Amanda & Andrew | Duke Gardens Wedding Photography

Wedding: 9 July 2022 | Posted: 14 July 2022

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One of the first questions on the planning questionnaire I send my couples is whether their wedding has a theme, and what it is. Not everyone has an answer for this, and that's cool——sometimes the theme is just: wedding——but Amanda and Andrew did have an answer, and possibly my favorite ever: Their wedding was going to be celestial and Nerdvana-themed. Amazing. And thanks to the help of an awesome vendor team, their vision was beautifully executed: galaxy irises in all their arrangements, beautiful star-speckled signage designed by the couple, nerdy characters and tokens indicating guests' seats and scattered across all the tables, bride and groom Pikachu stuffies adorning their guest book table, Legend of Zelda-themed goblets and Pokémon details on their sweetheart table. It was *chef's kiss* nerdy perfection.

The weather, on the other hand, was contentious.

Amanda & Andrew's wedding day came at the tail end of a week-long storm system——forecast for the afternoon and evening could have gone either way and, in spite of cloudy skies, the planning team was optimistic enough to begin setting ceremony décor at its original planned locations. That is, until Amanda, Andrew, Mike, and I were coming back to the Doris Duke Center after our couple's portrait session: it began to sprinkle and, within minutes of everyone getting inside, started pouring. And kept pouring. And kept pouring.

The team reoriented and moved the ceremony under the patio tent. But it kept pouring, and, even with speakers at full volume, any words spoken under that tent would have been completely unintelligible. Plan C, then: a fully indoor ceremony and a room flip during cocktail hour. This excellent team executed everything so smoothly it was like it was the plan all along.

And although the rain was not ideal, Amanda & Andrew got their gorgeous Duke Gardens portrait session before the ceremony, and not traipsing around the Gardens with their families and wedding party meant that they got to enjoy almost their entire cocktail hour, mingle with their guests, drink and eat the foods and beverages they so carefully chose. Not ideal, but I think a win overall!

These two are so sweet, and clearly surrounded by a group of family and ride-or-die nerd friends who love them unendingly. It was a joy to be part of their wedding day, and we wish them every single possible happiness that married life can bring! Enjoy a selection of our favorites from their day below!

Vendors: 

Venue: Duke Gardens
Coordination: Heather Thomas, Bona Fide Events
Photography: MKM Photography (that's us!)
Officiant: Carly Miller, Magical Weddings by Carly
Catering & Bar: CateringWorks
Rentals: American Party Rentals
Lighting: Get Lit Event Lighting
Flowers: Jane Utley, The Wedding Woman
Cake: Capital Cakes
Gelato: Gnam Gnam Gelato
Music: Ray Mietus, Steel Impressions
Hair & Makeup: Allie Bauer Makeup
Signage: Fastsigns
Amanda's Dress: David's Bridal
Menswear: Men's Wearhouse

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Love the colorful, nerdy, and sweet feel of Amanda & Andrew's wedding photos? Want similar photos of you and your love? Something completely different in mind? We'd love to hear what you're planning! Use the Contact Us link above, or send Kate an email directly to start the conversation. We can't wait to hear from you!

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