Kate Headley is one of those photographers who captures moments you’d want to frame and put on your mantle – which isn’t to say she misses the sweet details; there are plenty of those, too! This North Carolina is no exception, starting with this gorgeous stationery suite, hand calligraphed by Maybelle for Bella Figura…
The bride pinned her updo with a jeweled floral pin by Debra Moreland, and finished her timeless look with a cathedral length veil.
The groom’s white tie tuxedo was adorned with a calla lily boutonniere. The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies and garden roses. The two had their first look in the Duke Chapel’s famous arcade arches.
After the ceremony, the couple and their guests were transported to The Fearrington Barn for the reception, beginning with a bluegrass cocktail hour. His and Hers signature drinks were the “Blonde on Blonde” (vodka, St. Germain, freshly squeezed lemon juice, white grape juice, orange ginger bitters, sprig of rosemary, lemon peel) and an Old Fashioned.
In keeping with the playful feel of the celebration, favors were muslin bags stamped with a Beltie cow stamp (Belties live on the farm), filled with Hershey kisses and mini Cow Tales, all tied up with bakers twine.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Jason and I met as undergrads at Duke University. It’s a place that is very special to us, both as a couple and as individuals, and we knew the Duke Chapel would be the perfect venue for our ceremony. For our reception, we wanted something that felt elegant but also relaxed. Fearrington provided the perfect combination and exuded a Southern charm that we both loved.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? In planning our wedding, we were most inspired by our friends and family. Our main priorities were to spend as much time with them as possible and to make time for special moments. At the end of the day, we knew that we would remember the time with them more than the pretty details (although I do love pretty details!). For instance, I made it a priority to have a “reveal” with my dad before leaving for the Chapel. As an only child, I wanted to share with my parents, just the three of us, before the day began. We also included Friday welcome cocktails and a Sunday brunch, so that we could spend more time with all of our guests.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The last dance of the night. We both got on stage with the band and danced like crazy to “Don’t Stop Believing.” Not only was it ridiculously fun, it was so special to have all our closest friends and family cheering us on.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Jason was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church. To honor this, we circled the ceremonial table in our ceremony, which is a traditional element of Orthodox ceremonies.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice that I received was from my cousin. She reminded me to keep things in perspective. Looking back at her own wedding, she remembered being obsessed about some particular detail; however, she now can’t even remember what it was.
What advice do you have for other brides? Enjoy the ride with your fiancé! Planning a wedding can be stressful, but being engaged is such an incredibly special time. Never lose sight of why you and your fiancé are planning the wedding in the first place. It definitely helps put things in perspective when you’re nitpicking about the stationery’s shade of ivory!
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Duke Chapel Wedding from Kate Headley22 January 2014
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