Wedding vow renewal photography at Duke Chapel in Durham N.C.

September 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A love story 40 years in the making...

Raleigh NC wedding photography in Durham NC.

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A few months ago I was contacted by a sweet lady named M. She wanted to know if I had ever photographed a wedding vow renewal ceremony. I told her yes, I have done that before and then I asked her how many years she had been married. She happily exclaimed "40 years"! How awesome is that?!  I asked her where she and her husband were married originally and it turns out that the special place was the glorious Duke Chapel in Durham North Carolina. M. told me that she really wanted to have her wedding photographs captured by a professional wedding photographer this time around and that she loved my work. I was delighted! We spoke about her son's and her dear husband W. and how he was the one who stood in line shoulder to shoulder with a crowd of millennials at Duke Chapel on the day that he was finally able to reserve the Church to host their wedding vow renewal ceremony. Yep, there is a wait time involved when it comes to reserving the Chapel, and YES as you will see in the gorgeous photos featured here it IS totally worth the wait!

 

I must admit, I have been waiting many years to finally have the opportunity to photograph a wedding here at Duke Chapel. This Church which is nestled in the heart of the Duke University Campus is absolutely gorgeous. With colored stained glass, soaring columns and a massive pipe organ, Duke Chapel define's the term "regal" in both stature and ambiance in equal measure. There is simply nothing else quite like it here in North Carolina. The kudos don't stop there though, the staff at Duke are very nice and extremely accommodating despite the fact that the Church has a number of (necessary) restrictions for photographers and runs a very strict timeline of events when it comes to hosting a wedding day. I was particularly impressed with the Duke Chapel Wedding Director B. Williams who was very kind and helpful when it came to planning out the particulars of the photography aspects of the ceremony. Because I was a teensy bit nervous given the awe-inspiring surroundings, Mrs. Williams warm smile was the perfect thing needed to set my mind at ease to start out on my adventure capturing M & W's wedding.

 Thanks, B.!

After the ceremony ended we all headed out to the North Carolina Arboretum in Chapel Hill for the reception. This is a fantastic place to hold an event such as this, with wide open spaces and pale colored walls that are just perfect for photography. M. & W. had a wonderful evening with their friends and family as they toasted 40 years of marriage with cheers and blessings for the next 40 to come. A reception filled with dancing, laughter,  treasured stories told between friends both new and old. Truly this is a marriage worth celebrating, as each and every one should be!

 

Cheers to M. & W. and thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer.

:)

-Sally

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P.S. Interested in getting married at Duke Chapel?

Check out this webpage which contains a wealth of helpful information to make your dream wedding day at Duke come true https://chapel.duke.edu/worship/weddings

Tell the wedding coordinator, Mrs. Williams I sent ya!

;)

 


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