Amanda & BJ picked a perfect day for their outdoor garden wedding at The Hall at Senate’s End.  I was amazed to see how laid back the atmosphere was in the getting ready room as Amanda and her ladies worked on hair and makeup.  I think part of their ease came from the fact that Amanda and some of her bridesmaids have worked several weddings and events with By Invitation Only wedding planning.  Knowing what to expect out of the day, planning the details well ahead of time, and knowing she was in good hands with rest of the By Invitations Only crew, seemed to really allow Amanda to relax and enjoy her pre-wedding time!

Wedding makeup

The gentlemen looked great in their suits and I especially loved BJ’s red Palmetto tree tie!  There’s lots of great SC details in this wedding.

Groom getting ready
Groomsmen in suits with palmetto tree SC tie
Bridal details, lacy button dress and hairpiece

The holding hands around the door trick is a nice way to get some photos of the bride and groom “together” before the ceremony and say a quick hello before the walk down the aisle!

Couple on the side of the door
Floral arrangements at the hall at senate's end

These palmetto tree stained glass wedding favors are probably the coolest guest gifts I’ve ever seen.  With some many guests from out of the state, it was neat to give them a little piece of SC to take home.  And the bride’s mother hand-made these herself!

South Carolina palmetto tree stained glass wedding favors

Amanda’s mom also made the wedding cake and the cheesecakes on the desert bar!  What talent!

Wedding cake and cheesecake desert bar

There were tears all around when Amanda walked down the aisle!

Ceremony at the garden at Senate's end
Ceremony at the hall at senate's end
Bridal party in black and grey

One of the advantages of Senate’s End is that it’s so close to the river so we walked down for a quick portraits on the bank.

Bride and groom on the congaree river by senate's end

Who knew that under the Gervais Street bridge could be so photogenic?  It helps to have a stunning bride and groom too, though!

Under the Gervais Street bridge, riverwalk wedding portraits

Dupre Catering always does an amazing job with the food at the Hall at Senate’s End.

dupre catering wedding food
First dances at 320 senate
parents dance at senate's end
Cake cutting at the hall at senate's end

A true South Carolina wedding experience wouldn’t be complete without a surprise visit from Cocky!  Shake your tail feather!

Cocky wedding appearance
Back porch of senate's end

The back porch of Senate’s End is so romantic with the tealights and lanterns so we snuck the bride and from outside for a few romantic portraits of just the two of them.

Tea light romantic wedding portrait
Wedding reception at Senate's End
Carolina game towels

Congratulations Amanda & BJ!

Other Vendors-

Caterer Dupre Catering
Coordinator/PlannerBy Invitation Only
DJ– Lisa of Partytime DJs
Hair/Makeup-Denise O. at Wisteria Aveda Salon
Wedding DressJo-Lin’s Bridal
FlowersSomething Special Florists


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