Umstead Wedding | The Umstead Hotel | Christy & Charles

This week I was back at one of my favorite hotels for Christy & Charles wedding.  There is something special about an Umstead Wedding.  I’m not sure if its the service, the surroundings or just the fact I know most of the wonderful staff at the the Umstead Hotel.  Either way they really know how to host a beautiful wedding and are prepared for any circumstances – which we certainly faced this past weekend with threatening skies and very dubious weather forecasts.

The wedding day started out beautifully with both my wonderful clients getting ready at the Umstead  Hotel.  Ginger Mullins was working on the bridal hair & makeup for Christy in the Governors suite while the guys were out golfing.  After getting some awesome preparation photography, I turned my attention to photographing both of Christy’s beautiful wedding dresses.  As the Umstead Hotel rooms are gorgeous, I had no shortage of places to hang the dresses to get some great shots.  As the guys returned and got ready, I headed up to their room just as they were were getting ready to pay tribute to Charles father by cracking a few cans of his dad’s favorite bear, Pearl.  I know not everyone may get that, but it was a very touching moment and I was certainly touched to be part of it.

As we get ready to head out to the Umstead Hotel Lawn for the wedding, the skies were, well, not wanting to cooperate.  A light mist was coming down and while the guests were seated outside, we looked at the weather forecast and it was, well, not good.  Christy really wanted to married outside so Charles, being the awesome guy he is, made the call and said “Let’s do it”!  I think someone cashed in some Karma points as the very light rain stopped as soon as the ceremony began.  Even though the radar showed we should of been getting poured on, the skies remained sealed for the duration of the ceremony.

After the ceremony and couples portraits, we headed into the Umstead Hotel for the reception.  The Stone Age Romeo’s were brought in to get the reception jumping and right after the parent dances, they did just that!  This was the first time I had heard them play and I will definitely make time to go see them again!  As the reception wore on, Christy changed into her 2nd wedding dress and, well, let’s just say Charles was impressed.  As the wedding reception wore down, many of their close friends and family headed over to the Umstead bar to finish off the evening.  I am happy I was able to join them, sans camera, to help send them off in style!

Congratulations to you both!  Thank you so much for having me as your wedding photographer and I hope you enjoy this small sampling of photos from your wedding!

Umstead Wedding preperation

Watered Garden flowers Umstead Hotel wedding

Wedding dress at Umstead Hotel

groom getting ready at Umstead Hotel

pre wedding toast

groomsmen on Umstead Hotel balcony

Umstead Wedding groom portrait

Bride putting on dress

Mom crying after bride puts on dress

bridal portrait before umstead wedding

checking weather forecast before wedding

bride and groom see each other at wedding

Wedding rain at the Umstead Hotel

Umstead Hotel Wedding

Wedding at the Umstead Hotel

Umstead Hotel Wedding Photography

Outdoor wedding at Umstead Hotel

Umstead Hotel wedding on lawn

Umstead wedding portrait

wedding portraits at Umstead Hotel

bride & groom dancing outside the Umstead Hotel

unique wedding ring photograph

bride & groom dancing at Umstead Hotel

Umstead Hotel Wedding first dance

groom gives devil horns at wedding reception

Umstead Hotel reception

Umstead Hotel Wedding Reception

wedding toast at the Umstead Hotel

Dancing at umstead wedding reception

Wedding receptions at the Umstead Hotel

Stone Age Romeo's playing at wedding

Dancing at Wedding reception in the Umstead Hotel

  • KellyMay 1, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    BEAUTIFUL PICS!!! How come there’s only one of me and 3 of Chuck when I’m the bride’s sister lol!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debra KinsmanMay 1, 2010 - 5:35 pm

    Christy and Charles, what a beautiful day! The photos are just gorgeous!! Each photo captures the love and joy of your special day. Truly beautiful, congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Heather MorinMay 1, 2010 - 5:38 pm

    Brian – Christy and Charles pictures are BEAUTIFUL!! You did an excellent job for an excellent couple and you captured their love and the day in such a sentimental way!!! GREAT JOB!!!!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 1, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    beautiful photos! looks like such an amazing wedding. very happy for you christy!ReplyCancel

  • Rocco MarianiMay 1, 2010 - 5:48 pm

    Great jobs on the pictures Brian! Congratulations Christy and Charles!!ReplyCancel

  • Erika TougasMay 1, 2010 - 6:02 pm

    What an amazing job! The photos are AWESOME!!! Every moment and emotion was captured perfectly! What a beautiful bride and handsome groom!ReplyCancel

  • Eric FrederickMay 1, 2010 - 6:24 pm

    The shots of the celebratory dancing at the reception are fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Megan EliasMay 1, 2010 - 6:55 pm

    These pictures look great! You two look so happy together (: Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Erin EliasMay 1, 2010 - 6:57 pm

    The pictures are wonderful! What a beautiful bride and groom! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laurie FreitasMay 1, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    Christy the photos are amazing, congratulations once again!ReplyCancel

  • Pam RodriguezMay 1, 2010 - 7:58 pm


    The pictures are beautiful! Looks like the day was gorgeous from start to finish, what a story the pictures tell. You both look so in love, I wish you all the happiness in the world… may all your dreams together come true!

