Charleston has plenty of outdoor venues to choose from but there are some hidden gems if you’re willing to drive just a little bit. A Pepper Plantation wedding has tons of southern charm and endless natural beauty. Located 30 minutes north of Charleston, the plantation adds a rustic touch to any event. The venue was perfect for Amy and Dennis, who are outdoor enthusiasts and wanted something simple, rustic, and beautiful for their wedding day. Haley met with Amy as she was getting ready and the bride-to-be was itching to get the day going. She looked incredible in her lace gown, and we love the timeless romantic feel of the dress. Combined with a bouquet of palmetto roses, the ensemble was simply lovely. Not to be outdone, Dennis was incredibly handsome in his sand three-piece with silvery blue tie. The look on his face told the whole story when she spun him around for their first look.
The duo’s first look took them to a few locations around the peninsula. They looked stunning together in front of some of the low country’s iconic wrought iron fencing but it’s the sprawling oaks that created the perfect southern atmosphere. The shadowy patchwork beneath the wide branches made for a gorgeous backdrop. After a few bridal portraits where Amy wowed us yet again, it was time to head to Pepper Plantation, and they did it in style. A Vintage Oldsmobile was ready and waiting to whisk Amy and her bridesmaids away to Pepper Plantation.
Overlooking serene Alston Creek, the Pavilion’s ceremony location features one of our favorite backgrounds. The dark water and tree-lined shore is distinctly low country and fit with Amy’s theme perfectly. Scattered wood and dark wooden chairs were perfect natural touches that were complimented by burlap and lace ribbons. The flower girls (who were ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!) even had flower crowns of baby’s breath. But Amy was the show-stealer, and the Plantation, with all of its beauty, couldn’t have outdone her. She glided down the aisle and Dennis and she exchanged their vows with the creek trickling lazily behind theme. It was such a serene moment. When all was said and done, the smiles they shared were magical and they held hands as husband and wife walking back up the aisle.
Amy and Dennis’ newlywed portraits were so beautiful. We adore that nature is highlighted in many of their portraits with the exposed wood and open-aired pavilion all created an inviting, airy atmosphere. We love the sweet moments between the two of them that Haley was able to capture. A stable gate leading to a wide field and a worn dock over the dark water lent different backgrounds but the same rustic views that they had yearned for.
Back at the pavilion, the party was getting started. Polished wood was mixed with raw wood, palmetto roses and neutral colored floral arrangements to create the perfect low country theme. Guests snacked on delectable food and, beneath the strung lights and exposed beams, everything reflected a golden glow. We are also always on the lookout for inspired details and with burlap letters, personalized koozies and unique Mason jar parting gifts, this particular event did not disappoint! From beginning to end, this wedding did not stray once from its rustic, low country inspiration, and we adore the precious moments that Haley captured!
Thank you so much for inviting us along for such a beautiful day. We wish you nothing but health and happiness in the many years to come. Congratulations again!