The Cotton Room Durham Wedding | Danielle & Adam

The Cotton Room Durham Wedding

A wedding is a celebration of the bride and groom. Of course! But a marriage also represents the union of two families. This is something that Danielle and Adam really appreciate. When I asked both of them to name three things that made them fall in love with each other, they had a bit of trouble responding at first. That’s because they both felt that creating a short list would be difficult. 🙂 But finally they spoke of being drawn to one another also because they each share a deep devotion to their families. And as I watched their beautiful wedding unfold, as their two families became one, I could clearly see why! Danielle and Adam come from truly loving, kind-hearted stock.
Danielle set extra time aside before the ceremony for her father and brothers. She did a special first look with them! Her father was filled with emotion, and as he walked Danielle down the aisle, that emotion just spilled over. It was so beautiful! Emotional and meaningful weddings are my absolute favorite! And the Cotton Room in Durham provided the perfect backdrop for this one, with its richly textured brick walls and great lighting. And although the emotions were strong all around, this couple’s relaxed nature (and their willingness to place trust in me, such an honor!) made everything flow smoothly. Because Danielle and Adam and the entire bridal party were super on-time, we had a very comfortable window for portraits. Yay!
I can’t close this entry without mentioning several fun quirks that I share with the bride and groom. Turns out, Adam is a big fan of Stargate Atlantis! My pup Ronon is named after a character on the show. Hehehe Danielle and Adam are Netflix marathoners (like my husband and me) and seem to be just as crazy about their pets as I am about my Ronon. Their guests received personalized cookies with pup Charlotte and kitty Jackson’s faces on them! I adore it when my clients are obsessed with their fur babies! I know then that they’ll be more tolerant of all the Ronon pics on my Instagram feed!
I hope you enjoy these photos of Danielle and Adam…happy and glowing, surrounded by their loved ones…

The moment he realized this strong, independent, loving and caring woman was about to be his wife!


When Danielle’s dad turned around, he couldn’t hold back his tears. One of the most beautiful moments I’ve seen on a wedding!

She got a patch sewed on her dad’s tie. So sweet!

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Danielle and Adam were so excited! Several times during the day, they would stop what they were doing to do a happy dance!!!

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So beautiful to see them walking down the aisle. Emotional weddings get me every time!

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The Cotton Room Durham Wedding

I get excited when my clients are working with Tre Bella, I know the florals will be gorgeous! And the owners are the sweetest!

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DJ Eric with All Around Raleigh DJ  brought glowing sticks and rocked the dance floor, as usual! So much fun!

Almost at the very end of the reception, in the middle of all the happiness and dancing, Adam’s mom got emotional. It was truly a wonderful day, a day to remember!

The personalized cookies! ahhhh Love it!

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Venue: The Cotton Room / Coordinator: Shelley Clayton with Triangle Catering / Minister: Reverend Robin Renteria / Florist: Tre Bella / Cake Artist: Cinda’s Creative Cakes / Catering: Triangle Catering / Ceremony and reception music: All Around Raleigh DJ / Make-up: Alexis Ripley with Junction Salon / Hair:Marissa Mazza with Junction Salon / Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia, purchased at Diva’s Boutique and Bridal in Greensboro, NC / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dress: Alfred Angelo, purchased at Maggi Bridal in Raleigh, NC / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: Jos. A Bank



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