Real Wedding – Craig & Christen at The Umstead
A couple’s love for each other is arguably the most important part of any wedding, but the love the guests share for the newlyweds creates such a strong support system, makes the couple even more celebrated, and makes the wedding day that much more beautiful! Craig and Christen were, without a doubt, surrounded by love in their October wedding at the gorgeous Umstead.
Vintage elements combined with modern elegance to develop a romantic ambience that celebrated both the past and the future.
Craig looked handsome in a patterned navy suit with black lapels and bowtie. The dark colors provided the perfect contrast to Christen’s elegant deep-v gown with gorgeous lace detail. Her bouquet was a bountiful arrangement of white and ivory blooms interspersed with fresh greenery, and Craig’s boutonniere was a single white rose accompanied by greenery. The groomsmen complemented Craig nicely in navy suits. The bridal party celebrated their uniqueness by wearing various colored formal wear, which was both refreshing and cohesive.
The ceremony was held on The Umstead’s expansive and stunning landscaped lawn. The natural greenery and bountiful floral arrangements made for an elegant outdoor ceremony, as Craig and Christen exchanged vows against a spectacular and serene backdrop surrounded by light blooms and fresh greenery. Wide stone pavers create a dramatic aisle-like pathway leading to the hotel’s private lake, surrounded by woodlands and accentuated with a dramatic fountain.
For the reception, guests moved to The Umstead’s gorgeous Grand Ballroom. The stunning space is filled with an abundance of natural light flooding in through floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake. Tables were dressing in white linens and topped with an abundance of greenery, floating tea lights, extravagant floral arrangements, and gold accents. Guests were treated to an assortment of desserts from fruit and key lime tarts to a multitude of macarons – but the most important dessert of course was Craig and Christen’s wedding cake! The couple’s single tier white cake was decorated with fresh greenery and topped with their names in gold calligraphy. After a night of celebrating, Craig and Christen departed from their loved ones under a shower of confetti. Cheers to the newlyweds!
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Ceremony Venue/Reception Venue – The Umstead; Terri: @theumstead/@umstead_events
Planner – A Southern Soiree; Elizabeth; @asouthernsoiree
Photographer – F8 Photo Studios; Cara @f8photostudios
Florist – Watered Garden: @wateredgardenflorist
Hair and Makeup – The Makeup Addict @themakeupaddictstudios
Band – Mr. Potato Head (Doug)
Cocktail Hour Music – Back Porch Quartet
Photobooth – ZimZoom @zimzoomphotobooth
Officiant – Father Christopher Ross
Rentals (Chairs & Chargers) – Queen Bee Rentals @queen_bee_rentals
Dress – Floravere @floravere
Tux – Bonobos @bonobos
Macaron Tourelle – Lucette Grace @lucettegrace