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Classic Meets Modern Ballroom Wedding

Take two sweethearts (a gorgeous former cheerleader + a handsome professional basketball player), a stunning Trump National Golf Club setting and a team of vendors that know a thing or two about throwing a fabulous party and the results are this: a breathtaking classic meets modern affair with some of the prettiest details you will ever see.  See it all captured by Cade Bowman right here

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From The Bride… Brendan and I met in October 2011 on Match. I had moved to Charlotte three years earlier from NYC, and Brendan had just moved back to the US after playing basketball overseas for five years. It was an instant connection, and we were engaged on Valentine’s Day 2013. We were married May 17, 2014 in Mooresville, NC overlooking Lake Norman.

Although I don’t consider myself a girly girl, I have been dreaming of my wedding day for my entire life. Those dreams varied between a tented outdoor event a la “Father of the Bride” to a lavish Italian destination wedding. The realities of a wedding budget and a large guest list made us really have to focus on what was important to us. I love the look and feel of outdoor weddings, but the fear of bad weather was too overpowering for us to commit to. Thankfully, we found Trump National Lakefront Ballroom, which, with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking scenic Lake Norman, gave us that feeling but kept the 200 person ceremony, cocktail hour and reception weatherproof.

My now husband did not have strong opinions about much. We discussed what he cared about at the beginning (venue, food, drinks, music and CAKE), and we made sure he was involved in all of those planning decisions. As for everything else, I ran with it!

When we first toured Trump, it was being completely renovated. It used to be a very rustic, elegant location with a lot of exposed wood beams, stone, etc. When Trump purchased, he brought the glitz and glam that he’s known for. This was not exactly my style, but I ran with it and made sure that our decor wouldn’t feel out of place. I decided on black, white, gold, pinks and corals for the color scheme. The venue already featured a lot of these colors, so I didn’t have to spend a lot of money bringing in linens or chairs. This was sort of the theme of the planning process for me: make it look amazing, but as affordably as possible. I did this by tackling several DIY projects and being resourceful when finding decor (the internet is your friend!).

Instead of huge floral centerpiece on every table, we focused on our head table, and used single bud vases, candlesticks and bridesmaid bouquets on the other tables. I took inspiration from our invitations and designed our place cards and programs myself, and collected coupons from Vista Print to get them printed. I have an obsession with animal decor (just ask my husband), so I bought hundreds of plastic jungle animals, put a slit in the back with a dremel, and spray painted them gold for place card holders.

We also tried to find interesting ways to interject our personalities. Brendan played four years of basketball at Davidson University, and I was a cheerleader for two at UNC-Chapel Hill. So I designed basketball jersey koozies as guest favors, and our friends and family sent us off with pom poms at the end of the night.

Overall, our wedding day was absolutely perfect. We were surrounded by loving family and friends, and everything turned out exactly as we had hoped. The only thing we wish we could’ve changed? Make the party last a bit longer!

Photography: Cade Bowman | Floral Design: Lily Greenthumb's Wedding & Event Design | Wedding Dress: Bridals By Lori | Invitations: Minted | Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth | DJ: All The Right Grooves | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Reverend Rebecca Nagy | Venue: Trump National Golf Club Charlotte | Ceremony Musicians: The Knot | Linens: Fabulous Events | Photo Booth: Shoebox Photo Booth Rental | Photography - Assistance: Chris Kale

North Carolina Lakeside Wedding by Smitten Photography

If laid back elegance is your thing (it is most DEFINITELY my thing) then this lovely lakeside soiree is going to be so up your alley. The bride’s loose flowing locks, the perfectly worn in boots, the beer on a platter…it all has an effortless, North Carolina cool air about it while still remaining totally and completely stylish. Plus, Sharon Clark from Smitten Photography rocks our socks off each and every time one of her weddings graces our inbox so we knew from the start this wedding was going to be all kinds of amazing. And it is. See more from the day in the gallery.

see more of this southern soiree here!

From the Bride…

When we started planning our wedding we knew that the most important thing to us was that the feel and look of the wedding reflected our own style and personalities. I didn’t want stuffy or formal or anything that looked too contrived. That’s just not us. I’m from a small farming town in rural upstate New York and Ryan is originally from Georgia, so we both have a lot of country in our souls. We wanted to keep everything laid back and relaxed while still being beautiful and charming. When I found The Point Lake & Golf Club, I knew it was the perfect place. Its setting on Lake Norman is gorgeous and has an immense amount of character. The exposed rafters, lantern lighting, stone fireplaces and barn doors all create the sort of rustic charm that we were going for.

With the venue locked down, we moved on to the details which were definitely my favorite part. We kept everything in line with the existing character of The Point. I found so many wonderful vendors on Etsy that offer the most amazing handmade products which really helped us add in more personalized details and enhance the atmosphere. Outside of Etsy, we found most of our other pieces at yard sales and antique shops, while my cousin made the burlap table runners. One of my favorite details was the hats worn by my Dad and nephew. My dad’s side of the family is Irish and it was very important to me to incorporate that into our ceremony somehow. My sister found the tweed hats at Murphy of Ireland’s online store based in County Donegal, Ireland and they were just perfect. Looking back on the day, it was beautiful and natural, just as we had envisioned and it was an absolute blast. More importantly, I got to marry my best friend that day and if that isn’t perfect, I have no idea what is!

