Shannon + Daniel | Cotton Room wedding photographer

Venue:  The Cotton Room, Durham, NC
Ceremony Coordinator:  Amanda Coppedge
Reception Coordinator:  Amelia, The Cotton Room
Cake:  Ashley Cakes
Entertainment:  All Around Raleigh DJ
Videographer:  Stephen Coppedge
Florist:  Fresh Affairs
Bridal Gown:  Blush
Bridesmaids:  Amsale
Mens Apparel:  Vera Wang
Hair Stylist:  Katie, The Parlor

From Shannon & Daniel...

If you could pick one moment that stands out to you as the best on your wedding day, what would it be? The moment we both saw each other for the first time was the best moment of the day and of our lives!

During your wedding planning, what was your vision for your wedding day? Our vision was to have a small wedding with our closest friends and family there to celebrate! :)

Describe any special traditions, personal mementos, or helpful friends/family members who played a sentimental role in your wedding planning or wedding day. Our wedding was small with only family and close friends and because of that we feel that everyone who attended played a huge roll in making our day special. Joy McKnight (bride's mom) went above and beyond to make this day the most perfect day in the world. She took our thoughts, ideas, and dreams and turned them into a reality.

What made you choose your venue(s) for your wedding day? We chose the Cotton Room because it is a blank slate. You are able to go into the venue and make it your own. We also wanted to do our wedding and reception at the same place and the Cotton Room is perfect for that. Guests can enjoy cocktail hour and mingle while the room is being "flipped" rather than driving to another place. We wanted to keep the party going after the ceremony!

What was your First Dance song? Is there a special story behind it? Our first dance song was "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain. Dan picked the song and did not tell anyone including the bride. This was a really special surprise for everyone because it was our song in high school.

What was one wedding planning decision that proved invaluable? OUR PHOTOGRAPHER (Cynthia Rose Photography, husband & wife duo extraordinaire). OUR FLORIST (Fresh Affairs, Lyn Graves is a total genius). OUR WEDDING CAKE BAKER (Ashley Cakes, stunning and delicious).