Zoe & Matt || Durham Wedding Photography

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Wedding planning isn’t so unlike a sting operation. At least that’s how Zoe + Matt felt at the culmination of their waiting and preparations. They cunningly wrapped bohemian, romantic, and industrial details into a black tie affair that had guests and vendors alike reaching for tissue. Bay 7 of Durham set the stunning backdrop for a day overflowing with sentiment and laughter. Is it even a city wedding if there aren’t market lights and a sleek dance floor? The industrial edge of the space combined with pops of red and the vintage lounge expertise of Greenhouse Picker Sisters set an ambiance of poise and perfection. Zoe kept us smiling saying she felt like a spy on a mission - wouldn’t you feel like a pretty special agent in her custom made shoes?Mesh and mood abounded with bridesmaids clad in thigh high slit moss green gowns. Matt’s entourage rocked classic bowties and tuxedos. With the richest textures and shades of white and green represented, the flowers played their role of accentuating a fierce yet refined wedding party. Leading up to their first look, Zoe + Matt read their vows to each other; an intimate practice before proclaiming their not-so-top-secret love to their world. Handwritten notes passed back and forth only built on the momentum. Especially when Zoe used her notes to reveal that after months of saying she she wasn’t taking Matt’s last name, she decided to become an Verboon. Matt’s notes proclaimed his unending love for Zoe... and their nude cats. Surely dinner would follow with a naked cake as an ode to their feline family? But, they bested guests by nixing a cake and presenting croqueembouche: a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piles into a cone and bound by threads of caramel. Did I mention their vows were printed and packaged from France? Oh là là all around!Their heartfelt ceremony included readings from bride + groom siblings, with a particularly apt excerpt from The Little Prince, “And now here is my secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” And this, dear readers, is what all agents of love know to be true.For a flicker of romance and something unique, their getaway included glass votives for guests to hold. And if you’ve ever had the delight of floating down the Seine by candlelight, you can see how The American Tobacco Campus waterway lent itself to setting a particularly Parisian mood that night.Mr. & Mrs. Smith - I mean Verboon, the world is a more powerful place with your power united. Wishing you all of the adventure and love in the world!