North Carolina Lakeside Wedding by Smitten Photography
November 9, 2010

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 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.

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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