Vintage Wedding Dreams

Think: vintage weddings. Okay, now what does that make you think of? Maybe a horse-drawn carriage? Or possibly an exquisite vintage lace wedding dress? Or grandma’s broach on your bouquet? What is that? Mason jars? Right. They’re so vintage, they’re modern. 😉

Cinderella has influenced lots of us in our earlier years, so much so that a horse-drawn carriage is just part of the dream vintage wedding for a lot of brides (and grooms), long after bedtime stories are over. And that’s what we’re going to share about this week.

Imagine. You’re just finished getting dressed for one of the most important days of your life. You walk out of the getting ready suite up to the horse-drawn carriage. As your dad holds your hand to help you climb into the carriage, you take a deep breath and try to enjoy the ride. The short ride around the lake takes so much longer than you ever thought it would. When did Spring Lake turn into Lake Lanier, anyway? As you near the ceremony area, you see the silhouette of your groom standing under the cedar arch, and everyone is watching you. They can’t wait to see that gorgeous vintage wedding dress you picked to go with this beautiful vintage wedding.

As you approach the end of the aisle near the vintage wedding pews, the horse slows down and you hear the gravel beneath the carriage grinding to a gentle stop. You dad looks at you with the last reassuring look before he climbs out of the carriage and holds up his hand to help you out. Once you’re on the ground and your dress is refluffled, it’s time for one last deep breath before you walk down the aisle to greet the man of your dreams.

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This experience is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience that you can only get at Spring Lake. (Er, well, unless you want to drive a really really long way, and we’re talking beyond the state lines!) You’re putting so much time and effort into planning your wedding day, why not take that extra step to create a memory you (and your guests!) will remember forever. Plus, it will give you that special moment to catch up with your dad and take a deep breath to savor the moment.

Remember, you can’t have a do-over of your day. And after watching a lot of brides and grooms make all sorts of decisions about their vintage wedding, we promise they regret not doing something special a lot more often than they regret choosing to do something special.

Speaking of lakeside (cont)

If you were reading along with us last week, you’ll remember we were dreaming of a lakeside wedding here at Spring Lake. (ahem) Now, where were we….You were just turning to face the groom.

He has a tear drying on his cheek as you feel him gently squeeze your hand in excitement. The gentle breeze softly blows the few whisps of hair you have near your face. The officiant is talking and you’re trying to listen, but you’ve got so many butterflies it’s hard to pay attention. This moment is so quiet in your heart, so serene. You try to soak it all in because you know you’ll never stand in this place doing this very same thing ever again, so you have to remember every detail you can. How it feels to stand beneath the tall Willows. The sound of the birds in the trees and the bugs in the grass. The musky smell of the officiant’s slightly overpowering cologne, and the little itchy blades of grass on your feet. The look on your groom’s face. And the look on the best man’s face because he knows his buddy is marrying the girl of his dreams. This place and this time could not be more perfect.

After you kiss, and turn to show the world the new couple the moment has created, you and your groom head up the aisle toward the meadow. It doesn’t matter where you go now; you’re together. And married. And, whwew! It’s over!

Lakeside Wedding Venue

Photography by Amy Zumwalt Photography

But the party is only just beginning. There are lots more festivities planned for the evening. You promised your photographer some time for photos, so you hang out by the lake and rock out being your gorgeous self for photos. After you finish that, you head on up to greet all your guests and get the party started. You dance a while and enjoy some amazing food and sweet tea. After you finish eating, you walk around to visit with your guests for a while. You find your mom and dad standing out on the front porch, overlooking the lake, reminiscing on the day so far. Their baby just got married. You give them a hug and linger with them for a few minutes when someone comes looking for you to cut the cake.

They’ve found your groom, too, and you *gracefully* serve each other your first bites of dessert as a married couple. And as everyone lines up to grab their own bite of cake, you and your groom (who’s now probably untucked his shirt) head down to the dock to eat your cake in some peace and quiet. Only, who do you find but almost all of your wedding party out skipping (or trying to skip) rocks on the lake. You join in the fun, and after almost falling in, decide you’d better get back to the official party (and get another sip of that delicious sweet tea).

