Wedding Day Survival Kit

We’re about to officially open for wedding season (our first vintage wedding of the year will be just a few short weeks from now)! If you’re in your final stages of wedding planning, you’ll want to pay attention to this post. And if you’re in the early stages of wedding planning, this is a great thing for you to take care of right now so you can rest easy knowing you’re going to be taken care of on wedding day.
You’re going to want a wedding day survival kit. That’s right. A survival kit. And the earlier you get it ready, the better you’ll feel throughout your entire wedding planning process. Every element of your wedding day is a glorious opportunity for something amazing to happen. Unfortunately, they’re equally an opportunity for something to go awry. And we definitely don’t want that happening to you! So, do yourself a favor and find these things and put them in your kit right now (or at least add it to your “to do”s for the weekend. ;)).
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Photography by Graceology
This is one of the best lists of supplies we’ve seen so far. If you were going to any other venue, we’d say to take the time (and money) to pack two sets of this list (sans the bride’s fingernail polish and tampons) so that your guys can be prepared, too. Thankfully, our suites are close enough that sharing is not a problem at all. And believe us, the guys will be asking for supplies on wedding day; they almost always do.
Wedding Day Survival Kit
chalk (to cover stains/spills on your dress)
sewing kit
extra stockings
bobby pins
thread that matches dresses and tuxes
hairspray (for hair and to stop bleeding)
kleenex
hem tape
needle
hairdryer
lint brush(es)
safety pins
small scissors
brush
comb
iron
straight pins
buttons
static-cling spray
super glue (broken heels happen all the time)
earring backs or extra earrings
baby powder
eye drops
clear nail polish
contact solution
medicines
nail polish in bride’s color
mints
acid relief
nail file or emery board
tampons & pads
antacid
straws (to not smudge your lipstick)
bandaids
headache medicine
baby wipes
dental floss
anti-wrinkle spray
small, portable mirror
water bottles
mouth wash
cell phone
watch (maybe send it over to the guy’s suite? ;))
umbrella
cell phone charger
vendor’s phone numbers (on paper)
Special tips:
Don’t skimp on the umbrella, even if there is 0% chance of rain. You might even need it to keep cool from the sun.
Handkerchiefs aren’t necessary but an added benefit. Plus, they turn into sentimental mementos of the day.

Engagements and Weddings

Did you get engaged this past weekend for Valentine’s Day? Congratulations! You’re definitely not alone! You’re in great company with 5,999,998 other people who got engaged last week, including Lady Gaga. Do you plan on making a nod to your Valentine’s Day engagement during your wedding? Or what about your non-Valentine’s Day engagement? We’ve seen couples do all kinds of creative things to acknowledge the first step in their marriage: engagement.

Incorporating memories from your engagement (or your relationship) is a great way to personalize your wedding. It can give you fun ideas to theme an element of your big day, and make it so much more meaningful than finding an idea on pinterest to copy (though we love that, too!!). It will be something that only you and your spouse share together (because no one else said “yes” at the exact same time and place as you!), and you can let all your closest friends and family in on the fun! They’ll love hearing the story of how he popped the question, and including a momento or special element from your engagement will help your guests feel like they’re part of your story. And they’ll probably love that.

We’ve seen tons of great ideas of ways to incorporate engagements (and relationships) into weddings.

You could provide your guests with a momento as a favor. Did you get engaged at a special place? What about providing favors to your guests with a matchbook or glass from there? Did you get engaged on Valentine’s Day? Conversation hearts might be a cute way to relive the memories.

Maybe you could provide your guests with an experience similar to the one you shared the day you got engaged (e.g. did you get engaged at the park and play Frisbee golf before the picnic dinner where he proposed? You could set up a mini Frisbee golf course on wedding day or even a picnic themed dessert bar with some of the treats you shared on your picnic.)

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Photography by James Paul Photography
You could wear a token of your engagement. Did he propose after a fun night of bowling out on the town? You could kick off those ceremony heels or flats and dance the night away in some bowling shoes!

You could take guests there with a flavor reminiscent of your engagement. Did you have Italian fare the evening of your engagement? How about adding tiramisu to the dessert bar?

You could incorporate flowers from your engagement. We’ve seen brides use dried rose petals to dust the aisle from flowers they received when they got engaged.

There are tons of ways to celebrate your engagement long after the day has passed. Thankfully, Spring Lake provides the perfect canvas for you to completely customize your wedding day!

