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I had the privilege of photographing a beautiful wedding ceremony on the front lawn of Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC. This was the first time Pawleys Plantation held a wedding in the front of the clubhouse. Typically the weddings are held on the back lawn overlooking the golf course. The bride needed the wedding to be in the front so that she could ride a horse drawn carriage with her father right up to the ceremony location. I always love working with Heritage Carriages, I’ve done a number of weddings with them and it always turns out beautiful.
The front lawn turned out to be a great spot for the ceremony. The front of the clubhouse at Pawleys Plantation is very elegant with it’s large front porch columns. There are lots of huge trees around the lawn area to give shade to the guests and bridal party during the ceremony. Back on the golf course the sun can be very strong, especially in the summer, so the shade from the trees is very nice. I loved the little wooden gate that was set up for the wedding party to walk through before walking down the aisle. I think the front lawn of Pawleys Plantation will make a great additional option for wedding ceremonies held there in the future!
After the ceremony, I took a lot of pictures of the bride and groom with the horse and carriage. They were backlit by the beautiful sunlight filtering through the large oak trees. Later we went back to the golf course area for family pictures and then fun pictures with the bridal party. Before we went back inside for the reception, the bride and groom did the southern wedding tradition of digging up a bottle of bourbon they had previously buried. Then the family and bridal party all took a drink and made a toast together before heading back inside.
The wedding reception was a lot of fun. It’s always great working with DJ Scott and Company, he had the dance floor completely packed for a lot of the evening. I also setup my photo booth for this wedding and my wife was there to assist the guests with it. The booth stayed packed for a couple of hours because everyone was having a great time with it. Someone actually fell during the initial sparkler exit so we had to move the exit to the side doors of the clubhouse. I actually liked the bride and groom exiting from that area because there was much less light and so the light from the sparklers really showed up in the pictures. I hope you enjoy the pictures below, let me know in the comments or share if you do!