A North Carolina Elopement at the Duke Mansion

Joe and Lily were one of the many Dani Nicole Photography spring couples who had to reschedule their wedding day due to COVID-19. So on Wednesday, March 18th, they reached out to their photographer and said they wanted to have a tiny elopement the following Saturday (the 28th), while still having their big, rescheduled wedding later in the year. So they made plans. But, as Dani Nicole said, “how funny it is to make plans in the middle of a worldwide pandemic…”

On Tuesday evening, March 24th, (at the moment the North Carolina governor gave the Stay at Home Order), Nicole said the bride called her up and said “Dani, we’re nixing Saturday, and we’re getting married tomorrow night before the order takes place. Can you be there?” So they made plans. And this time it stuck.

“With less than one day to pull together a wedding, and just 12 hours before our city shut down for good, on March 25th, 2020, this couple stood before a handful of their family in the newly blossoming gardens of The Duke Mansion,” said Nicole. Led by the bride’s father, they exchanged rings and vows in the golden sun, took communion among a choir of chirping birds, and sealed it all up with a kiss,” Nicole said, adding that it was “a tender moment of beauty and grace in that current darkness that we all needed to feel.”

Come June, they’ll all be celebrating again. But in the meantime, don’t miss their gorgeous elopement photos below.

Jewelry: Perry’s Gold Mine//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Myers Park Tailors//Shoes: Miu Miu//Dress Store: Wildflower Bridal//Ceremony Location: The Duke Mansion//Photographer: Dani Nicole Photography//

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