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Raine and Chastity Wedding

Raine and Chastity Wedding

Raine and Chasity Tie the Knot at 21c

Wedding date:

March 26, 2016

City of residence:

Durham, NC

Durham venues used:

21C Museum Hotel - Ceremony, reception, and lodging
• CBC Suite at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park - Rehearsal dinner
Aloft Hotel - Lodging
Durham Marriott City Center
Beyu Caffé
Cuban Revolution

DCVB services used:

Goodies and information for welcome bags; Lauran's wealth of knowledge!

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1. Why did you choose Durham?

Raine and I made Durham our home in 2011 and love being able to give back to our community and supporting local venues and vendors.

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2. What makes your venue(s) special?

Our first date was at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, so it brought things full circle to start another chapter of our lives at a museum! We also felt that we could be ourselves at 21c - being a same-sex couple, you never know how you will be received. Everyone that we interacted with at 21c was just as excited about our wedding as we were! The service was incredible; even our guests commented on how accommodating everyone at 21c was. Every request we made was answered promptly and with smiling, willing faces. There wasn't a single complaint, other than guests wanting to stay longer!

Also, we wanted a plated dinner but sometimes that becomes long and drawn out due to speed of service. However, the staff at 21c worked seamlessly. The dinner was timed perfectly and the food was exceptional.

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3. What was the best part of having your wedding in Durham?

Being able to support local venues and vendors and show our out-of -town guests how great Durham is.

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4. How did the DCVB sales team help to make your wedding special?

By providing welcome signs and goodies for our welcome bags, also with Lauran's help we were able to secure additional hotel options for guests and find a location for our rehearsal dinner (CBC suite at Durham Bulls Athletic Park).

The CBC Suite had a little something for everyone. It was just the right amount of space for us to eat, play, and mingle with one another. Being able to step outside and look at the ballpark was also a hit The pool table and shuffle board provided lots of entertainment, and having fresh popcorn was also a definite hit.

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5. What details made your wedding "distinctly Durham"?

The use of the renovated hotel in the center of Downtown Durham, and focusing on Durham, North Carolina, and local fare throughout our weekend.

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6. Do you have any advice for other couples who are planning their big day in the Bull City?

Take advantage of everything Durham has to offer; hosting your wedding in Downtown Durham gives you plenty of spaces that all have different feels and looks and a wide variety of activities that you can incorporate into your wedding weekend. Use the DCVB -- it provides concise, detailed information that can make your life easier and help you avoid wasting time on venues that don't meet your needs and wants.

Photos by Joe Payne Photography

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