Real Wedding: Ashley & John

John & Ashley's wedding weekend was quintessential Durham. Some weddings are all about the glitz, glam and grandeur, but this couple had something different in mind. Their ceremony was hosted at the downtown art gallery, Alizarin Gallery, where industrial met elegance. Family and friends met the couple at the historic King's Daughters Inn for the cocktail hour on the front porch as they took in the truly beautiful experience. Guests feasted on a mix of Southern American and Jamaican staples, both special to the bride and groom. All the details were a lovely reflection of their love for Durham and captured by Johnny Jones of Zoe Pictures.

Photography: Johnny Jones of Zoe Pictures | Ceremony Venue: Alizarin Gallery | Reception Venue: King's Daughters Inn | Officiants: John "Forrest" Norman and Shamieka Lacher Rhinehart | Caterer: Donovan's Dish | Cake: Details Cake Design | Florist: Simply Elegant Florals | Linens: CE Rentals | Rentals & Lighting: Party Reflections | Ceremony Music: Mailande Moran | Reception Music: DJ Shahzhad | Transportation: Carolina Livery | Hair & Makeup: Suede Salon | Wedding Planner: Gather Together

Real Wedding: Thea & Rachit

When it comes Thea and Rachit’s wedding, words like stunning, breathtaking and memorable don’t even begin to do their special night justice. From bursts of red to lush greenery, the newlyweds celebrated their affair in a style that can only be described as to die for. It’s no wonder Martha Stewart Weddings made sure to share Amber Gress Photography's images of the The Inn at Celebrity Dairy event.

Stylistically, the wedding day encompassed Thea’s love of lavish flowers and rustic elements and Rachit’s affinity for clean lines. With a mix of refined linens and rustic wood details, “sophisticated farm elegance” represents their special theme perfectly.

In hopes of being as culturally inclusive as possible, Thea and Rachit decided to make their wedding a two-day process: the first day being a traditional Hindu ceremony and the second being Jewish. The bride’s godmother created a Jewish marriage contract that incorporated Hindu motifs to reflect the couple’s accepting lifestyles. Thoughtful details, like these, effectively created a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all guests.

Gather Together worked alongside the tent designer and rental company, Party Reflections, to make Thea’s floating farm table vision a reality. This incredible detail was one of many that made this event so special and unique.

Like we stated before, there aren’t words to summarize the magnificence of Thea and Rachit’s day. The stunning combination of rustic elements with elegant details created a sophisticated atmosphere that resonated with every guest in attendance. By keeping true to their religious backgrounds and striving for their ideal wedding-day visions, Thea and Rachit successfully began their happily-ever-after at their dream wedding.

Photography: Amber Gress Photography | Location and Catering: The Inn at Celebrity Dairy | Planning and Design: Gather Together Event Planning and Design  | Flowers: Lindsay Rae Design | Cake Topper: Anthony Lamberty | Videography/Cinematography: Filmed by Birdhouse Productions and Edited by Love + Brain Films | Officiant: Saturday - Rabbi Andrew Ettin | Stationery: Designed by Thea, printed by Rolling Press in Brooklyn | Custom Wedding Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Wedding accessories: Hushed Commotion | Grooms ring: Jewelsmith | Hair: Stacy at StylesOnB | Makeup: Fiquet at Luxe Apothecary | Ketubbah: Galia Goodman | Cake: Details Cake Design | Music: Joe Bunn of Bunn DJ Company | Live Klezmer band: Freylach Time | Tent and Rentals: Party Reflections | Linens and Draping: Party Tables | Decor Furniture: Paisley & Jade | Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | Transportation: Carolina Livery