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November 9, 2021

Halloween wedding featuring Edgar Allan Poe

Halloween wedding at Museum of Life and Science in Durham

Edgar Allan Poe Wedding on Halloween!

Rachael & Andrea’s Halloween wedding included an appearance by Edgar Allan Poe. It was to die for and The Bells were jingling and tinkling. (Sorry, not sorry). These ladies got married at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham on Halloween night and it was truly POEtic. (You can’t stop me, I’m in control of this blog).

Before we get to the photos, let’s shout out this awesome Edgar Allan Poe wedding team. Nevermore will you see such a great group of Durham wedding vendors!

Venue: Durham Museum of Life + Science
Planning: Beauty & the Budget Events
Edgar Allan Poe: Chris Vitelo (usually known as the triangle’s beloved Poetry Fox)
Officiant: Ann McKenzie
DJ: The Deluxe Event Group
Catering: Rocky Top Catering
Cake: Love Cake
Florals: Flourescence
Photobooth: ZimZoom Photo Booth
Rentals: American Party Rentals

And now images from yours truly! Kivus & Camera 🙂

Edgar Allen Poe themed halloween wedding details

RSVP OR ELSE… and I loved the butterfly touches they incorporated since they got married outside the Museum’s Butterfly House. If you’ve got a good eye for detail, you can also see that this wedding was originally supposed to happen last year. I love my Covid couples for their determination and enthusiasm in spite of everything thrown at them.

Edgar Allen Poe themed halloween wedding details

Rachael & Andrea got ready together up until it was time to head to the Museum, where they put on their dresses in separate rooms so they could have a first look/final reveal before the ceremony.

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Check out these awesome bat tights they rocked under the white dresses!

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Time to see one another!

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This is how you do fall florals. And in a cascade!! Yay color!!!

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After portraits, the sun was starting to set and everyone made their way over to the ceremony setup outside of the Butterfly House. We had a last gasp of sunlight at the start of the ceremony, but were in full on blue hour by the kiss!

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After the ceremony, guests were invited into the Butterfly House for a butterfly release. The butterflies were certainly not shy and I particularly loved the one that crawled into Rachael’s hair.

After their wedding ceremony at the Durham Museum of Life and Science, these brides went into the butterfly house to release butterflies! After their wedding ceremony at the Durham Museum of Life and Science, these brides went into the butterfly house to release butterflies! After their wedding ceremony at the Durham Museum of Life and Science, these brides went into the butterfly house to release butterflies!

Officiant Ann got in on the butterfly kisses too!

After their wedding ceremony at the Durham Museum of Life and Science, these brides went into the butterfly house to release butterflies!

And meanwhile, Stephanie of Beauty and the Budget was busy with all the final reception details. I know this is the grainiest photo ever. John shot it in full dark before we had any of our lights set up, but the moment was worth it to me! Stephanie is killing it at her job. (still not sorry).

Stephanie from Beauty and the Budget Events helps get a Halloween wedding prop in place at this Edgar Allan Poe themed same sex wedding.

Inside, the brides and their guests were getting to meet some residents of the Museum of Life and Science!

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This guy was at the welcome table, but after everyone had arrived he had no body to hang out with.

Halloween wedding details at an Edgar Allan Poe themed wedding

The head table was for the birds. Ravens specifically.

Halloween wedding details at an Edgar Allan Poe themed wedding

Halloween wedding details at an Edgar Allan Poe themed wedding

But now we have to talk about this cake. Because Love Cake outdid herself. This is amazing!!! (ALMOST) Too pretty to eat.

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After animal encounters during cocktail hour, Andrea & Rachael started the reception with their first dance.

First dance at same sex Halloween wedding

Which was followed by dinner and toasts and a double father-daughter dance! Love love love!!

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This whole time, Edgar has been over in a corner churning out poems on his typewriter. This Poe is more regularly seen as the Poetry Fox around Durham and Raleigh, so that’s why you’ll see his tell-tale paw-prints rather than a heart…

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The cake wasn’t too pretty to eat after all, our brides just needed a little assist from Stephanie about the best way to go about it!

Stephanie from Beauty and the Budget Events jumps in to help this couple slice into their Love Cake NC masterpiece

Oh brother. Our siblings always make for fun wedding guests!

so do parents!

The Deluxe Event Group had this Durham wedding dancing on Halloween!

and grandparents 🙂

A good chat with a friend who had to call out sick 🙁

And Deluxe Event Group had the dance floor going even in the chilly open air tent.

The Deluxe Event Group had this Durham wedding dancing on Halloween! The Deluxe Event Group had this Durham wedding dancing on Halloween! The Deluxe Event Group had this Durham wedding dancing on Halloween! The Deluxe Event Group had this Durham wedding dancing on Halloween!

I’ll leave you with this late night shot of Rachael & Andrea in the Butterfly House for a quiet moment.

Nighttime wedding photo at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC

Congratulations you two!! And I hope all the details were perfectly Poe!


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