While planning their wedding, Sarah and Jake knew they wanted to incorporate their family’s Jewish traditions in a stunning event space that channels Durham’s post-tobacco renaissance history, gives off glamorous vibes, and, of course, offers plenty of room to dance! Tobacco factory-turned-venue The Cotton Room ended up being the perfect warehouse venue for Sarah and Jake’s traditional Jewish ceremony and stylish reception, and we love how the couple added their own touch to the warehouse by adding enchanting gold sequin details and personal vignettes. Vesic Photography captured the sweetly sincere moments between the newlyweds.
Sarah and Jake
The Cotton Room, Durham, North Carolina
We wanted our wedding to reflect the uniqueness of our personalities, our love, and our hometown. It was important that we incorporate Jewish tradition, our favorite aspects of other weddings, and our own ideas of how we imagined our dream wedding.
Working with Vesic Photography was so easy, and surprisingly meaningful. Our photographer, Hooman Bahrani, made our First Look more meaningful than we ever imagined. I expected any wedding photographer would demand our attention throughout the night. Quite the opposite, Hooman was unobtrusive and still captured the most tender – and fun – moments.
An hour before the ceremony, we gathered with our closest friends and family for a Jewish veiling ritual where our family members toasted us, our parents gave us blessings, and we signed the ketubah (Jewish marriage contract). It was the most heartfelt aspect of the day.
Some decent computer skills allowed us to DIY our website and RSVP form (thank you, Squarespace), the flyer for our welcome bags, our guestbook (from Shutterfly) and a slideshow and iMovie proposal video at the welcome dinner!
If you are particularly impressed with one of your vendors, ask that vendor for recommendations for other vendors you need. We hired a florist, make-up artist, and DJ based on our photographer’s recommendation and we were very pleased with the results.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Vesic Photography
Venue and Event Planning – The Cotton Room
Floral Design – Brides and Bouquets
Catering – Triangle Catering
Cake – Edible Art
Officiant – Zalman Bluming
DJ – DJ Rang
Invitations – By Invitation Only
Makeup Artist – Tiwa Lawrence
Hair Styling – 140 Salon
Wedding Dress – Marie Cordella
Rings – Princess Jewelers
Congratulations to Sarah and Jake on your gorgeous wedding, and a big thanks to Vesic Photography for capturing these beautiful moments! For more warehouse wedding inspiration, take a look at this Austin Warehouse Wedding at Brazos Hall!