Virginia and Gary kept running into each other for years before their relationship blossomed. Obviously the timing just wasn’t right but once it was, theirs was a most interesting relationship that took place on both coasts. With Gary’s December 2010 retirement, they are now living here in Cary and get to be under the same roof at last. At some point in the process Virginia witnessed a double rainbow - a sure sign of double luck and hope - so great times are ahead for sure!
They wanted a small, elegant wedding with an intimate setting and chose The Umstead Hotel and Spa as their location. The ceremony and cocktail hour took place in the very private Cedar Room and was followed by a special dinner at Herons, the wonderful restaurant at the hotel. Everything was handled perfectly (as always) by Ami Wheeler, the hotel’s Social Catering Manager.
Most of their guests came in from out of town to help them celebrate and it was fun meeting and chatting with them all. One of the things I learned was that Virginia’s daughter loves ballroom dancing and I was able to tell her about a very nice ballroom in our area. Hope she gets a chance to go out and enjoy it.
Their musicians for the ceremony and cocktail hour were the incomparable Arioso Strings. The violin and cello music filled up that room and provided the perfect backdrop for the emotions of love and friendship shared between everyone.
Their photographer was Kevin Milz and I could tell from watching him work that there are going to be some great photos. Can’t wait to see them when they are posted online! Here’s a photo of Kevin that I took. He’s a very nice man and a highly skilled photographer - always a great combination.
The lovely bouquets were provided by the talented Steven Taras of The Watered Garden. He does all the floral decorations at The Umstead and his artistry is always on display. I love his work. Unfortunately my photo of Virginia and her bouquet do not do either of them justice, but surely Kevin will have some nice photos with his pics.
Virginia and Gary, I want to thank you again for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful time in your life. And Gary, I will always remember with fondness that charming little pat on the fanny that you gave Virginia right after your first kiss as husband and wife. It was so husbandly and human and it spoke volumes about the friendly, honest relationship you have together. It makes my heart smile every time I think of it.