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Off The Beaten Path Wedding Venues near Charleston, SC

Some of my very favorite Charleston wedding venues are hidden gems. The places I don’t really get to visit as often as the more well-known venues. There are so many more amazing venues than listed below, but here are a few of my favorite, off the beaten path wedding venues near Charleston.   

1. Runnymede Plantation

Runnymede Plantation will ALWAYS be at the top of my list. Besides the fact that I got married here in 2018, this venue has it all. Gorgeous Ashley River views, brick ruins of it’s former plantation house, and a huge oak tree dripping in Spanish moss – be prepared to fall head over heels for this place! 

Runnymede Plantation bridal portrait

2. The Island House

The Island House is such a unique venue! The patterned wallpaper inside is a fun backdrop for detail shots and getting ready photos. Outside, the river views and gorgeous facade make for such a romantic setting for your wedding.

See more about The Island House here!

the island house

3. Cypress Trees Plantation

Dreaming of a plantation venue but want something different from the norm? Cypress Trees Plantation is worth a visit!  Located just outside of Charleston, on Edisto Island, this place is a southern wedding dream. 

See Blair and Jason’s wedding at Cypress Trees Plantation here! 

Cypress Trees Plantation Wedding Edisto, SC

4. Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens recently reopened and I’m so glad to have this place back in my life. The swamp and cypress trees throughout the property are so, so beautiful and they have the sweetest row boats!

The Notebook inspired Cypress Gardens engagement photos with couple in row boat with parasol

5. Hampton Lake

Hampton Lake is located in Bluffton. It’s a little ways outside of Charleston but is definitely worth the drive. I photographed a wedding here a few years ago and it was the perfect laid back, lakeside venue. 

See Kate and Timere’s wedding at Hampton Lake here!

Hampton Lake Wedding ceremony spot by the lake in Bluffton, SC

I hope you’ve found some inspiration from these off the beaten path wedding venues! There are so many great wedding venues near Charleston – what are your favorite hidden gems? Let me know in the comments!

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cameron, owner of Photography By Cameron, wedding photographer in Charleston, SC



Hey there! I’m Cameron, a wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. Here on the blog you can see my latest weddings and portrait sessions, read the sweetest wedding day stories, and get all of my best tips for the wedding day and beyond. Grab a coffee and enjoy!   

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