We spent Saturday at the Cotton Room, which is one of my favorite venues in Durham. Jennifer & Wade’s wedding there was delightful! Jennifer got ready with her bridesmaids, her mom, her grandmother, and Wade’s mom in the newly redecorated Lucky Strike Suite, before heading up to the princess tower for a first look with her almost-husband Wade.
While we were up in the main space for the Cotton Room, Wade also got a first look at the cake topper, which Jennifer had ordered custom from Etsy. We did the majority of their engagement photos at NC State, and there wasn’t a more perfect cake topper for this pair than Mr. & Mrs. Wolf. Keep your eye out for that topper below among the rest of the story, but first, let’s give some love to the:
Venue: The Cotton Room
Hair & Makeup: The Makeup Addict
Wedding gown: Justin Alexander from Maggi Bridal
Florals: Tre Bella
Officiant: Perry Hardison
DJ and uplighting: All Around Raleigh DJ
Caterer: Triangle Catering
Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes
Transportation: White Horse
Jennifer’s bridemaids, her sister and a childhood friend, were totally on top of making sure her dress was wrinkle free. And look, that dress has pockets!!!! Winner. I also really loved Jennifer’s earrings.
Meanwhile, John was hanging out with Wade and the guys at the Bull Durham Suite, which has a popcorn machine. Unfair. I feel like both suites should get popcorn.
Once they were both dressed and looking awesome, it was time for the first look. Since Saturday’s high was something like 95 degrees, we did just about everything inside. The tower just off the bar in the Cotton Room was the perfect location for their first look though. They were both full of smiles and maybe a couple happy tears as they saw one another.
After some portraits of just the almost-weds, their friends and family joined for some group portraits in front of the Cotton Room’s tall windows overlooking the rest of Golden Belt.
Time flies on wedding days, and just like that, candles were lit and it was time for the ceremony.
Jennifer & Wade recessed to rounds of applause and then were greeted with plenty of hugs from their loved ones. We did sneak outside down to Beltline Station for about a minute, and we all immediately started sweating, but Wade & Jennifer got a little bit of dance practice in and the light was pretty.
Back upstairs, the Cotton Room team had finished the flip and the newlyweds celebrated with a drink and some of their appetizers in the lounge area.
How about those decorations though? The favors were custom bottle openers, and most of the bud vases in the centerpieces were craft beer bottles, hand selected by Wade & Jennifer, who also emptied the bottles (by enjoying the brews, obviously) so the flowers could go in water rather than beer. That’s my kind of decor prep.
It’s time to party! Look at those joyful faces as their friends and family cheer their entrance! And nothing but love for one another during their first dance.
After parent dances, Eric from All Around Raleigh DJ got the party going and I think I saw almost every single guest on the dance floor at one point or another.
When you’re dancing though, you need to make sure you have enough fuel. Sugar helps. And here’s that adorable cake topper of Mr. & Mrs. Wolf. I loved how expressive Jennifer & Wade were while feeding each other cake.
Since the temperature hadn’t dropped that much, we opted for setting up a night shot inside, using the ceremony backdrop for a couple more portraits.
Of course there was still plenty more dancing.
And then a sparkler exit to cap the night. Congratulations to these two, who are currently enjoying an awesome honeymoon complete with scuba-diving adventures.