Outdoor Charleston Wedding | Old Wide Awake Plantation | Megan + Rich

“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 is the Perfect Outdoor Charleston Wedding Venue

With COVID safety still in 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 besides the lake is the perfect place for first dances.

Bridal Suite Old Wide Awake Plantation Wedding Charleston, SC

Bridemaids in robes on bes bridal suite Old Wide Awake

Charleston Bride getting dressed with bridesmaids inside floral decorated bridal suite

bridesmaids in pale blue dresses on top porch of Old Wide Awake Plantation

Groom Portraits Old Wide Awake Plantation ivy covered stairs in background

Charleston Groom and groomsmen pose on ivy covered stairs of Old Wide Awake Plantation House

Groom in Navy blue tuxedo

Bride's First Look with Dad on Old Wide Awake Plantation house porchCharleston bride processional at Old Wide Awake

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!

Old Wide Awake wedding ceremonyclose up of engagement ring surrounded by flowers/ newlyweds pose on ivy steps at Old Wide Awake

Bridal party pose in front of oak tree with Spanish moss Old Wide Awake Plantation Wedding Charleston, SC

Charleston newlyweds pose near Old wide awake Pond

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.

Old Wide Wake reception tent

Black and white image of newlyweds with Old Wide Awake wedding venue in background

Charleston Outdoor Wedding Venue Reception details Old Wide Awake Plantation Wedding


Newlyweds first dance in tented reception in Charleston, SC

Old Wide Awake tent first dances with parentsOutdoor Wedding Reception Charleston, SC newlyweds kiss at table and bride dances with her mom and grandmaBlack and white image of whole tented wedding reception at Old Wide Awake Plantation

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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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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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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