Jenny and Kory's Summertime Umstead Wedding!

Jenny and Kory were married this past July at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in downtown Raleigh and the reception was held at The Umstead in Cary, NC.  Jenny and Kory were such a fun couple to work with and they were very open to ideas and suggestions about the wedding  so we worked together over the past year to create exactly the vision they had for their perfect day.  Some of the amazing details from this wedding include:  a Gelato Bar from Sugarland bakery, a photobooth by Classic Carolina Photobooth, a cigar roller by Coastal Cigars out of Charleston, rented lounge furniture by Themeworks, a live ceremony painting by Tesh Parekh, a string quartet during the cocktail hour by Arioso Strings, and many other great items (listed or shown below).

I will really miss working with the Sasser family and Jenny and Kory but I am so happy to call them my friends now!  Thank you to Jenny for the wonderful review she wrote about her experience working with A Southern Soiree on Google:

“Our wedding on July 30, 2011 at Edenton Street UMC and reception at The Umstead Hotel & Spa was one of the best days of our lives! We started working with Megan last August and she helped us every step of the way and I cannot imagine planning it without her! She helped us with everything – hiring vendors, making appointments, timelines, ideas, you name it! Megan was always several steps ahead of us so we didn’t have to worry about a thing! If we ever had a concern, question, or problem Megan was always available to lend a helping hand. Hiring Megan was truly the best wedding decision we ever made! We love Megan and A Southern Soiree!”

Here are some of my favorite images of the day captured by Shane Snider Photography:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Me helping cut a string off the veil :)

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Jenny and her dad right before walking down the aisle...Jenny wore a stunning Vera Wang gown!

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The kiss!

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They're married!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wedding floral arrangements

Pretty table arrangements by Fresh Affairs

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The head table!

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The barbacks were a great add on that we rented... beautiful floral treatments made them pop even more!

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Gelato Bar by Sugarland... a wonderful summer treat!

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Jenny and her dad took a couple dance lessons the week before the wedding and it definitely showed during the Father/Daughter dance!

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Tesh presenting the live ceremony painting to Jenny and Kory at the reception! I love this idea.. such a special keepsake!

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All the men loved the Cigar Roller!

Although it rained that evening, the tent we added onto the terrace at the Umstead was a HUGE hit for smoking cigars and mingling outside! This is where we set up the lounge furniture too!

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The wedding cake by Sweet Memories

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Fun times with the photobooth!

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The cigars with the monogrammed band

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We carried this monogram throughout the wedding (seen here on the matches for the cigars). It was also used on the programs, the menu cards, the invitations, the gift bags, and their thank you notes!

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Beautiful menu card by Maria Scheel and linen by CE Rental

Congrats to Jenny and Kory…it was such a pleasure working with you over the past year and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Thank you to these vendors for making Jenny and Kory’s day such a memorable event:

Reception Venue:  The Umstead Hotel (Big thanks to Ami and Daniel and their staff)

Photographer:  Shane Snider Photography

DJ:  Joe Bunn with  Bunn DJ Company

Florist:  Fresh Affairs

Videographer:  Heart Stone Films

Cake:  Sweet Memories

Gelato Bar; Sugarland

Invitations, Menu Cards, Programs, etc:  Maria Scheel Invitations

Linens:  CE Rentals

Lounge Furniture:  A Themeworks

Barbacks: AFR

Tent:  Classic Party Rentals

Ceremony Painter:  Tesh Parekh

Cigar Roller:  Coastal Cigars

Cocktail Music:  Arioso Strings

Photobooth:  Classic Carolina Photobooth

Makeup:  Belloviso (Margo Williams)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Gillikin

Megan Gillikin

Megan Brewer Gillikin is the owner and lead consultant at A Southern Soiree. After receiving her Hospitality and MBA degrees from ECU, Megan worked as an Event Planner with various hotels, helping her bring insight and expertise to the industry when it comes to perfecting large-scale events. Her infectious personality and passion for hospitality puts clients at ease, and her ability to personalize ideas for each client shines through in every event, as seen in her Style Me Pretty feature.

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