Rustic Wedding Venue Spotlight

We’ve been featured in websites, blogs and even magazines since our opening a few years ago. But some things come as a surprise. I got this on my driveway this weekend and was surprised to see Spring Lake featured on the front cover. Thanks Joe Keith Photography for submitting your photo of our lovely rustic wedding venue to Chapel Hill News and Views.

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Every bride is important to us. It doesn’t matter if you found us on The Knot, a photographer’s website or even a local magazine in your driveway. We’re still thankful and blessed to take care of you on your wedding day.

Special Announcement coming soon!

Hey y’all! We have a special announcement on the way specifically for brides looking for a vintage wedding! We’ve listened to past couples and have made a HUUUGE addition to our venue that’s going to make your weddings even more gorgeous and even help you keep some money in your pocket! We’re so excited to announce it, but it’s still under wraps for a few more days. :D So exciting!

Award-winning vintage wedding florist

Did you know that when you pick up your phone and give Spring Lake a call, you’re going to chat with an award-winning, super-friendly, and crazy talented florist? Yes, that’s right! Renty (the lady in charge of Spring Lake’s vintage weddings) was an award-winning florist before she dreamed up the vision for Spring Lake. Now, not only does she make amazing happen on vintage wedding days, but she also spends hours before wedding days creating gorgeous flower arrangements.

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This incredible bouquet was designed by Renty! Isn’t it gorgeous!

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I know, I know. It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. Want to hear the best part, every one of our affordable vintage wedding packages includes flowers! I know! It’s almost unbelievable. But it’s true. Promise.

Georgia Vintage wedding

If you’re looking for the perfect place in Georgia for a vintage wedding, we’ve got just the place for you. If you’re looking for a wedding venue with authentic vintage church pews, we know where to find them. And if you’re wanting a place surrounded with nothing but natural beauty, we’ve got the perfect place in mind. And if you dream of a wedding venue where you can wear cowboy (or cowgirl) boots and a lacy wedding dress…well, you know. Our wedding venue is a refreshing sip of Southern sweet tea when it comes to Georgia vintage weddings. Yep, that’s right. We’ve got Southern charm and vintage flair hiding in all the right places around our wedding venue. We’re going to highlight a few of the vintage elements that we just love in today’s blog post. But remember, these are just the highlights!

Let’s talk about the outside of our Georgia vintage wedding venue. We’ve got the cutest little red canoe that you ever did see floating on our spring-fed lake. There’s a cute rusty bicycle leaning against a tree, just like you probably left in the front yard ten or maybe 15 years ago. We have hand-made signs to show your guests the way through our venue. We love our red screened-in gazebo on the lake. It’s decorated with the perfect vintage fishing decor that you’d want to see right by the lake, and it’s complete with not one, but two swings and extra seating. There’s even a dock for photos and a squeaky (okay…it’s not that squeaky, it just looks squeaky) screen door. It has it’s own little entry area complete with an American flag (we love our veterans!). And last, but certainly not least, we’ve got the old man of a truck. He’s old, creaky, and definitely rusty, but he’s been good to us, so we’re good to him. Wedding photographers looove using him for fun photos on wedding day.

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Photography by Graceology

And now, for the inside of the venue. If you walk up the front steps of the rustic wedding barn, you’ll be graced with some of the most attractive landscaping you’ve seen in Georgia. We’ve deliberately chosen natural (but well-taken care-of) plantings in our landscape areas to greet you on your way into the reception barn. And speaking of deliberately, our reception barn was carefully designed to meet all your needs on wedding day. We didn’t convert a rickety old barn into a wedding venue, we just made a new one to look vintage. We built this beauty from scratch to meet every wedding need you have. From getting ready in separate suites decorated in vintage and rustic decor items, to a kitchen made for a caterer, all the way down to taking advantage of the summer breezes with the perfect vintage-looking barn-door openings, we have created this place for you. We’ve adorned the high tin ceilings with awesome chandeliers, boats, and sparkling grapevines. And on the ground level, there are vintage light fixtures, vintage accent furniture pieces, and our vintage-inspired sofa. Have you seen it in the photos? Yep. That’s here for you to use, too!

Gah! We know you’re so excited to have your Georgia vintage wedding at Spring Lake, you want to get married right now!! Unfortunately we’re almost booked for the entire year, but you do need to give us a call right now to reserve your 2016 wedding date with us. 770.377.6962

Spring at Spring Lake

Hello cold January! If you’ve seen our calendar, you probably know by now that we don’t book weddings in the winter months. That’s for 2 reasons. 1) So you don’t have to get married in the freezing cold. 2) So we don’t have to watch you get married in the freezing cold. And okay, one more. 3) Because we LOVE spring, summer, and fall weddings so much, who needs winter ones!!!

