The Rickhouse Durham is one of my new favorite venues, partly because it’s so close to our house, but also because it’s beautiful and it looks out over the old Durham Bulls ballpark, which has a special place in the Bull City heart.
Laura & Andy got married up the road at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, and when we made it over to The Rickhouse for the reception, we got to see it all decorated with beakers and test tubes, along with some images from their engagement session. The weather was perfect for popping out on the patio to cool off from the dance floor.
Hair: Kelli Foley
Makeup: Alex Wheeley
Bride’s dress: Carolina Bridal World
Ceremony Venue: Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church
Officiant: Katie Crowe
Planner: Kast Events
Florals: Ninth Street Flowers
Reception Venue: The Rickhouse Durham
Catering: Hillsborough BBQ
DJ: Chester Williams
Cake: Simply Cakes
Photography: Kivus & Camera, of course, bringing you the following:
Let’s start with the guys, cause we never really do that. Andy’s day started with ironing his uniform and making sure everything looked ship shape (that’s my dad joke about the Navy, you’re welcome).
He did a good job getting ready, right?
Meanwhile, Laura and her friends and her mom were getting ready in the bridal room at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church. How great are those bridesmaids dresses? I love that Laura loves color!
All hands on deck to get the bride into the dress (another boat joke, sorry!)
Prep ended with finishing touches for flower girls, and Laura’s dad coming to get her to walk down the aisle.
Trinity Avenue doesn’t have a central aisle, just two side aisles with pews in the middle. That means that when everyone stands up to watch the bride, the groom can’t really see her until she gets to the front of the pews. That didn’t keep Andy from trying though – he was up on his tiptoes. When Laura finally got close enough for him to see her, his smile was even more joyful.
Bubbles on the way out of the church!
Then out into the courtyard for some group portraits, and solo shots of the couple too!
When we got to the Rickhouse, Laura & Andy went right into the entrance and special dances: their first dance, Laura’s dance with her dad, and Andy’s dance with his mom.
Then the father of the bride gave a welcome, and the groom’s cousin gave a blessing.
As dinner was being readied, we spied some amazing skies and stole the newlyweds out for a minute. The ballpark lights were not on, but you still kind of tell it’s back there.
Back inside, I did my tour of the little details and decorations. How great is that chalk art?! And I love that they gave a donation to local teachers’ projects in lieu of favors. Laura’s a teacher herself, so she knows how important that is.
After dinner, the maid of honor and best man gave their toasts, and Andy & Laura dug into dessert. Cake, yes, but also baklava made by the groom’s mom!
And then: dancing time!
Pause for bouquet and garter tosses…
The guy and gal who caught the garter and bouquet are together, so no pressure y’all.
We snuck out again for some dark and dramatic portraits.
But Chester the DJ was keeping the party going.
When it was time for the exit, everyone headed out with glow sticks. Fun fact: their wedding was our second rickshaw exit of the weekend. Such a fun departure option if your venue is in a downtown area.
Bon voyage y’all! Hope Aruba is amazing!