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October 12, 2020

Belt Line Station Wedding

Belt Line Station wedding in Durham, NC

Katie & Paxton’s Belt Line Station Wedding

Friday’s Belt Line Station wedding was one of the first days I was able to more or less forget that a pandemic is going on. Katie & Paxton, like just about every other 2020 couple, had to adjust their wedding plans because of Covid, but their day still felt like a “normal” wedding. I put normal in quotes because no two weddings are ever the same, so I really don’t think there is a standard wedding. But Katie & Paxton got ready with their friends and family, had a first look, had a beautiful ceremony, and then partied like it was 1999. The masks were the only signifier that something was a little different. Though the gathering was on the smaller side, the enthusiasm was larger than life and I’m so happy we were able to help them celebrate in such a wonderful way.

The Belt Line Station wedding team:

Venue & Catering: Belt Line Station / TC Hospitality Group
Hair & Makeup: Wink Hair + Makeup
Florals: Tre Bella
Wedding gown: BHLDN
Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic
Officiant: Rob Womack
Band: Emerald Empire Band
Cake: Smallcakes of Durham

And some photographs for you!

Wedding day details at the Cotton Room in Durham

The new getting ready suite at Golden Belt is amazing!! Belt Line Station / Cotton Room / Lucky Strike Suite couples definitely need to include this feature.

Bride has her makeup done on her wedding day

Flower girl on mimosa duty! We promise she didn’t drink any champagne!! She was just having a blast handing them out to all the bridesmaids and it was so sweet!!

Don't forget mimosas for your wedding morning

Here’s a special moment: we didn’t have a specific time down for when Katie & Paxton would read their letters for one another before the wedding, but when I imported the photos and synced up my and John’s cameras, it turned out they were reading their letters at the exact same time! John’s photos of Paxton reading and mine of Katie reading are perfectly interspersed with one another. That feels like a very strong connection 🙂

Wedding day ideas: exchange letters with one another before you see each other Wedding day ideas: exchange letters with one another before you see each other

Paxton and the guys were also having some fun in the Bull Durham suite, which now has a foosball table!

Grooms suite at the Cotton Room / Belt Line Station Grooms suite at the Cotton Room / Belt Line Station

Katie’s mom was such a joy to be around all day long. This woman did not stop smiling!

Bride laughs with her mother on her wedding morning

The photo that’s the sign of the times: matching bridesmaid masks for getting ready!

Bride & bridesmaids pose in custom wedding masks during Covid19 wedding Bridal style inspiration: BHLDN dress and blue shoes Bridal style inspiration: BHLDN dress and blue shoes

After the final touches, including putting on the earrings that were Paxton’s wedding gift to her, Katie made her way to the Cotton Room for the first look. Paxton’s reaction is one of my favorites in a long time!

Groom's reaction during first look will have you smiling! Groom's reaction during first look will have you smiling! Groom's reaction during first look will have you smiling! Groom's reaction during first look will have you smiling! Wedding portraits at the Cotton Room Durham

After the first look, we headed over to the courtyard next to Hi-Wire brewery for group portraits.

Wedding portraits at Golden Belt Durham for a Belt Line Station wedding Wedding portraits at Golden Belt Durham for a Belt Line Station wedding Wedding party style inspiration: deep green bridesmaids dresses, blue groomsmen suits Wedding floral inspiration from Tre Bella in Durham, NC

Dear couples and florists, please keep including succulents in your wedding arrangements! I love them!!!

Wedding floral inspiration from Tre Bella in Durham, NC Wedding portraits at Golden Belt for a Belt Line Station wedding

In case you didn’t know, Two Roosters has an ice cream stand across the courtyard from Hi-Wire. Katie’s niece got a milkshake, and was sweet enough to share a little with her aunt.

Bride takes a break to have some of the flower girl's milkshake before the ceremony wedding ceremony details - memory table, guest book, and favors

The wedding ceremony itself always arrives before you know it, but Katie & Paxton were ready to walk down the aisle.

Paxton’s face here too!! I promise you, first looks will not take away from the entirely different moment of seeing one another as the ceremony begins.

Groom's reaction to bride walking down the aisle - always one of the best moments Father of the bride wears a mask as he walks her down the aisle Bride and groom hold hands during wedding ceremony at Belt Line Station I love the way couples look at one another during their weddings

Flowers in your hair on your wedding day

I love all the different unity traditions couples incorporate into their wedding ceremonies. These two had a candle lighting.

Unity candle at wedding ceremony Belt Line Station wedding ceremony Couple exchanges personal vows during Belt Line Station wedding ceremony

Three cheers for wedding dresses with pockets so you’ve got a handy spot to keep your personal vows!

Couple exchanges personal vows during Belt Line Station wedding ceremony Couple exchanges personal vows during Belt Line Station wedding ceremony Couple exchanges personal vows during Belt Line Station wedding ceremony Officiant holds up wedding rings - what do you want your rings to symbolize? How will you exchange rings on the wedding day?

The joy that Katie is exuding after kissing her new husband is the most beautiful thing! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a happier bride in this moment.

This couple's reactions after their first kiss as husband and wife are adorable! This couple's reactions after their first kiss as husband and wife are adorable! This couple's reactions after their first kiss as husband and wife are adorable!

Then, Natalie and the rest of the team flipped Belt Line Station from ceremony space to reception space in the blink of an eye. The green and gold decor details were gorgeous in the candlelight!

Green and navy wedding decor inspiration, candlelit wedding reception, winter wedding decor Green and navy wedding decor inspiration, candlelit wedding reception, winter wedding decor Belt Line Station wedding cocktail hour Newlyweds walk back into their wedding cocktail hour

Katie’s nieces were the cutest girls in the world!! Every couple should get this reaction when they walk into cocktail hour!

Flower girls run toward the bride after the wedding ceremony Bride's father and her nieces dance with her at wedding reception

An obligatory facetime with family who couldn’t make the wedding. Technology is pretty magical.

newlyweds facetime with friends during their wedding reception after having to downsize due to Covid19 Wedding toasts at Belt Line Station Bride and groom's first dance at Belt Line Station bride dances with her father

After dinner, toasts, and special dances, it was time for Emerald Empire Band to crank it up and get the party going, and this is the face of a bride who is ready for that party.

This is the face of a bride who is ready for the party to start Wedding reception party at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC Wedding reception party at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC Bride dances in a custom mask on her wedding day Wedding reception party at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC Belt Line Station wedding after dark

With a smaller crowd, you never know whether the party will last all night, but this crew for sure came to enjoy themselves, and probably could’ve kept the energy up several hours longer.

Wedding reception party at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC Wedding reception party at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC

And yes, I’m including a lot of dance floor shots in this post because it’s been so long since we had a solid couple hours of dancing and I REALLY MISSED IT. The reception is my favorite part of wedding days because it’s when you get to see people become the unreserved version of themselves and everyone is just having the best time after the nerves and anticipation of all the important events of the day have disappeared.

Wedding reception party at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC

And here’s the crowd who made it the whole night!! Congrats Katie & Paxton! I hope you absolutely loved your wedding day and are having the best time in Asheville 🙂

Wedding reception party at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC


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