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Under the Oaks: Discovering Charleston's Vibrant Wedding Scene

Photography By Anne Rhett Photography
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Charleston, South Carolina, is not just a location, but a sublime experience. The city is a premier luxury destination wedding location because of its unique blend of historic charm, picturesque landscapes, world-class cuisine, and distinctive Southern hospitality. From historic mansions with lush gardens to five-star hotels and luxury boutique hotels, the options are endless when picking the perfect place to say “I do!” Even the most discerning food critics will agree that Charleston offers a world-class dining scene that’s perfected the art of upscale Lowcountry cuisine. With a Southern soirée in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite things about America’s Southern Belle and her vibrant wedding scene.

The Talent

The event planning and design community in Charleston is home to some of the best talent in the USA. Below are the credits for the event professionals involved in this photograph of a wedding reception at Lowndes Grove.

Photography @annerhettphotography • Event Planning and Design @pphg_peninsulaevents @ahfrye • Venue, Catering and Bar @pphgevents • Floral Design @bearded.florist • Rentals @snyderevents @curatedeventscharleston • Lighting, Draping and Bar @lolumaevents

Set the Tone

The Sationery

ByGeorge Press is a boutique Charleston design and letterpress studio, specializing in custom wedding invitations. We’re pretty smitten by this recent collaboration with watercolor artist Arabella June.

@bygeorgepress

Time & Place

Historic Venues

Located along the Ashley River in Charleston, Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1675, making this one of the most historic venues available for private events and weddings in the USA.

@middletonplaceevents • Photography by @toriannabrookeportraiture

Photo Ready

Think Pink

If a photo-op is what you’re looking for, The Pink Figgy, a 31-year-old limited edition Nissan Figaro, is living her best life in Charleston. The blush beauty is available as a photography and event prop in/ around the city.

@thepinkfiggy

Sweet Ride

The Transportation

Owner Jeffrey Newton of Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. loves vintage vehicles and even names his fleet of beauties. “Penny” (pictured above) is a sleek 1948 Oldsmobile Convertible that can be outfitted with flowers and signage. You can also add a drinks package, which includes chilled water, champagne, and local craft beers.

@lowcountryvalet

Southern Hospitality

The Welcome Basket

Charleston Wedding Favors makes it easy to welcome your wedding guests with curated and customized baskets of local goodies.

@chsweddingfavors

Aisle Style

The Gown

Emily Kotarski Bespoke Bridal Design is a custom bridal gown atelier located in the heart of Charleston. From her prestigious education at Parsons School of Design The New School, specializing in couture techniques, designer Emily Kotarski treats each gown like a work of art.

@emilykotarskibridal • Photography @annerhettphotography

Taste of The South

The Catering

Charleston’s lauded culinary scene is known for its down-home country cooking. We love how CRU Catering interprets Southern favorites, from their Watermelon Margarita Cocktails to bite-size mini chicken and waffle cones.

@crucatering

Low Country Cocktails

The Traditions

You can never go wrong with a well-designed bar! We love it when a custom-printed vinyl motif is applied to a rented bar front, perfectly capturing the Low Country vibes.

Event Planning and Design @taraskinnerevents • Rentals @amazingeventrentals • Photography @izzyhudgins

Five-Star Stays

The Hotels

Accommodation options in Charleston are among the best in the world and we’re not the only ones who think so. In 2022, Travel & Leisure’s Gold List ranked The Dewberry Charleston (first, above) as one of the best hotels in the world for good reason. Set within the landmark L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building (circa 1964), the property offers old-world charm with a distinctive Mid-century modern edge. The hotel boasts the highest rooftop bar in the city with a glorious view.

@thedewberrycharleston

If boutique luxury is more your style, Zero George (second, above) is a must. With immaculately restored circa 1804 buildings and private courtyard, this is Charleston charm at its best. For a pre-wedding experience, we recommend booking a reservation at the acclaimed Caviar Bar. With just eight seats, this is an exclusive and extraordinary tasting experience.

@zerogeorgest • Photography by Corbin Gurkin
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