Andie & Josh are filmmakers in love (check out their movie Luke & Jo), and the beauty and calm with which their wedding day, held at St. Thomas More and The Cookery, came together was a testament to their creativity, organization, and mutual support.
They each had almost a dozen attendants standing by their sides and even though a bunch of those people were meeting for the first time that weekend, all of their friends and family came perfectly together to celebrate the couple. The day was, in brief, a melding. But it was the toasts at the reception, from Andie’s dad, then Josh’s sister, and finally Andie’s sister (singing a song accompanied by her brothers, no less), that really told the story of this lovely relationship I had the privilege to photograph Saturday.
If you weren’t there to experience the story told through toasts, then I’ve got plenty of photos to show you their day, but first…
Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Chapel Hill, NC
Officiant: Fr. Chris Koehn
Reception Venue: The Cookery, Durham, NC
Coordinator: Sabrina Seymore Events
Florals: Pine State Flowers
Transportation: Triangle Corporate Coach
Bride’s Dress: Gilded Bridal
Chalk Art: Tia Camm
Rentals: American Party Rentals
Caterer: Snap Pea
Band: Rev O and the Barnburners
Video team: Morgan Scott Films (special shout out to them, because I’m always a little anxious when working with a video team I’ve never worked with before, but Elijah & Gabe helped make the day fantastic)
Photography: yours truly, Kivus & Camera
Since the ceremony was a morning mass, everyone had to be up pretty early to get ready, and by the time we arrived, all that really remained was for Andie to put on her dress, and go see Josh for a first look.
Since a Catholic ceremony doesn’t allow for that much vow personalization, Andie & Josh wrote one another letters to read at their first look, and that started the day with some powerful emotions.
The flower girl, Josh’s daughter Anabelle, made the most of the time before the ceremony, filling in her notebook with some pictures.
The ceremony itself was a full Catholic mass, with the couples’ parents giving the readings, the priest delivering a homily that had everyone laughing and crying, and then a nice moment where Josh & Andie delivered flowers to a painting of Mary and paused for a prayer there.
Annabelle joined the newlyweds for the final blessing.
After the ceremony, we met up in downtown Durham for family and wedding party portraits.
This group looked fierce…
…but they brought the fun too!
And speaking of fierce, the newlyweds were killing it in front of the Carolina Theater.
Over at The Cookery, the Snap Pea team served up several courses family style for all the guests to enjoy, but I know everyone was saving room for dessert in the form of cookies from the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table. (I know we’re in North Carolina, but Andie’s family is from Pittsburgh, and this is a tradition EVERYONE should adopt.)
Here we are at the toasts. Andie’s dad walked everyone through her life using hats from each phase, ending with custom wedding hats that he handed out to a bunch of family members – be on the lookout for those ladybug hats on the dance floor!
After toasts, Josh & Andie opened up the dance floor at The Cookery.
Rev O and the Barnburners were so great! Highly recommend!!
After the cake-cutting and bouquet toss, we snuck out onto the courtyard for a few after-dark images.
And then there was time for a few more songs, before exiting under glowing balloons.
Thanks so much Andie & Josh! I hope your day was magical and you’ll hold the memories dear in your hearts forever!! Hire us for your wedding photos at The Cookery