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So, you’ve decided to have your wedding at Lowndes Grove, a waterfront showstopper in Charleston, S.C. I must say, you have some impeccable taste. Lowndes Grove is truly a picture-perfect venue for your Charleston wedding that boasts 14 acres that sits right on the Ashley River–but you knew that already!
Or did you know? Lowndes Grove is home to so much American history, it’s practically bursting at the seams with it! I know this venue and its history inside and out, and there are three things I’d love to share with you so you can enjoy your Lowndes Grove wedding even more fully.
First of all, I’d love to applaud your engagement. Finding that special someone is difficult to do, but you’ve done it! What a beautiful journey you are about to explore with your life partner! I am ecstatic for you to begin this wedding planning process.
Alright, let’s get to the fun stuff. Below are three things you may not have known (but totally should!) about your Charleston wedding venue, Lowndes Grove:
1. It has been beautifully restored to mid-1800s architecture.
Every part of the estate has historical meaning, from the main house’s grand exterior to the expansive piazza overlooking the 200-year-old oak grove. The entire estate has been restored to 1786 architecture, and it has been paired with furnishings of the same period. Bluestone, brick, and oyster tabby terraces are sprinkled throughout the venue, and the 700-foot dock into the river allows for epic water views.
Ceremonies can take place throughout the venue, whether it’s on the lawn overlooking the main house, next to the dock with sprawling views of the river, or just in front of the live oak grove. I’ve seen tented receptions, outdoor receptions, even ones super close to the river! This historical venue is truly something else.
This venue is literally picture perfect and, rain or shine, you’ll have so many fantastic spots for portraits. The house boasts large windows with lots of natural light and iconic antique furnishings that will provide a classic feel to your wedding images.
2. It has welcomed the visit of a former United States president.
Lowndes Grove is rich in American history, but did you know–it was once visited by former President Theodore Roosevelt. No, I am not kidding! Really, this estate has tons of historical roots, dating all the way back to the early 1700s.
3. It survived a British invasion.
Named as one of the National Register’s Historic Places, Lowndes Grove was a product of the Revolutionary War. Between the estate’s waterfront dock and asparagus fields were once secret tunnels used in the war. Lowndes Grove was stormed by British troops in 1780, and sadly, it was burned down. It has been rebuilt and transformed by various different owners over the years, seeing a lot of life and history since its origin.
Choosing the right photographer
Now that you have your venue and date set, it’s time to choose your vendors, including the person who is going to capture the memories of your special day. I pride myself in delivering not only the sentimental and endearing moments, but also the sentimental and candid moments. Wedding photography is my passion, and I’d love to be considered for your Charleston wedding. It would be a dream to work with you. If you’d like to learn more about how I help couples keep every memory of their special day, let’s connect!
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