Heidi and Russell chose Cary NC’s five star Umstead Hotel for their beautiful wedding ceremony and reception on March 31st, 2017.
Their ceremony was held in the back lawn of the Hotel and officiated over by Reverend David James that always does a great job. He gives a very heartfelt service and adds a little humor. They had live strings provide the music.
As the ceremony ended, the guests made their way around the back of the building to the outdoor terrace as well as the indoor prefuction area for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Their live musician played this part as well.
After pics were taken by Robin & Stacy from Robin Lin Photography & video by Denim Buffalo Films the doors to the ballroom opened. I had music playing and went out to line the wedding party up with help from Alyssa from A Southern Soiree and Amanda from The Umstead. Heidi looked like the perfect southern belle! I introduced the wedding party to “How Sweet It is” by James Taylor. They came in to thunderous applause and welcomed everyone followed by a blessing by Heidi. The food stations opened and I had a mix of rock, country & soul playing.
After dinner we had the toasts that included Heidi’s sisters written rap to “Fresh Prince” theme. After that was the cake cutting to “In My Life” by The Beatles. They made their way to the dance floor for their first dance to “More Than Words” that Russell explained he loved the song and knew he would meet Heidi someday. She had her dance with her father to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” that her mother sang live. She did a great job and it was a very special moment! Russell danced with his mother to “Unforgettable” and we had a reverse anniversary dance to “Stand By Me”. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it shortly. We paused for the bouquet and garter tosses to “Pretty Woman” and “Another One Bites The Dust”. A full dance floor again followed until the end of the evening.
For their last dance I played “Carolina In My Mind” and they had a bubble exit from the terrace. What a fun group and very sweet couple. Thank you Heidi, Russell, Amanda & Alyssa!
Photo courtesy of Robin Lin Photography