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Mansion Wedding with Jewish Traditions and a nod to Duke University

Shannon Rosati + Jamyon Small | May 6, 2017

Shannon and Jamyon met during Shannon’s freshman year of college at Duke University (Jamyon was a sophomore) but sparks didn’t fly until years later when they reconnected while living in Washington, D.C. As Duke alumni and avid fans, it was only fitting that their proposal story be tied in to their beloved alma mater! Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Jamyon arranged for them to get courtside tickets to the Duke versus The University of Virginia home game, which Duke won on a thrilling last-minute buzzer beater. After the game, Jamyon suggested they take a stroll around the campus and Shannon happily accepted. The gorgeous Duke Chapel is a focal point of the campus and once they arrived in front of it, Jamyon suggested that Shannon take a picture. When she turned back around, he was down on one knee asking her to marry him with a beautiful engagement ring! To make things even better, he had called Shannon’s dad earlier that day and, as a daddy’s girl at heart, she couldn’t have been more thrilled that he included her father in the surprise! 

For their wedding, Shannon and Jamyon envisioned a theme of antique romance which was perfect for their Duke Mansion venue (another nod to Duke!). They chose an elegant color scheme full of navy, gray and white and filled their day with antique lanterns, candles and gorgeous florals. It was important to the couple to include Jewish traditions as a nod to Shannon’s heritage so the two were married under a chuppah that her father built and the interfaith ceremony concluded with the traditional breaking of the glass.

Shannon and Jamyon’s reception was full of romantic, antique touches and an abundance of florals and candlelight. Large and small arrangements of hydrangeas and white roses added the feel that Shannon envisioned while anemones added the perfect pop of deep blue. Shannon’s sister and maid of honor created numerous DIY items that added a personal feel to the day and not a single detail was left out thanks to the coordination expertise of the Something Perfect team. The tiered wedding cake was another beautiful addition the party and paired perfectly with the groom’s cake – a childhood favorite flavor that was completed with a Duke football helmet with the former player’s number. Critsey Rowe Photography captured all the perfect moments of Shannon and Jamyon’s day from walking down the aisle and exchanging their vows, to celebrating their love with an epic dance party; their wedding was everything they could have dreamed and more. 

When asked her wedding planning advice, Shannon shared, “I think the biggest piece of advice I could offer is to remember that as wonderful and incredible as your wedding day is, the wedding lasts a day- it is the marriage that will last a lifetime, and that is where the ultimate focus should be!” 

Congratulations to the happy couple!


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Something Perfect Weddings

Critsey Rowe Photography

The Bloom Room

Kathy Allen Cakes

The Duke Mansion

Carolina Chamber Players of Charlotte

Cali Stott Artistry

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