Kirkland and Mike's Durham daytime bash has us completely and totally obsessed with brunch weddings. We so enjoyed working with this fun-loving, sweet couple and we especially commend them as the majority of their wedding planning was done very long distance as Mike was stationed in the Middle East. Through many a Facetime and Skype date, they planned all of the intimate details together and the result was a wedding that was the perfect reflection of them.

As you know, we are suckers for meaningful details and Kirkland and Mike's wedding day was filled to the brim with personality. Mike's attire was dashing, and we loved the small golden bull token pinned to his lapel--a nod to the couples' home in Durham, North Carolina. Kirkland, who used to work in a bridal salon in Virginia, was stunning in her lace gown and her monogrammed veil.

The ceremony and reception were held at the Cotton Room in downtown Durham. This converted cotton factory turned event venue, with tall brick walls and gorgeous arched windows, was the perfect backdrop for a modern Southern wedding. A string quartet played through the processional, and Kirkland's maid of honor's son served as an adorable ring bearer. Our friend Jessica Arden captured all of the emotion of the day.

When it came time for the reception, the drapes were pulled back to reveal a jaw-dropping floral installation over the dance floor. We absolutely love the pop of color and what a statement this installation made.

Live music from The Shakedown kept the party rocking all afternoon and we're pretty sure every single guest took a turn out on the dance floor.

The cakes, provided by Ashley Cakes, were a true standout. Kirkland and Mike's classic 4-tier wedding cake featured their new married monogram. This, of course, matched the monogram on their invitations and on Kirkland's veil! The cake topper was an heirloom piece and had graced the top of Kirkland's grandparents' wedding cake. Kirkland also surprised her groom with a groom's cake that looked just like him. Isn't the resemblance uncanny? Since their two pups couldn't join them on the big day, they had a custom cake topper with their cute dogs' likeness.

We warned you that Kirkland and Mike had some amazing details folded into their big day, and we weren't kidding. Kirkland attended Sweet Briar College, a women's college in Virginia, and it was wonderful to witness the close bond she still shared with so many Sweet Briar friends.

After an amazing afternoon of dancing to live music, eating delicious brunch foods and celebrating an awesome couples' union, guests made their way outside to send off the newlyweds. Each guest waved a North Carolina state flag or a Durham flag as the couple ran down the line sporting super fun custom sunglasses. A rickshaw adorned with ribbons and flags carried them off to enjoy their happily ever after. 

Congratulations, Kirkland and Mike! We are honored to have been a part of your wedding day!

Venue: The Cotton Room

Florist: Petal & Oak

Catering: The Cotton Room

Rentals: CE Rentals

Photographer: Jessica Arden Photography

Cakes: Ashley Cakes

Band: The Shakedown

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