as we travel around through our top 10 best wedding venues in charleston south carolina, we come to the infamous boone hall. boone hall has been referred to as the most romantic destination in the state, and it is easy to see why. as you pull in to boone hall plantation you drive though the avenue of oaks, a 3/4 mile stretch of 270 year old giant live oaks draped in spanish moss. the quintessential look of the lowcountry. azaleas bloom in the spring and you may even see some cotton popping up aside the colorful blooms. there are so many options for your wedding ceremony and reception throughout the grounds, and the “belle of the hall” otherwise known as the cotton dock provides a rustic interior space overlooking the tidal marsh. the staff at boone hall is super sweet and they even have a golf cart available to take you around to the many locations throughout the venue. it is truly a remarkable place.
the legare waring house at charles towne landing is certainly in our top ten best wedding venues in charleston south carolina. the ancient avenue of oaks is truly breath-taking, and can be used for your ceremony or reception location. the legare waring house is a historic home on-site to get ready inside of and then step out for your ceremony and reception. it offers beautiful window light, and is a nice air-conditioned spot to hang out in before the ceremony begins. the large wedding oak is one of our favorite trees. it stands tall and works well for the ceremony or a spot for portraits. crystal lagoons rest alongside the house, and there is even a marsh view if you are adventurous. legare has one of the friendliest and most upbeat staff around, and they make the process a breeze. it is the perfect location to give your guests a taste of charleston outside of downtown, yet is conveniently located to hop back over after the party ends. the historic beauty, unique spaces and convenient location make the legare waring house at charles towne landing the perfect spot for your wedding.
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as we continue our top 10 best wedding venues in charleston south carolina we are headed to middleton place. middleton is located in charleston along the ashley river, and is full of lush gardens. pansies and camellias bloom during the winter months, and azaleas and salvia bring bright colors in spring and summer. the middleton inn is located right next door so you can get ready on-site and head over to the gardens for the ceremony and reception. live oaks draped in spanish moss grow throughout the property, including the middleton oak estimated to more than 900 years old. a handcrafted horse and carriage, peacocks and a stable yard offer your guests a unique experience. if you’re lucky, you may even see a rainbow.
next up in our top 10 best wedding venues in charleston south carolina is the lovely lowndes grove. there are countless reasons to have your wedding at lowndes grove. for starters, you can get ready in the restored estate with 1786-era architecture and period furnishings. everyone who walks in to the house stares in wonder as they walk around the home. lowndes grove has an expansive piazza that provides the perfect spot for magnificent photos, and if the weather is inclement the interior of the house has tons of beautiful window light and open spaces for photographs. you can have your wedding ceremony on site overlooking the oak-lined banks of the ashley river. there is a glass enclosed portico for the reception so your guests can continue to enjoy the breathtaking views. did we mention the stunning private dock yet? you even leave by boat. the staff is super nice and helpful, and the food by patrick properties hospitality group is SO tasty. bonus – lowndes grove is one of the best sunset spots in charleston. there is on-site parking which is very rare for a wedding in downtown charleston. once the party comes to an end, it can easily roll on to the next stop because you are a hop, skip and a jump from the heart of downtown charleston.
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we have what we believe to be one of the best jobs around. we get to photograph people on one of the most extraordinary days of their life—their wedding day—and tell their unique wedding day story through photographs. there is so much love and happiness floating around it is palpable. we do all of this in the stunning lowcountry, photographing weddings at some of the most beautiful and historic places we have ever seen. we thought it would be fun to share our picks for the top 10 best wedding venues in charleston south carolina. we will be highlighting each one, in no particular order, over the next few weeks. all these gorgeous spaces are literally in our backyard, and we are so thankful for it.
first up is the river course on kiawah island which sits on an ancient bluff surrounded by huge live oaks. kiawah island itself is simply incredible, and such a unique retreat for your guests to enjoy all weekend long. the girls can get ready on-site [or up the road at cassique] and the guys get to enjoy one of the most spectacular clubhouse locker rooms around. it is like being inside a whiskey barrel. your wedding ceremony can take place behind the clubhouse overlooking the river, and there is a balcony for a birds eye view which makes for distinct photographs. the reception area is kept hidden from guests while everyone enjoys the cocktails either outside on the porch or inside around the stunning wood bar. when the doors open your guests are surprised by a custom designed ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the kiawah river. the amazing staff is ready and waiting with your first course, and the food is simply delicious. nature steals the show for quick bit as the sun sets over the kiawah river and the 18th green. the party begins in the spacious, climate controlled ballroom so you can show off your dance moves without breaking a sweat. guests have the option to sit and chat comfortably inside or enjoy a cigar outside. the river course on kiawah truly is a magnificent space for a wedding.
we are excited to head out to folly beach this weekend for a family portrait session.
we recently had this boone hall plantation wedding in mount pleasant sc published on the wedding row. check out the post below for all the details!
frances + paul’s boone hall plantation wedding in mount pleasant south carolina.
we met this fun family on isle of palms for their family portrait session on the beach.
dawnie and justin met at vandenberg air force base in california, and to quote dawnie’s maid of honor, it was there dawnie found her unicorn. justin went to the citadel, so they decided to come back to charleston south carolina for their wedding. we walked around downtown charleston sc for their engagement portrait session, and had a great time getting to know them. you can check out their wedding at the citadel beach house on isle of palms.
we recently had this wedding at lowndes grove in charleston sc published on the wedding row. check out the post below for all the details!
stephanie + brandon’s lowndes grove plantation wedding in charleston south carolina.