The Cotton Room Wedding Photography

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On an epic Sunday my friend and I happened upon a beautiful event happening at The Cotton Room, a venue I’d long wanted to visit. My friend Sarah (of Escaping New York) and I were spending the afternoon together and one of the things she wanted to do was get her nose re-pierced. Okay, so oddly there’s a really good body piercing and tattoo place near The Cotton Room. When we arrived at the shop I saw a sign for “The Cotton Room.” Sarah said, “Do you want to go in?” and I said yes. We weren’t expecting such a fabulous event to be taking place, but we lucked out and voila.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Wavy blue linens complete with candlelight and high floral arrangements. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Wavy blue linens complete with floral centerpiece arrangements with rustic wooden tree trunk containers.

Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. The exterior of the property provides for both wonderful landscape and architectural photo opps.

I love the industrial yet up-to-date beautiful exterior of the building. You go inside and take the elevator to the third floor and you’re welcomed into a beautiful event space.

Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. The exterior of the property provides for both wonderful landscape and architectural photo opps. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. An industry showcase event complete with Petal and Oak paper flowers and succulents.

The beauty of the paper flower as you walked into The Cotton Room was breathtaking. I soon found out Petal and Oak created them…and they’re available to rent. How cool is that?

Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. An industry showcase event complete with Petal and Oak paper flowers and succulents.

I was in love with the brightly lit ceremony set up. Cloth and flowers draped around 4 branch posts for the altar/chuppah and wooden tree stumps lined the aisle all topped with moss and candlelight. Two huge ferns framed the center view. Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. A wooden fairy forest scene of candles and wood tree trunk stumps with moss lined the ceremony aisle. Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. A wooden fairy forest scene of candles and wood tree trunk stumps with moss lined the ceremony aisle. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. They a make-your-own shrimp n grits station/bar. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. They a make-your-own shrimp n grits station/bar.

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I had been craving Shrimp n Grits for weeks…lo and behold they had a make-your-own Shrimp n Grits bar! AMEN! I can now say, first hand, how delicious their in-house catering is. I was in HEAVEN! And just when you think it can’t get better, they followed it up with these passed pistachio crusted goat cheese and butternut squash bites. Sigh. I’m in love. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Goat cheese and butternut squash bites passed hors d'oeuvres.

Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. The bar served hand crafted watermelon and cucumber cocktails in mason jars. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Cotton linen draped from the ceiling rafters served as elegant room dividers and accents. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Unique exposed lights hung above the bar.

I was totally diggin’ the things hanging from the ceiling from the curtains to the super cool, unique exposed bulb hanging lights from the bar. For you Disney fans, they remind me of the collar around the birds in Its a Small World attraction in the best way.

One more bite of savory food at the Chicken n Waffles station (complete with three types of butter, y’all – banana, orange ginger and honey) and then it was time for dessert!

Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. A chicken and waffles bar was complete with three different flavors of butter. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. A beautiful floral centerpiece with greenery and blue hydrangea and crystals hanging off. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Dessert cookies and cake finish the evening!

Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Fresh flowers in bud vases of varying blue shades sat in a rustic wooden tray container. Picasso calla lilies and helleborus flowers completed the look.This wooden tray with bud vases in various shades of blue was one of my favorite things I’ve seen on a wedding table designed by a florist. I love the Picasso calla lilies and helleborus they filled them with. Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Fresh fern and rose floral arrangements decorated the space. Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Mikkel Paige Photography image from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. The exterior of the property provides for both wonderful landscape and architectural photo opps. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. The bridal suite with its beautiful furniture and lighting. Mikkel Paige Photography photos from The Cotton Room wedding venue in Durham, NC. A Happily Ever After decal adorns the bridal suite wall.

On the way out we enjoyed visiting the pretty and spacious bridal suite, just outside. “And they lived happily ever after” is simply perfect for the wall in its main room!

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Special thank you to Courtney who welcomed my friend and me with open arms! I cannot wait to photograph a wedding here, hopefully in the very near future!