Chapel Hill Wedding at St. Matthews & Top of the Hill

I could tell by the way he admirably looked at her.  The way they politely yet excitedly finished each other’s sentences when re-telling their proposal story.  And I knew without a doubt when I learned that he had painted her bedroom bright fuchsia pink without complaint that these two were perfect for each other.

Jenny and Betto were married at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough on an absolutely gorgeous Saturday afternoon in March.  Their ceremony was enriched with culture and drenching with unconditional love.  They continued their celebration with a latin-inspired reception at the Great Room at the Top of the Hill in Chapel Hill.  We incorporated a color palette of black, white and hot pink by using damask table linens, candelabras, pink arrangements and bouquets from Brides and Bouquets and fuchsia uplighting.  Guests were treated to a spread of latin foods including a signature sangria beverage.

Betto is a professional salsa dancer and instructor and the two of them actually met while dancing.  It was a no brainer that the reception would be filled with salsa dancing set to the tunes of a live band.  I was blown away by the amount of talent at their reception.  It had been seven years since I had given salsa a try but the groom’s brother insisted I live in the moment and share in a dance with him.  He taught me that while salsa is a very sensual dance, it doesn’t mean you should resemble a stripper.  I’ll stick to coordinating on the sidelines since clearly my hips aren’t anything like Shakira’s.

From the custom clay cake topper featuring their beloved pets to their generous charitable donation in lieu of wedding favors, the entire day was an ode to their relationship and the things important to them as a couple.  From their choreographed first dance to their sparkler exit, Jenny and Betto’s wedding day was a beautiful representation of who they are and the dynamic duo of AJ Dunlap Photography captured every moment exquisitely.

I met Jenny when she entered a contest to be blessed with a wedding gown and in the end, I’m the one who was blessed to have shared in her planning process and special day.  Congratulations Jenny and Betto!

Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Reception Venue: Top of the Hill

Photographer: AJ Dunlap Photography

Florist: Brides and Bouquets

Harpist: Domenique Tanzini

Cupcakes: Chris Grass

xoxo, Priscilla

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