These lovebirds were married on April 23, 2022 off-site at a church in Downtown Raleigh. But before that, they came to Chatham Station – the site of their reception – to get ready for the ceremony, have some photos taken, and prepare for their vows. The light was perfect and so was the entire day.
Ashton’s gown was a stunner, with a long train and veil. The lace details, blue charm pinned to the gown, along with the soft pinks and blushes of the bridesmaids dresses made for a lovely array.
A First Look
Ashton and Brooks decided to have a first look during their prep time at Chatham Station, and they exchanged handwritten vows during this time too. Having the place to themselves, with soft light coming in our bay doors, they looked so happy to be getting married finally.
After the ceremony, the wedding party jumped on the CS by Raleigh Trolley – a fun way to travel as well as unique for photo opportunities. Once guests arrived, everyone enjoyed passed appetizers from Rocky Top Catering, and then dined from stations by Rocky Top, including a salad bar, a carving station, and a delicious staffed taco bar. Nothing Bundt Cake provided a variety of different bundtini flavors for guests, as well as the wedding cake. Ashton’s grandparents loaned the couple their wedding topper from their marriage, nearly 60 years ago. The atmosphere was wonderful!
The top of Chatham’s backdrop was decorated with florals, and with the settee and chairs, it became a little lounge area. Soft pinks, green and white were the theme and they worked perfectly with the industrial elements, white brick and natural light here at Chatham Station.
The color palette was one of refreshing spring-like hues, and stunning florals. A variety of floral center pieces were used for each table. It was a sunny day in the 80s, so many guests remained on the patio for an extended period of time. We opened every bay door. After first dances and sentimental toasts, there was plenty of dancing.
Ashton had a dress change prior to toasts and appeared transformed in her sleek white jumpsuit. She let her hair down, completing the new look. At the end of the evening, Ashton and Brooks shared a private dance before being sent off by their guests and loads of sparklers.
The newlyweds and Chatham Station are happy to share the vendor list.
Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Raleigh
Planner: Premier Party Planners
Catering & Bartending: Rocky Top Catering
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Florist: Lilac Floral Decor
Photography: Danielle Pressley Photography
Videography: Point 200 Videography
DJ: DJ Ones
Rentals: Ce Rental & Grand Rental
Transportation: Great Raleigh Trolley
Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings
Hair Stylist: Joni Parker Hair & Makeup