I’m super excited to share the photos I took of Kristen & Clayton’s classic Gadsden House wedding in Charleston, SC. Read on to learn more about why this venue fits them and their love story 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 be 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 kinder 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.

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 he wanted 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 photos 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!

View Their Romantic Charleston Engagement Photos

Classic Southern Wedding at The Gadsden 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 Gadsden 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.

In Their Words

“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

red brick exterior of The Gadsden House wedding

bridal wedding photos at The Gadsden House

first look at The Gadsden House in SC

couple on front steps at The Gadsden House in Charleston

bride and groom posed by exterior of The Gadsden House

bride and groom romantic photos at The Gadsden House

wedding party on The Gadsden House porch

couple kiss at outdoor courtyard ceremony in Charleston

green and white floral details at The Gadsden House wedding reception

outdoor lounge at The Gadsden House wedding

indoor wedding reception floral details

black and white overhead shot of first dance at wedding

black and white overhead photo of wedding reception on dance floor

black and white sparkler wedding grand exit

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The Gadsden House Wedding Vendor Team

Venue | The Gadsden House

Photographer | Leigh Hayward Photography

Wedding Planner & Florist | Engaging Events

Invitations | Dodeline Design

Makeup & Hair | Lashes and Lace

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