Wedding season is upon us. People everywhere are talking about their big days or reminiscing about last year, or three years ago, or 15 years ago. But I bet there are a few things they aren't telling you -- namely, where to find the most romantic, least well-known, and most affordable wedding spots in our area.
Here are our top five choices for gorgeous locations, along with a little inspiration board to help rev up your creativity:
#1. Romantic Roundup. Want to tap into your country side? Check out Circle M City, where you can tie the knot in true cowboy style. Don your boots and swap pocket squares for bandannas as you wow your guests' tastebuds with hickory smoked meats, lemonade in mason jars, and s'mores.
#2. Funky Fourth. The House in the Horseshoe is known for its Revolutionary War roots, but not for hosting a hip, modern wedding. Play up this rich history with a flirty take on a Fourth of July wedding. Mix elegant details like this Jenny Peckham dress with fun accessories like watermelon cocktails and sparkler favors.
#3. Art in Motion. Downtown Sanford is more than just shops and restaurants. It's also home to one of the best-kept secrets in town: an art gallery full of original works from local artists. Pair a wine, cheese, and fruit buffet with fresh flowers and classic lines for a chic yet simple wedding at artstudio that your guests talk about for years.
#4. Nature's Blessing. Say "I do" from Raven Rock's overlook, from which you can see for miles down the Cape Fear river. Schedule the ceremony for sunrise or sunset to make the most of this quiet spot. Make the moment complete with an intimate group of your closest family and friends, a bouquet of flowering herbs and a rosemary boutonniere, and then send everyone off with delicious truffles to savor.
#5. The Secret Garden (honorable mention). Leave the world behind as you pledge your love in the gardens at The Old Buggy Inn in Carthage (approx. 16 miles from Sanford). This is the perfect place for gorgeous tea-length dresses, simple decorations, and bright pops of color.
Do you know of a "secret" wedding location that we left out? Let us -- and everyone else -- know in the comments!