Pop Up Wedding: Duke Park | Mara + Ray

A lot of people ask me for examples of locations for pop up weddings. Parks are the quickest response, but I really hate giving any answer. When I do single pop up weddings (as opposed to venue-hosted pop up events) the location is very carefully hand-selected based on the couple’s interests and personalities. For Mara and Ray, I didn’t *just* want a park. I needed to find somewhere lush and magical. I mean, when the bride requests fairies, I want to deliver fairies! Enter Duke Park.

Magnolias and Fairies at Duke Park

So obviously I could not *actually* deliver fairies. But I could deliver moss filled globes with fairy lights in a magnolia tree. Throw in a little morning sun, and I think we did alright. 🙂

Simple Day Pop Up Wedding Ceremony Decor - Floating Fairy Lights

Bretty Seay at Blest Studios was able to capture the quiet moments and intimate joy this couple shared perfectly. I love that they’ll be able to visit this park for years to come, and share many more sweet moments beneath the same tree where they were married.

Simple Day Pop Up Wedding Ceremony

Simple Day Pop Up Wedding Ceremony

And let’s also take a moment to appreciate the flowers. THE FLOWERS, you guys. Amaranthus isn’t always my favorite, but it really worked in this bouquet. The flower crown helped balance everything out, adding to the lush greenery backgrounds, and I just…I can’t, you guys. I can’t. Brandi nailed it.

Simple Day Pop Up Wedding Flowers

Simple Day Pop Up Wedding

Planning this sweet and intimate pop up wedding was so much fun. I was able to work with some of my favorite vendors and create the special day that Mara and Ray deserve. I wish you both the best in your life together!

Simple Day Pop Up Wedding - Vendors!

(Photo credit for the last one technically goes to Ray’s dad, who borrowed Brett’s camera to capture this rare glimpse at the vendors in our standard wedding professional “uniforms” — aka, all black! Haha!)


Photography: Blest Studios
Officiant: Kenna Covington, NC Secular Weddings
Flowers & Design: Brandi’s Botanicals
Pop Up Wedding Coordinator: Simple Day

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