Beth and Reed’s Umstead Wedding!

Beth and Reed were married this past June at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. Beth came to us not knowing exactly what she wanted for her wedding, except that she liked the color green! After putting together a few design board ideas for her, she picked the one she liked the best and the planning took off from there. Throughout the entire planning process, Beth and Reed were amazing to work with and I loved every minute of it. They both truly trusted and valued our opinion and it made the planning experience so relaxed and enjoyable for both sides.

I always looked forward to any wedding appointment I had with the two of them. I don’t even know how we got anything done because most of the time was spent laughing.  Reed’s sense of humor is unmatched!  Both Beth and Reed have such vivacious personalities and they make a perfect pair in so many ways.

I was extremely excited when it came time for their big day! I was 9 months pregnant (their wedding day was actually my due date!) but I was determined to be there for their entire wedding (although I did have two of my lovely girls, Kailey and Gina, ready as back-up just in case)! I was thrilled that my bundle of joy was a great listener and planner, and waited until the wedding was over to arrive!  I left Beth and Reed’s reception that night and checked right into the hospital and Baby G was born the next day.  It was such a joy to be a part of Beth and Reed’s special day and see them start a life of laughter and happiness together!

Beth and Reed – Thank you for choosing A Southern Soiree to handle all the details of your wedding day! I enjoyed working with you so much and look forward to staying in touch!  Also, a big thanks for writing the review below on Wedding Wire!

“Our wedding on June 30, 2012 at Sacred Heart Cathedral and reception at The Umstead Hotel & Spa was absolutely perfect thanks to Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree! I run a small business and was worried about finding the time to plan a wedding and do my job and it never would have turned out so amazing without Megan and Gina! When I first met with Megan I had venues picked and thought I wanted the color green – that’s all I knew – and she took that and ran with it – selecting the perfect vendors for our taste, considering every detail that never would have crossed my mind and making sure I was happy every step of the way! PLUS Megan was nine months pregnant and due ON our wedding day and still spent the entire day making sure the wedding went off smoothly – she went into labor later that night- talk about the PERFECT planner! We adore Megan, Gina and A Southern Soiree and cannot recommend them more highly! We want to renew our vows annually just so they can plan the event!”

Dara Blakeley did a wonderful job capturing the fun-filled atmosphere of the night! Here are a few of our favorites : )

Beth’s amazing dress from Alexia’s Bridal Boutique

Love these colors in Beth’s bouquet!

Beth and her dad walking down the aisle at Sacred Heart Cathedral

Ceremony at Sacred Heart

Beautiful pew markers

Reed and his groomsmen :)

Beth and Reed’s invitation, programs, and guest book!
Love this guest book idea!

Beth and Reed’s reception space at The Umstead

 

Loved this outdoor seating space for guests!

Love these bar backs!

YUMMY hors d’oeuvres and carving station!

Tre Bella did an amazing job on the floral tablescapes

First Dance! What an adorable couple : )

Michel Jons Band got the crowd on their feet!!

These certainly helped ;)

Sweet Memories did a GREAT job with their cake!

The most DELICIOUS dessert bar (from the Umstead’s Super Talented Pastry Chef)

Guest cookie favors by Cookies by Design in Charlotte!

Signature Cosmos!

Bubble Exit!

Thanks to all the vendors that helped make this wedding perfect!

Ceremony Venue – Sacred Heart Cathedral

Reception Venue – The Umstead Hotel

Cake – Sweet Memories Bakery

Florist – Tre Bella Florist

Band – Michel Jons Band

Hair/Makeup – Margo Williams with Belloviso

Photographer – Dara Blakeley

Furniture – AFR  and Themeworks

Linens – CE Rental

Invitations – Maria Scheel Invitations

Programs and Guest Book Cards – The Green Kangaroo

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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