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One of the best things about spring is all the gorgeous Southern weddings (you know, before the heat and humidity get so unbearable that everyone melts). This lovely lake wedding by Elizabeth Scott Photography is one such example. The location was a combination of both Hillary and Travis' interests: a little water for her, a little golf for him. The details for this wedding are classic, traditional perfection! And make sure to read below for Hillary's advice on avoiding a unity candle mishap!

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What was your vision for the day?

My vision for the day was simple, classic, and relaxed! The only DIY project I did was the programs. I bought the paper from Michael's and made them in Microsoft Word and had them printed at Kinko's. We decided to opt out of having a favor for guests at the reception and instead made a donation to our favorite charity in our guests' honor. The details were printed in the program.

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

When selecting I knew I wanted a venue that was close to water, something that I always love being near! Plus, Travis fell in love with the idea of being allowed to play at a totally private Greg Norman course... for free!


What was the most meaningful part of your day?
I would say the most meaning part of the day was that our pastor/officiant not only was my childhood pastor but was also the pastor/officiant that married my Dad and step-mom. We were very excited when we learned he was able to perform the ceremony.

Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?

There were two things, one starts with the story of when I was the flower girl at my father and step-mother's wedding, 25 years ago, I was told to walk up the aisle and stand on a quarter that Dad had placed for me but when I reached the end of the aisle someone had so kindly picked up my quarter. On our wedding day, Dad had also placed a quarter at the end of the aisle for me to stand on. It was perfect because any nerves or jitters I had all disappeared when I saw my quarter! The second and probably only thing, that I know of, to go wrong during the ceremony was the un-lightable unity candle! After three attempts, we were finally able to light it! I would say if any brides are thinking of a unity candle, light the candles before the ceremony, blow them out, and then set them up. We think the fresh wick of the candle coupled with also being inside a hurricane globe were factors.

How did you know your partner was "the one"?

Travis and I had only dated for a few months before I knew he was the one. I knew when everything just seemed to be easy and natural. It was as if we should have known each other all our lives. Travis and I met on an online dating website and I knew he was special before I even met him for the first time. He sent me an email every morning before he headed off to work (just before 6 am), my phone would 'ding' and I would read it and lay back down grinning ear to ear. I still have every single one and I will cherish them always!

Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?

Other than lighting your unity candle before hand, I would say that you should not get caught up in details of the day. At the end of the day, you and your fiance will be married and that is all that matters! Also, during your day, I would make a point to take mental snap shots of as many thing as you can and savor everything because it will be over before you know it. I don't miss planning my wedding but I do miss our wedding day.

Vendors:
Photographer: Elizabeth Scott Photography
Venue: The Point Lake and Golf Club (now Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte)
Dress: Liancarlo gown from Alexia's Bridal Boutique in Raleigh, NC. The bridesmaid dresses were navy Watters dresses from J. Majors in Charlotte, NC. Junior bridesmaids dresses were from J Crew.
Shoes: Nina
Groom and groomsmen Attire: Jos A. Bank
Catering and event planning: The Point Lake and Golf Club
Flowers: Willow Branch Flowers and Design
Band: Part Time Party Time Band - Lead singer, Danny Pierce, is one of my Dad's cousins. I had always known they would be the band at my wedding.