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Charleston is a city that is the oldest in South Carolina, so it is a given that it has boundless options for your wedding photography. From historic homes, pristine beaches, waterfront parks, cobblestone walkways, and ancient mansions to country clubs, rustic farms and lavish hotels, Charleston has evolved into a great city for personalized weddings and gorgeous wedding photography!
The beautiful city of Charleston takes you back in time with its horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture. The soft `w of the gas lamp-lit streets makes you feel as if you have time-traveled to a different era altogether. Charleston has unlimited options that offer awesome photo ops for your wedding photography and engagement photography. If you are a nature-loving couple, you could opt for a beach or a park; and if you wish to include the vibes of Charleston’s history at your wedding, you could go for mansions or museums that also serve as wedding venues. And if you both have envisioned a grand wedding, you can go with luxurious clubs, resorts or restaurants.
We at George Street Photo and Video have handpicked five of the most sought after wedding venues in Charleston which can make your wedding dreams come true! Our Charleston wedding photographers love capturing the happiest day of couples at these locations due to their photo ops. Whether you wish to have a classic black-tie wedding or an urban chic one, Charleston has all that you need! Plus, this city also proudly houses various engagement locations where couples can have impactful engagement photography. Both indoors and outdoors.
Read on to know more about these venues and choose the one that suits you the most!
Charleston Historic District
If you are in the list of couples looking for an engagement photography location near the Gibbes Museum of Art, this is your place! Charleston Historic District boasts cozy alleys and 18th-century homes which look stunning for romantic Charleston engagement photography. You ask why? Well, just like love, the vibes here are timeless! The exposed brick walls, wrought-iron railings, and classic churches - bring out wonders of historic charm to your engagement photography. This beautiful Charleston engagement location is everything classic Charleston you envisioned for your engagement photography session!
White Point Garden
Located just around 6 miles from one of the most popular wedding venues in Charleston, Pavilion at Patriots Point Links, the White Point Garden is a great blend of rusticity and old-world charm, coupled with brilliant scenic views! Strike romantic poses with your sweetheart and feel the tranquility around, as the cool waterfront breeze blows through your hair. The serenity of this garden reflects beautifully in your engagement photos, as the vibes say it all!
Tides Folly Beach
Hop over to the Folly Island and anchor yourselves at the Tides Folly Beach, on the sandy shores of the Atlantic. Well, water being our favorite prop, we knowingly or unknowingly end up recommending waterfront engagement locations. The wooden dock and the beams are our Charleston engagement photographer’s fave! The colors of nature here are unmatched and they add the dreaminess and romance to your romantic Charleston engagement photography.
An engagement location near the iconic American Theater, Runnymede Plantations makes for a great spot, full of history and rusticity, making for a classic Charleston engagement photography. It lies between Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Plantation in St. Andrew’s parish. The broken brick walls signify a history so deep that it’s impossible to ignore. The magnolia trees are a favorite of our Charleston engagement photographers. Wise and lush, they have molded themselves into various shapes that it becomes inevitable to use them as backdrops! The canopy formed by these trees which are many centuries old makes for a natural frame for your romantic Charleston engagement photography. You could just keep walking around the forest, exploring the beauty of the property. Towards the end of the forest, you will reach a lush meadow which is another perfect backdrop for your engagement photography. Once you cross the meadow, you will spot the breathtaking views of the Ashley River. Well, need we say what water does to us? It’s one of the dreamiest places in Charleston to capture dreamy romantic engagement portraits. You could get props like a blanket or a bottle of champagne to include a form of celebration as you announce your engagement to the world! Take a cue from Katie and Andrew’s romantic engagement session for more inspiration.
