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The Umstead Hotel and Spa , a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property in sleepy Cary, North Carolina , is proof that a fairytale “I do” can come true for almost anyone. With a calming neutral-tone aesthetic, a stunning lakefront backdrop and an overall sense of natural harmony that emanates throughout the property, The Umstead exudes a peace capable of making any wedding day feel like a royal affair. Kelly and Drew Heberer were certainly blown away by the hotel’s charms, which might explain why they decided to exchange vows at The Umstead on June 3, 2017. The following breathtaking images from photographer Caroline Lima are from the couple’s memorable day. As their first anniversary approaches, we spent a few moments with Lima, the newlyweds, and a bride-to-be with her eyes set on The Umstead to get a better understanding of the property’s matrimonial magic. “We were in search of a local venue where our guests could escape for the weekend and feel as if they were on vacation,” says Kelly Heberer. “Our wedding planner suggested we explore The Umstead Hotel and Spa, and we are so glad we did. Although centrally located in the Raleigh-Durham area, The Umstead felt as if was tucked away from the world and allowed for us to truly engage with and enjoy our loved ones during such a special time.” If loved ones need easy access to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (less than six miles from the hotel) or want to be within shouting distance of downtown Raleigh (under 10 miles), they’re in luck here. It doesn’t much matter if you’re planning a wedding in April, August or any other time, the evergreen-enveloped property is always ready for its close-up.
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