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Umstead Hotel Wedding | Renee & Ryan

My latest Umstead Hotel Wedding after going to a new (to me) venue last week. I probably sound like a broken record but I really do love photographing here.  Ryan & Renee were having a very intimate wedding and reception at the Umstead with a total of 12 people, including the lovely Bride & Groom.  This is the most intimate wedding I have ever photographed so I was really looking forward to have the opportunity to get to know everyone much better then I normally would.

When you have an Umstead Hotel Wedding on their lawn, it’s a wonderful piece of mind knowing there is an interior room for backup, just in case.  Today is was definitely not needed though.  With the gorgoues afternoon sun setting on the trees behind them, the wedding ceremony was perfect and the winds that had been blowing most of the day subsided just enough to make the weather and setting perfect for a wedding.  After the ceremony, we all headed down to the lake behind the Umstead Hotel for wedding day portraits for Ryan & Renee. A beautiful sunset provided a wealth of opportunities for great photos and, with it being a more intimate wedding, we had plenty of time to get some of my favorites shots of the year!

For the wedding reception, the Umstead hotel, again, just did a beautiful job.  With 12 people, they set it as one large “dining” room table which immediately reminded me of the super long & very formal dining room tables you see in the movies.  It was probably 25′ long with one of the prettiest floral centerpieces I have ever seen (from the Watered Garden).  Ryan had brought in some special wine for the wedding reception from where he had proposed to Renee.  WIth a sole piano playing the room, everyone enjoyed a great evening and even an impromptu dance from the happily married couple.

I want to thank you both for choosing me to capture your wedding day!  It was a real pleasure getting to know you both and I hope you love the wedding photos we captured!

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  • Tom Steppling - The pictures of Ryan and Renee look great. Congrats to the both of them and kudo’s to the photographer for capturing the moment.ReplyCancel

  • George Barutis - The photos are wonderful. It is if I had attended the wedding myself. Very well done. Congratulations to the bride and groom.ReplyCancel

  • Jeri Barutis - Very elegant! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Derek Roy - Great pictures. They made me feel like I was actually at the wedding. One question, Guynn…how did you get that nickname from Grandma?ReplyCancel

  • Mark Johnson - Fantastic photos. Mr. Mullins clearly has some skills. Congratulations you two. Looks like we missed a great day. Can’t wait to see you again.ReplyCancel

  • Greg Smith - Awesome pictures. Loved it. I think I am going to contact Brian to take some pictures of me and my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Ava Barlow - These are wonderful pictures of a beautiful wedding. Congratulations, Renee and Ryan! Have a long and happy life together.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Newkirk - Renee, You look goregous and so happy! Thanks for sharing the pics! For a long and happy life to both of you, EmilyReplyCancel

  • jennifer mcdaniel - Wow wow wow you do clean up well! JenReplyCancel

  • Debra Perdomo - What wonderful pictures! You look beautiful Renee!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Frahm - Lovely pictures! I’m so happy that we could share this day with you through such great pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Sonna Iorio - The wedding photos are beautiful! The day was perfect! You captured every moment beautifully and as Ryan’s mother, I will enjoy remembering this special time for many years to come. We are so happy for Ryan and Renee. Brian Mullins is an excellent photographer. He was able to capture so many wonderful moments all evening long and yet we hardly realized he was doing so. Very creative photography and a job well done. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Myra Norwood - What a beautiful wedding – with beautiful pictures to capture the day forever! You both look so happy and as I looked at each picture, I was so happy for you both. Thanks for sending them to me.ReplyCancel

  • Suzie Stewart - These are so beautiful. Wow, what a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Tom Iorio - Every DETAIL, from the setting at the Umstead, to the flowers, to the reception and dinner, combined for the classiest, most elegant, intimate wedding I have ever been so privileged to witness! Brian captured the essence of this amazing evening through the loving eyes of our children Ryan and Renee! Nothing brings greater joy to a parents heart than seeing genuine happiness in their children. You are an artist Brian! Thank you for giving us the gift of keeping this amazing evening alive not only in our hearts and minds, but also in pictures to enjoy for all of our lives! Papa TomReplyCancel

  • Aaron Friedman - Congratulations Renee and Ryan! Wonderful news. Here’s wishing a life of happiness.ReplyCancel

  • jody cook - My friend for 21 years and I have NEVER seen you look so undeniably happy! Okay those pictures, I did not realize they were the wedding I thought they were ads for a wedding in a magazine. Ryan you looked great but your wife, well she looked like a beautful model. May God bless your every moment!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Cole - What a beautiful day!!! The pictures are gorgeous and you both look sooo happy! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Mabee - Brian, you did an amazing job of capturing the beautiful atmosphere that Ryan and Renee created on their special day and the happiness that surrounded it. We’ll cherish these pictures forever – thank you! Congratulations Ry and Renee. Love, Bethany and Scotty.ReplyCancel

  • Blake Norwood - Wonderful pictures of a happy time. BlakrReplyCancel

  • Melodie Hudak - Renee in make up? Wow! These photo’s are breathtaking! I lingered over every picture and every detail and everything was PERFECT! So tasteful. Delicious! I hope your marriage is as beautiful as this day was. Miss you!ReplyCancel

  • Camilla Nielsen - Beautiful pictures, thank you so much for sharing them. Renee – you look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Taylor - A beauty! What a lovely couple. So happy for you two.ReplyCancel

  • Jim Stephanou - Superb pics – looks like it was a very classy affair. Congrats to you both and hope to see you guys soon!ReplyCancel

  • Teri Modglin - Absolutely beautiful!!! Love the one of the two of you sitting in front of the water smootching….beautiful! Congratulations Ryan and Renee…So happy for you…:)ReplyCancel

