Last April, I was privileged to be part of Jaunice and Ben’s wedding, but rather than blog about the entire wedding here, I wanted to focus specifically on the wedding preparation pictures at the Umstead Hotel and Spa.
The Umstead Hotel & Spa | Wedding Preparation
Wedding preparation is a very important part of the overall wedding day story. We prefer to begin every wedding day several hours before the ceremony to capture this precious time leading up to the main event (the ceremony). Wedding preparation can often run longer than planned, which is why we want to be there so we can transition easily into nabbing a few portraits before the ceremony.
For this wedding in particular, we started the day at around noon. Lauren, my primary second shooter, photographed the gentlemen getting ready. I was with the beautiful bride, Jaunice getting pictures of the details, the makeup, the dress, and so on.
Even though this blog post is focused only on the wedding preparation, there were still so many truly memorable moments. I was particularly entertained by Jaunice’s mom as she jumped on the bed while she and Jaunice’s sisters attended to her gown. Ben’s father also helped him get ready. And of course, Jaunice’s reaction to her wedding gift from Ben was priceless.
We were also able to get a portrait in the ceremony area of the Umstead, which was particularly important to Jaunice. She had originally wanted her wedding ceremony there, but she had too many guests for their capacity. Thankfully, the Prestonwood Country Club was happy to accommodate them—but Jaunice still got her Umstead wedding portrait all the same.
And who wouldn’t want to make full use of the Umstead as a wedding venue? It’s a beautiful location surrounded by nature, but it’s not a long drive away from Raleigh, either. The outside space at the Umstead provides a serene and tranquil backdrop for a ceremony with a dramatic pathway leading to the lake. In addition to its natural beauty, this venue has an artsy feeling to it that draws in couples from all over. Spending time at the Umstead is a way to relax and escape from the world.
As you can see, so many precious, beautiful and stylistic moments can be captured hours before you say “I do.” I’m grateful to Jaunice and Ben as well as other couples like them who allow me to be part of those moments of anticipation just before a wedding ceremony.
Venue: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Planner: Nicole Yvette Signature Events
MUA: Chantay Ingram
Florist: Embellished Blooms