DUKE CHAPEL / THE COTTON ROOM WEDDING, DURHAM NC | SUSAN + JUSTIN FILM

Susan + Justin had a beautiful wedding ceremony at Duke Chapel in Durham, followed by an exciting reception at the The Cotton Room in Durham. They are both Carolina born and bred (North and South) with family history in farming so the Cotton Room felt like a natural fit for both sets of families in its repurposed space with a history in the local agriculture industry. Justin was the designer and calligrapher for the save the dates/invitations. Susan found 3 antique doors and with the help of her father hinged them together and outfitted them with the table assignments and a welcome sign. Their favors were Durham honey from the Raleigh Farmer’s market, in jars/lids/twine/burlap all hand-picked by Susan and a custom stamp designed by Justin for the tags.

The Meeting…
She moved back to Raleigh when she graduated to start her new job at Duke Raleigh hospital, and he had also recently moved to Raleigh for a job after graduating from UNCW. She was hanging out friends in downtown Raleigh, when she noticed Justin walk in, and thought that he was really cute, he just kept walking closer and sat down at her table, and she was like who is this person? He happened to be friends with her friends, and she had not met him yet due to being absorbed in school. She was super smitten with him that entire night. For the following weeks, they were both asking their friends about each other, and she found out he was 22 at the time, which was 4 years younger than herself, so she immediately thought it would never work out, and assumed that he was immature and not on the same plane as her. He was very persistent, and she’s so glad he was because on their first date she was so impressed by his maturity, his ambition, his thoughtfulness, and the experiences he had abroad.

The Proposal…
They’re both avid scuba divers and found great tickets to Roatan, Honduras. His sister worked at a family jewelry store and was his partner in crime in finalizing the ring. She even delivered it to him at a friend’s bonfire, Susan none the wiser. They arrived to West End, Roatan Honduras and immediately went to the scuba shop to see if they could get a dive in for the day. Talking to their dive master afterward he suggested Half Moon Bay around the corner for snorkeling. Only on the island a few hours, Justin couldn’t hold it anymore. he hid his laminated picture of the ring and diving slate and they went for a sunset dip. Eventually he revealed the slate asking Susan to marry him and tugged her fin to propose under the water. She said Yes! He gave her the real ring and they enjoyed a magnificent dinner to celebrate overlooking the bay.

The Crew…
Ceremony Venue | Duke Chapel
Reception Venue | Cotton Room
Photographer | Julia Wade Photography
Cupcakes | The Cupcake Shoppe
Flowers | Tre Bella
DJ | Kent Bloms, Joe Bunn DJ Company
Brides Dress | Lana Addison Bridal, Martina Liana
Grooms Attire | J.Crew
Invitations/Stationary | Design/Calligraphy: Justin Munn, Printing: Shed Letterpress
Photobooth | Classic Carolina Photobooth