A Gold Vintage Wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina


                    Laura Kurtz (27 and PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill) and John (Blair) Reeves Jr. (33 and a senior marketing manager for a softwar

Laura Kurtz (27 and PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill) and John (Blair) Reeves Jr. (33 and a senior marketing manager for a software company) planned an industrial, vintage wedding with sequined linens, glittered frames, green garlands and plenty of gold. They ultimately decided The Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina, would be perfect for their nuptials because they loved the aesthetic and history of the place, it was located within the Golden Belt of historic textile mills (think: giant windows, exposed brick and gorgeous hardwood floors) and it allowed them to have the ceremony and reception in the same place. Plus, the venue provided everything they needed from in-house catering to linens to lighting so they didn’t have to do a lot of extra work to book lots of other wedding pros. In lieu of a wedding planner, Laura and Blair made a lot of the wedding details themselves such as the luxe gold magnolia leaf wall decor (made from nothing but foam board, glue, spray paint and a few thousand magnolia leaves) as well as the escort cards with their hand-punched lace border, just to name a few. Megan Sayre from Tre Bella Inc worked with Laura and Blair to create the textured floral arrangements that also included gold-dipped leaves or seeds to complement the glam color palette. There are so many details we love! See them all, beautifully captured by Joseph Sides and Andrea Harris from Connection Photography, below. A tip from Laura: “The planning process can get to be pretty brutal at times, but you’ll get through it. Things are destined to go wrong; but even those totally unplanned, imperfect moments can make for the best memories.”

“Ellie from Hello Tenfold worked with me to create a custom designed invitation suite that best matched the style of our wedding,” Laura says. “The invitations themselves were entirely stamped in gold foil, with the most beautifully detailed frame surrounding the text. Each envelope was then hand addressed in gold ink by Jessica at The Oblique Pen, with gold gilded frames applied around each postage stamp.”
Laura carried a gilded bunch of white garden roses, astilbes, spray roses, burgundy dahlias and dark green foliage complete with gold-dipped magnolia leaves. “I wanted to tie in a darker flower to complement the black bridesmaid dresses,” she says.
Geometric Gold Art Decor Wedding Ring
White Dahlia,  Gold Seeded Eucalyptus Bouquet
The bridesmaids all wore the small knee-length black Alfred Sung dress. Laura wanted them to be comfortable, so the dresses were all  one-shouldered fit-and-flare style. To add a little glam to their look, and so she bought each of them a pair of sparkly gold heels to go with their ensemble.
The flower girl wore a white dress from David’s Bridal with sparkly silver shoes and the ring bearer sported a tux from Men’s Wearhouse. They walked down the aisle together tossing flower petals out of a little white basket.
Laura and Blair decided to exchange vows at The Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina, because they loved the aesthetic and history of the place, it was located within the Golden Belt of historic textile mills (think: giant windows, exposed brick and gorgeous hardwood floors) and it allowed them to have the ceremony and reception in the same place. Plus, the venue provided everything they needed from in-house catering to linens to lighting.
Laura opted for a classic wedding look, wearing a strapless mermaid-style dress complete with a vintage-like lace overlay and scalloped details. “My biggest fear was that I’d look back in 10 years and wonder what the heck I was thinking!” she says. She tied together the romantic, retro style with a DIY barrette made by piercing together pendants from various necklaces.
Laura, with the help of some of her friends, hand-punched a lace border along the outer edges of each escort card. They were then arranged in a fan shape, on a round table, surrounding a gold candelabra.
DIY Gold Magnolia Lead Cocktail Hour Decor
Gold Magnolia Flower-Decorated Chalkboard
Beaded White Table Linen Industrial Reception
Gold Sequined Linen Sweetheart Table Decor
Gold Candelabra Escort Card Table Decor
Vintage White Milk Glass Centerpieces
Laura and Blair enjoyed a four-tiered white and gold rococo-styled wedding cake designed by Bonnie at Miel Bon Bons. The cake was topped with a single sugar magnolia flower. Inside, the cake was three flavors: berries and cream, tiramisu and ultimate devil’s cheesecake with chocolate mousse. Yum!
“While some couples get really into preparing intensely coordinated dances, we opted for a low-stress slow dance to an acoustic, stripped-down version of the Hall and Oates classic, “You Make My Dreams Come True.” It was simple and sweet, with just a couple of appropriately timed spins. At the end of the song, Blair went to dip me—something he had done many, many times before. Well, as it turns out, hardwood floors and rental tux shoes make for an especially slick combination. Blair lost his footing and down we both went—hard. Fortunately no one was injured and we were able to very quickly laugh it off,” Laura says. “The best part about it: our photographers managed to capture the whole thing from multiple angles. Some of my favorite pictures from the day are the ones where Blair and I are both on the floor, laughing hysterically.”