Michele’s dream proposal was getting engaged in Paris. While looking for spring vacation ideas, Russell looked up flights to Paris and planned a last minute trip. He told Michele over and over again he was not proposing. She was disappointed, but became suspicious when he wouldn’t let her near the safe in their hotel room. On their second morning, Michele thought it would be fun to test him — she got ready for the day in front of the safe and asked him for her watch. Eventually she had to leave the room to put on lipstick and Russell was able to grab the ring.
Russell took Michele to lunch on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower at Le Jules Verne. Despite her attempts to spark a proposal, Russell didn’t flinch — he thought it was too cliché. He led the way to the Jardin du Luxembourg and found a bench with privacy.
While in conversation, Michele made a remark about not having a dreamy Eiffel Tower proposal. Russell replied, “Well, I am proposing today. I have something for you.” Michele was so shocked. She didn’t scream or cry, and doesn’t remember saying yes or hearing “will you marry me?” A few minutes later, Michele realized Russell didn’t get down on one knee. When she asked about it, he said he didn’t want to get his dress pants dirty. He already gave her the perfect proposal.
Our Lady of Lourdes
2718 Overbrook Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27608
The ceremony begins at 2:00 PM. Dress code will be semi-formal.
Leading up to the reception, guests will have a few hours to enjoy on their own while we take photos and celebrate being newlyweds with our family and bridal party. Here’s our recommendations:
- Get a cup of coffee – Morning Times, Cup a Joe, Joule
- …or a mid-afternoon cocktail – Raleigh Times, Busy Bee, Mitch’s
- Eat dessert – Videri Chocolate Factory, Lucettegrace
- Check out one of Raleigh’s breweries – Crank Arm Brewery, Boylan Bridge Brewpub (the best view of Raleigh), Big Boss Brewing Company
- Go shopping – Crabtree Valley Mall, Cameron Village, North Hills
- Take a break to refresh – Consider an outfit change, freshen up for the reception at your hotel room, take nap, check on your pets, etc.
- Join us for the reception only — We’ll understand if you can’t make it to the ceremony but want to celebrate with us over dinner, drinks and art.
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
The reception begins with cocktail hour at 6:30 PM and ends at 10:30 PM.
- May Chung
- Jane Dail
- Sarah Frye
- Kate Shefte
- Erin Brown
- Andrew Henson
- Nick Uhland
- Andrew Blackburn
- Paul McCauley
- Clinton Chandler
The following accommodations are ideal for out of town guests who want to stay near the North Carolina Museum of Art.
- Hampton Inn and Suites Raleigh/Cary-I-40 (PNC Arena):
Located nine miles from the airport, The Hampton Inn is a great option for visitors looking for easy access to sporting attractions and local entertainment.
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- Hyatt Place Raleigh West:
The Hyatt Place Raleigh West is a LEED certified hotel in the Raleigh Corporate Center Park.
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- Ramada Raleigh:
The closest hotel to the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Ramada is located off Interstate 440 on the outskirts of downtown.
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If you’d like to stay downtown where there are more restaurants, bars and activities, look into the Raleigh Marriott City Center or Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.
Guests looking for a splurge-worthy stay should consider The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. The bride and groom love the spa and think Herons provides the best culinary experience in the Triangle.
We recently moved to New York City and are short on space in our apartment. In lieu of a traditional registry, we set up a Honeyfund where you can contribute to our honeymoon. After unwinding for two days, we’re jetting off for a week in Venice and Paris.
Instructions: Please print out the voucher provided by Honeyfund when you make a selection. Place the voucher and a check in our cards box at the reception. We want to thank you when we return from our adventures abroad!