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Umstead Hotel Garden Style Wedding for Lisa and Joe

December 5, 2017

Lisa and Joe

Lisa and Joe were married this past September in a beautiful, early fall wedding at the gorgeous Umstead Hotel and Spa.  Lisa and Joe met while at Duke and now live in New York,  but decided to host their friends and family back in North Carolina where their relationship started!   From the time Lisa booked us to their fabulous wedding day, we had a little over six months for planning.  Lisa originally shared that she loved weddings that had a lot of greenery and an outdoorsy feel to them.  We knew she would love the ceremony lawn (one of the best outdoor ceremony locations in town!) at the Umstead and also knew that we could bring some outdoor elements into the Umstead’s indoor space to give Lisa the feel she was looking for on her wedding day.  The color palette Lisa loved was one of green, crisp white, burgundy, and dusty rose. One of our favorite elements of the day was Lisa allowing her bridesmaids to select whatever black dress (timeless!) that they wanted to wear and her STUNNER of a dress by Inbal Dror.  She looked beyond amazing in the dress and the detailed design work and beading was perfection in dress form.

A few of our favorite images by the talented Katherine Miles Jones are below.  Hope you enjoy!  Thank you to Lisa and Joe for allowing us to plan such a gorgeous day for you and thank you Lisa for this fabulous review:

Megan was the absolute BEST. I had a great feeling following our first phone call and immediately knew we wanted to move forward with her. Her broad experience and close relationships with vendors, coupled with her organized, detail-oriented, and warm nature made planning a long distance wedding in 6 months as easy as you can imagine. Given our tight time frame, Megan got the ball rolling right away by getting us short-lists of the best available vendors so we could lock them in swiftly. The bands we wanted were already booked up, but Megan found us another option from a different management company, and they ended up being absolutely AMAZING. In general, I felt like she understood and picked up on our vibe very quickly, which made the planning process so seamless. The best part was that Megan never once forced a decision on us, but whenever I needed her opinion (which was frequently!), she was there to provide it with sound reasoning. I had complete faith in Megan and Gina, which gave us the ability to completely relax and enjoy ourselves on our wedding day. I also could not have been happier with how the room looked that night, from the gorgeous flowers and chairs, to the stage backdrop and lighting, it all came together perfectly. Seeing our vision come to life was a dream come true, all thanks to A Southern Soiree!

Bride getting ready with bridesmaids in Umstead wedding suite

Bride puts on dress in Umstead wedding suite

Garden wedding ceremony arbor at Umstead Hotel

Flowers on garden wedding arbor at Umstead Hotel

Umstead Hotel garden wedding ceremony

Newlywed bride and groom at Umstead Hotel wedding ceremony

Wedding reception at Umstead Hotel

floating candlelight at Umstead hotel wedding reception

Lounge seating at Umstead garden wedding

Bride and Groom at their Umstead garden wedding reception

Thank you to our great team of vendors that made Lisa and Joe’s day perfect!

Venue – The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Ceremony Music – Arioso Strings

Photographer – Katherine Miles Jones

Videographer – Twenty-One Films

Florals:  Watered Garden

Band – The Big Beyond

Photobooth – Zim Zoom

Stage Draping/Lighting – Get Lit

Stage Covering – Catering Company of Chapel Hill

Cake – Ashley Cakes

Hair and Makeup – The Makeup Culture

Lounge Furniture and Bar and Bar Backs: Cottage Luxe

Linen/Table Rentals – CE Rental

Chair Rental – American Party Rentals

Pergola – Party Reflections

Transportation: White Horse

Invitations, Programs, and Table Numbers – One and Only

Invitation Calligrapher – Quietude

Place Cards/Calligraphy – Mason Dixon Designs

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