Miranda McKinney and John Richardson love South Carolina. Discussing their connection to the Palmetto State during our first meeting, she shared “It’s where we met, fell in love and will spend the rest of our lives together.” They currently reside in York, SC, just an hour north of Charleston, but their dream is to live in the Lowcountry. Reminiscing about past visits to Charleston, she states “We spend our days walking the cobblestone streets and eating the best food in the South. We stroll through the Historic Charleston City Market and make our way to The Battery. We will continue to make memories here!”
Miranda and John dreamed of a Lowcountry wedding in a location that offered everything they love about the area. From the perfect venue and weather conditions to the handpicked group of wedding vendors, their dream came true! They chose Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, SC for both Miranda’s bridal portrait and their wedding. The venue offers the feel of Old Charleston but with wide open spaces and marsh/river views located a few hundred yards away in Wide Awake Park, the original home site dating back to the early 1800’s.
As I mentioned in previous posts, the staff of Rick Dean Photography love shooting bridal portraits for several reasons. First and foremost, if you complete a bridal portrait session, your photographer will feel like an old friend on your wedding day. Since you have already worked together, you can relax knowing your images will be flawless. Old Wide Awake Plantation is the perfect spot for a bridal portrait offering so many beautiful backdrops & locations as you will see in the images below.
Directing the day’s events, keeping everything relaxed & on time was Margaret McKenzie, venue coordinator at the plantation. While the guys prepared for the day, watching a little football at the Charleston Marriott, Miranda and her girls were getting pampered and prepped by Kacie of Lashes and Lace in the bridal suite at the plantation house. Bouquets and table arrangements were skillful created by Charleston Blooms.
Before walking down the aisle, the couple exchanged gifts without exchanges glances, keeping the content of their letters private. After a quick First Look between father and daughter, filled with anticipation, it was time for Miranda to make her grand enterence down the front steps of the home.
Post ceremony, guests enjoyed an array of passed appetizers by Hamby’s Catering, providing a hint of the delicious meal that awaits. The couple’s cake, cheesecake to be exact, was flown in from their favorite bakery in New York. Libations provided by Snyder Bar Service. DJ Richard Clayton of Carry A Tune DJ Services set just the right mood with music and lights.
After an evening of great fun, Miranda and John ran off under the glow of sparkles and the perfect Palmetto moon. I believe what she said earlier to be true, “We will continue to make memories here in the Lowcountry!”
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