We have created a SLIDESHOW of the first wedding that was held at this beautiful hotel and spa.
Leslie and Craig were married in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends on August 20, 2011. They chose The Umstead for its serene beauty and excellent service. What a great choice! After the ceremony a bagpiper led the guests to the reception via a wooded trail alongside a pond. What a nice shout out to Craig’s heritage. It moved his mom and sister to tears! In life Leslie is a dietitian and Craig is an educator. They are perfect for each other. I wish them so much happiness!
Wedding Coordinator: Barbara Clark, An Elegant Affair
Officiate: Robin Renteria
Floral Design: Tre Bella
Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings
Reception Musicians: DJ Joe Bunn
Cake Design: Sweet Memories
Wedding and Reception Venue: The Umstead
Gown Provider: Alexia’s
Formal Wear Provider: Savvi Formalwear
Leslie and Craig will be married on August 20, 2011 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC. We met in the late afternoon at Duke Gardens last week for an engagement portrait. Leslie mentioned that she was in need of an image for a save-the-date card. She also has a great idea to have a framed image on each of the tables at the reception. So we strolled a lot, changed outfits once and got to know each other.
UPDATE! The wedding was so beautiful! You can view their WEDDING STORY here. Enjoy!
It really is a small world. A few months ago Snezana Vukina came to visit me in my office in Carrboro because she was looking for the right wedding photographer for her daughter’s wedding . I knew that she did not have a typical American name, so I ventured a guess and said, “Are you, perhaps, Croatian?” She replied, “Yes!” How the heck did I know that? Well, almost 20 years ago my sister, Kelly, married Luka Lojk from Slovenia. Both Slovenia and Croatia were a part of the former Yugoslavia. So the Vukina’s actually knew my sister and we had a lot in common as most of my family members spend the better part of the summer on an island in Croatia.
Fast forward to October 22, 2010 and it is a beautiful, sunny day in Raleigh, North Carolina. Iva Vukina and Peter Ulmer made the trip down from Manhattan to get married at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh. Their reception was at the elegant Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. Iva was seriously stunning in her dress and Peter was seriously smitten by her.
Floral Design: Watered Garden Florist
Ceremony Officiate: Father John Forbes, Our Lady of Lourdes
Reception Venue: The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Wedding Coordinators: Simply Engaged
Reception Musicians: Attraction, Dave Barton
Cake Design: Sweet Memories Bakery
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