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A Traditional Wedding Rich in Culture at Duke Chapel

Classic Durham “I Dos” – a Duke Chapel Wedding paired with a Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club reception

It shouldn’t be hard to believe that many Durham NC weddings are driven by the exquisite Duke University Chapel. Summer and Scott planned their wedding from their Brooklyn residence for that very reason – a Duke Chapel wedding had been in the cards for Scott since before he was born. The couple’s vision for their day was classic and traditional. Duke Chapel and Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club were a natural fit for this criteria. To personalize the wedding for the couple, fuchsia, dusty blue and silver were used as color accents in a subtle and tasteful way. This beautiful traditional Duke Chapel wedding followed by a classic Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club reception was a day that will forever live in the hearts of Summer & Scott, thanks to the effortless planning of La Cosa Bella Events.

Couple Wedding Photography Portraits on Golf Course in Durham, at Washington Duke Inn for Duke Chapel wedding, Brian Mullins Photography

Summer & Scott’s Love Story

When Scott first met Summer on campus at Stanford, where he was a graduate student, he was smitten. He made sure that it wouldn’t be the only time he would run into the visiting artist from nearby Kala Institute at Berkeley. A few years later, the two had moved to Brooklyn. After a special dinner in NYC, Scott proposed in Central Park while a guitarist played one of Summer’s favorite Disney love songs.

Traditional Duke Chapel Wedding Styled by NC Wedding Planner, La Cosa Bella Events

La Cosa Bella Events is an award winning wedding planning team out of the Raleigh area. Gina Myers, the lead wedding planner of of La Cosa Bella Events, works to make sure her weddings showcase the couple’s distinct style and brings their vision to life.

“Our wedding planner Gina was an absolute miracle worker. With only three months to plan a wedding, Gina Myers of La Cosa Bella stepped in and made it possible to have an extraordinary event. She added so many special touches including a breathtaking soloist for the ceremony, jazz trio, decor and a monogrammed cake. She took our event from ‘meh’ to spectacular,” shared Cathy, the mother of the groom – who planned most of the event.

PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Mullins Photography | WEDDING PLANNER La Cosa Bella Events
FLORIST Tre Bella Flowers | PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Mullins Photography | WEDDING PLANNER La Cosa Bella Events
PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Mullins Photography | WEDDING PLANNER La Cosa Bella Events | FLORIST Tre Bella Flowers

Traditional Duke Chapel Wedding

Duke Chapel is one of the most widely sought after wedding ceremony locations in NC. Not only does it have rich history draping every inch of the chapel that makes any couple fall in love, it is also close to so many people’s hearts with family or personal ties to the university.

Couples with ties to Duke University camp out the first of every month trying to get their wedding date locked in for the following year and it’s no wonder why. The neo-Gothic architecture of the chapel, large stone piers, arches and sky high vaulted ceilings leave nearly nothing for a bride and groom to plan in order to add to its beauty. Duke University Chapel is already a work of art in and of itself. Summer and Scott’s traditional wedding at Duke Chapel perfectly complemented its already solidified charm.

WEDDING PLANNER La Cosa Bella Events | PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Mullins Photography

Artistic Durham NC Wedding Photographer – Brian Mullins Photography

The couple wanted to capture their wedding day with a unique style – so it is of no surprise that they chose Brian Mullins Photography to shoot their special day. Brian Mullins Photography is one of the top wedding, portrait & lifestyle photographers in Raleigh, NC. Their style is as unique as it is artistic. With the use of different photography styles, lighting, and other aspects, you can see the difference between their photos and other traditional wedding photos from the first shot.

The couple said that Brian Mullins Photography not only left them with incredible photos, but also with incredible memories.


Classic Wedding Reception at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, one of Durham’s best hotels and event spaces

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is one of the premier hotels for the Durham area, located on Duke University campus. With perfectly manicured lawns, rolling hills of the golf course, spectacular indoor scenery, and an incredible on sight restaurant, the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club is one of the best wedding venues in Durham NC. The hotel is located conveniently near downtown Durham, but has the quiet charm of the countryside retreat.

Summer and Scott’s traditional wedding reception at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club was an extravagant affair. Bright fuchsia flower arrangements created a pop of color on the silver tables and decor. Special details meshed together the couple’s cultural backgrounds (like table signs with both English and Chinese numerals scripted for guests) made the celebration sentimental.

WEDDING PLANNER La Cosa Bella Events | FLORIST Tre Bella Flowers | PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Mullins Photography | RECEPTION VENUE Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club

Traditional Chinese Red Wedding Dress

The bride and groom hold dancing near and dear to their hearts. You can see evidence in every photo their desire to be swept up in a dance number. Summer changed into a traditional Chinese red wedding dress to perform a breathtaking ballroom dance with her new husband during their reception at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and for their send off from the celebrations.

WEDDING PLANNER La Cosa Bella Events | PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Mullins Photography | RECEPTION VENUE Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club | FLORIST Tre Bella Flowers

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