Photography: Sharon Clark of Smitten Photography / Ceremony location: The Point Lake & Golf Club in Mooresville, NC / Dress Designer: Jenny Lee /  Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Shoes: Vintage Miss Capezio Cowboy boots / Florist: Flowers of Charlotte / Catering: The Point Lake & Golf Club / Cupcakes: Sophie Cakes Bakery / Signs: The Back Porch Shoppe / Ring Bearer Pillow: Unabashed Bliss / Love birds table décor: Dearjes / L+R Magnets: April Hiler Designs / Wine corks: Gallery 360 / Guest Book & Pen: Detail In Design

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The Point Lake & Golf Club From Kristin Vining

As promised on Sunday (and earlier this morning) ~ Kristen and Hunter’s Charlotte, NC wedding from our oh-so-so-so talented friend, Kristin Vining! It’s filled with so many special touches and details it’s nearly impossible to fit them all in to one post. So you will definitely have to see the whole SMP gallery and Kristin’s blog feature to truly get the whole picture of this glorious day!

Kristen and Hunter were married on May 15, 2010 at The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Their wedding is the epitome of detail-rich, family & friend oriented, super-stylish, sweet-hearted weddings! From the soft pinks of her bridesmaids dresses to her elegant Modern Trousseau gown … from the pearls & baby’s breath to the over-the-top-adorable flower girl … Kristen’s wedding is the ultimate in southern charm!

Once again, for our loyal readers … you know that we showcased some of Kristin Vining’s fantastic work at the Miami Mondrian Hotel. Two dear friends, Kristen and Lindsey flew with Kristin Vining for the time of their lives! They did both of their fantastical bridal shoots ~ together!!  Lindsey’s wedding was showcased on SMP and the Little Black Book Blog previously, but because Kristen’s wedding wasn’t until this past May, we had to hold back a bit to shine the lights on her and Hunter’s equally gorgeous affair!!

And today, that is exactly our plan! Kristen’s detail-drenched celebration ….

Wedding and reception were at The Point Lake & Golf Club

Planned with the assistance of Alyse Woodward Events, Kristen and Hunter’s wedding was overflowing with sweetest, the softest, and the most thoughtful details ….

Remember the cigars from their engagement shoot? When you read a bit of their story (below), you’ll find that cigars were an important part of the celebration!

Our enormous congratulations to Kristen and Hunter on a magnificent and heart-felt celebration of marriage!!

from Kristen …  the planning process was easy and very fun! I quickly decided that we would have a signature drink table, candy buffet, cigar bar, wish tree table, and escort card table. With all these tables and areas in mind, I started EARLY on with DIY projects for each one of them. From summer of 2009 to beginning of 2010 we made drink umbrellas, rose petal boxes, ceremony programs, cigar bar picture backdrops, fabric panel backdrops for the candy buffet, menu cards, table numbers, and escort cards. We were all about making decisions and getting stuff DONE early! I was big on not having anything hanging over our heads the month before the wedding so that we could really enjoy this time and it paid off for sure!

Everything about our wedding was US! We love Lake Norman and talk often about how our next home will be on the Lake. We knew we wanted outdoor space and chose The Point Lake and Golf Club without looking at any other venues. When I was growing up, my dad used to tell me if I was going to be the CEO of a big bank I needed to know how to drink a good scotch and smoke a cigar with the men. He and I often bonded over cigars on our front porch. Hunter’s family is big cigar smokers themselves so we knew instantly that would be incorporated into our wedding somehow.

I’m a girly-girl so pink was for sure to be part of our color scheme and Hunter’s a good ole southern boy so an amazing band was his must have. It was those three things that made our wedding US and made our wedding unique. Our guests throughout the night, in one big pack, moved from the dance floor, to the cigar bar, to the candy buffet, and then back onto the dance floor. We were left with no candy, no cigars and some tired feet! It was all more perfect than we could have EVER imagined.

SMP Photo Gallery: Kristen & Hunter

Kristin Vining Photography: SMP Portfolio Page

Photography ~ Kristin Vining; Wedding Consultant/Planner ~ Alyse Woodward Events; Gown (Gizelle) by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal; Bridesmaids’ Dresses ~ Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaid; Flowers ~ Place for Flowers; Hair Stylist & Make-up ~Kymm Mclean – Who’s the Fairest; Invitations/Stationery ~ Peculiar Pair Press; Music/Entertainment/Booking Agency: East Cost Entertainment, Band ~ In the Pocket; Clergy ~ Rebecca Nagy; Ceremony & Reception Location, Cake & Catering ~ The Point Lake and Golf Club

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