Real Wedding: Nicole & David – Five-Star Celebration
Nicole and David grew up together, and they lived only a few miles apart throughout their childhood and even as adults. They were best friends, and then they were sweethearts. Through it all, they were always there for each other. Getting married was the natural culmination of their deep and abiding love for one another. They were engaged in London just after their daughter graduated from high school.
They were married at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on a beautiful spring day. The ceremony took place in front of the lake, and it was surrounded by beautiful trees, bushes, and native plants. Nicole and David pledged their love to one another under an altar draped in blush chiffon and topped by cream and blush florals. Magnificent floral displays that were taller than some of the guests decorated the aisles.
The beautiful ceremony reflected their deep love for one another and their religious faith. The couple encouraged guests to enjoy the “unplugged” ceremony by turning off their cell phones and putting away their cameras so they could truly be in the moment for this fairy tale wedding 20 years in the making.
Guests moved inside The Umstead for the reception, where the tables were decorated with navy linens and topped with centerpieces of cream, blush, and pink florals. Some centerpieces rested in gold vases, and some were tall sprays similar to those featured at the ceremony. The head table was a clear acrylic filled with soft pink flower petals. Behind it was a wall of greenery with the letters N and D spelled out in cream and blush blooms.
The reception feast included some of the most delicious comfort food. The five-star dishes included short ribs, creamy grits, shrimp, rosemary jus, and summer vegetables. The meal was followed by the cake, which was a real show stopper. The five-tiered cake featured different sized layers with a quilting design on some layers, edible gold lace on other layers, and buttercream roses. A cascade of edible blooms also ran down the side. The cake was a true masterpiece.
Nicole and David danced the night away with their friends and family in celebration. Deep Rooted, a live band, played for hours to the delight of the guests. The couple enjoyed many toasts with loving words from some of the closest people in their lives. At the end of the celebration, guests gathered around Nicole and David to shower them in colorful confetti as they walked off into their happily ever after.
Planning: Vision Events, NC – Nicole Smith
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Officiant: Reggie Hinton
Catering: The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Photographer: Creative Silence
Videographer: Morgan Scott Films
Band: Deep Rooted – Brian Miller
Violinist – Udeshi Hargett
Florist: Watered Garden
Baker: Marsha Mayo
Rentals: CE Rentals
Rentals: Carolina Lux Rentals (Sweetheart table)
Hair: Wanda Lawrence
Make up: The Makeup Addict
Invitations: Maria Scheel
Bride’s Dress: Alexia’s Bridal
David’s Suit: His tailor, Andrew T Porter Clothiers
Name Plates: Fran Johnson House