Njeri & Cliff
Photography by LaJoy Photography
“We returned to Duke University, where we first met, to get married at the chapel. Duke Chapel was as picturesque as ever as the backdrop to our ceremony, which incorporated elements of our decade-long journey together.
The reception itself was everything we wanted and more; an opportunity for our families to meet for the first time, enjoy great food, and dance to music we all love. It truly felt like the joining of two families instead of just two people.
Our planner, Elana, transformed our reception space into pure modern elegance to suit our black-tie dress code, and we added little touches to keep the vibe relaxed and approachable. From opening up the dance floor with our first dance to UGK’s “International Players Anthem” to passing out light up Duke blue devil horns as our guests danced the night away, we did not sacrifice the fun for the sake of being fancy.
We changed around some traditional elements to make them more inclusive for our guests. We did our bouquet and garter toss at the same time and invited all our guests, regardless of age, gender, or marital status, to join in. Our vendors, from our DJ to officiant, were also mindful to use inclusive language throughout our wedding, so all of our guests felt at home.” ~ Njeri