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Durham Food Truck Wedding

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One of our favorite new additions to weddings is the food truck — such a stress-free way to add a little fun and uniqueness to your big day, like this one from Oh! Darling Photography. Mary and Tommy brought on three different food trucks to feed their guests, crafted pom pom garlands to decorate their reception space, and decorated their maids in pretty frocks from Whitney Deal. Make sure to read through to get some tips from the bride in dealing with hiccups on your wedding day!

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From the bride, Mary: We wanted a laid back evening wedding with children running around barefoot, people drinking bottles of beer and lots of family and friends on the dance floor.

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colored pencil invitations

watercolor flowers pastels

vintage bride with veilgroom in blue tie

watercolor bridesmaids dresses

There was a lot of community support that pulled this wedding together. We made pompom garlands over several craft and wine evenings and friends met early the morning of the wedding to arrange flowers, set up chairs and hang decorations. If we had a theme it would be that there is beauty in the small imperfections of many hands contributing.

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blue green boutonnieressimple bridal beauty

pom pom garland decor

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strawberry wedding cakeschalkboard reception menus

black and white cake cutting

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? On your wedding day, let go of all the details and minutia that you spent the last months poring over, even if it’s a conscious decision you have to remind yourself of multiple times. Accept however you feel throughout the day even if it’s not what you expected to feel at a certain moment. Also, remember that what you see on wedding blogs and photos is one small slice of the day. It poured on our wedding day so the natural lighting that attracted us to the reception hall was replaced with fluorescent lights that made me feel like I was at a gym. One of the food trucks arrived an hour late. Our DJ accidentally played from the “do-not-play” list. Don’t fret about having the perfect day, but focus on planning a celebration that is meaningful for you.

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bride and groom

locopops for guestspacked food for guests

whole foods cakes

black and white first dance

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Wedding Location: Durham, NC / Ceremony Venue: Blacknall Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Trotter Building / Wedding Photographer: Oh! Darling Photography / Wedding Dress: Halcyon Vintage (Richmond, VA) / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo / Bridesmaids Dresses: Whitney Deal / Bride’s Hair: Posh Salon / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Wedding Flowers: Whole Foods / Food Trucks: Tacqueria Don Fily, Sympathy for the Deli, and Cafe Prost / Wedding Cakes: Whole Foods / Frozen Pops: Locopops / DJ: A+ DJ / Wedding Invitations: Bride

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best day ever floral design

We are a boutique floral design studio based in los angeles that believes beauty creates magic. We’re talking about that whimsical, golden-hour, moment your never gonna forget kind of magic. We live for that. We love pairing different textures and adding in surprising elements to keep our designs original, organic, playful, and ethereal. We think flowers are pretty rad around here and are extremely passionate about making a brides vision come to life. We are driven by creating beauty and believe that filling a space with fresh blooms brings it to life.

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Wool and Lights Wedding Inspiration

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This morning’s photoshoot by Katie Pietrowski and Cole Gorman of Blest Photography is just plain gorgeous inspiration for any day of the year. The photographers took elements from the couple’s own wedding and spun it into a styled shoot in Raleigh, North Carolina. We love how a strategically placed string of twinkle lights can transform any space!

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From the photographer, Katie: Cole Gorman is a good friend of mine as well as a fellow photographer, so we decided to join forces and do a styled shoot together. I’m based in Boston and he is based in Raleigh, so I guess you can spin it as two photographers putting their ideas together to do a styled shoot in North Carolina. One of Cole’s couples from December agreed to be the models, so we took some elements from their actual wedding to create the theme of the shoot. Jared gave each of his groomsmen hand-knit ties to wear on the wedding day, and Amy had incorporated elements of wool throughout the wedding day. Our brainstorming sessions led us to our theme: Wool & Lights.

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bride in barn wedding

paper chair monograms

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rustic place settingstwine wrapped flatware

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rustic salt and peppergroom in wool tie

rustic barn newlyweds

From there, we found the perfect spot for the shoot: a quaint little farm in Wake Forest complete with chickens, lambs, and a cute cat named Bolt. Incorporating the lamb into the shoot was incredible as it tied the entire theme together. Cole and I found all of the silver, plate and glassware at local antique shops or thrift stores, and we worked with two incredible vendors who brought our vision to life. TreBella Florist in Durham is to thank for all the beautiful flowers, and they did a fantastic job taking our ideas and creating beautiful arrangements with pops of orange, pink & lavender. We also worked closely with Jamie Morehouse from Cakes to Envy for the super-unique cake she put together for the shoot. We told her the theme, and by the end of our meeting, she had an idea for a three-layer cake with balls of yarn as accents.

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pink flower arrangementsrustic place settings

woodsy wedding shoot

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Shoot Location: Raleigh/Durham, NC / Wedding Photographers: Katie Pietrowski (based in Boston, MA) and Cole Gorman of Blest Photography / Wedding Flowers: TreBella Florist / Wedding Cake: Cakes to Envy

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Hair and Makeup by Stylisted

Stylisted is an online platform that allows women to book on-location hair styling and makeup appointments from a network of vetted beauty professionals. Brides can browse stylist profiles, sort & filter by price & star rating, and book right through the site. Services include Wedding Trials, Wedding Day hair and makeup for the bride & her bridal party, and basic services for wedding guests!

Skip the salon, select the professional for your needs, and wait for beauty to knock at your door. It’s your wedding day, hair and makeup should come to you!

Need help selecting a stylist or planning out your beauty prep? Email for a seasoned bridal concierge to help make your day as seamless as possible!

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Wedding Waistcoat


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As fun as it is to see the bride and her ‘maids dressed in stylish dresses, it’s just as much fun to see a line up of a well-dressed groom and his groomsmen! Especially if your male friends aren’t frequently dressed to impress, it’s extra special to see them looking sharp. Wedding Waistcoat is the home for all things fine and dandy for the men in your life.

Uk based, Wedding Waistcoat is a leading online supplier of waistcoats for weddings and special occasions. Coordinating waistcoats (or vests, as we refer to them on this side of the pond) are sure to class up any bridal party. And don’t let the name fool you, they also sell dozens of options of cravats, neckties, bowties and pocket hankies in a rainbow of colors and styles; not to mention suspenders and cufflinks!

So once you have decided on your wedding colors, head on over to Wedding Waistcoat for the perfect complementing colors and styles so the gentlemen upfront are looking just as good as the ladies!

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Clarence Chan Photography

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It should be full of fun, laughter, and love; so should your photos. My goal is to capture beautiful moments by using a natural, artistic, and light photographic style. I’m passionate about story telling and I seek to document moments big and small—from the moment the bride walks down the aisle to laughter shared among friends—so that your photos will be cherished and shared for generations.

I have covered weddings across the United States and internationally and am a member of the esteemed Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and Fearless Photographers.

In 2012, I married my inspirational, creative, and loving wife. When I’m not shooting a wedding and traveling, I’m often at home with my wife, playing with our rambunctious corgi.

Based in New York City and the Greater Washington D.C area. I also travel domestically and internationally.

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