  • Pat Adametz - Pictures are absolutely beautiful. What a beautiful bride and handsome groom. Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Rodney Clapp - The photos are great and Renee you are beautiful. I am glad you came along to brighten Ryan’s life. The photographer did an aweome job


  • Nellie - What beautiful pictures! You both look wonderful. I love the flowers!ReplyCancel

  • Jason Theobald - Congratulations to the bride and groom! The pictures are wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Chandler - Renee!! You look amazing! I am so happy for you both! CONGRATULATIONS!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Carter - I couldn’t think of a more lovely couple than you two. The pictures brought tears to my eyes. The wedding looked elegant and classy – just what you both deserve. You look happy and IN love. We wish you the best. Cheers! Kenny, Kelly and Family 🙂ReplyCancel

  • BJ Lee - BEAUTIFUL photos of your wedding! Congratulaitons to you! I love the note to your Grandma!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Fabulous photos of a fabulous couple! Congratulations Renee and Ryan!ReplyCancel

  • Stuart and Judy Snead - What a beautiful wedding and we are so happy for you. The photos are beyond wonderful. Our love and grads to you both, Wish we could have been there. Love Aunt Judy and Uncle StuartReplyCancel

  • Mark Robinson - Congratulations Renee and Ryan. The pictures are great and can’t wait to catch up with you soon. Mark and Laura RobinsonReplyCancel

  • Georgia - Beautiful pictures! What a great wedding!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Fopma - Beautiful pics! So happy for both of you!ReplyCancel

  • Darin Davis - First of all, congratulations to the both of you!!! Mollie and I are extremely happy for you both and wishing you a wonderful life together. I must say that these pictures are fantastic and it looks like a perfect wedding. I don’t know this Brian guy, but i would say he’s been in business for a few years!!! They are all great pics and it seems that each one tells a story …. Renee of course is naturally beautiful so she looks breath taking in all of hers. Ryan doesn’t really have a lot of natural beauty, but he kind of reminds me of a younger James Bond without the accent. I must say if I had to choose a favorite it would be the one where they are starring at each other as the sun is shooting down on them…. picture perfect if you will! Although my favorite is the one where Ryan is obviously giving a toast of some kind. He seems to be wearing a smirk on his face like he already finished a bottle of wine. Renee looks a little nervous as to what he is going to say, the lady on the far left is thinking “is he really going to talk again?”, and the musician looks like he is balancing a candle on his head. Now that is a great photo. Great job guys…. looking forward to seeing you both sometime soon!ReplyCancel

  • John Chestnutt - Renee & Ryan,

    Congratulations on your big day! The wedding appeared to be very beautiful. The photos are wonderful and thank you for sharing the photos on line. I look forward to catching up with you soon.ReplyCancel

  • Sara and Dan Darby - Lovely lovely pictures of a beautiful wedding! All of our best wishes for a lifetime of happiness and joy together. May God bless you and keep you in His wonderful love! Aunt Sara and Uncle Dan.ReplyCancel

  • Dani - Absolutely gorgeous! We are so happy for you both!ReplyCancel

  • Bill - Congratulations! We wish you much happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Green - Wow. The photographer could not have had a more beautiful couple to photograph. Renee looks absolutely STUNNING, and Ryan looks okay too. Just kidding, Ryan. You look very handsome! I am delighted for both of you and wish you continued happiness. I cant wait to see these photos enlarged and displayed around your home!!ReplyCancel

  • Stuart and Judy Snead - Congratulations and prayers for long and happy life together. Beautiful wedding and lovely photos. Wish we could have been there. our love Aunt Judy and Uncle StuartReplyCancel

  • Ginger and Bob Dunning - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple. Congratulations.ReplyCancel

  • "Aunt" Cheryl Buckner - BEAUTIFUL photos. I felt like I was a witness to such a beautiful and intimate affair. Congratulations to the Happy Couple!ReplyCancel

  • Daren Green - The pictures look great!! Congratulations on your big day, I look forward to hearing about it.ReplyCancel

  • coleen lee - Your photos reflect the beauty of the evening. They will give Renee and Ryan a lifetime of memories.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya Miller - Awww. Your pictures are so beautiful! You both look wonderful and happy!ReplyCancel

  • Tom Jones - Small intimate weddings like yours are really nice for the family. God BlessReplyCancel

  • Libby Wittneben - I loved these pictures. They seem to have captured a perfect day full of wedding bliss. We wish you two all the best!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Wittneben - Congratulations! These pictures are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • SUZANNE CHAPPELL - Dear Renee,
    Viewing the photo album was almost like being there; what a beautiful setting. You and Ryan look wonderful together, and may your happiness never diminish. Congratulations to you both.
    Suzanne and Glen ChappellReplyCancel

  • Amy Iorio - Ryan and Renee! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pictures of your beautiful wedding! Sorry we couldn’t make and and Renee, we look forward to meeting you soon! We wish you two the absolute best! Joe & Amy IorioReplyCancel

  • Ted Cole - These pictures are great… they really seem to capture a very special day. Congratulations to the both of you.ReplyCancel

  • Diana Carter - Congratulations! The pictures are beautiful they brought tears to my eyes they captured every moment of your special day. Ryan and Renee the pictures tell a true love story. I am so happy for you both. Love Uncle Kenny and Aunt DianaReplyCancel

  • Reenie - Renee and Ryan…a beautiful couple in a magical setting! Enjoy the rest of the adventure!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Vance - Ryan your mother said the wedding was beautiful and she was right! Ryan and Renee you both look wonderful and it looks as if the day was perfect! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Volpe - Renee – you looked so beautiful and happy. I wish you the best. God Bless.


  • Libby Buhr - The pictures were beautiful.

    Good luck to both of you.


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