Speaking of spring, it’s only a couple of months away! I know, I know, it’s hard to believe that in just two short months, you’ll be working on your summertime tan and the swim suit sections will be filled to the brim with diet-and-workout-inducing fashions. And if you’re getting married in spring or summer, you’ll probably be thinking about shrinking into that stunning wedding dress of yours.

But we love spring for more than swimsuits and diets; we love spring for all the gorgeous wedding excitement it brings! Did you know that brunch-time weddings are a hit these days? And they’re perfect for spring! Believe it or not, Spring Lake is the perfect place for a spring brunch-time wedding. We’ve got warm spring breezes. And soft grassy fields. And the Weeping Willows awake with the most gorgeous apple-green color you’ve ever seen. And we’ve even got the gorgeous woodland backdrop if that’s your thing, too.

Photography by James Paul Photography

 

We’ve had both vibrant “Hello Spring!!” weddings full of hot pink and bright purple, and soft pastel whispers of “Spring is in the air” with soft pink dresses and grey suits. Both play out beautifully here. Spring Lake is such a versatile venue! That’s one of the reasons we love it!

If you’re having a spring wedding, you get to be first in line for the year before all your friends start throwing their summer soirees. Your guests will welcome the sunshine beaming down on their face, and the drive through the country this time of year is so full of life and promise. And you’ll probably be guaranteed to have a not-hot wedding (unless maybe you get married in mid-late May–it’s such a wildcard!). That means you can pick any type of dress you want (even tea length!) and the guys won’t be taking off their suit jackets every time you turn around (a problem during summer photos, for sure!). And there’s always a chance for spring-time showers. Bummer? No way! It’s just an opportunity to wear adorable rain boots and carry that polkadotted umbrella you love during photos. :) Plus, we’ve totally got the ceremony covered if there’s rain. No really. Literally: in our reception barn.

And one of our favorite parts about spring is the extra wildlife. You probably wouldn’t have guessed that one, right? It’s the time of year when the bees are busy buzzing through the fields, and the birds are dancing through the sky.

So, while we’re all sunggled away in the blissfully cold days of winter, we’re sending warm thoughts of beautiful spring-time weddings your way!

 

 

A few of our favorite things…

For our last blog post, we looked back at the amazing year we had for 2014. And today we are so excited about what the future holds for 2015. We know you’ve got some amazing plans up your sleeve and we can’t wait to see them! Every single wedding is so unique and we just love each. and. every. single. adorable. one.

Since it’s the end of the year and all (and the beginning of a new one), we are going to dig up some of our favorite posts from 2014 for you.

Our Wedding Venue Secret Sauce You’ll see a lot of facebook posts from engaged couples or even families of brides and grooms commenting on how gorgeous our venue is. And they’re right, we love it here. But that’s not the real reason couples have their weddings at Spring Lake. Want to know our secret sauce? It’s in this blog post. (Not in the pudding. That would be gross.)

How to Book Our Vintage Wedding Venue Here’s some good stuff for ya. This is THE post you need to find out anything you ever wanted to know about reserving your wedding date here a Spring Lake. We’re almost completely booked for 2015, but if you just got engaged and are thinking about a 2016 wedding, you’ll want to start here. You’re welcome.

Photography by Graceology Photography

Hip Rehearsal Dinners Why do we love this post? Because it makes us feel pretty cool. Before everyone started touting the coolness of food trucks, we laid it all out there on the line for ya. You’ve officially got the skinny on the wedding food truck scene in Atlanta.

Our Latest Review We absolutely hang on every kind word you say in your reviews! Sure, we hear great things about this gorgeous place all the time (who wouldn’t want to get married here?! It’s truly gorgeous!), but when you take the time to write out a card or type out a review online it just melts our hearts. We love you guys. And we love it that you love us, too.

It’s Going To Be Perfect It’s one of our favorite blog posts ever. Why? Because it’s full of down-home, full-hearted truth. Truly. Every single detail you planned out isn’t going to go to plan. You might have a big whoopsie or it might be a tiny detail out of order, but something is going to get off track somewhere. But you know what? It’s okay. It really is. We promise. You’re marrying your best friend, the guy (or gal) of your dreams. And when you get to go home that night, you’ll get to start your forever with that person. What could be more important than that?

So, there you have it! A rundown of some of our favorite blog posts from 2014. We can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!! But we do know one thing…It’s going to be amazing!

