Category: Summer

Museum of Life & Science Wedding { Veronica + Daniel } Durham, NC

The Details!

Venue: Museum of Life & Science
Catering: Q Shack
Coordination: Southern Harvest
Photography: Morgan Henderson
Florist: Fern Rock Farm
DJ: All Events DJ
Cake: Sugarland Treats
Photos in this post are my own unless captioned otherwise.

Veronica and Daniel were married on July 8th at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. While “wedding venue” may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the museum, let me assure you that this is one of the coolest places in the triangle to have your wedding. I have seen couples get so creative with the indoor and outdoor spaces at this location. The SUPER cool thing about this particular ceremony is that Veronica and Daniel wanted to say their “I dos” in the tree houses!

Thunder in the distance threatened their plans, followed by torrential downpours. Guests gathered inside the museum as we waited for a decision on the ceremony location. These brave souls made the decision to go for it in the rain, and the couple and wedding party with bright yellow umbrellas to make it happen!

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

The Ceremony!

As you can imagine, there were some pretty creative elements in the ceremony for a tree house wedding.

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

Guests gathered on the ground among the trees, looking up at the couple.

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

The wedding party made their entrance via spiral staircase.

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

How does the ring bearer get the ring up there, you ask? Why, bucket and pulley system, of course!

Unity Ritual

Veronica and Daniel chose to include a handfasting in their ceremony.

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

You can see above the colors they chose were red, white, and teal, to coordinate with their wedding colors.

Photos by Morgan Henderson Photography

It is difficult to see from this angle, but here I am saying, “They have tied the knot!”

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

At last, the kiss and the pronouncement! These two are Mr. & Mrs.!

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

And perhaps my favorite part, the wedding party recessed through the bride green tube slide!

Lastly, I am so appreciative of these two taking the time to leave a review on Wedding Wire!

Photo by Morgan Henderson Photography

“Fantastic! Best wedding officiant either of us has ever used ever. We’d give her a 6 if it were possible. Katherine is such a trooper. We had the pleasure of being her first couple to get married in a tree house during a thunder storm. She gave us the option to abbreviate the ceremony but stuck it out when we chose to do the whole thing (she was only partially covered by an umbrella even). Choosing vows was a fun and simple process. Katherine made the business part of it easy as well. We give her our highest recommendation and encourage others to reach out to her.”

Cross + Main Wedding { Joelle + Matthew } Youngsville, NC

The details!

Venue: Cross + Main
Photographer: Bethany Joy
Catering: Rocky Top
Flowers: Eco Flower
DJ: Complete Weddings + Events
Cake: Cakes by Chelsea
Photos in this post are my own unless captioned otherwise. 

Joelle and Matt were married on July 1st, 2017 at the premier indoor wedding venue in downtown Youngsville, NC: Cross + Main! I spent a lot of time at this venue in 2017 and really fell in love with it. It was originally built in the 1900s and restored beautifully in 2014. The location in downtown Youngsville is ideal! There are so many neat architectural details and the exposed brick walls make lovely a lovely backdrop for decor and photos. Check out Matt & Joelle’s memory wall below:

Cross + Main also has this super cool wooden cart that is perfect for desserts or favors! Their adorable desserts were from Cakes by Chelsea.

Have you guys heard of Eco Flowers? They are a company out of Utah who make eco-friendly bouquets and flower arrangements out of recycled and sustainable materials. It is pretty cool! I first heard about them from Joelle and Matt, so I was excited to check out their flowers in person:

The Ceremony!
Joelle and Matt chose the “Completely Custom” ceremony package, which means I shared their love story during the ceremony. This is always fun! Here is a snippet from their proposal:

“On their first night in Iceland they loaded up on a bus with a bunch of other couples and families and ventured out into the darkness to see the Northern Lights. At first the lights were faint… pretty, but not super exciting. They cuddled up together to watch them, but after a few minutes Matt seemed a little upset and wanted to go inside to get some hot chocolate. Little did Joelle know that some guy right behind her had just popped the question to his girlfriend and Matt thought his moment was ruined!

After a little time inside, one of the tour guides ran in to tell everyone the lights had gotten much brighter and more visible. So Matt took Joelle’s hand and they ran outside to look. The lights were brilliant… bright green and dancing in the sky. It was at that perfect, beautiful moment that Matt got down on one knee and proposed.”

And another fun fact about this wedding: They chose their colors (teal & purple) based on the ceiling lights on their Icelandic Air flight!

Photo by Bethany Joy Photography

Unity Ritual

Joelle and Matt wanted to include a Unity Canvas in their ceremony and I was so excited about this! I’ve seen it on Pinterest, but hadn’t done one in a ceremony yet. I took a few pictures of their set up:

You’ll notice a few really smart things they did… First, there is a tray available for catching the paint that drips off! Second, they had pour-friendly vessels for the paint, so no brushes were involved. And finally, they had aprons available so they wouldn’t get paint on their clothes! (In the moment they didn’t actually put them on… lol! But luckily there was no spillage.)

Photo by Bethany Joy Photography

Each color, contrast, shadow, blend as unique and beautiful as our happy couple!

Photo by Bethany Joy Photography

Doesn’t that uplighting look perfect with Cross + Main’s vertical beams? I love how that turned out.

Woo hoo! Finally, these two are Mr. & Mrs. Irish!

I appreciate these guys leaving a review for me on Wedding Wire!
“Katherine is absolutely amazing! I cannot say enough times what an amazing job she did with our custom ceremony… so many guests complimented her telling of our love story and the secret things we told her about each other! Our big day was so much more special because of her and we cannot thank her enough for everything you did!! I was so excited to see a typed copy of our ceremony along with our certificate of marriage. Thank you for an awesome day that we will remember forever!”

Shannon & Wes at the WRAL Azalea Gardens

Photo by Lisa Mailhot


“I am certain we found the perfect person to marry us! Katherine was so kind and so patient. We had SIX kids in our wedding party, and she remained cool and calm through the craziness that comes with children in a formal event. She was patient with all of our questions and desires to do things a little different at times, even when the temperature outside reached ridiculous heights. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking to marry. Her guidance and support makes the process seem easy! Thank you again, Katherine!”


Meisha & Nathan at the Holiday Inn Crabtree

“We searched high and low for an officiant that my now husband and I both loved, half way though our meeting with Katherine I knew she was the person I wanted to share my big day with. From start to finish she was nothing less than professional, flexible, and willing to lend a hand as well as full of helpful suggestions from start to finish. You couldn’t ask for a sweeter personality, family friendly, well organized person than Katherine. I’m so thankful for all that Katherine did to make our wedding flow as smoothly and graceful as things did. She is amazing, the end! – Meisha” 


Ashlie & David at the NC State University Club

“We are so glad that we chose Katherine Edwards as our officiant. When we first met her we instantly knew she would be a perfect fit for our wedding. She had several selections and options for how the ceremony would flow. We loved that we could customize it to exactly what we wanted. She checked in with us all the way through to make sure we didn’t need anything. She was great at our rehearsal and helped us understand exactly what to expect and how it would flow. Our ceremony was wonderful! All of our guests asked us if Katherine Edwards was a close friend because she was so personal in the delivery and seemed to know us. They were all impressed by her and said it was one if the best wedding ceremonies they had ever attended. She made sure to make us feel extremely important and not just another ceremony she was performing. She also followed up with us after the wedding to let us know how to get copies of our marriage license and helpful tips on changing my name. If you are looking for a professional and friendly officiant then stop looking and book with Katherine. We can’t say enough good things about her!”