    Loving thoughts,

    Pam Rodriguez

    P.S. That’s some honkin’ ring… I’m referring to Charle’s, LOL!ReplyCancel

  • KayelilyMay 1, 2010 - 8:26 pm

    Great photos again and as always, Brian! Would love to have that one of me with the couple holding their hands up! For those who were not there, that was a hoorah for having made it all the way through the ceremony without the sky opening up on us! I have never talked so fast and skipped so many sentences to get us through the wonderful ceremony Christy and Charles created. Got in everything that was really important, especially the poem in tribute to their doggies! You can go read more about this wedding on my blog at

  • Nagela ClementMay 2, 2010 - 9:51 am

    Such a lovely wedding…the photos are AMAZING I’m so happy for you two…Best wishes and many blessings to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • TameraMay 2, 2010 - 4:41 pm

    Simply beautiful work as always, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley SouzaMay 2, 2010 - 6:50 pm

    Christy,Love the detail in the before the wedding pictures almost feels like a beautiful love story is being told.ReplyCancel

  • Jeff CastelloeMay 2, 2010 - 7:49 pm

    Great Couple, Great photos. Brian your photos continue to amaze me. Best of luck Charles and Christy. We look forward to seeing you in the future. JeffReplyCancel

  • HeidiMay 2, 2010 - 7:56 pm

    I really love how the weather was captured on the phone. Such a great shot!ReplyCancel

  • StellaMay 2, 2010 - 9:54 pm

    Brian, what a unique way to capture a unique day for a fabulous couple….the pictures are just simply AMAZING.

    Christy and Charles, may God bless and guide you on your journey as married couple.ReplyCancel

  • CarolineMay 3, 2010 - 7:35 am

    Hi Christy,
    Nice touch, including Pat Patriot in the makeup shot. Congrats to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole CarvalhoMay 3, 2010 - 8:41 am

    Christy, Congratulations again to you and your new husband. The pictures are amazing. I wish you both the best of luck!ReplyCancel

  • Maxine FooteMay 3, 2010 - 9:02 am

    Christy you looked like a princess! Both dresses were gorgeous! & Charles looked so handsome. I hope you were able to take sometime to take it all in……I look forward to seeing more pictures.

    Good things do come to those who wait!!

    (Love the Patriots shirt)ReplyCancel

  • Allison BelloneMay 3, 2010 - 9:37 am

    Hi Christy – You look absolutely gorgeous! It looks like you had beautiful weather too! Congratulations and best wishes to you both!ReplyCancel

  • ChristinaMay 3, 2010 - 10:32 am

    What a gorgeous wedding! Great job capturing the moment Brian!ReplyCancel

  • SarahMay 3, 2010 - 12:56 pm

    The pictures are just great!!! Christy, you look beautiful!!! Charles, ou are pretty handsome yourself!! You both look so happy and I am soooo happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn KnudsonMay 3, 2010 - 2:22 pm

    The pictures are awesome! My favorite one was you two walking and the look of joy on your face. You and Charles deserve happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Cyndi BurkettMay 3, 2010 - 3:16 pm

    These are just beautiful photos. Your images are so sharp and crisp, and very unique. It’s nice to see the black and white mixed in as well for they capture so much detail! Awesome job. And congrats to Christy and Charles!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi ReedMay 3, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    Christy and Charles – You both look raveshing…and just so very HAPPY!!! Looks like your wedding day was amazing, as it should be. Congratulations to both of you. I would say good luck, but it is obvious you don’t need luck because you have true love!!! Kisses to you both and of course to “The Kids” too.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda BaxterMay 4, 2010 - 11:55 am

    Hi Christy, Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of your special day. You looked amazing as did everyone else. I wish I new about Brian Mullins for my wedding, what a professional! Best of luck to you and Mark!ReplyCancel

  • MegMay 4, 2010 - 1:47 pm

    Christy, thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. You both look so happy and I love some of the spontaneous shots.ReplyCancel

  • revathiMay 5, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    Hi Christy,

    The pixs. are great and you look so gorgeous!

    Congrats and best wishes!

  • Mark KeterMay 6, 2010 - 11:42 am

    What a stylish and beautiful wedding! You guys looked great, and very happy! What a great couple! Congratulations guys!ReplyCancel

  • Bryan HeffernanMay 6, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    Great pictures Christy, looks like an awesome time. congratulationsReplyCancel

  • june huntMay 6, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    The pictures are great….Christy you and Charles look like movie stars….I guess it runs in the family had a fabulous time at your wedding ….you both look so happy and excited on your wedding day…great work by Brian and Ginger..
    So happy to have been a part of this great wedding…
    thanks to the folks who traveled to be there for my daughter and son-in-law…..

    Mom….aka JunieReplyCancel

  • KarenMay 6, 2010 - 6:41 pm

    I should have been there!!! The photos and story are beautiful and I wish I was there to share in your special day. BTW, where are the dogs? I am so happy for the both of you…… Take care. Much love, KarenReplyCancel

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