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Lush Nature-Inspired Hillsboro Wedding

Carlie & Nicholas brought a verdant vibe to Scholls Valley Lodge for their nature-inspired wedding.
By: 
Sara Hubbard

Years before Carlie Smith and Nicholas Roberts officially met in a math class in college, Carlie had already noticed the man who would eventually become her husband. “One term, the class at the end of the hall would end and out would walk the most gorgeous man I had ever seen. We locked eyes for just a moment and in that fleeting second, I decided to arrive early every day just to catch any glimpse that I could, in the hope that something would happen. Fast forward about two years later and in walked that same gorgeous man into my math class,” says Carlie. In 2019, Nick proposed on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland, and the rest is history. The couple shares a love for nature and wanted to bring a verdant, lush vibe to their big day. Scholls Valley Lodge in Hillsboro proved to be the perfect locale, providing naturally beautiful scenery that they could complement with a neutral palette, twinkling lights and wildflowers. In a twist on tradition, Carlie and Nick had their respective wedding parties standing opposite them—with Carlie’s party behind Nick and Nick’s behind Carlie—so that they could see those most important to them as they said, “I do.” And, because the couple didn’t have anyone to take on the role of flower girl, they asked their grandmothers to take that first walk down the aisle. The family affair ended on a sweet note at the reception, with Carlie and Nick taking the floor to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” for their first dance as guests sipped on a signature cocktail of huckleberry wine and Champagne.

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