It’s been a long day and as your guests begin to leave and the festivities are winding down for the evening, you’re so glad you chose this venue to start your life together. It’s setting the tone for a future together without the hustle and bustle of life. It’s slow and quiet out here, reminding you to slow down and remember to listen to each other when life gets busy. It’s simple out here, helping you focus on what really matters most. And it’s easy here, just like some of the best decisions in life (like marrying your best friend).

Speaking of lakeside

Speaking of lakeside, have you really thought what it means to get married down by the lakeside? Let us take you there on a bright Saturday (or Sunday) afternoon…Let’s begin in the morning. You wake up on one of the most important mornings of your life full of excitement and a little bit of nervousness. You have an appointment with your makeup artist at Spring Lake, so you grab your necessities, call your girls (think: bridesmaids and mom/sister) and head on over to the venue. Someone will probably be around as you arrive and you tell them all about your excited jitters and unload your car while you wait on your makeup artist. Your girls start arriving and your makeup artist arrives soon. You all have lots of laughs as you’re getting more beautiful by the second.

And the guys (including your groom-to-be) start filing in, wearing their wrinkled t-shirts with tuxes in hand. The guys are quickly dressed and handsome, and the girls are just about finished getting ready. Before you know it, the girls are carefully sliding the dress over your head and mom is putting your necklace on you. And then there’s your dad. He’s probably getting all nervous and teary-eyed just thinking about walking you down the aisle. You hear that all the guests are there and getting seated; the ceremony will begin in just a few minutes. You sneak out of the getting ready suite to give dad a big hug in the reception barn before facing that crowd of guests, let alone the man you’re going to marry in a few minutes.

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Photography by Graceology

You and your dad walk out to the top of the stairs at the reception barn, you can see everything. The guests in their colorful dresses and suits, the Weeping Willows softly blowing in the breeze, and you can even see a hint of your handsome groom down by the lakeside. And there’s the canoe out there, floating peacefully in the middle of the lake. And on to the left, wow, look at all the cars parked in the field. Which brings you back to the moment, and it’s time to head on down to show off your gorgeous self to your favorite friends and family.

As you walk down the aisle, you can see your handsome groom standing under a gorgeous cedar arch, right in front of a lake, just like a dream. And as the breeze blows, the canoe drifts along behind him. There are ripples out on the lake as you take your place in front of the officiant. Your parents give you away and you turn to face the man of your dreams…

You’ll have to check back next week to read all about our favorite part of weddings at Spring Lake.

The Lakeside Package – perfect for the lakeside

So you’ve picked Spring Lake as your dream venue (we aren’t sure why you wouldn’t), and now you’re trying to decide on which package to select. Last week we gave you a quick overview of what our packages include and we briefly described some of the catering options.

Well, hang tight and grab a snack because we’re about to tell you all about one of our favorite packages. It’s called the Lakeside Package and it. is. delicious. Ummmm. It’s full of yummy, down-home, southern food. And we’re just going to say it right now: Cracker Barrel has nothing on our Lakeside Package. Yep. There. We said it.

It starts off with a delicious slow smoked pulled pork BBQ sandwich. And to sweeten the deal, it’s not on any ol’ kind of bun, nope. It’s on a yeast roll. Yumm. It’s casual, but so delicious you could feed it to any crowd. And they don’t scrimp on the sides, either. You get five southern sides to choose from. We know you’ll have a hard time just picking two (especially if you’ve tried them before!). Think buttery corn on the cob, country style baked beans, creamy potato salad, macaroni and cheese, or apple crisp coleslaw. Whoah. See? We told you that you’d have a hard time just picking two.

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Even the pickles are cute!

Were you wanting a little sweet something on the side (besides that amazing wedding cake) for your guests? Well, the Lakeside has you covered there, too. It comes with warm baked cinnamon and sugar apples served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Um. Where’s my bowl and spoon?) You even get all the southern drinks, lemonade, sweet tea, unsweetened tea (this option must be for the out-of-town-ers?) and water. This is one sweet deal.

