Mary Beth and Brandon came to us via beloved clients Megan and Carly, so we already knew that we’d like them. Then we liked them more when we found out that they like Twin Peaks, and also cats. Then we liked them even MORE when their first dance was to the Twin Peaks song “Dance of the Dream Man” by Angelo Badalamenti – bonus points for them being totally illuminated by red lights via the Black Lodge, err, I mean, their DJ. Then we liked them EVEN MORE when we got to hang out with them all day at their wedding. They are two of the most thoughtful, kind, gentle people who I want to hug all the time. They had flower crowns and flower necklaces (!) and flower bracelets (!). They planted little popsicle sticks in flower pots for a seating chart. They walked down the aisle together, and planted a tree in a pot for their ceremony, with each of their parents watering it. They treated everyone with kindness and were two of the most gracious wedding hosts. All the vendors were able to sit at a table with the guests and eat (!!) and we were treated so very well. They’re just good people.

The day contained added bonus points for using taking pictures in a neighborhood that contained a friendly neighborhood cat who then, once befriended, we literally could not get rid of. He’s in like, every picture after that unless we cropped him out. He insisted on posing with them and stopped just shy of giving us suggestions and directions and taking over the entire wedding by himself. I know they say that rain on your wedding day is good luck, or pennies in your shoe and stuff, but I’m fairly certain that a cat who’s knowledgeable about photography and inserts himself into every posed picture has to mean SOMETHING, right? I’m guessing it’ll mean like 25 years of the BEST LUCK EVER and then after that just regular good luck. And I hope so, because Mary Beth and Brandon deserve it. So happy to have come across them and to photograph this beautiful wedding at The Cookery’s new space!

Date: June 23, 2018
Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Cookery // Durham, NC
First Dance Song: “Dance of the Dream Man” – Angelo Badalamenti
Brandon’s Occupation: Energy Specialist (Mechanical Engineer)
Mary Beth’s Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
How You Met: In farm school in Pittsboro, NC in 2008
Interesting Fact: We have crossed paths in many different avenues of life, even prior to officially meeting. Brandon still owes Mary Beth $3 which he borrowed from her at the thrift store in 2008.
Honeymoon: France (Paris, Provence)
Officiant: Michelle Johnson, LCSW
DJ: PlayPlay
Florist: Bluebird Meadows
Cake: Kelley G Cupcakes
Caterer: Snap Pea Catering
Hair/Makeup: Natasha Abe
Coordinator: Events by Emily

This wedding had two ceremonies: one traditional American ceremony at Duke Chapel and the other a traditional Korean Paebeak ceremony at the Chapel Hill Country Club. Then the reception was bookended by Oppa Gangnam Style (that’s right, they played it twice) and small Korean children dancing in sunglasses. It was pretty amazing.

Eun and Matt are incredibly sweet, mild mannered, all around good people. And super smart. I think Geoff and myself were two of the only guests at the wedding without a doctorate in some sort of advanced medicine (well, maybe us and the small children). They, strangely enough, live about 5 minutes down the road and frequently walk their dogs around our house! Small world. Eun is amaaaazingly gorgeous (as were her two lovely and very helpful sisters) and Matt is the traditional James-Dean-style handsome only without a cowboy hat and cigarettes. Their wedding was held on one of the most gorgeous October days in the south and we enjoyed hanging out with them thoroughly!

Assuming they survived their honeymoon to Costa Rica without any near death incidents like we had, we wish them all the best in the world and for them to come visit us during their dog walking. :)

 Date: October 13, 2013

First Song: “Somewhere Out There” – Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

Eun’s Occupation: Radiology resident

Matt’s Occupation: Radiology resident

How You Met: Gross anatomy lab in medical school

Interesting Bride Fact: Was a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in college

Interesting Groom Fact: Once at 100 deviled eggs on a bet and then ate 100 more just for fun

Honeymoon Destination: Costa Rica

Ceremony Location: Duke Chapel // Durham, NC

Reception and Korean Ceremony Location: Chapel Hill Country Club // Chapel Hill, NC

Officiant: Rev. Meghan Feldmeyer

DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company // Kent Bloms

Florist: Whole Foods

Caterer: Chapel Hill Country Club

Hair/Makeup: Aveda Institute