Wedding (Bride): Alexandra Heuertz Lott, 27, Senior Assistant Director of Enrollment Management for The Citadel Graduate College, Charleston, SC
William Lott, 28, US Air Force, Charleston, SC
We met on Tinder (swipe right for love!) but we physically met at Gene’s Haufbrau – a local dive bar in Charleston, SC. Our first date was full of adventure and weird things happened, but one of the most memorable nights. So it all started when Will (who is never late – thanks Air Force), was running behind schedule. He had a nose bleed, couldn’t find parking that would accommodate his truck, and walked right past Alex at the bar. A few minutes later, a man went in to a diabetic coma and we had to call 911. The EMTs were crawling over our booth to get to revive the man. (Public Service Announcement – don’t go out drinking if you’re diabetic and you haven’t eaten all day. Be kind to yourselves!!)
Fast forward a few beers later, Alex and Will were in the midst of a heated Connect Four battle when another bar patron started narrating the game in a pseudo-British accent and a whole girl squad cheered on Alex to victory. Will’s smoothest line of the line, as we were debating the check: “I’ll get the tab for this date if you get the next.” Between his handsome grin, contagious laughter, and genuine personality, Alex was hooked! (PS our next date was ice cream, so Alex definitely got the cheaper check!)
When we first met, Will took a visible step back and was speechless for a few seconds. So he didn’t think he had a shot in hell for a second date so he laid everything on the line. He was upfront about his life, his job, and his ambitions – and it worked! And when I first met Will, I was instantly at ease.
There was a natural break in our conversation and I knew there was just something special about this man. Since that day, he has not stopped making me laugh, challenge me to give more, and support every crazy idea I have. We love being outdoors, watching sports (we’re a Big 10 Conference family and things get a little heated during football season!), playing chess and Scrabble (we’re old souls), shopping for vinyl at a local record store, and exploring as much of the country as we can.
We love taking random weekend road trips to our next bucket list city. Driving is our preferred mode of transportation. The irony isn’t lost on me that even though Will’s in the Air Force, he HATES flying!!
We both knew pretty early on we were in love. I think the date that really cemented it was our early Valentine’s Day celebration. Will made a delicious meal of chicken alfredo, enjoyed over candlelight, while we listened to Big Band Jazz on vinyl. From the first date, through deployment, to rescuing a puppy, every step of our journey
has been incredible!
Just two weeks after Will returned from deployment, Alex’s college friends, Chelsea and Caroline, came to Charleston for our annual reunion weekend. The day was full of Charleston-esque activities, hysterical laughter, and ended with a delicious dinner at Tavern and Table. Trying to walk off the food baby, Will, Alex, Chelsea, Caroline, and Molly strolled along Shem Creek’s boardwalk, where Will asked Alex to spend the rest of forever together.
Alex’s reaction – “Are you shitting me?!” To slip something by Alex is a feat in itself, so props to Will, Chelsea, Caroline, and Molly for creating the perfect day!
Rustic, elegant, romantic?! We’re Midwest kids that love vintage things, candle light, and being in the country. We filled the restored barn at Medicine Wind Farm with lanterns, tea light candles, and a good time!
Navy, cranberry/chardonnay, rose gold
I’m not sure we really had a theme. We wanted to celebrate our special day surrounded by our closest family and friends. Most of our family came from the Midwest, so they enjoyed Charleston’s January weather compared to negative temps in Nebraska and Indiana.
We’re not materialistic people and aren’t big fans of matching items. The bridesmaids all had different style dresses that were cranberry or chardonnay colored. Our décor consisted of rustic pallets, hurricanes vases filled with cranberries and floating candles, lanterns, and soft twinkle lights. The cake table had a cupcake Ferris Wheel.
My dad constructed a four foot tall marquee letter ‘L’ and we had Bella, a 1964 Chevy Side Step C-10, pickup truck for photo ops. Guests left with little goodie bags filled with our favorite Southern treats, made great use of the Snapchat filter designed by Jordin, and danced the night away to the 90s and early 2000s hits.
How can we just pick one?! For Will, his favorite moment was praying together before the ceremony. We opted
for our “first look” to be as Alex walked down the aisle. So, we stood back to back, without seeing each other, and Will led us in prayer. We were choking back tears and centering our mind and hearts around the Lord. As Will walked away, Alex smacked his butt as a reminder to keep things playful and fun, too. Luckily our photographer captured this precious moment.
For Alex, it was the ceremony. We asked all those in attendance to pray the Lord’s prayer with us. Moreover, to know that many people love us, support us, and are praying for our marriage poured in to my soul. I will always remember turning around and seeing the beaming faces as our chaplain pronounced us husband and wife. In conclusion, it was pure joy and fulfillment to become Mrs. Lott.
We had so many people tell us the day will fly by, which it sure did. As a result, we were very deliberate in keeping ourselves present and soaking in every moment. Looking back, I can still feel the tears rolling down my face as I saw my handsome groom at the end of the aisle!!
I loved every moment of planning! So, researching our vendors, coordinating site visits, budgeting, the logistics for the day of, and everything in between was so much fun. All in all, my Type A/OCD personality was loving every moment!!
If you ask Will, he enjoyed all the food tastings and cake tasting! I will admit I had one or two small breakdowns – being realistic with our budget and what we could afford was a rude awakening. Therefore, Will was a rock who reminded me it’s about the marriage, not the day of details. Although he never wants to hear about ties again!!
Ceremony Site: Summerall Chapel at The Citadel
Reception Site: Medicine Wind Farm
Stationery: Unica Forma for the invites, Save the Dates from kreativees, The
Sunshine Garden for day of programs (looking back, we should have used Unica
Forma for everything. Since the customer service, quality, and professionalism are top
notch. Furthermore, they have my business whenever I need more stationary designed!)
Photographer: Erin Dunaway Photography
Consultant: Day of Coordinator – Jamie Roman
Flowers: OK Florist
Gown: Mori Lee from Bridals by Jodi
Hair: Chelsie with Eye Do Makeup & Hair
Make-Up: Chelsie with Eye Do Makeup & Hair
Veil: Bridals by Jodi
Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue via Nordstrom Rack
Engagement & Wedding Rings: Shane Co in Indianapolis, IN
Jewelry: Earrings from TJ Maxx, bracelet passed down from my mom
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridals by Jodi, David’s Bridal, Azazie. Because I gave the girls a color swatch and they got to choose what style fits their body type the best.
Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals: Simply Elegant
Catering: Crazy Dutchman Catering
Cake: Sweet Southern Bella’s Bakery
Music/DJ: Mike Bills Entertainment
Transportation: Absolutely Charleston, Bella the Vintage Truck