DoubleTree Raleigh Brownstone University Wedding | Macey + Darcel

Macey + Darcel’s blush pink wedding at the Doubletree Raleigh Brownstone was all the rage! Their ceremony was intimate and elegant with a modern twist.  When asked for advice for other engaged couples, Darcel simply replied, “take your time and incorporate things that you both like. Plan things together so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Be sure to set some time aside on your special day with just you and your spouse to soak in your day.” With that being said, we’re excited to share with you all their wedding day!

Doubletree Raleigh Brownstone Wedding

Complete with insights from the bride!

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Macey + Darcel

June 10, 2017

Doubletree Raleigh Brownstone Wedding

Pink Wedding ShoesShare with us how you two met:
We initially met at a mutual friends dinner party. We reconnected again at another friend’s wedding. We exchanged numbers and started dating a week later.

Tell us about your proposal:
We went to Hilton Head beach for our summer vacation. We went for a midnight stroll to see the sea turtle hatchlings journey to the ocean. There was mandatory curfew so you’re not allowed to have light on the beach after a certain time. As we were walking we talked about how much we loved one another. Next thing you know, he asked me to turn on my flashlight on my phone because he dropped something. Once the flashlight was turned on he was down on one knee professing his commitment to spend forever with me.

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Was there any particular theme or style for your wedding:
I wanted soft blush colors with a splash of gold.

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Tell us about your hair & makeup:
Hair: Carl Kent @Mrgoodstitch

My hair was in soft large spiral curls

Makeup: Vilmarie Martinez @Contourkissed

Makeup was a natural look with a dramatic eye and ombre lip

Doubletree Raleigh Groom Wedding PrepVilmarie Marinez Contour Kissed MakeupDescribe your wedding dress. What was wedding shopping like for you?
So I only tried on about 8 dresses and went shopping on two separate occasions. On the second occasion I was accompanied by my mother and sister. When I started my journey I knew which styles I didn’t like which helped narrow down my overall search. I had a great experience looking for my dress and it didn’t take very long to find. I actually have to credit my sister for finding my wedding dress. I would describe my wedding dress as a scalloped sweetheart bodice with sheer off the shoulder straps wrapped in romantic floral lace. My dress is form fitting to the low hip, that flutters to a full-length mermaid silhouette, ending in several elegant layers.

How about your wedding shoes and jewelry:
My wedding shoes : Badgley Mischka Women’s Dawn Dress sandal

My jewelry: Silver Bridal bracelet with blush and diamond stone setting & matching earrings

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Doubletree Raleigh WeddingHow / why did you choose your ceremony venue:
We chose the venue because we were able to have both the ceremony and reception in one location and we liked the convenience factor since 90% of our guest were coming from New York and Sanford, NC.

Doubletree Raleigh Brownstone BrideTell us about your flowers:
My bouquet consisted of pink peonies, cream hydrangeas, Nena roses, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus. The bridesmaids flowers consisted of hydrangeas and Nena roses wrapped in seeded eucalyptus. The groom and groomsmen flowers consisted of single cream roses and Nena roses respectively. .

African American Wedding Raleigh NCWhat is your best memory from your wedding?
Our favorite memory from our wedding is when we saw each for the first time in front of all our family and friends.

World Overcomer's Christian Church WeddingWalking down the aisle Raleigh WeddingsDid you incorporate any culture into your wedding? If yes, tell us more.
We jumped the broom at the end of our ceremony. Jumping the broom originated in west Africa as a tradition of entering a new lift together and commitment for one another. Brooms were used in marriage ceremonies where they waved over marrying couples, serving as a way to remove evil spirits and/or sweep off past wrongs in order to start anew. Most times, at the end of the marriage ceremony, couples would jump the broom, representing a new beginning.


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Tell us about your bridesmaids:
Maid of honor-brides sister

Five of her dearest friends from high school and college

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Any bridesmaids / groomsmen gifts?
Grooms gifts: Swiss army pocket knives

Maid of honor: Michael Kors travel passport holder bag, tag gift set, Mac 4 piece gift set, black satin kimono robe, peach flavored candle, beaded pearl bracelet and earring set.

Bridesmaid gifts: black satin kimono robes, lemon flavored candles, beaded pearl bracelet and earring set.

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Tell us about his groomsmen:
Best Man-groom’s brother

Six of his closest friends from childhood through college.


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And your decorations:
My ceremony flowers were 2 tall vases filled with gardenias, roses, lilies, carnations and various greenery. My reception flowers consisted of gold manzanita trees accented with hanging crystals, and tea light candles. Throughout the tree and at the base were hydrangeas, various roses, hanging plants with pink daisies, and pink and white peonies. On alternating tables were 3 cylinder vases filled with blush flowers and floating candles. Head table was dressed with candles and gold glittered Mr. and Mrs. sign.

Favorite item on the reception menu:
Our favorite item on our menu was the chicken florentine with gravy . We had chicken Florentine, mashed potatoes, parmesan encrusted cod with roasted asparagus with blistered tomatoes.

Raleigh Wedding Details In His Image PhotographyTell us about your honeymoon:
We went to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for 7 days and stayed at the Royal Bavaro Catalonia all inclusive resort. We ate, relaxed, and enjoyed each others company.

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What songs did you choose for your wedding ceremony and reception, and why:
Brides song: The One He Kept For Me by Maurette Brown Clark

Ceremony exit song: Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m yours by Stevie Wonder

First Dance: Why I love you by Major

All three of these songs touched us deeply and the lyrics say it all.

Pink Wedding Cake NCAnd your cake:
Our wedding cake was a multi flavored, four tiered cream colored cake with gold painted trimmings accented with blush pink gardenia flowers and ribbon. The two flavors: lemon pound cake with lemon custard filling and cream cheese cake frosting and a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.

Brownstone University Wedding ReceptionTell us about your wedding photography:
Our wedding photographer is Dajuan Jones with in His Image Photography. We were initially nervous about our engagement photo shoot because we never had any professional photos done prior. Dajuan helped us feel comfortable and we had fun getting our engagement pictures taken. He is always professional, creative, talented, very reasonable, and so easy to work with. The pictures were sent to us soon after our engagement shoot. They all turned out beautifully! Each picture perfectly captured the love we have for one another! So when it came to our wedding day, we knew they would turn out nice. When we look at our wedding pictures, it takes us back to that day and lets us relive those special moments. We absolutely loved our experience with Dajuan!

Raleigh, NC Wedding ReceptionAny advice for future brides:
Try not to stress and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Be mindful that everything wont be perfect and enjoy the journey. Remember that it’s all about marrying your best friend and enjoying your big day!

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