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April 19th was a busy day for me this year! After Lisa & Rodney’s elopement in Selma, I headed to The Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern in on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh to marry Stephanie & Andrew. I’m sure with the weather that day they were pleased to have planned an indoor ceremony!

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The Second Empire is a fine dining establishment in the heart of downtown Raleigh. The beautiful historic home (Dodd-Hinsdale House), coupled with the picturesque downtown location make it perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions! The venue offers a variety of wedding packages that include the use of different rooms in the home, as well as different dining options. The restaurant can also host your bridal shower or luncheon!

Stephanie and Andrew chose to have their ceremony in the beautiful bay window of the East Parlor. This area holds about 30 people, so it is perfect for small ceremonies. Their intimate reception with close friends and family was held immediately following in the adjoining room.

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The ceremony itself was very short, because that is exactly what the couple wanted and my goal is for them to have what they want! I think my favorite part was seeing Stephanie escorted down the aisle by her 16 year-old twin boys, Hayes and Trevor.

Stephanie was kind enough to leave a review for me on Wedding Wire following the ceremony: “Katherine was very easy to work with and gave us several suggestions that helped things run smoothly. I would highly recommend her for your wedding!!”

Stephanie and Andrew, it was my pleasure to marry you on your special day, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it!

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