Emilie + Phillip : Durham, NC
Emilie and Phillip are one of those couples who represent what it means to genuinely find true love. Emilie said it best when she read Phillip’s letter… it’s like they are the same person! We just adore their amazing happy energy, and it was an absolute pleasure to witness and film their sweet celebration.
The wedding took place in the heart of downtown Durham, NC, and we had the opportunity to film at some of the coolest stops in the Bull City! First up was Posh, a trendy salon where Emilie and her bridesmaids gathered for hair and makeup prep. Next was Bull McCabe’s, a traditional Irish pub where Phillip and his groomsmen enjoyed lunch, local brews, and some hangout time before the big day ahead. Afterwards, everyone made their way to the The Cotton Room, where the rest of the night would unfold. This converted textile mill once played an important role in Durham’s rich industrial history. With its grand windows, exposed brick, and rustic-chic loft style design, it was a gorgeous space for Emilie and Phillip to host their ceremony and reception!
After the bridal party finished their preparations, Emilie and Phillip met for their first look. Phillip was full of joy seeing his bride for the first time in her wedding dress, and the two just melted into each other’s arms. They also had a meeting with their adorable dog, Milo who arrived for a very special photo session with his mom and dad! Emilie and Phillip share a deep love for dogs, so it was awesome to see them include this as a part of their day! Soon after, friends and family gathered for the sweetest ceremony and exchange of vows. We especially loved how the pastor mentioned that the reason friends and family don’t get to see Emilie and Phillip as often as they would like, is because they spend all of their time together… they’re just that much in love!
What followed was a completely unforgettable start to the night with hilarious bridal party entrances, elegant and charming first dances, and the most heartwarming toasts given by Emilie’s father and two younger sisters. We just love the adorable stories they told about growing up together! Emilie shares such a close connection with her sisters and the amount of love in their family brought tears to our eyes. It’s so easy to see how perfectly Phillip and his amazing family fit in with them too… a bond that was truly meant to be! After enjoying dinner and drinks, everyone gathered to the dance floor as The Java Band took the stage. With a variety of talented musicians and an incredible light show, the band led the way to a night of extremely committed partying. It was so much fun to film everyone having the time of their lives, and the energy continued all the way until the end of the night when Emilie and Phillip ran happily through their sparkler exit twice! Such an awesome way to end the most epic day ever!
Emilie and Phillip, thank you so much for the opportunity to capture the story of your wedding day! We hope that each time you watch it, it will bring you back to all the special moments and loveliness that surrounded you on that day. We wish you many years of marital bliss with a ton of adventures, dogs, and sweet memories together!