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The Breathtaking Lowndes Grove Wedding Venue in Charleston

If you’ve done some research on wedding trends, you may have noticed that waterfront venues are all the rage. And for good reason, too! If you’re into that vibe for your wedding day, I know of a stunning wedding venue that highlights unrivaled river views, especially at sunset. The Lowndes Grove wedding venue is a beautifully restored estate featuring 1786-era architecture with period furnishings and an expansive piazza. Managed by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, this private property offers couples the opportunity to have their wedding on a historic landmark and a celebration amidst the backdrop of Charleston’s rich history and natural beauty. From intimate ceremonies on the expansive lawn to lavish receptions in the grand plantation house, every detail is meticulously crafted to ensure an unforgettable wedding experience. 

Lowndes Grove proved to be the perfect venue for this Editorial and I spent my day immersed in the world of Lowcountry charm, where timeless elegance meets modern sophistication. Exquisite bridal fashion, classic decor, and the model couple’s chemistry tell an enchanting story of what wedding dreams are made of. Curated to perfection, I truly enjoyed photographing this day of candid moments and artful poses and hope it inspires trendy and classic brides-to-be alike! Keep reading to learn more about what it’s like to have your wedding day at Lowndes Grove wedding venue.

Front view of Lowndes Grove Wedding Venue in Charleston, South Caroline.

About The Lowndes Grove Wedding Venue

266 St. Margaret Street Charleston, SC 29403

As stated before, this estate is overflowing with history. So much so, the property spans a Revolutionary War invasion, the arrival of Charleston World’s Fair, and even a visit from President Theodore Roosevelt. The Lowndes Grove wedding venue stands tall along the oak-lined banks of the Ashley River. It is a distinguished member of the National Register for Historic Places and offers couples an unparalleled setting for a wedding ceremony and reception. 

A bride and groom walking away along the sandy path surrounded by live oaks at Lowndes Grove Wedding Venue.

Details of the Grounds

The Lowndes Grove wedding venue boasts several stunning spaces for both ceremonies and receptions, each offering its own unique ambiance and charm. The expansive lawn overlooking the Ashley River provides a picturesque setting for outdoor ceremonies, with lush greenery, towering oak trees, and panoramic water views creating a romantic backdrop for exchanging vows. For indoor ceremonies or receptions, the historic plantation house offers elegant interiors featuring high ceilings, original hardwood floors, and exquisite period furnishings. 

Additionally, the covered veranda and grand piazza provide versatile spaces for cocktail hours and al fresco dining. Allowing guests to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while celebrating in style. Other wonderful features of this estate include the following:

  • A Grand Lawn
  • Formal dining room ideal for intimate dinners
  • Glass-enclosed portico
  • 750-square foot piazza overlooking the river and oak grove
  • Unrivaled coastal views from a private dock extending 700 feet into the Ashley River
  • Multiple spaces for flexible, creative event planning
  • Elegant decor, from casual to lavish, complements occasions for every style and need
  • On-site parking
  • Wi-Fi throughout 

Drone image overlooking the Ashley River and Lowndes Grove dock.

Photography Opportunities

Lowndes Grove offers a plethora of enchanting locations for capturing timeless wedding photos. Among the most picturesque spots is the scenic waterfront. Here, couples can pose against the backdrop of the Ashley River and historic rice fields. Creating moments of natural beauty and romance. The manicured gardens and lush landscaping provide a stunning backdrop for intimate portraits. Then, the colorful blooms, winding pathways, and tranquil ponds add a touch of Southern charm to every shot. 

Additionally, the elegant interiors of the plantation house boast ornate architecture and rich historical details, offering endless opportunities for capturing elegant and timeless images. This wedding venue is especially stunning during sunset. With the light glistening off of the water, photographs will be illuminated with natural lighting. 

A bride in a short dress and groom in a tux embracing in front of Lowndes Grove wedding venue.

Wedding Details

Having won Best of The Knot Hall of Fame and Best of The Knot 2024, the Lowndes Grove wedding venue offers a wonderful option for wedding planning. Patrick Properties Hospitality Group uses an exclusive in-house coordination and design division for this wedding venue. This group will help create a plan with all of your wants and needs in mind. Included:

  • Signature event planning services
  • Full-service coordination + design
  • Elopement and micro wedding packages
  • Creative and customizable design
  • Strong foundation in event logistics
  • Consultations and site visits

The approach is simple: to create a personalized experience crafted to your preferences and budget. This team puts the details at the top of their priority. So, the team will focus on the big and small, with little surprises in the mix. In addition, the team here wants your experience to be collaborative and fun. While this isn’t their first rodeo, no wedding is the same. So you’re encouraged to offer up your ideas and not have to sweat the logistics! From intimate rehearsal dinners to the largest-scale wedding, this team will not disappoint!

As you embark on this journey with Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, rest assured that every detail will be meticulously crafted to ensure that your wedding day is nothing short of magical. From intimate elopements to grand affairs, Lowndes Grove offers couples the opportunity to create their own timeless love story amidst the charm and elegance of Charleston’s historic landscape.

Portrait of a bride in a tulle gown holding her bouquet inside Lowndes Grove's entry with arched glass windows and black and white checkered floors.

You Can Not Go Wrong With The Storybook Setting Of A Lowndes Grove Wedding

As the sun sets on the picturesque waterfront of Lowndes Grove, it’s evident that this historic estate is more than just a wedding venue; it’s a storybook setting where love and history intertwine. From its rich architectural heritage to its sprawling grounds and breathtaking views, every detail of Lowndes Grove exudes Southern charm and sophistication. Whether exchanging vows amidst the lush gardens, dining al fresco on the grand piazza, or dancing the night away in the elegant plantation house, couples are sure to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. With its unparalleled beauty, impeccable service, and commitment to personalized planning, the Lowndes Grove wedding venue sets the stage for an unforgettable celebration. 

As your luxury Washington D.C. wedding photographer, I have traveled to some of the most stunning wedding venues. Lowndes Grove will always be at the top of my list of favorites! If you’re planning a wedding and are in need of a photographer, then I would love to get to know you, so we can create a unique vision for your special day. Contact me to get started!

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Venue: Patrick Properties Hospitality Group
Mentoring & Bridal Styling: Julie Livingston
Photography: Svenja Bauer Photography
Cinematography: Caleb Jordan Lee
Hair and Makeup: Wild Ivory Beauty
Backdrop: Chasing Stone
Dresses: Lovely Bride / Lovely Bride Charleston
Floral veil: Saint Bridal / Lovely Bride Charleston
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Models: Bella Dell
Floral: Stephanie Gibbs Events
Table & Room Design: Hill & Co Creative
Tabletop: Hill & Co Creative, Shop Hostess, Emerson James Rental
Linen: Custom made by The Social Spool / Underlay: Nuage Designs Inc
Rug: Grace Frederick Design
Rentals: Snyder Events

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