First wedding ever on the front lawn of Pawleys Plantation

I photographed 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 front of the clubhouse. Typically the weddings are held on the back lawn overlooking the golf course. The bride needed the wedding in the front to ride a horse-drawn carriage with her father right up to the ceremony location. I always love working with Heritage Carriages, I’ve done many weddings with them, and it always turns out beautiful.

The front lawn turned out to be an excellent spot for the ceremony. The front of the clubhouse at Pawleys Plantation is very elegant with its large front porch columns. There are many giant trees around the lawn to give shade to the guests and the 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 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 photographed the bride and groom with the horse and carriage, and they were backlit by the beautiful sunlight filtering through the large oak trees. Later we returned to the golf course area for family pictures and fun pictures with the bridal party. Before we went 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 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 set up 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 fell during the initial sparkler exit, so we had to move to the side doors of the clubhouse. I liked the bride and groom exiting from that area because there was much less light, so the light from the sparklers showed up in the pictures. I hope you enjoy the photos below. Let me know in the comments, or share if you do!

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