Glitter & Gold New Years Eve Wedding in Downtown Durham, NC by Fancy This Photography
Ten, nine, eight, seven… seconds before midnight, bride Stacy took one more look around the room at her New Years Eve wedding reception. Not one of her family members was turning into a pumpkin, and none of her friends looked like mice. This was as close to a Cinderella story as it could get in real life, except better. As the clock struck midnight Stacy and her best friend, now husband, Alex leaned in for a New Year’s kiss.
Once Stacy and Alex decided they wanted to have a New Years Eve wedding, the rest fell into place. The Rickhouse wedding venue in downtown Durham was the perfect combo of classy and fun. With guests traveling in from all over the country, they wanted to plan a party worth making the trip. Glitter, sparkles, silver and gold were in full supply. Champagne flutes and party hats filled the air. No one said it better than bride Stacy,
“When you have a wedding on New Years Eve, your theme is just New Years Eve!”
Reasons Why You Should Plan a New Years Eve Wedding
Before we give you Stacy and Alex’s true love story, there’s just one thing we have to confess — New Years Eve Weddings are the BEST! Here’s why.
- Ring in the New Year with one of the most powerful resolutions ever, to love and support your partner for the rest of your life
- Save your loved ones the hassle of searching for NYE plans by giving them the event of the year
- Champagne, there’s nothing more fun than popping a bottle of bubbly and raising a glass to the newlyweds
- The theme and color palette are kind of already decided for you (Theme: New Years Eve, Color palette: sparkle everything)
- Guests will have fun getting gorgeous and glam for your event with glitter dresses and tuxes that shine into the early morning hours
New Years Eve Wedding Hair and Makeup by Bella Trio Salon and Spa
New Years Eve hair and makeup calls for glitter and glam! You’ll want to have a look that lasts the whole night long. When the clock strikes midnight, you want to look just as dazzling as you did at the altar! Bella Trio Salon and Day Spa in downtown Durham knew exactly what Bride Stacy and her bridesmaids needed. Located at American Tobacco Campus, Bella Trio Salon is a hair and makeup studio that also offers spa treatments. They gave everyone in this New Years Eve wedding party an elegant hairdo unique to their own style. Bride Stacy looked glowing and gorgeous with soft curls tucked into a sophisticated updo. We love that each of the bridesmaids wore a unique glittery New Years Eve dress. This bridal fashion detail added extra texture and sparkle to their bridal party photos in downtown Durham!
Ringing in the New Year with Fancy This Photography
Finding a photographer who is able to cover your New Years Eve wedding can be difficult! For two reasons: Number one, they might already have personal plans with their family and friends that day. Number two, working a New Years Eve wedding is an exhausting commitment. Think about it, your photographer will be with you from the early morning hours until past midnight! That takes some serious stamina y’all. Which is why we have so much respect and admiration for Nikki of Fancy This Photography. Not only did she capture beautiful photos of Stacy and Alex’s wedding, she did it with enthusiasm and humor. Bride Stacy says that Nikki was more than just a photographer, she was also a local wedding planning resource.
“She knew the area so well and had perfect recommendations for our engagement photos and my bridal portrait session. She really got to know us and somehow made our personalities show in all of her work. Can’t say enough good things about this lady!”
Alex & Stacy’s Love Story
In 2015, Stacy moved to DC and began a new job at the US Department of Agriculture. On her first day of work, she was surprised to find a handsome young man occupying her cubicle. Turns out, the first three weeks of Stacy’s new job overlapped with the last three weeks of Alex’s work detail. Alex, being a southern gentleman, took pity on the “new girl” and invited her to DC hangouts. Stacy agreed to watch college football and try a local brewery with this cute new friend. All the while, not telling him that she in fact knew the DC area fairly well from past internships. What began as a friendship transformed into a sweet romance. After Alex’s three weeks in DC were up he reluctantly moved back to Raleigh. Stacy and Alex overcame the distance with frequent phone calls and visits, until 2017…
Life is Full of Surprises
Stacy came back from the hair salon to find a dozen red roses waiting for her on the counter. Alex had two more surprises, a big one and a small one. She asked for the little one first, so he went to the refrigerator and pulled out a bottle of champagne. Time for the big surprise. Alex got down on one knee with an engagement ring and asked Stacy to marry him! As if the day couldn’t get any better, Alex had one more surprise up his sleeve. Later that evening, the couple went to Carrboro to have a celebratory dinner with only Alex’s side of the family. But upon arrival Stacy was surprised to find her parents, who live in Florida, waiting at the table as well! Cheers to a life filled with many surprises, big and small.
Durham Wedding Ceremony
Stacy and Alex said their vows at Asbury United Methodist Church in Durham, NC. This historic Durham chapel, has been a house of worship and community center for over 126 years. Even though Stacy and Alex were not members, Pastor Wes welcomed them with arms wide open. Surrounded by family and friends, the bride and groom became husband and wife. Following the ceremony they invited guests to The Rickhouse venue for a celebration of love!
Rockin’ and Rollin’ New Years Eve Wedding Reception at The Rickhouse
Stacy and Alex celebrated their marriage all night and into the new year! Their New Years Eve reception took place at one of the coolest warehouse wedding venues in Durham, The Rickhouse. Tables covered in gold linens from American Party Rentals gave the room a sleek shine. Black napkins, white flowers and floating candles elevated the chic industrial reception space. One of our favorite details from this New Years Eve love affair were the wedding favors. Guests took home vintage champagne coupe glasses that Stacy’s mom and friends helped her collect from local thrift stores. This creative idea brought “something old” to the event and was also useful during toasts! One table was covered in a glittery array of New Year’s hats, glasses, necklaces and other fun props. There are more than enough selfies to prove that this was an excellent addition!
At the end of the night, Stacy and Alex began the new year in love and in good company. It was a wedding unlike any other, that their family and friends will always remember. Which brings us to reason #99 for why a New Years Eve wedding is a great idea: you’ll never forget your anniversary!
Now, for some final words of wisdom from a real North Carolina bride,
“Decide early on what’s most important and what’s not. Then don’t stress about the non-important things. For example, we bought our invitations from Costco and my wedding shoes from Walmart – Walmart! Because those details weren’t as important as the food or making sure our guests had plenty of cocktails. I was able to find simple, beautiful, and cost effective options quickly and check those must-haves off my list without stressing over them.”