Crimson Winter Wedding | Nick & Michele

Located in the heart of downtown Youngsville, the Cross & Main wedding venue was a gorgeous backdrop for Nick and Michelle’s big day. Starring a bold seasonal color palette and simple yet elegant decor, their crimson winter wedding was one for the books. 

Photographer: Donnell Perry Photography

Venue: Cross + Main

Catering: Rocky Top Catering

Entertainment: Bunn DJ Company

MUA: Blown Away Raleigh 

bridal suite at main + cross North Carolina

bridal suite at main + cross North Carolina

bride getting ready for the wedding

red bridesmaids dresses

bride and engagement ring

red winter wedding bridal shoes

bride getting ready portraits

bridal portraits in getting ready suite

gold bride hair accessories

The pair prepared for the long day ahead at the on-site bridal suite. Michelle was a sophisticated bride in a sleeveless A-line wedding dress. It featured a v-neckline, an accented waistline, and a pleated skirt with a long train. She paired it with a vibrant red bridal bouquet made of garden roses, peonies, and eucalyptus. Her bridesmaids were dressed to match the festive theme, wearing velvet crimson-colored gowns. Nick and his groomsmen looked dapper in gray suits and red ties. Their boutonnieres consisted of a pair of red and white blooms.

crimson winter wedding bouquet

velvet bridesmaid dresses

crimson bridal party portraits

red and white winter wedding flowers

gray and red groomsmen

fun groomsmen photos

red and gray winter wedding party

Once everyone was ready, we snapped an emotional first look between the soon-to-be bride and groom. We also made full use of the venue’s eclectic vintage furnishings for portraits. The two were even willing to brave the cold for some festive outdoor photos, surrounded by lush Christmas trees.

bride first look with father

bride with son groomsmen


bride and room first look photos

bride and groom first look

first look with groom

bride and groom first touch

Their ceremony took place in the Riddick Room. With exposed brick, restored hardwood floors, overhead beams, and elegant lighting, it was a cozy setting for their intimate nuptials. They let the historic venue do all the work, keeping decorations minimal except for a simple wood arbor. It was dressed up with drapery and the same bold red flowers with eucalyptus.


wedding ceremony at cross & main

winter wedding ceremony

indoor wedding ceremony

wedding ring exchange

wedding first kiss

wedding ceremony exit

Afterward, the room was quickly flipped for their reception. By this time, the room was practically glowing thanks to the soft light from the chandeliers overhead. Their family and friends enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by Rocky Top Catering, followed by the cake cutting. The remainder of the night was spent dancing – until Nick and Michelle made their getaway with a memorable wedding exit.


urban wedding reception

father of the bride dance

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding ribbon exit

wedding exit

wedding at cross & main

How did you meet?

We started working together at the start of 2016. In 2019, we began dating – the rest is history!

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom photos

bride and groom mural photos

Tell me about your proposal!

In June of 2019, we went to Nags Head for Michelle’s 29th birthday. We stayed in a small motel on the beach where the sand backed up to the hotel door. It became a tradition to go to Nags Head every year (sometimes more than once) and stay at the same hotel. In May of 2021, we took a vacation to Nags head and took a walk on the beach to the small hotel we stayed in. Nick got down on one knee on the beach in front of the very first place we fell in love and asked me to be his wife!

bride and groom winter wedding portraits

bride and groom winter wedding photos

christmas wedding cross and main youngsville north carolina


Looking for a photographer for your winter wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina? Donnell Perry Photography would love to be a part of your love story! Visit our website to view our recent wedding galleries, or to book a consultation.

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