Where do I begin with such a wonderful experience? I started looking forward to Kelly and Drew’s wedding back when I worked with them on their engagement session. From the moment I arrived to photograph their rehearsal dinner this weekend, I could tell the event was going to be even more of a treat than I’d imagined! Right away, Kelly greeted me with a hug and a big smile, and both of the families made me feel so welcome. Kelly’s mom took the time to introduce me to some of their South American guests, so sweet! Also, some of their guests made a point of telling me how much they loved the couple’s engagement photos!
Given how kind these two and their families are, it wasn’t a surprise that the ceremony itself was incredibly touching. The wedding took place at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC…a sweet location that the couple made even more beautiful with their unique decor. Everything was done with vibrant greenery, from the ceremony to the reception. The dance floor was very special, with suspended bistro lights and a gorgeous chandelier type arrangement for guests to dance under…so perfect for an early summer wedding! I’m not at all surprised that everything looked so beautiful though, because the couple has great taste and A Southern Soiree was behind it! Such a pleasure to work with them again, and with Kelley Ann specifically this time. She has amazing energy, so talented and organized!
This celebration held so many beautiful moments…the kind that make me grateful to be a wedding photographer. Kelly looked absolutely stunning in her Paloma Blanca elegant wedding dress! And I loved learning new things about the bride and groom during the heartfelt toasts. Apparently, both of their families are huge dog lovers (Drew’s parents have a golden retriever too!). There was warm laughter at the story of how before Drew met Kelly, he mentioned to a friend that his future wife would have to love dogs! Truly my kind of people!! And so well-loved by their entire circle of friends and family. I wish them all the best, and hope you enjoy these photos from their day!
Stunning rings! Drew designed Kelly’s engagement ring himself!
The Umstead Weddings
Thanks Jamie Vinson for being a wonderful second photographer. You are the best!
Design and coordination: A Southern Soiree / Venue The Umstead Hotel and Spa / Band: The After Party Experience / Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes / Florist: Embellished Blooms / Lighting: GetLit SpecialEvent Lighting / Rentals: ThemeWorks, Cottage Luxe and CE Rental / Stationary: PaperBuzz / Hair and makeup: The Makeup Culture / Island Sound & Video / Dress: Paloma Blanca from Traditions by Anna / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids dresses: Lula Kate / Groom and Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux