Duke University Chapel Wedding

Something  borrowed, something new, and  something blue. Yes, seems traditionally every bride will find details for each of these on their wedding day.   This gorgeous bride and her groom had something blue alright. They chose  Duke University Chapel for their wedding and showed off a bit of blue that day.  The stunning chapel seemed to be the perfect backdrop for this couple and their big day. I love myself a chapel wedding, and this one is beyond words can describe. Oh, and to add a bit of fun, the wedding party had some fun on Duke University basketball court. Enjoy the lovely images from Alexanders Studios and the beautiful details. What will be your something blue? Share with us in the comments below.






























From Alexanders Studios

Catharine Robinson & Cory Broadnax Story: Married at Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC . Catharine and Cory met through mutual friends in September 2010 at Catharine’s 23rd birthday. They went on their first date at a trivia night, where they learned they share a competitive spirit and love to challenge each other. Before long, Cory was daring Catharine to join him for workouts at his gym, and Cory would meet Catharine for lunch outside her office. They quickly fell in love over their shared enthusiasm for travel, football (Cory had played at Duke in college), and cookie cakes.In the years that followed they wandered the globe together, sailing the Greek isles, eating escargots in Paris, laying on the beaches in Mexico, drinking hot wine in Prague, and hiking the Colca Canyon in Peru. New experiences on each successive trip brought them closer together, and inspired them to continuously search out the next destination to explore.In 2012, they founded a business in Washington, DC to help fund their traveling addiction, setting up big-screen outdoor movies for backyard parties and fundraisers. Most Friday and Saturday nights for the next two summers were spent visiting neighborhoods all over the city, projectors and screens in tow, eating a rushed dinner in the grass while watching old movies.It was fitting, then, that Cory proposed to Catharine in front of their glowing movie screen, under the stars, on a September night in 2013.They decided to get married at the Beautiful Duke Chapel.  The reception married historic Durham (an old tobacco warehouse in Brightleaf Square) and the global atmosphere that embodied Cory and Catharine’s relationship (Chamas, a Brazilian Steakhouse). Every aspect of their wedding was executed with classic style and a timeless beauty. The meticulous attention to detail made for a stress free and fun-filled day for all.They continue to reside in a row house in Washington, DC with their rescue dog, Nino.


North Carolina Winter Wedding Styled Shoot

Before we bid adieu to winter and say hello to Spring in a few weeks, we wanted to squeeze in one more gorgeous winter wedding and share all its pretty details. This styled shoot is all about elegance, class, and beauty. The stunning venue, the breathtaking flowers, and the bride and groom make this winter wedding shoot super chic.   With the fabulous talent of Alexanders Studios, the images has us swooning. If you are still feeling the winter season, then warm up with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this Southern Winter wedding.



























About the Styled Shoot from Alexanders Studios

The dry grasses are not dead for me. A beautiful form has as much life at one season as another. -Henry David Thoreau

Though spring delivers beams of hope and renewal, the long winter that proceeds it can often bear down on our souls with dreary gray monotony – unless we have love. Love has no season. It is impermeable by cold or heat. In fact, some may argue it gains strength through the winter, when it is the sole source of gladness and warmth. The stark white, silver, and gray of winter is warmed by just a sprinkle of red love, and this styled shoot captures that contrast.The bride and groom models in this shoot are real-life sweethearts. Their romance has been one of budding beauty. When the bride model moved from her cold home state last year, she ventured into a renewed life in North Carolina that surprised her with warmth and love. From the groom model: “In February of 2014, she moved from the frozen wasteland of Wisconsin and started visiting Church. That first Sunday she attended was the first time that I was leading worship for the service. As she walked through the doors and saw me up on stage, she had an overwhelming feeling that this was the person she had been looking for her whole life.”

As we shot photos of this sweet couple, the bitter cold winds of winter blew through the leafless trees. Intermittent bursts of sunshine warmed our bodies, but the love between these two sweethearts warmed their souls. Sharing their love on camera encouraged the groom model to reminisce about his first encounter with his beloved. “As she walked up the stairs and I saw her for the first time, I was struck by how beautiful she was…I was convinced that if there was anyone in the world that I could love, it was her.” It was as if he had experienced a glimpse of spring in her beauty, and he could not go back to living in a loveless winter. “As our interest grew in each other, I began looking for an opportunity to talk to her dad, to ask him for permission to date his daughter,” the groom model explained.“We have simply fallen deeper and deeper in love with each passing day. We are so excited to see how the Lord will work in our lives together in the future, for we know thatGod orchestrated our relationship from the start.”Where summer’s heat drives us to shed heavy layers, the cold of winter beckons us to add more…more lace…more fur…more texture… in order to compensate for winter’s starkness. The fur stole the bride wore in this shoot makes one warmer just by gazing at it.

The dark red flowers in her bouquet add life to the wintery surroundings. The texture of the jewels add another layer of beauty. Even the detailed antique china warms the dining space in a way that the simplicity of summer cannot convey. And, of course, the closeness of the couple encourages warmth of body and spirit.Winter does not deliver an absence of warmth or love…it is actually the ideal season for more! With warm touches of red, textured pieces, and layers of luxury, this styled shoot shows how love can warm the coldest of hearts.



Photography: Alexanders Studios

Venue: Chateau Bellevie

Event Planner: Galej Events

Jewelry: Gemma Jewels

Invitations: Greatest Story Weddings

Make up Artist: Julie Robbins Makeup

Hair: Wedding Hair by Liz

Cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations

Flowers: North Raleigh Florist

Bridal Dress: Savvi Formalwear