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July 13, 2021

Super fun wedding in Durham

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Corinne & Ian’s fun wedding at the Cotton Room

The initial plan was 7/11/20 for these two, but COVID bumped it to 7/10/21. I think that just built up all the anticipation to culminate in an incredibly amazing, fun wedding this past weekend. We met Corinne & Ian ages ago at a Cotton Room open house and it’s been such a pleasure working with them toward the big event. It was so totally worth the wait because all the details were awesome, everyone was excited and emotional, and their group partied until 7/11 anyway. (Make sure you make it all the way to the end for a truly epic exit!!)

Shoutout to their fun wedding team:

Venue & catering: The Cotton Room
Hair & Makeup: Bella Trio
Corinne’s dress: her mom’s <3
Bridesmaids dresses: Kennedy Blue
Groom & groomsmen suits: H&M
Officiant: Marvin Ownley (relative of the couple!)
DJ: Mixin Mike Walker
Florist: Petal and Oak
Cake: Publix (after my Florida girl heart)
Video: RBevell Productions
Invitations: Minted

And now, a preview of their day!!!

Promising to always make chocolate chip cookies is one of my favorite vows I’ve ever heard!

hand written vows are perfection!! Make them yours <3 bride laughs with her maid of honor at her wedding at the Cotton Room in Durham Bella Trio is a great hair & makeup team in Durham - they're doing Corinne's makeup here! This was a super fun wedding, but all the emotions were there too, especially when Corinne did a first look with her bridesmaids

Corinne wore her mother’s dress but made it her own. The bodice was altered, and she added the purple sash to match all of their amazing purple wedding details. A wedding fit for royalty!

Wedding dress with a purple sash purple wedding details

Meanwhile the guys had invented some sort of drinking game that involved kcups and balls of tinfoil? I’ve got to get John to explain what was going on here!

fun wedding at the cotton room - make up games with the groomsmen bride surprised the groom with a message in his wedding tie, all the details of this fun wedding were purple too! Groom ties his tie at his wedding

The joy on Corinne & Ian’s faces when they saw one another at the first look was pure and wonderful, but just you wait for the expressions they had for the ceremony!

Bride and groom share a first look at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC Bride and groom share a first look at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC Bride and groom share a first look at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC Have you thought of your old, new, borrowed, blue yet? Corinne had her old and borrowed attached to her bouquet and it was lovely! Purple bridesmaids dresses and navy suits for the guys at this fun wedding at The Cotton Room Adorable flower girls and ring bearers pose with the bride and groom

After some group photos we headed out toward the Belt Line Station side of things to get some portraits before the ceremony. Couples that love being together this much make my job so easy.

You don't have to wait to golden hour to get amazing couple's portraits, you just need to have a talented photographer When you try to do serious face but you're having too much fun When you try to do serious face but you're having too much fun Purple wedding details at the Cotton Room wedding Purple wedding details at the Cotton Room wedding Flower girls process down the aisle

After the flower girls came the flower… man. Hysterical laughter for this outstanding performance.

This couple had one of their friends as the "Flower Man". He had a fanny pack full of petals and tossed them very dramatically as he made his way down the aisle. SUCH a fun wedding

But nothing could take the attention away from Corinne as she made her way down the aisle with her dad!

Bride and her father make their way down the aisle at The Cotton Room You should be this full of smiles slash tears at your wedding! You should be this full of smiles slash tears at your wedding! the sun pokes through one of The Cotton Room's large windows during a wedding ceremony

Tears & smiles!!! LOVE.

You should be this full of smiles slash tears at your wedding! You should be this full of smiles slash tears at your wedding! Sneak some peeks at your parents during the ceremony. You never know what their reactions will be. This groom's tearful reactions during the wedding ceremony were priceless.

Ask your photographer to get an awesome unique angle of the proclamation and first kiss Ask your photographer to get an awesome unique angle of the proclamation and first kiss

A kiss, and they’re married!! And they both had this much joy on their faces the whole way back down the aisle.

This couple is ecstatic to be married This couple is ecstatic to be married

Time for a quick footwear change 🙂 before heading out for a few more portraits.

You should definitely consider changing into some flats for your wedding reception. And if those flats are purple vans? Hell yeah. Love a dramatic portrait at a fun wedding like this

Then, Corinne & Ian used teamwork to make the dream work (i.e. they bustled her dress in the stairwell waiting to make their reception entrance).

Groom helps bride bustle her dress - focus is on their hands and the ties Bride and groom enter their wedding reception at The Cotton Room First dance at a fun wedding in Durham, NC First dance at a fun wedding in Durham, NC Parent speeches at weddings always get me a little choked up

After a welcome from Corinne’s parents, there was dinner and laughter, and some silly shenanigans before a few more toasts.

Kids at weddings make for lots of fun and smiles. Kids at weddings make for lots of fun and smiles. Bridesmaids team up for a toast Bridesmaids team up for a toast Couple reacts to the toast from the father of the bride

CAKE TIME! See that engagement photo in front of them? Ian took that! He’s normally focused on awesome landscapes, architecture, and my favorite, miniatures, but he rocked the self-timer and got some awesome images of him and Corinne!

Cake cutting with a lego cake topper Cake cutting with a lego cake topper

Speaking of miniatures… The cake topper was this fantastic lego set!

Lego cake topper at a fun wedding

Once people got the cake energy, they hit the dance floor!!

Groom dances with his grandmother at his wedding bride dances with the ring bearer at a super fun wedding When your groomsmen break into Backstreet Boys serenades, you know it's a fun wedding When your groomsmen break into Backstreet Boys serenades, you know it's a fun wedding A silhouette with your wedding colors is a perfect nighttime portrait This groom's groomsmen signed his suit jacket as part of a group tradition This groom's groomsmen signed his suit jacket as part of a group tradition Bride and groom sing and dance at their fun wedding in Durham, NC Bride and groom sing and dance at their fun wedding in Durham, NC keep the wedding day footwear on point bridesmaids breaking it down on the dancefloor? Sign of a great night bridesmaids breaking it down on the dancefloor? Sign of a great night

Not everyone made it to the exit….

This little flower girl fell asleep during the reception

…but the exit was AWESOME. Poppin champagne to end the night is my new favorite!

This couple had a champagne spray exit and it was AMAZING. Most fun wedding idea!! This couple had a champagne spray exit and it was AMAZING. Most fun wedding idea!! This couple had a champagne spray exit and it was AMAZING. Most fun wedding idea!!

Thanks for being so awesome!! Happy to call you two friends 😀


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