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

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

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bridesmaids in pale blue dresses

Groom Portraits Old Wide Awake Plantation

Charleston Groomsmen

Navy blue tux

First Look with Dad on Old Wide Awake 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!

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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 recpetion tent

Black and white image of newlyweds with wedding venue in back

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Newlyweds first dance Charleston, SC

Old Wide Awake tent first dancesOutdoor Wedding Reception | Old Wide Awake Plantation Wedding Charleston, SCBlack and white image of whole wedding reception

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

I’m Leigh, a wedding & engagement photographer in Charleston, SC. I’ve been photographing great love stories for the past 13 years, and I LOVE what I do! It’s true: I love love, and I love telling love stories through photos even more!

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