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Venue Spotlight | Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens is such a gorgeous venue for weddings, engagement sessions, or really any type of photography! This beautiful place has been the backdrop for many movies, including the boat scene in The Notebook. The park features gorgeous cypress trees, a moss covered blackwater swamp, breathtaking natural spaces, and a picturesque stone bridge. Can you imagine anything more romantic than getting married amongst the cypress knees and then taking a row boat through the swamp?

Bride and groom in rowboat at Cypress Gardens

What I Love About Weddings
at Cypress Gardens

  1. Numerous breathtaking outdoor spaces are available for your ceremony and there are spaces available for each celebration size!
  2. Everything can take place at the venue. Getting ready, portraits, ceremony, reception – there’s no need for running around venue to venue!
  3. Incredibly beautiful grounds – you can’t really pick a bad spot for photos. 
  4. Depending on your ceremony site, the bride can make her entrance by row boat!
  5. If it rains, you can use the butterfly house or gazebos for cover and the trees provide a nice canopy during photos.
Cypress Gardens wedding photo

Pro Tips for Weddings
at Cypress Gardens

  1. Consider having your ceremony a couple hours before sunset. The dappled light under the trees can create some patchy lighting if it’s too early in the day. 
  2.  Build in as much time as possible for portraits – you’ll want to take advantage of the beautiful scenery.
  3. There’s a colorful patch of wildflowers that grows in the spring!
  4.  There are alligators in and around the swamp but don’t worry! They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. 
  5.  Consider providing bug spray for your guests!
Cypress Gardens proposal photos
Cypress Gardens proposal on row boats - Charleston Wedding Photographer
Bride and groom in row boats at Cypress Gardens wedding
Cypress Gardens engagement photos
The Notebook inspired Cypress Gardens engagement photos with couple beside swamp with parasol

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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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