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Magic at The Maxwell

An Inside Look at The Maxwell Raleigh NC Wedding Venue 

It’s hard not to be in awe when you first step into the Great Room – an event space filled with natural light, the sound of a roaring fireplace and sparkling statement chandeliers. Welcome to Raleigh’s newest luxury wedding venue, The Maxwell, where wedding dreams become reality. 

Venue owner Chelsea Hand invited Jillian Knight Photography, Gilded Bridal and a team of local wedding vendors to showcase the timeless style of The Maxwell. The color palette of this styled shoot was blush, peach, pecan and neutral with a pop of green that created a romantic aesthetic. Every detail was sleek and modern, mixing linens from Party Reflections with soft colors florals. The inspiration from this styled shoot will leave you adding to your Pinterest boards. 

The Maxwell- New Luxury Wedding Venue in Raleigh

The Maxwell, blends modern elegance with classic luxury by offering contemporary architecture and statement features. To start your wedding day, you and your friends can relax while getting ready in a quiet private suite with complimentary champagne. When it’s time for the ceremony, your wedding guests will enjoy the warm ambiance of the Great Room or the lawn while they watch you say “I do”. The Great Room’s versatility can accommodate any vision; with the vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace with a reclaimed wood mantel, statement chandeliers, and modern pendants. After the ceremony, experience the open-air patio or The Lounge for cocktail hour under the glow of string lights. The Patio offers the comfort of fresh air that guests can enjoy and sip on a cocktail while being under French Quarter gas lanterns that add a touch of Southern charm. The Lounge has direct access to the patio, with modern features such as a chandeliers and an exposed steel beam. At The Maxwell, you have it all. 

Located less than four miles from Downtown Raleigh, The Maxwell is close to hotels, restaurants and other activities for your wedding guests’ leisure. With capacity for up to 300 for seated functions and 550 for receptions The Maxwell offers versatility for larger events as well as intimate affairs. The venue offers many photo opportunities for couples, including a patio that offers a picturesque setting for outdoor ceremonies and a private landscaped lawn. The Maxwell couples are welcome to amenities such as ample parking, temperature control and a seating planning program. 

“Our mission is to provide a timeless backdrop for celebrations of all kinds and make sure our clients feel like part of our family, too,” Chelsea Hand says. 

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Capturing Every Little Detail of Your Big Day

Jill Knight of Jillian Knight Photography perfectly captured all that The Maxwell has to offer. As a wedding and lifestyle photographer, Jill will document your special day and get to know your story. She is based in Raleigh but loves traveling to capture your love story. 

Jill is able to capture all of the best moments that you’ll treasure for years to come. From photographing all of the small details, such as your table set-up, the decor; to the candid moments, such as the groom’s reaction to his bride walking down the aisle or your cousin’s reaction to catching the bouquet. 

“My favorite part of this shoot was working with the vendors on design. Since this shoot was at a new venue, it challenged us all to think outside the box and bring something wonderfully unique to the table. It was an opportunity for each vendor to showcase their creativity and understanding of blended concepts, and they did just that!” – Chelsea Hand, The Maxwell owner 

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A Blush Textured Gown and Classic Tux

The bride wore an untraditional, blush textured gown from Gilded Bridal. The flowing fabric and intricate embroidered details of the dress combined vintage with contemporary. The groom wore a classic black tuxedo and bow tie with a watch to accessorize.

The wedding dress is from Gilded Bridal, a Raleigh boutique that is known for selling unique independent designed gowns. Gilded Bridal boutique is beautiful and hip; it almost feels like stepping into a West Elm catalog. 

Susan Langford and her team are welcoming and will be your biggest cheerleaders for finding the dress (in your price range, size and style!). The boutique is a chill oasis for the modern bride, and they are all about helping you to be your own kind of beautiful. Some of their designers include Alexandra Grecco, Antonio Gual, Tara Lauren, Dearheart, Leanne Marshall, and WTOO By Watters. They also have bridal accessories from Veil Trends, Untamed Petals, Elizabeth Bower, and A.B. Ellie. They have appointments available Tuesday-Saturday, and are able to schedule appointments up to a month in advance. 

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A Blank Canvas for the little details 

The tabletop decor was brought to life by using rentals from Party Reflections. The items used in this shoot were the Gold Stormy Linen, Rose Gold Napkin, Viva Plates, Avalon Creme Flatware, and Pure Glassware. The decor matched the aesthetic of the florals, which elevated the elegance aesthetic. 

The stunning greenery boxwood walls, from Cottage Luxe, paired perfectly with the unique seating chart designed by Ivy & Linen. The boxwood walls add a light and airy look and are perfect for indoor or outdoor settings. They are also florist friendly if you wanted to add a fresh flower arrangement, or for heavy Neon signs for a bar backdrop. The seating chart was attached to the boxwood walls, that featured a gold tassel that made a unique experience. 

Florals for this styled shoot were from Flora, and were a mix of fluffy textures and asymmetrical shapes in muted tones. The florals were paired with bone and bronze vessels and candles. There were also florals along the mantle which Andraya Northrup, owner, said she is such a sucker for! 

Want to host your wedding at The Maxwell in Raleigh, NC? Don’t miss wedding showcases, open houses and more near you! Click here to visit our weddings shows and event page. 

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