Amazing weddings. Amazing year.

What a year it’s been! We just want to invite you to join us in celebrating another amazing year of the most gorgeous weddings we’ve ever seen. Our couples are just the best, and are always surprising us with gorgeous and thoughtful details throughout the year. We love seeing all the little details you’ve spent time and effort on during your wedding planning. Even if all your wedding planning ideas all came from Pinterest, no one put them together in the exact way that you did. With those specific colors, or the combination of the wagon with the burlap cushion with lace ruffles. Your weddings have been so unique.
We’ve loved seeing the vintage furniture you’ve brought in to display your wedding reception goodies. And those gorgeous cake stands you created. Oh, and we loved every single groom’s cake this year! You are so creative! You’ve come up with so many different uses for chalkboards and mason jars, and even tree slices! It’s amazing! And your dresses. Each one is so unique, and so gorgeous on you, and you were absolutely breathtaking. Really.
 
And finally, we hang on every kind word you’ve shared with us. We know your time is valuable (especially the first few months of sweet marriage), and we are truly thankful for the time you put into writing out those kind words. The letters melt our hearts, and we proudly boast about the online reviews you give us.
We’ve laughed with you along the way, and shed some tears, too. We watched as you sweetly promised your love and life to your dearest friend. We helped look for that sentimental thing you lost and had to have for the ceremony. We laughed along while watching your bridal party goof off and make you laugh during your photos. We stood by with warm joy in our hearts as we watched you dance with your Grandmas, and felt like a piece of us was driving away with you at the end of the night. You’ve become a part of the fabric that is Spring Lake. Our wedding venue wouldn’t be what it is without you here.
So, as you’re sitting as snug as a bug in your house tonight, we hope you’re sipping some hot cocoa and remembering the best day of your year–and hopefully, your life. It has been our pleasure hosting you and being a part of something so remarkable and as special as your wedding. It was absolutely amazing. We wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Merry Christmas!! And a Happy New Year!!

Let’s eat cake!

Let’s talk cake. Piece of cake. The icing on the cake. That takes the cake. Let them eat cake! You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Yes, cake. Besides you and your swirling groom, it’s the main attraction of the reception. After your ceremony, everyone will make their way to the reception barn where your incredible wedding cake will be waiting, in all its glory, to be admired, cut, smashed, and savored. And then savored again on your first wedding anniversary (er…well…sortof. We’ll get to that part later).

Not to overwhelm you here, but the possibilities are endless. If you can dream it, they can probably make it for you. First you get to pick the size of the cake. Or at least you tell them how many people are in your guestlist and they’ll recommend a size for you. For 200 people you’ll probably be looking for a 3 tier cake. (Check out this handy guide: http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/serving-amounts-150-200.cfm) That means you could have 3 different flavors if you wanted! And that’s just for the cake part. There’s also the filling between the layers to think about. Whoah.

Next, you get to choose what you want it to look like. Are you a traditional girl that likes round, cylinder shaped cakes? Or maybe you’d like to go for a more modern twist of offset squares? And colors are a factor here, too. White is the traditional wedding cake color (like wedding dresses), but they’re often adorned with pops of color like colored frosting or flowers (real (We can do those for you!) or sugar). And where will it sit? Does it get it’s own antique table to sit on with a burlap runner? Or what about a display piece? Or want to keep it low key and set it on a thick tree slice? Yeah, we like that, too.

And not to totally blow your mind or anything, but you get to pick out an entirely different cake for the groom’s cake!!! What!? Another cake entirely?! But, thankfully, they guys gladly chime in on this detail of wedding planning. We’ve seen it all from a full size duck sitting in a lily pond to a sheetcake size rounded/shaped can of his favorite  beverage. And there’s always golfballs and sports teams if that’s his speed, too.

And as if all that isn’t enough, you get to cut this gorgeous masterpiece in front of all your guests. (Her hand on top of his, slice straight down.) And then you get to make the mighty decision of how sweetly you will begin your marriage. Will it be a smash in the face kind of marriage with sweet kisses to follow, or just a sweet and gentle sharing of your cake kind of marriage?

Plus. Bonus, here. You get it eat it a year later. Yes, you have to devote half a shelf in your freezer to this lonely little cake top for an entire year to remind you of how sweet it was to begin your married life. And when you open it to get a taste on your first anniversary, it might not taste as sweet as it once did. And the cake might have lost it’s soft decadent texture, but you’ll eat it and enjoy the memory of choking down a stale old piece of cake with your favorite sweetheart. Because love is sweet, even when it isnt.