And to top off the food options, you get 4 crazy-sweet servers to set up, serve and breakdown your meal for you. And it comes with dinnerware. Ya. I know. Plus, if you want even more food for your guests, you can add on some more treats for your guests like chicken strips, brunswick stew, potato chips or a garden salad.

Whwew. If your guests aren’t full and happy by the end of that day we just don’t know what to tell you. This is one of our favorite packages and meal options for a reason: we’ve had it! And it’s delicious! Don’t get us wrong, our other caterers are absolutely phenomenal (they really are amazingly talented and you can’t go wrong with any of them!), but we are kind-of partial to the Lakeside package. Maybe it’s because it’s just comfortable, down-home, country cooking. Or maybe because it’s just the meal you would imagine bringing with you on a summer’s afternoon picnic out with your sweetheart down by the lake. And we like that.

Now…where’s the closest BBQ to here that serves cinnamon sugar apples…..

Vintage Wedding Package Pricing

Have you checked out our catering options lately? No? Well, we’ve been dying to tell you all about our wedding packages and give you the details on all our favorite offerings from some of our favorite caterers! Plus, you’ll get all the details on what actually comes in each package.

Keep in mind that the packages we have today are always subject to change as we hand-select even more options for you. :)

Here is the basic idea. Imagine a gorgeous venue. One where you get to use any area of the venue that you’d like. With no hidden fees to use the spaces of our venue. It’s already decorated with adorable hand-painted signs, saving you time on decor. You’ll get two getting-ready suites. A fully functioning catering kitchen. Tables, chairs and linens for up to 200 guests. We’ve already constructed a hand-made cedar arch and set out the 22 antique church pews for your guests to relax on during the ceremony. The canoe is already floating in the lake, ready for your photo-op, or we can set it up to hold presents and/or other display items.

You’ll even get our basic floral collection included in every package. Overview: flowers for the bride, groom, 6 attendants, 2 sets of parents, 2 sets of grandparents, and even a toss bouquet! And if the options in the basic floral collection aren’t what you always dreamed of, we are happy to customize it! After all, we do have an award-winning florist right here on staff.

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And now to the good stuff! Food. There are 4 package types. We’ll summarize them for you. :) All packages include food service and sweet tea, unsweetened tea, lemonade, and water.

Boathouse – You’re going to start off with breaded chicken breast and add on your choice of delicious sauces. There are also some amazing salad options with this caterer (can you say spinach salad with pecans, pears, gorgonzola and pecan balsamic vinaigrette?). Your choice from a long list sides, and rolls all around. This caterer also offers some fun extras (for an additional charge) like a pie bar, cupcake bar, s’mores bar (perfect for our fireplace down by the lake!), popcorn & boiled peanuts bar, and biscuit bar.

Lakeside – This is your country casual dining option. Think barbecue, potato salad, baked beans (and if you don’t like the sides, there are more options). And you’ll get warm baked cinnamon & sugar apples with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. Pass the apples, please.

Willow Tree – With this package you start off with a choice of grilled chicken or flat iron steak (for an additional charge). You’ll get your choice of 2 sides (salads are a side here). It includes rolls and a fresh fruit display. And one other note is that this package does not include lemonade.

Red Canoe – Stay with me here. You start off with 3 different options and lots of add-ons. You’ll get your choice of a grilled buffet, southern buffet or heavy hors d’ oeuvres. This caterer includes a lot of extras like a to-go plate for the bride and groom (trust us, you’ll need it!). And they also offer a lot of fun extras (for an additional charge) like a biscuit bar, s’mores bar (perfect for our fireplace down by the lake!), chocolate fountain, candy buffet and licensed bartending. Also worth noting, this caterer offers canned soft drinks as part of the package.

We hope this quick summary has helped you narrow down your favorite package options. And if they just aren’t suiting your fancy, you can always reserve the venue only, and customize your own wedding experience. The last thing worth noting is that if you do select one of our packages, you’ll pay for the venue, flowers and caterer separately, even though they’re all part of one package. :)

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. 😀 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.