Devin & Kyle | A University Club Wedding in Durham, NC
According to old superstitions, each raindrop that falls on your wedding day symbolizes a tear you won't have to shed during your marriage. If this holds true, Devin and Kyle might have the most dry-eyed, happiest marriage imaginable. It rained buckets on their wedding day--almost more rain than I knew the sky could hold. Devin was positive and serene about everything the entire day: She collected an armful of giant umbrellas, pulled on some rubber boots (with help from some kind groomsmen!), hoisted her skirts up around her waist, and got on with having an amazing wedding.
It would help anyone's attitude to be surrounded by friends who are such warriors. One bridesmaid spent the night before the wedding in the hospital. In addition to helping Devin don her wellies, several groomsmen trooped around Duke Gardens--in tuxes, in the pouring rain--to hold umbrellas for us. They made mimosas. They made speeches. They made jokes. They completely rocked the house. Never before have we felt so much like part of the gang while hanging with the wedding party! (P.S. Thanks for that, y'all!)
While Devin and Kyle's wedding was unmatched for fun, it was also a day fully charged with emotion. Both families are huggers, lovers, and weepers, and every sweet moment throughout the day registered on all hearts in the room.
The first moment Devin's dad, Joel, saw her, he was visibly breathtaken and wholly overcome. Devin and Kyle wrote and exchanged their own vows, a mixture of sweet inside jokes and heartfelt promises of love. Kyle's older sister (and Best Man in absentia), Riane, deployed to Kuwait at the beginning of the year and recorded a toast so she could be part of her brother's wedding. (One of my favorite details from the wedding was a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Riane that Kyle's parents had ordered so she could appear in a few pictures and be represented in spirit if not in fact.) Joel surprised Devin by singing to her in lieu of a father-daughter dance; his sweet rendition of Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl" was punctuated by sniffles from every corner of the room.
Needless to say, the list could go on.
What struck us most, and what makes me happiest in reflecting on Devin and Kyle's wedding day, was the incredible joy that everyone in attendance seemed to have in the simple fact of Devin and Kyle's marriage. When two people radiate such positive energy, such fun, such happiness, such love, it affects everyone they encounter, and it's never stronger than at their wedding--the people around them can't help but exist on the same wavelength. They attract happy, joyful people (who dance like the blazes!) like a moth to a flame.
Devin and Kyle, it was a joy and a privilege to capture your love on your wedding day. Thank you so much for including us, allowing us to get to know you and your awesome friends and family, and allowing us to photograph your beautiful faces. All we can say is that we hope to have the opportunity of working with this group of people again soon!
Without further ado, enjoy the rest of our favorite photos from Devin and Kyle's wedding day--congratulate them in the comments!
I loved Devin & Kyle's signature drink line-up: Something Old (a Manhattan), Something New ( Blushing Bride, a champagne cocktail), Something Borrowed (blackberry mojito! Yum!), and Something Blue (a Blue Devil, of course!).
Because Devin was a Duke cheerleader, she has connections who made it possible for them to have the Blue Devil put in a special appearance at the wedding! Devin and Kyle's first dance was "Every Time We Touch," and of course they included a break-out dance with the wedding party right in the middle of the song. The Blue Devil's appearance was a surprise for everyone, and the effect could not have been more perfect. He posed for pictures, he high-fived kids, and he totally helped up the awesome ante for the reception.
Because Devin spent a lot of her growing-up years in New Orleans, she wanted to include a cake pull before the cake cutting! Each of the bridesmaids pulled charms out from the base layer of the cake, and Devin explained to the watching crowd what each charm traditionally symbolizes.