Caroline and Russel’s Lowndes Grove wedding was elegant, glamorous, and had a wonderful feeling of family and community. The bride, Caroline, grew up in the low country and the groom, Russell, attended the Citadel Military College of South Carolina which is within walking distance of this gorgeous waterfront venue.
Lowndes Grove Property
Lowndes Grove consists of a grand lawn and historic house built circa 1786 that overlooks the Ashley River. Some of its unique features include mature oak trees, a spiral staircase, original sconces and chandeliers as well as period interior decorating.
I met up with the bride prior to her wedding day to capture bridal portraits at Lowndes Grove. We had so much fun moving throughout the floors and grounds of this remarkable property taking photos. You can see the period grand window treatments, palace rugs, and sideboards in the final images.
Caroline gave off old Hollywood glam vibes with her long curl waved hair and bold red lipstick. Her satin dress hugged all of her curves and was completed with a large statement detachable bow train. Her look was perfected with a pair of bright red high heel shoes.
Russel and Caroline's Lowndes Grove wedding was held this fall on Labor Day, which is still pretty steamy weather in Charleston, SC. There was a threat of thunderstorm, but luckily the rain held off! Another bonus of having a wedding at Lowndes Grove is that there is a permanent clear tent attached to the house over a large patio. I love how the tent is included in the rental of the house as it helps calm nerves about any last-minute rain backup plans!
Wedding Day Flow
On the wedding day, we used various locations on the property for photos. The bridal party got ready inside the home in multiple rooms. Then I photographed the bride and groom’s first look on the immense lawn in front of the house. Afterwards, the couple read personal vows to each other by the dock leading out to the Ashley River. We then returned for some energetic wedding party photos in front of the iconic house before the wedding ceremony.
Nod to Citadel
The ceremony was held on the side lawn facing the river. Beautiful blue and white vases held white flowers to mark the location. Other colors included in the wedding palette, were light and dark blue with pops of cherry red which gave a nod to the Citadel colors. Furthermore, to honor the groom’s Alma mater, eight Citadel cadets attended in full uniform. They performed a sword arch for the bride to enter the ceremony through. It was a super impressive entrance!
After the ceremony, the newlyweds processed under the arch of swords. Following military tradition, the last two cadets dropped their swords and formed a cross to block the path of the couple. They only raised them to pass after the groom kissed his bride. Fun fact- it’s also military tradition to cut the wedding cake with a sword which is exactly what Russel did! Made me nervous when he licked the cake off of it!
Family is Everything
Family was very important to this couple. So much so, that they tested all wedding vendors for Covid, and temperature checked all guests to make sure all of their elderly guests would be safe. Caroline and Russel had an extensive family photo list. However, I was able to organize and take numerous family photos quickly since I had given the couple a family wish list questionnaire before their big day. I love doing this so that I am able to organize friend and family groupings to be the most fast and efficient on the big day. We all know couples want those special family photos, but they also can’t wait to celebrate with all of their out-of-town guests at their reception!
Lowndes Grove Wedding Vendors:
Photographer | Leigh Hayward Photography
Venue | Lowndes Grove
Wedding Planner | Lee Domikis @directmydaycharleston
Makeup/ Hair Artist | @silhouetteonsite @julia.laurenn
Florist | @coastalcreationsfloral
Rentals | @thefrencheclectic @snyderevents @eventworksrentals
Lighting/ DJ | bunndjchs
Entertainment | @otherbrotherentertainment
Videographer | @willwrightfilms
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