Somewhere way deep down, I’ve always felt just slightly misplaced. Growing up on 100 acres in the backwoods of Oregon surrounded by boys, logging, and killing our own food there was always a part of me that just didn’t “fit” with my surroundings. My Hudson jeans stood out like a sore thumb in the world of Carharts and Wranglers. Obviously as a wedding photographer gorgeous backdrops make me giddy. Getting to photograph a couple in love is the best part of my job, but put them with incredible old architecture and I’m pretty much in heaven. I kept dreaming of beautiful old estates with pillars of white and arches adorning every doorway. Yet everywhere I turned I was greeted with wood planked buildings nestled amongst a grove of pine trees. And to top it off, there was most likely animals hanging on the walls. I began to think that maybe these places didn’t exist. That maybe I would never photograph the perfect storm of a couple in love in the setting of my dreams.
But Oh was I wrong!!!
After six years photographing weddings all across the country and internationally, my heart started to ignite again on a recent trip we took to shoot a wedding in the south. Driving through the countryside of Georgia & South Carolina we began to pass these incredible old Plantations that literally made my jaw drop and my breath gasp. Oh to put our incredible couples in these places I thought…. I just might faint with excitement. Okay, I won’t really faint but there really are no words to express my excitement as I passed these exquisite old buildings. I began to think that if I didn’t know these magical places existed, that maybe some of you Bride’s out there didn’t either! And that my friends, would be tragic! I am the type of girl who will search for hours for that perfect pair of shoes, so of course, I went a Plantations searching. In my hours and hours of scouring the internet, I decided to pass on my findings and compile a Top Ten South Carolina Wedding Venues list… the plantations edition of course…. just for you.
Before we get started I just had to quote one of my favorite lines from the movie Sweet Home Alabama. I thought it was quite fitting… “Now a Plantation by any other name is just a farm. But it does roll off the tongue a little sweeter now doesn’t it?”
Without further ado.. my vote for the Best Plantation Wedding Venues in South Carolina …
(in no particular order)
Augusta Manor ~ Greenville South Carolina
Gassaway Mansion ~ Greenville South Carolina
Thomas Bennett House ~ Charleston South Carolina Wedding Venue
Rose Hill Mansion ~ Hilton Head South Carolina Wedding Venue
The O’Donnell House ~ Sumter South Carolina Wedding Venue
Photo by O’Donnell House website
Lowndes Grove Plantation ~ Charleston South Carolina Wedding Venue
Magnolia Plantation ~ Charleston South Carolina Wedding Venue
Old Wide Awake Plantation ~ Between Savannah Georgia & Charleston South Carolina
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe were married at the Old Wide Awake Plantation in 1999.. ya know… just in case you were wondering.
Duncan Estate ~ Spartanburg Wedding Venue
Lookaway Hall ~ North Augusta South Carolina Wedding Venue
Okay… I may have lied about the Top 10 because I just found one more and COULD NOT leave it out of this list… You may have heard about it in the news recently as it is the place that Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively got married in this summer. Can you even imagine a prettier place? WOW!
So the final bonus Top Plantation Wedding Venue in South Carolina is….
The Boone Hall Plantation ~ Mt. Pleasant / Charleston South Carolina Wedding Venue