Gibbes Museum of Art
For couples who wish to inculcate the rich history of Charleston in their wedding, the Gibbes Museum of Art is it! This gorgeous wedding venue is located along the Museum Mile, bang in the heart of the Historic District. It is adorned with classic sculptures, timeless paintings, and beautiful miniature portraits. If you wish to say your vows in the open air, you could hold your wedding ceremony in the classical garden called Lenhardt Garden, spanning 12,000 square feet. Picture beautifully laid out chairs on the cobble-stoned floor, under rustic wise trees enveloped by a blanket of string lights! The beauty all around is breathtaking, with lush green oaks and serene whites! The garden resonates with a European vibe, but with a contemporary touch. If your wedding is around the springtime or summers, you could check out our blog and get inspired for your summer garden wedding. If you wish to have your wedding ceremony indoors, you can opt for the grandeur-laden Rotunda gallery. The Tiffany-style art glass dome sets the perfect tone for a classic Charleston wedding photography. The event space comprises a 1905 authentic porcelain tile flooring. The light fixtures and molding also give a vibe of the same era, coupled with gorgeous neoclassical sculptures. The Rotunda covers a space of 1,345 square feet and is suited for a gathering of up to 150. For a bigger ground of up to 200 guests, you can opt for the Reception Hall which is a 2,925 square feet of magnificent rose marble flooring. The ambiance is classic and timeless! You could do a lot with the decor as per your preferences. To add a unique kind of zing to the classic decor of the event space, you could use monograms and initials too! They not only add glamor to the interiors but also serve as great props for a classic yet contemporary Charleston wedding photography. You could go down to the Charleston Historic District, located just a min away from the Gibbes Museum of Art for some post-wedding photography.
The Pavilion at Patriots Point Links
Located in Mount Pleasant, this venue is a classic Charleston suburbian wedding venue. The Pavilion at Patriots Point Links is a dream wedding venue in Charleston, all white and serene. Imagine your wedding ceremony in the open lawns, surrounded by lush greens, wrapped in a blue blanket by the sky, overlooking the Charleston Harbor. As you walk through the aisle, towards your partner who is besotted by your look and your guests are looking at you sitting on neat white chairs; somewhere in the corner of your mind, you are thinking of us for introducing you to this dream wedding venue in Charleston! And that is the ultimate achievement of this blog. Our Charleston wedding photographers love shooting at this spectacular wedding venue due to its boundless photo ops! This Charleston waterfront wedding venue is home to great options for an outdoor wedding ceremony and a blissful tented reception. The lawn where the wedding ceremony takes place is a lush landscaped, beautifully manicured to perfection. The contrasting blues of the water behind adds to the depth of your dream wedding photography, looking every bit ethereal! The rusticity of an outdoor wedding ceremony can be played around to get an even better result from your Pavilion at Patriots Point Links wedding photography. Click here for more ideas! The reception area is a piece of art and the tented beauty of 4,000 square feet is a sheer delight! It can accommodate up to 300 guests and looks just as elegant as you would’ve imagined your dream wedding venue to be! The brick floor provides a perfect contrast to the surrounding whites of the tent. Our Charleston wedding photographers absolutely adore the views from the tent, as they make for a perfect background for your waterfront wedding photography. The dreaminess is unparalleled and all the wedding photos have an inherent natural glow from the light and contrasts. Such scenic surroundings are enough for breathtaking wedding photography as you get wedding portraits while keeping things natural and simple. For more inspiration on this, check out our blog on how to achieve impactful wedding photography with a minimal and bold look. And you know what compliments a waterfront wedding? A classic blue look. The look can be sported by anyone like the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the decor or even the bride! The effect on wedding photography - phenomenal!
