Durham native Anna Jaffe knew she was headed to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; what she did not anticipate was meeting and falling in love with fellow classmate and Duke graduate Brandon Ruderman. Three years later, she was surprised again when she found a note from Brandon tucked inside the jacket on their dog, Allie, asking her to marry him. With a desire to return to Durham, the pair decided to hold the ceremony at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, assisted by the planning expertise of A Swanky Affair. “Everything was so much more beautiful and perfect than I [could have] ever imagined,” Anna says of the moment when she walked into the Doris Duke Center. Midway through the evening, as their friends and family were busy on the dance floor, the couple wandered to the amphitheater in the gardens and enjoyed a private moment, letting the day sink in. “We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding,” Anna says.
The bride’s hair and makeup was styled by 140 Salon & Blow Dry Bar, and she wowed guests in her dress from Tre Bella. The groom’s party sported tuxedos from Bernard’s Formalwear. Get Lit Special Event Lighting set a romantic mood and illuminated the stunning blossoms from Bluebird Meadows.
Photography by Robin Lin Photography