As my wedding season is coming to a close, I was very excited to have a great Umstead Hotel Wedding for Jason & Lisa! When we initially met I heard a little bit about the wedding dress, the shoes and a few other very personalized parts of the wedding that, frankly, made me just a bit giddy. Lisa had designed and stitched (in part) her wedding dress with red and oranges. She also may take the prize for the coolest shoes of the year. Between the dress, the bouquet Lisa made herself and the music, I can honestly say I was really excited to be their wedding photographer and wrap up a tremendously successful 2009 wedding season!
Jason & Lisa had their Umstead wedding ceremony on the back lawn. The lawn has concrete pavers leading out to a wonderfully scenic view of the lake and fountain making it a dream for a wedding photographer. After a very emotional wedding ceremony, the newlyweds and I got a chance to roam the lakefront and interior of the hotel to get some great couples portraiture of just the two of them. One of the things they really wanted was to enjoy part of the cocktail hour before the wedding reception. As they were announced into the crowd, it was evident how important friends and family really where to them as they, literally, were immediately surrounded and I got some awesome photographs.
I will award 2 points for the coolest way to leave the bride and groom notes wishing them well. A very old and operational manual typewriter was left out with fine paper to type on. Everyone who came by pounded out a few well wishes and, I know when I tried typing a note, I gained a new found respect for touch sensitive keyboards and the backspace button. 🙂 Once inside, everyone enjoyed a wonderfully prepared meal by the Umstead Hotel chef and some cool dinner sounds from Jeff Simpson. As the wedding reception progressed, the toasts, cake cutting and general hugs & well wishes all faded into the history of the day as everyone got out on the dance floor (including their wedding photographer). With a great soundtrack from the 80’s including the cars, psychedelic furs, echo and the bunnymen and many other bands from the era kept everyone moving until the end of the wedding. I’d like to extend my sincerest congratulations to Jason & Lisa for a wonderful marriage and thank you so much for having me as your wedding photographer.
And now on to a few photos!