to be a bank lobby) and knew it would be perfect for a New Year’s celebration.
“The venue was absolutely beautiful and elegant with high ceilings, beautiful old wood walls and amazing light fixtures,” Cameron recalls. “We loved that we didn’t have to add draping or lighting. We also loved that the guests could go up to the art gallery during the cocktail hour and could use the venue past midnight for NYE.”
The hotel’s onsite restaurant, Counting House, served a great buffet and worked with the couple on the menu to make sure they had the right balance within their budget. “The wine and beer options were fantastic – we had five different wines and multiple beers with the simplest bar package. They even brought in Ponysaurus beer from the local brewery that we have a connection to when we requested it.”
Photographer, Bronwyn Duffield, went above and beyond the call of duty to get the perfect shots. “She worked 16 straight hours to get everything from our getting ready in the morning to the midnight celebration! She was never a distraction and she captured so many beautiful shots. And with a big wedding party and big family, she handled them with grace but was also stern when needed! She knows all the details to capture and more,” the bride confides.
There were so many personal elements to this wedding, including the minister, Carol, who was Cameron’s old babysitter. A family friend who worked at Scratch Bakery in Durham created the cake and a variety of homemade desserts were brought by family and friends. Even the reception music was manned by a family friend, Mathieu.
Custom straps, made of lace from her maternal grandmother’s wedding dress, were added to the bride’s Justin Alexander gown and she wore her mom’s pearl necklace and earrings.
The couple handed out NYE accessories to wear at the party to ring in the new year and when the countdown for 2016 started, everybody was with the people they cherish and love. At midnight, it was an extra special kiss for the newlyweds.VENUE & CATERER 21c Museum Hotel Durham and Counting House Restaurant | PHOTOGRAPHER Bronwyn Duffield Photography | BRIDAL LUNCHEON The Weathervane at Southern Season | REHEARSAL DINNER Tobacco Road at American Tobacco | MINISTER Carol Tatch | GOWN Justin Alexander | MOB DRESS Ralph Lauren | HAIR & MAKEUP Posh The Salon | FLORIST Sanders Florist | CAKE Justin Dillree from Scratch Baking | CEREMONY MUSICIANS Nathan Bernacki (cello) and Vincent Lai (violin) | RECEPTION MUSIC Mathieu Berthet (family friend) | GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS 21c Museum Hotel Durham | ENGAGEMENT RING Diamonds Direct | WEDDING BANDS Quercus Studio