“Leigh was an absolutely amazing photographer, she is so easy to work with and her energy is fun to be around. I feel like she could turn anyone into a model with her creative posing and uncanny ability to capture your best angle and lighting. She photographed my bridal portraits and wedding and pays such good attention to details that an average photographer might overlook. I highly recommend her for your wedding because the photos will truly preserve all those fleeting memories of your big day!”- Megan Marini

Old Wide Awake Plantation

With COVID safety still at the forefront of engaged couples mind’s, Old Wide Awake Plantation offers a perfect solution for a completely outdoor Charleston wedding. Located just outside of downtown Charleston, SC, the circa 1800 plantation home is dripping in old southern charm. Upon arriving, you can sneak a peek of the grand house through a tree-lined avenue. An ivy-covered staircase leads to the house where a wrap-around covered porch welcomes you. Under the porch and through the ivy-covered archways, is an informal bar area.  Besides the house, a pond complete with a fountain is the perfect backdrop for saying your vows.  After your introduction as newlyweds, the travertine dance floor beside the lake is the perfect place for first dances.

The Newlywed’s Story

Megan and Rich initially met on Tinder and had their first date was at the Carolina Ice Palace. There they skated and got to really know each other. Rich is a hockey player, so the ice is a big component of his life. He officially asked Megan to be his girlfriend when they went skating again a month later. On their 4th anniversary of dating,  Rich proposed after hiking 5 miles up Table Rock mountain. He stated “we climbed this mountain together and now I want to climb all of life’s obstacles with you.” Megan recalls it being such a magical moment with a breathtaking view!

Outdoor Charleston Wedding

With the couple’s love of nature, having an outdoor Charleston wedding was a logical move. They wanted to have a simple and classy wedding that would not take away from the beauty of their outdoor venue. Old Wide Awake was perfect for their needs. Their floral palette was inspired by nature with white roses, eucalyptus, and accented with blue hydrangeas a popular southern flower. Their wedding coordinator, Tara Le Claire Weddings, created a dreamy southern vibe by wrapping the chandelier in greenery , utilized the string lighting from the venue, having white linens, and rustic wood accents for the food displays.

Megan & Rich’s wedding at Old Wide Awake Plantation was a successful celebration of their love filled with great food, dancing, and close friends and family.

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PHOTOGRAPHY | Leigh Hayward Photography

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE | Old Wide Awake Plantation

WEDDING COORDINATION | Tara Le Claire Weddings

RING DESIGNER | Polly’s Jewelry

WEDDING DRESS | Bridal House of Charleston

TUXEDO | Men’s Wearhouse

MAKEUP & HAIR | Vanity Salon SC

EVENT & LINEN RENTAL | Snyder Events



DJ | Scott Sain

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