Intimate Industrial Ambiance at The Rickhouse Warehouse Wedding Venue in Durham, NC
Finding and hiring the best wedding vendors can feel a lot like using a dating app. Sure the photos look nice, but does that venue actually have great natural lighting? Wow, that photographer’s bio is hilarious, but do they actually take care of their clients? Not only did Brooke and Teddy swipe right on each other, but they swiped right on two of the best wedding vendors in Durham, NC – The Rickhouse wedding venue and Fancy This Photography.
Brooke and Teddy knew that they wanted to host their wedding in downtown Durham, where they first fell in love. The Rickhouse warehouse wedding venue checked off all of their planning boxes. Brooke and Teddy loved that The Rickhouse was affordable, and captured that “only in Durham”, industrial chic vibe. An added bonus for this sports loving couple was the wedding venue’s location overlooking the historic Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Some folks might recognize the vintage Durham baseball stadium as the set of “Bull Durham”, a popular romantic baseball movie from the 80s. As if The Rickhouse couldn’t get any better, it matched Teddy’s last name – Ricketson! Planning their Durham wedding from out of state was not easy. Nonetheless, by hiring local vendors, Brooke and Teddy hosted a gorgeous downtown Durham wedding celebration.
From Nice Guy to Right Guy, Brooke & Teddy’s Love Story
In true modern romance fashion, Brooke swiped right on Teddy’s sweet smile on the popular dating app Tinder. After explaining Cameron Crazies to Teddy, Brooke agreed to go out for drinks at Ponysaurus brewery. Drinks turned into dinner, and dinner turned into a romantic first kiss under the market lights of Brightleaf Square. A couple of months later Teddy helped Brooke move to Oklahoma for a new job. During the big move, Teddy could no longer hold back the three words he had been carrying on his heart, “I love you”.
Pour Me a Glass of Marriage Proposal, Surprise Winery Engagement
Brooke, who claims herself to be the “master of ruining surprises,” didn’t see Teddy’s proposal coming. The surprise marriage proposal took place on a trip to an Oklahoma City winery in celebration of Brooke’s birthday. As they walked into the winery Teddy told the woman behind the bar that he had a groupon for the tasting. The woman took Teddy’s phone and went to “scan the barcode.” In reality, the woman was plugging Teddy’s phone into the sound system so that it would play the couple’s special playlist, beginning with Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing.” Brooke and Teddy began the tasting. Teddy raised up his glass to make a toast, which Brooke interrupted to add “to my birthday!” – Teddy shushed his happy date and proposed.
Brooke says that the magical moment was blurry with love and emotion, and that she said yes through many tears. Afterward, the woman behind the bar revealed herself to be the owner of the winery! She then turned the wine bottles around to unveil custom wine labels with Brooke and Teddy’s photos as well as the unforgettable date – October 15th, 2017. See for yourself! Below is a photo of those exact same wine bottles, which Brooke and Teddy had set up on every table of their wedding reception.
Getting Wedding Ready with Nikki of Fancy This Photography
The universe puts certain people into your life for a reason. In the same way that Brooke and Teddy were meant to be, Nikki of Fancy This Photography was meant to capture their special warehouse wedding at The Rickhouse on film. The bride and groom first met Nikki by winning a free engagement photo shoot with her at The Rickhouse’s wedding venue showcase event. They ‘clicked’ immediately!
“Not only is she spunky and a joy to be around, she’s also incredibly professional and good at her job,” Bride Brooke said. “Her photos of us capture our love beautifully, and she was especially invaluable in keeping our day on track.”
Even though staying to the timeline was not a part of her explicit wedding day duties, Nikki of Fancy This Photography knows the importance of staying on time. Whether it was guiding bridesmaids and groomsmen through bridal party photos, or orchestrating a priceless first look moment – Bride Brooke says that they would be willing to fly back to NC just to do another photo shoot with this one of a kind person and photographer.
Wedding Ceremony at The Rickhouse Warehouse Wedding Venue in Durham, NC
Brooke and Teddy chose to host both their wedding ceremony and reception at The Rickhouse warehouse wedding venue in Durham, NC. The light and airy style of their wedding decor gave a whimsical, soft touch to the industrial ambiance of The Rickhouse. Get Lit Event Lighting provided the market lights, drapery, and chandelier for the ceremony area. Bride Brooke expressed her gratitude for this truly unique local vendor,
“Get Lit Event Lighting’s work really made the look come together, and it wouldn’t have been the same without their ability to transform the space into an ethereal setting.”
Brooke and Teddy’s wedding officiant was someone near and dear to their hearts – Brooke’s dad, Rev. Doug Pryor! Having family and friends take part in their day was an important element of planning the perfect wedding day for Brooke and Teddy.
Whimsical Warehouse Wedding Reception at The Rickhouse in Durham, NC
After an emotional wedding ceremony, Brooke and Teddy we’re excited to laugh and dance the night away at their reception! Beautiful light blue linens from American Party Rentals graced the table tops with elegant dinnerware and bright gold chargers! The bride’s friend Mary Liz at Hint of Mint Designs came through with a cool chalkboard design that incorporated the couple’s love story and journey from NC to Oklahoma to Kansas City. Mary Liz also helped letter other things like the cake pop flavors and the marriage advice box.
The Rickhouse warehouse wedding venue in Durham, NC has a classic southern story with modern soul. The venue’s warm exposed brick walls and industrial architecture looked incredible with light and airy wedding decor. Gold geometric chandeliers from Get Lit Event Lighting were the final touch on this industrial chic wedding. As for dinner, Bride Brooke believes that “every bride should get to eat barbecue, mac and cheese and fried okra on her wedding day (the groom, too).” Amen!
SPIN DJ, Will You Have This Dance?
After one skype session, Brooke knew that SPIN DJ was the end-all-be-all. DJ Ryan Pflumm was more than a DJ at their Rickhouse wedding reception. He engaged with the wedding guests and listened to what music they wanted to hear. SPIN DJ even played Groom Teddy’s only request: the Darius Rucker version of Wagon Wheel, despite the bride’s friends begging for Old Crow Medicine Show. SPIN DJ kept the party going all night!
Today, Brooke and Teddy live in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rickhouse warehouse wedding venue in Durham, NC will forever hold a special place in their hearts. Our team at Southern Bride & Groom is thankful that they shared their beautiful love story with us.