By Natalie Huschle | Photography by Nikki Whitt Belch, Fancy This Photography
Date May 21, 2022
Occupations Emily is a student at Duke University School of Law, and Daniel works as a brand manager for Third Hospitality, which owns The Oak House at Durham.
Crossed Paths Emily and Daniel met in 2016 at William & Mary, where both were studying music. The two went on their first date in March 2017 after running into each other at a coffeehouse where Daniel was performing in a band. The couple navigated career obstacles and the pandemic, eventually moving to downtown Durham together.
The Proposal Emily was on a walk with a friend at American Tobacco Campus on March 2, 2021. Unbeknownst to her, Daniel was hiding near the Lucky Strike Water Tower, waiting to surprise her. As Emily’s friend guided her to the landmark, Daniel walked briskly across the lawn. Emily met him at the foot of the bridge, and Daniel got down on one knee, holding an engagement ring that once belonged to Emily’s grandmother. Emily squeaked out a “yes” through happy tears.
The Big Day After a rehearsal dinner at The Roof at The Durham, the couple tied the knot during a ceremony and reception at Bay 7, catered by Angus Barn. Inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s painting “Topaz” and in honor of Daniel’s Czech heritage and Emily’s birthstone, the couple chose colors of sage green and burnt orange for their art nouveau-inspired wedding, which was planned by Emily Thomas of Emily Katherine Events. Daniel wore a black suit from Bernard’s Formalwear. Blossom and Bone Florals designed an intricate floral altar that incorporated money plants, which are featured in Mucha’s work, while Get Lit Event Lighting illuminated the space as well as the stunning decor provided by American Party Rentals. Guests enjoyed cake from Happily Desserted and took home goodies from The Oak House and Jeddah’s Tearoom.
Favorite Moments “I’ll remember the ceremony forever,” Emily says. “We both cried at each other’s vows.” Daniel also says he’ll never forget their vows. “When I led Emily up to the altar, we turned and immediately held each other’s hands so tight,” he says. “We didn’t let go except to wipe tears or put rings on each other!”
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