Jenna + Daniel

Bay 7 Wedding in the Durham Tobacco District

21c Bride and Groom LoveTobacco District Bride Groom

Oh, what a night! This bay 7 wedding in the Durham Tobacco District was incredible. Jenna and Daniel stole my heart from the first time we spoke via phone about creating their Durham wedding video. Their enthusiasm, engaging dialogue of questions, and desire for a high-quality wedding film showed that they prioritized us as a need to make their day perfect. This always gets me jazzed and helps me to realize the impact I make in folks lives.

Lucky Strike Smoke StackTobacco District Skyline

Jenna, her bridesmaids, and bridesman (more on this later) welcomed me warmly into their suite at 21c and Jenna’s mother insisted I see the view from their balcony. Needless to say, it was breathtaking. We could see for miles and best of all, we had the perfect overlook of the Durham Tobacco District. Of course, I had to do one of my infamous time lapses.

Back to the Bridesman!

Alex was hilarious and brought such a vibrant energy to the group. As a close friend to Jenna and Daniel, it was essential for Alex to be by their sides on the most important day of their lives. I adored this unique incorporation of such a close, special friend and the t-shirt they got for Alex was the icing on the cake.

Queue the tears.

Jenna Daniel First LookWedding Memory Book

After Jenna and Daniel shared a heartwarming first look, Jenna gave Daniel one the most amazing, thoughtful gifts I have ever seen. She created a book, detailing out the reasons why she is excited to marry Daniel. Daniel was kind enough to read a few of the reasons out loud and the waterworks were in full effect for all of us. What a lovely idea to gift your soon to be spouse!

Bridal Party DurhamLucky Strike Water Tower

After drying our tears, we all took off on a nice walk toward Bay 7. Along the way, we hit several awesome spots around the Tobacco District. What makes this location so great is the diversity of spots for photo ops. Everything from rustic to industrial to elegant, we hit it all.

Here comes the bride.

Jenna Lazaro Wedding DressJenna Down AisleDaniel Crying

Jenna is stunning. Her Lazaro dress was elegant and graceful. As she strolled down the aisle, Daniel couldn’t help but fill up with emotion. Here comes the future wife that he will live out his days with her by his side. I know this feeling upon my heart as I felt the exact same way on my wedding day. The overwhelming joy and excitement will tug at even the strongest man’s heartstrings. To top it off, Jenna’s brother, Matthew, officiated their ceremony. Now, it’s one thing to just stand up and speak a few words and formalities, but to hear and see the feeling and emotion behind every word is truly a treat for all who attended and makes our wedding videography job a breeze. What a special way of incorporating your family into your wedding ceremony.

Bay 7 Wedding DecorBrother Wedding OfficiantBay 7 Wedding Florals

With most of the photos taken care of prior to the ceremony, Jenna and Daniel were able to join up with their guests for cocktail hour in the balcony section of Bay 7. This is a great idea if you can make it work within your schedule and allows you the 1 on 1 time with guests without taking up time during your reception or worse, missing out on your meal.

After dinner, we were entertained and enthralled by the toasters. 3 of Daniel’s buddies got up and shared college stories, praises, and even alluded to Daniel being the rightful owner of the theoretical “last seat on a spaceship to survive the apocalypse.” Jenna’s 3 brothers (talk about pressure, Dan) were incredibly tender hearted. They shared their love of their sister and gladly welcomed Daniel as a new, official brother.

Let’s dance!

Groom DancingMother Groom Dancing

Well, there’s nothing left to do now but just dance, dance, dance, dance. These guys and gals were party animals. The dance floor stayed packed all night as Mark from Joe Bunn DJ spun the tunes. Daniel’s parents were a hit! They mopped the dance floor at Bay 7 with their endless moves and boundless energy. We love seeing parents grace the dance floor, but these two were seasoned pros. I can only hope to pick up a move or two for my dance routines.

Jenna Daniel KissingDurham Sparkler Exit

Well, we’ve reached the end of the night. These two are the essence of love and joy. Their day will live on in my heart and hard drives. Congratulations Jenna and Daniel and thank you so much for allowing me to capture your wedding film.

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Bay 7
Catering – Angus Barn
DJ – Mark from Joe Bunn DJ
Florals – Floral Dimensions
Hair/Makeup – Posh the Salon
Photographer – Jessica Arden Photography

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