One of the most important decisions after you say “yes!” is to decide where you and your groom want the ceremony and reception to take place. This will set the feel for your entire wedding. Dave and I visited The Sea Pines Resort while on vacation a year earlier just to check it out for a possibility as we knew we wanted to get married on Hilton Head Island someday. The next year and immediately following Dave’s proposal we visited 3 additional sites. Nothing was jumping out at me. They all felt a little to “hotel-like.” So my mom, sister, niece and I headed back to The Sea Pines Resort for another visit and I just knew that I didn’t need to look any further. The lush green lawn of the 18th Lawn of Harbour Golf Links, with the signature white-and-red lighthouse and the edging waters of Calibogue Sound, bespeaks romance in every breeze. This to us represented HHI the best and was the spot for our “I do’s.” Next we found the Plantation Club for our reception located within The Sea Pines Resort. It was just the right size with seating 60 to 120 guests. While we first envisioned an outdoor reception with the ocean as a backdrop, we knew that for a July wedding, it wouldn’t have been the best option for us and our guests. So we are opting for an outdoor reception with an indoor-outdoor cocktail reception and then an inside reception and dinner. Perfect! Once you find your location the next step is locking in a date. We decided days within the proposal of our date. We knew July 27, 2012 would be perfect because it gave us a year of planning, and our family and friends could make a summer vacation out of it and there’s just something about the warmth of a southern summer evening wedding!