After dating through college, Patrick Murphy and Amanda “Mandie” Herbert knew that although they started as high school sweethearts, lifelong love was in the cards. Patrick took Mandie back to the spot they shared their first kiss for the proposal. It was no easy feat to get her there and even required beating out hurricane weather to pull off the scheme. The romantic gesture scored him a “yes,” and the couple were married at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 21, 2012. Wedding photographers Brett & Jessica caught all the unique elements of the day’s festivities, from the wedding party riding in style on the Raleigh Trolley to dancing at Stockroom 230.
What was your something borrowed, something blue, something old, and something new? “I borrowed by my grandmother’s diamond earrings, I had blue both on my shoes and garter, my something old was my mother’s veil handmade by my grandmother, and my something new was a bracelet with my new monogram that was a gift from Patrick.”
What was the best part of the day? “It had to be our first look. I was really excited and nervous. It was so calming and reassuring to spend a few moments alone with one another before being in the spotlight. He was also relieved that I still ‘looked like me’ and not a magazine bride.”
What are some highlights of your wedding day? “How beautifully all the pieces of our planning came together. Since we designed the look ourselves without help of a wedding planner, we were overjoyed that it turned out just as we had hoped.”
Floral design by The Flower Cupboard
“It was the perfect day. I was able to spend a relaxing morning with my bridesmaids, mom, and grandmother in our hotel suite, and Patrick had a relaxing lunch with his groomsmen at The Raleigh Times Bar. We never felt stressed or rushed and the whole day was very low key. The ceremony seemed to go in slow motion. We exchanged our own vows and the chapel made the ceremony very intimate and personal. “
“Another one of our favorite parts of the day was the Raleigh trolley! Riding on it with our wedding party was a fun way to spend some time and get the party started!”
“We had planned an entire map to take us and our guests to the reception site, which was only about a five minute walk from the chapel, but didn’t plan on the street being closed for a motorcycle event! It was just about the only thing that went wrong all weekend, which we took in stride and even got a token photo with some of the bikes.”
Cake and cupcakes by The Cupcake Shoppe
“Our wedding was genuinely reflective of us. We put our heart and souls into planning and had an amazing end product. Patrick is a cyclist and the vintage bike theme felt so perfect. It went well with our simple flower scheme of succulents and cotton pods. We love the south and embrace it all—both of us being born and raised here—so the choice of burlap and mason jars felt really natural.”
The groom, Patrick Murphy, designed invitation suite.
Any advice to share with other brides? “Don’t be pressured by what other people want. It is your wedding! Also, don’t skimp on photos. It’s one of the most important parts when it’s all said and done.”