Melissa and Thomas chose to have their ceremony at Duke Chapel and elegant reception at Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC because it is where they met and is also halfway between where both grew up. Thomas is from Miami, Florida and Melissa is from Ridgewood, NJ. So Duke was a nice location for their friends and family to travel to!
“Wow, I love it!!!!! Just watched it at my desk at work and I am tearing up. Thank you SO much for sharing this with us and capturing all of these wonderful details and moments from our wedding!”…Melissa, Bride
They met in January 2008 during their senior year at Duke University. Thomas’s college roommate introduced the two and they started dating soon after. They met on a Tuesday, and Thomas asked Melissa out to lunch at the Nasher Museum on Saturday. They’ve been together ever since.
Melissa and Thomas have been together for five and a half years. Thomas proposed to Melissa on the beach at Tucker’s Point in Bermuda on August 26, 2012. Melissa has been going to Bermuda every summer since she was a baby, and her favorite number is 26 so both the location and date had special significance. After walking along the beach (including wading through some large waves while the ring sat in Thomas’s zippered bathing suit pocket!), Thomas got down on one knee and asked Melissa to marry him. They were on vacation with Melissa’s family at the time, so it was very special to be able to spend the week celebrating with family.
Ceremony | Duke Chapel
Reception | Washington Duke Inn
Event Planner | La Fête, Katie Dunn
Photographer | Luster Studios
Florist | Tre Bella
Cake Artist | The Art of Cake
Band | Sol Fusion
Hair/Make up Artist | Ginger Mullins
Brides Dress | Vera Wang
Grooms Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations/Stationary | The Write Occasion (Wyckoff, NJ)
Calligraphy | Yellow House