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LAUREN AND GEORGE'S WEDDING

May, 2009 in Cary
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Ceremony: The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Florist:

Daniels' Florist

2829 Jones Franklin Rd
Raleigh, NC, United States

"I met with Daniel himself, and discussed what I wanted for my bouquets and centerpeices. He was very helpful and honest in giving ideas to keep the cost down and he did not come off as the type to promote the most expensive arrangements, etc. that the florist could provide. They were on time the day of the wedding, and the centerpeices were beautiful. Daniel gave me the option to buy my own glass vases as it is normally cheaper to do that than to buy them from the florist, which you can do if you like. I only had one issue...I had asked for "streamers" just 2 ribbons to hang down my bridesmaids bouquets and they were not on there. I actually had bought ribbon for it specifically and it was not on there at all. Although this was a hiccup they added extra flowers on the tables during cocktail hour, which I did not ask for, but was a nice addition. With this review, keep in mind I only used hydrangeas a very simple set up, that was it, so I do not know how other arrangements would come out. The reason I used this florist is because I was referred to them by a friend's sister. So that is 2 happy customers."

Photographer:

C2 Photo Concepts

Apex, NC, United States

Videographer:

Ingenious Videos

Cary, NC, USA

Ceremony:

The Umstead Hotel & Spa

100 Woodland Pond Dr
Cary, NC 27513

"This hotel was spectacular!!! They have wedding down to an art form. From the first day you step in to inquire about your wedding to the week after your wedding you deal with one main person, the Social Catering Manager, Ami Wheeler. She is fantastic and is director for the wedding ceremony, which is included in the price for the ceremony. The setting can't be beat. Cocktail hour was situated outdoor on a terrace and you could also walk inside too. For the reception the food is awesome to say the least...we are still getting compliments on the food. We could get up to 3 different entree selections for everyone, or you have a choice of buffett style. The hotel room you get with the package is a bridal suite, and it is huge and on the ground level so you can look out the window while getting ready and you can see them setting up the ceremony and when your guest start arriving. All I can say is I would not have wanted to have it anywhere else. You also get free run for photos that day in the hotel, the hotel has such a nice setting and so much artwork, you can have photos taken in front of them. It makes for very unique wedding photos. All in all a wonderful place, the entire staff there was great. Sorry it's so long!"

Hotel:

Country Inn and Suites Raleigh Durham Airport‎

201 Airgate Dr
Morrisville, NC 27560

Hotel:

Embassy Suites

201 Harrison Oaks Blvd
Cary, NC 27513

Hotel:

Hitlon Garden Inn near RDU ariport

1500 Rdu Center Dr
Morrisville, NC 27560

Hotel:

La Quinta Inns & SuitesAddress:‎

1001 Aerial Center Pkwy
Morrisville, NC 27560

Hotel:

TownePlace Suites Raleigh Cary/Weston Parkway

120 Sage Commons Way
Cary, NC 27513

Restaurant:

Char-Grill

3211 Edwards Mill Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 781-2945

""Char-Grill is truly a Raleigh original, and no visit to the Capital City is complete without stopping in for that delicious, flame-cooked taste." There are a 5 locations, but this is the closest. If you want a great burger and a thick milk shake, this is the place to go. Remember to place your order with a pencil and pad, it's not like other food places, you'll see. =) If you don't see the toppings you want, write it down and they'll put it on there for you. Meals for 2 are under $15, it's a place that George and I go to EVERY time we visit the area. FYI- the only seating is outside at picnic tables."

Restaurant:

Ruth's Chris Steak House

2010 Renaissance Park Pl
Cary, NC 27513
919.677.0033

"Another well known steak house. This is actually within walking distance of The Umstead Hotel."

Restaurant:

State Farmer's Market Restaurant

1240 Farmers Market Dr
Raleigh, NC 27603, US
919.755.1550

"About a 15-20 minute drive from The Umstead Hotel. Being right across the street from the Raleigh State Farmer's Market, the freshest ingrdients are used. Only open for breakfast and lunch, but breakfast is served alllll day. Inexpensive southern breakfast, and for those of you not familiar with country ham, be forwarned that it's VERY salty. If that's not what you're looking for you can always try the NC Seafood Market for a huge plate of fried seafood, it's only a 1 minute walk."

Restaurant:

The Angus Barn

9401 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27617
919-781-2444

"Raleigh's Premier Steak House. It's a little pricey, but the atmosphere and food are worth it if you like beef! You might even get a glimps of someone famous here."

Restaurant:

The Bonefish Grill

2060 Renaissance Park Pl
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 677-1347

"This is a fairly new seafood restaurant that has been popping up all over the country. With a wonderful selection of seafood and steaks, and soups and salads to satisfy everyones needs. Also with in walking distance to The Umstead Hotel."

Attraction:

NC State Fairgrounds

1025 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 821-7400

"A very close drive to the hotel. The NC Flea Market, Carolina Boat show and sale, and It's GOT to be NC Festival will be held during the weekend of May 30th. Check out the website for more info. Addmission to the Flea Market and GOT to be NC Festival are free."

Attraction:

NC State Farmer's Market

1201 Agriculture St
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 733-7417

"Hours Of Operation Monday thru Saturday 5:00am - 6:00pm Sundays 8:00am - 6:00pm A large farmer's market where you can walk around and try fruits and other free samples. There is usually an abundance of all types of plant shops, and specialty canned goods made in NC stores."

Shopping Mall:

Crabtree Valley Mall

Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC 27612

"An indoor mall with many different types of stores including department stores, and also has many restaurants to choose from. About a 10 minute drive from The Umstead Hotel."

Shopping Mall:

North Hills

4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave
Raleigh, NC 27609

"North Hills Mall is a newly revamped and upscale outdoor mall. There are many boutique type stores and trendy places to eat. There is also a movie theater and a Target."

Shopping Mall:

The Streets at Southpoint

6910 Fayetteville Rd
Durham, NC 27713

"This is a fairly new mall with store and restaurants in an indoor and outdoor setting. If you are interested in a different type of mall this is it. Outside there are many fountains and benches where you can relax. There is also a movie theater at this mall, and some weekends with nicer weather live music will be present."

Gardens:

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

4301 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606

"A good place to look at different species of beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers from the north and south. It is only 8 acres so it can be a fast or relaxing stroll. Many brides in the area have their bridal portraits taken here."

Gardens:

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

426 Anderson St
Durham, NC 27705

"If you are interested in any type of gardening this is a must see. Many weddings occur here, and this is also where many Duke students go to relax on a towel in the grass. There are many water features and the flowers are stunning. Definitely worth the drive to see it!"

Parks:

Lake Lynn

7921 Ray Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613

"A park that George and I have always enjoyed going to. It's a great place to feed ducks, geese, and lots of trutles, bike, jog, bird watch, and walk. The entire lake is between 2-3 miles around and takes about 45 minutes to walk it entirely. Free of charge to visit."

Parks:

Shelley Lake

1400 W Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612

"Enjoy a walk, jog, or bike on a paved trail around Shelley Lake. It is free of charge to visit. Paddle boats, jon boats, and canoes are available to rent, see website for prices."

Hiking:

Umstead State Park

1800 N Harrison Ave
Cary, NC 27513

"Gravel and well marked dirt trails with flowing streams and 3 lakes over 5,000 acres of land right next door to our hotel. Make sure to take a look at the trail marker and maps before going out, we also advise to bring bug repelent. This is also and all time favorite ours, we have been on pretty much every trail in this park, so please ask us if you have any questions. At the Glenwood Ave. entrance there are canoe rentals."

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