Durham Wedding at The Cookery | Bianca + Lonzell

An East Carolina University homecoming brought Bianca and Lonzell together!

They’d moved in the same circles in college, but it wasn’t until Bianca spotted Lonzell at a kickback that sparks flew. After almost four years together, Lonzell surprised Bianca with a trip to Italy, where, in Florence’s famous Boboli Gardens, he dropped to one knee and asked for Bianca’s hand.

Together, they searched for a character-filled venue that suited their vision for a warm, modern celebration. The Cookery, with its exposed brick walls, market lights, and historical artifacts, was exactly what they’d been looking for. Next up, Bianca sought a lace wedding gown…but fell in love with our trumpet silk dupioni Marigold gown instead!

By the way, those stunning flowers filling their ceremony and reception aren’t just jaw-dropping, they’re sustainable. The ceremony flowers were repurposed into lovely centerpieces (to which they added floating candles), and the ceremony arbor adorned the main table.

See more of Bianca and Lonzell’s Durham wedding (and read more about their love story) on Essence, where it’s also been featured.

wedding gown: Lea-Ann Belter Marigold  | photographer: John Branch, IV Photography | full vendor list st bottom

Bianca + Lonzell’s Durham Wedding Vendors

wedding gown: Lea-Ann Belter Marigold via Traditions Bridal Boutique by Anna | photographer: John Branch, IV Photography  |  wedding planner: Sabrina Seymore Events | venue: The Cookery | groom’s tuxedo: SuitSupply | groomsmen suiting: Combatant Gentleman | accessories: My Suited Life  | makeup: ContourKissed | hair: Salon W | floras: Embellished Blooms | cake: Rachel Bailey Cake Artist | catering: Donovan’s Dish | videographer: Dean Garris Films | calligraphy: Marika Wendelken | chairs: Haute Seats | rentals: Farm & Filigree and American Party Rentals

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