Classic Charleston Wedding | The Gadsen House | Kristen + Clayton

“From the first time that I spoke with Leigh over the phone I knew that she was going to be wonderful to work with. Her pictures speak for themselves but her personality was the icing on the cake! The natural light that Leigh uses for her pictures just enhance all of the beautiful details that she captures. We had our engagement session with Leigh and right away she made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. When she arrived on our wedding day, she was full of energy and positivity. She got our wedding pictures back to us in three weeks, which is amazing! Her work is so beautiful and I cannot recommend her enough. We have gotten so many compliments on how beautiful our wedding photos are!” -Kristen Jackson

I’m super excited to share Kristen & Clayton’s beautiful classic Southern wedding at the Gadsen House in Charleston,SC. Read on to learn more about why this venue fit them and their love story so perfectly!

How They Met

Clayton and Kristen first met when she was in nursing school and Clayton was in medical school. Kristen was in the library early one morning before class and Clayton also happened to there. He boldly came up to her and introduced himself and asked her out to dinner.

Kristen says she felt early on in their relationship that Clayton was the one. He was so kind, generous, intelligent and selfless. She calls him her sunshine on a rainy day and swears she has never met a more kind soul. She could not imagine spending the rest of her life with anyone other than him.

Clayton says he can’t pinpoint the exact moment that he knew Kristen was the one. Instead, it’s the collection of memories and moments that they have shared over the years that have made him fall in love with her. He believes she is such a beautiful person inside and out.Love of Travel

Kristen & Clayton are huge travelers and try and take one big trip a year. They have a travel bucket list where they write down all the places that they want to travel to. Once they figure out when they can take time off work, they look up the weather and decide what climate they want. Then they research the country they picked and plan a vacation around that. Their past trip to Jordan is where Clayton proposed!

The Proposal

After an 8 hour hike to the Treasury in the city of Petra, Clayton said that he wanted to to get a picture with the both of them in front of it. Kristen didn’t think anything of it because they had been taking pictures all day and usually liked to take pictures on all their vacations. Kristen found a Bedouin who could take their picture. When she turned around to pose, Clayton told her he needed to ask her something. He then got down on one knee and popped the question in front of everyone! Clayton had been hiking with the engagement ring in his front pocket the entire time! Kristen describes her cushion cut engagement ring set high with beautiful diamonds along the band as enchanting! It’s even better than her Pinterest board picks!

Romantic Charleston Engagement Photos holding hands and groom to be kissing fiancee's hand

View Their Romantic Charleston Engagement Photos

Classic Southern Wedding at The Gadsen House

The couple knew they wanted to get married in Charleston, South Carolina after many weekend trips there, where they fell in love with the amazing food and Southern charm. Kristen & Clayton chose The Gadsen House to host their classic Southern wedding. This iconic property in downtown Charleston was built in 1798 and recently revitalized to seamlessly blend the historic character with contemporary elegance for private events. It’s the perfect wedding venue to show all of their loved ones why Charleston holds a special place in their hearts.

Exterior photo of the Gadsen House in Charleston, SC, wedding invitation to this Classic Charleston Wedding

detail photo of engagement ring and blue bejeweled wedding shoes

Bride getting ready in Bridal Suite with bridesmaids in pale blue dresses

Bride and Groom's first look in the downstairs Gadsen House hallway

family and wedding party peak over stair banister to see bride and groom have their first look

Bride and groom look into each other's eyes on front steps of the Gadsen House

Newlyweds embrace before Classic Charleston Wedding at The Gadsen House

3/4 crop of groom portrait and bridal portrait in front of white textured wall

Classic Charleston Wedding Portrait of bride and close up of her bouquet

Classic Charleston Groom in tuxedo walking and buttoning jacket, bride and groom holding hands can see cufflink in the groom's initial of "C"

Groom leads brides near textured wall of Zero George Street Hotel

Bride and her bridesmaids and groom and his groomsmen pose separately before the wedding ceremony

close up of wedding party bouquets white and pale blush roses with eucalyptus

Wedding Party pose on Gadsen House porch. girls in light blue dresses , guys in black tuxedos

Just married couple shares a kiss at wedding altar outside at the Gadsen House

Bride and groom toast wedding with mojitos

fireplace and head table decorated with garlands of white flowers, greenery and candles for wedding reception

Wedding Reception Lounge area outside Gadsen House patio

Gadsen House Wedding reception Details : Fireplace with greenery, floral arrangement for table, tall white wedding cake with floral layers in between cake layers

birds eye view of bride and groom kissing on dance floor during first dance

Groom and mother first dance and mother of bride and bride first dance together on checkered dance floor

Overhead view of dance floor outside at the Gadsen House

Wedding Sparkler Exit  at The Gadsen House

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Leigh Hayward

Leigh Hayward

Charleston Wedding & Engagement Photographer

Hi, I’m Leigh! I’m an engagement and wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. I’ve been serving ALL love and couples since 2006. I adamantly believe everyone deserves their love story to be told beautifully! 

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