Inside Weddings Feature: Despina and Simon’s North Carolina Wedding

I am so thrilled to share some very exciting news with you!  One of our weddings has been featured in Inside Weddings magazine!  I have been dying to share Despina and Simon’s beautiful story, but wanted to wait until the feature came out to do so.

This is a truly amazing couple that had a truly amazing wedding day.  The two were married at the Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina this past May.  The reception followed at the Grand Marquis Ballroom.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  First, here is the article which came out in the Winter 2012 issue of Inside Weddings.


















































The article pretty much sums up the story of Despina and Simon, but I have to highlight some of my favorite parts of their wedding!  First, Despina is all about the glam, so she carried that theme throughout the wedding, starting with her Vera Wang gown from Alexia’s Bridal.  The stunningly unique invitations (from Maria Scheel Invitations and More) were custom made for Despina and adorned with a small lavender swarovski crystal.  We mimicked the clear invitations with hand painted lucite squares (bought from lowes!) for the table numbers and clear glass chargers which held the menu cards.  We used tons of glass vases with flickering floating candles and mirrors throughout the centerpieces so everything sparkled (thanks to Fresh Affairs!).

The cake (from Cinda’s Creative Cakes) was one of my most favorite design elements.  Because Despina loves sparkle, the cake stand we chose was adorned in thousands of swarovski crystals.  Despina’s favorite flower is the phalaenopsis orchid so to really make the cake stand out, Cinda submerged stems of the orchid in glass containers that separated each tier of the cake!  Each layer of the cake was also adorned with hanging swarovski chandelier crystal elements.  It was truly a work of art and of course the cake was as yummy in your mouth as it was on your eyes!

Rocky Top hospitality did an amazing job with the 3 course surf and turf dinner and to top it off, they brought in cones of chocolate that were (…drumroll please!) filled with champagne and garnished with a strawberry for the toast!   As chocolate is my most favorite thing on earth, this was clearly a highlight for me and I’m quite sure everyone at the wedding thought so as well!

Lastly, and what makes my job so wonderful and so fulfilling, was the look on Despina’s face when she entered the ballroom.  She twirled around on the dance floor and exclaimed that this was all she had dreamed of and more!  Music to my ears! 🙂

Here are a few more images from the always amazing and fabulous Walters + Walters (in case you didn’t get enough!)