If you want a rustic wedding venue, however, your partner wants an elegant one; if you want minimal decor whereas your partner wants lavish chandeliers, fret not! If you both can’t reach a conclusion regarding your preferences for a wedding venue, we have one which will satisfy both of you. Welcome to the Merchant’s Hall! This 2,800 square foot event space can be used for both your wedding ceremony and reception. The look of the wedding venue throws glimpses at the architecture of the 1850s, where once stood a wholesaling unit of crackers, cakes, and candies. Exposed brick walls, both inside and outside offer a charming backdrop for wedding photography. The windows provide a beautiful view of downtown Charleston and the City Market. The 12-foot ceilings give everyone a sense of space and add extra depth to your wedding photos. An industrial look of the venue invites for trendsetting color code for the wedding. The chandeliers give a sense of grandeur to your Merchant’s Halls wedding photography and call for candid photos of the precious moments between a bride and her father, after all, you’ll forever be your daddy’s little princess! Our Charleston wedding photographers love to capture these kinda candid moments - raw, real and full of emotions. The historic bricks work as a great canvas to your decor ideas that you can experiment with. Take a cue from Hannah and Connor’s romantic industrial wedding to learn more. Exchanging your vows against the classic industrial backdrop of an exposed brick wall gives our Charleston wedding photographers to work their magic of creativity! And how they love it! And don’t even get us started on the endless possibilities for your wedding arbor! It’s like a blank canvas and you can color (not literally though) it as per your dreams. So get inspired by limitless floral and drape decor, Pin it and paint your love on the wall! The exposed wooden beams are perfect for that industrial look as well, giving a rustic feel to this marvelous Charleston wedding venue with an old-world charm.
One of the most popular wedding venues in Charleston, Mills House is a piece of vintage delight. It is known for its vintage vibes, great ambiance, and unlimited photo ops! The wedding venue was opened in 1853 and is home to many event spaces where you can choose from. It’s ideal for both indoor and outdoor spaces, which can be used for your wedding ceremony and reception. The arches have a gorgeous timeless feel about them, which makes them ideal for taking classic romantic portraits. Among the seven spaces, you can pick from the Signer’s Ballroom, The Planter’s Suite, Middleton Room, Robert E Lee Room, Queen Street Gallery, Barbados Dining Room, Fountain Courtyard and the Hibernian Hall. The guest’s capacity varies with each room, with the minimum area being 500 square feet and the maximum up to 6,000 square feet. The courtyard has a rustic feel to it and is great for holding wedding ceremonies. The fountain in the middle makes for a perfect backdrop for your classic Charleston wedding photography. The vintage look on the walls coupled with huge windows adds a degree of elegance to the look of the venue. The exteriors of the venue are ideal if you wish to have a timeless look in your wedding photos with an old-world charm vibe. The wrought-iron fence and vintage street lamps are everything classic Charleston! The alleys around it are perfect to sneak out to and get romantic portraits of the newlywed couple!
The American Theater
OMG! This is for a contemporary couple, who is old-school at heart! And of course fans of the great American Theater and its history! Located in Downtown Charleston, this iconic structure of Art-Deco architecture stands timeless forever! Our Charleston wedding photographers love capturing such uniqueness and innovation when it comes to wedding photography! Home to exquisite handmade milk-glass chandeliers, this historic wedding venue in Charleston is a showstopper in itself. The grand room can accommodate up to 200 guests and speaks a language dedicated to Hollywood! It is adorned with vintage Hollywood posters and Art Deco themes and is ideal for your wedding ceremony, reception or even your rehearsal dinner. It was opened in 1942 and spans 8,000 square feet of glamor and style. The stadium-style is state-of-the-art and makes for an unforgettable wedding celebration. If you are a couple who wants to do things in a unique style, true to your personalities as a couple, this is it! Your post-wedding photography is incomplete without the iconic American Theater signboard outside the venue. For more variations, you could include different types of props taking into account a vintage car! That would set the tone of your classic Charleston wedding photography, right?
Charleston has some of the most amazing options when it comes to wedding venues and engagement locations, especially from our wedding and engagement photographers’ perspective. Wedding photography is equally important, as after your big day flies by (which will be hurried, before you even realize it) your wedding photography shall remain with you all your life, for generations to come. Our Charleston wedding photographers love capturing all the details of a wedding. Even the smallest detail, contains a big thought and we at George Street Photo and Video completely understand that!
We provide an exceptionally talented wedding photography team and highly competitive packages, starting from USD 1,500. Click to know more about our wide range of wedding photography and video packages by scheduling an appointment with us!