It’s Wedding Feature Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today we’re excited to share Raven and Cozell’s stunning red, black and white ballroom reception at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC, captured by skillful photographer Dajuan Jones of In His Image Photography.
Raven and Cozell grew up together; they attended the same church and knew each other’s friends and family. Little did they know, years later, they would end up getting hitched! It wasn’t until they were in college, after a chance encounter in downtown Raleigh, that they began to communicate more often and eventually started dating.
Cozell “put a ring on it” before taking Raven to see her favorite performer, Beyoncé, in concert. He had surprised Raven with tickets to the Charlotte show on her birthday, then, on the morning of the concert, he surprised her even more with a beautiful engagement ring!
Raven and Cozell chose their favorite colors—red, black and white—as their wedding colors, perfect for an early autumn wedding at the grand and elegant Prestonwood Country Club. Fresh Affairs created show-stopping bouquets and large centerpieces using bright red roses. The bride and groom personalized the event with a hashtag that combined both of their nicknames.
Raven’s advice to brides-to-be is try to relax. “The smallest details may not go perfect, but it’s about the new union with your spouse, and for that, the day will be nothing short of amazing!” she says. With the help of Adams & Events, this Raleigh couple enjoyed being able to sit back and enjoy all the little moments of their special day.
Raven’s favorite moment was when they first opened the doors of the church as her father walked her down the aisle and she set eyes on her soon-to-be husband surrounded by their family and closest friends. The love and togetherness of this couple and their guests is evident in the photos below, captured by In His Image Photography.
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“Tracy Adams of Adams & Events was superb! She knew all the right people and venues. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional, yet personable planner,” Raven remarks.
“Prestonwood made my dream reception come true!” says Raven. “From the cocktail hour to the grand staircase, this was a celebration we’ll never forget!”Photographer
“In His Image Photography was recommended by our wedding planner. Dajuan definitely has the magic touch – he made all our pictures ones to remember and we were so impressed by his keen eye for detail,” Raven shares.
CEREMONY LOCATION Raleigh Church of Christ | RECEPTION & CATERING Prestonwood Country Club | PLANNER Adams & Events | PHOTOGRAPHER In His Image Photography | MINISTER Pastor John J. Wilkins, Jr. | BRIDAL GOWN Monique Lhuillier from Alexia’s Bridal | BRIDAL SHOES Jimmy Choo | BRIDAL JEWELRY Nordstrom | BRIDESMAID JEWELRY Kate Spade | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Savvi Formalwear | MOB DRESS Neiman Marcus | GROOMSMEN GIFTS Robert Jamison Collection bow ties | HAIR Shawana Thorne, Master Stylist | MAKEUP Jamie Surgeon | FLORIST Fresh Affairs | VIDEOGRAPHER Island Sound | INVITATIONS Cute Buttons | CEREMONY MUSIC Phillip Langston, Sam Harmonix | RECEPTION MUSIC 360 Elite