Charleston is home to some of America’s oldest estates and institutions, many of which still exist today. Having seen centuries of history come and go, there are so many imprints of the people and stories who made Charleston what it is today still woven into the city. Between its history, spectacular scenic vistas, and warm Southern hospitality, it’s obvious why so many couples choose to host their wedding in this fabulous city. Lowndes Grove is a spectacular historic estate, and nestled onto its grounds is the intimate River House. Take advantage of the stunning property and waterfront on the Ashley River while hosting a cozy, relaxed wedding that doesn’t skimp on elegance and refinement. Keep reading to learn more about the incredible River House wedding venue.
The River House lies on the historic Lowndes Grove estate, a former plantation with a grand mansion that dates back to 1786. While you can use the manor and the estate for a grand and more formal wedding, the riverfront River House venue is much better suited for quaint and slightly more rustic events. That said, you’ll still have access to the spectacular grounds, waterfront, and even potentially the Lowndes Grove main house for photos while hosting at River House.
Patrick Properties Hospitality Group owns River House, a quintessentially Charleston venue. It exudes Southern charm with expansive property on the banks of the Ashley River, stately oak trees, and charming architectural details. There is history tucked into the eerie detail of the estate, and you and your guests will love feeling like a part of something genuinely timeless while celebrating at River House.
Despite being a smaller venue alternative to the larger Lowndes Grove main house, there is still plenty of flexibility in organizing and hosting your wedding at River House.
The house has two elegant guest suites, ideal for getting ready for your wedding day. However, they’re a little on the smaller side, so if you have a larger party or group to prepare with on your wedding day, it may not be a bad idea to consider a nearby Airbnb or hotel rental.
You and your partner can exchange vows in various spaces, though it’s hard to resist the charm of saying “I do” with an outdoor ceremony. Stand beside one of the centuries-old oak trees representing your steadfast and timeless love. Place an arch draped in florals and fabric in front of a breathtaking river view, with the sunlight sparkling off the blue water. Perhaps gardens are more your aesthetic? Find a cozy corner of the property’s gardens to gather your guests as you begin the next chapter of your lives as a married couple.
Regardless of where you say “I do,” your ceremony will be beautiful, intimate, and unforgettable.
When it comes to your reception, you have options, too. Perhaps you envision an al fresco dinner party on a brick terrace, with lavishly decorated tables and bistro lights hanging overhead. Your guests can dine while looking out on the Ashley River, basking in the glow of your love story and taking in all the sights River House has to offer.
The River House wedding venue is a unique and slightly more rustic space than its larger counterpart. It has a gorgeous black-and-white checkered floor, clean white walls, and windows and doors made of rich wood. Vintage wrought-iron light fixtures hang from the ceilings for an extra Tuscan-esque touch. Several sets of elegant French doors open onto the brick patio, allowing your guests to move from indoors to outdoors as they wish. You can even set up your dance floor on the patio to dance beneath the stars.
This smaller venue space is ideal for guest lists of up to 100 people. It’s the perfect place to gather your closest friends and family for a beautiful wedding that will go down in history as timeless as the estate on which it occurred.
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The spectacular grounds of River House at the Lowndes Estate are perfect for creating a wedding album full of stunning photos. We can start by wandering around the Lowndes Estate and using the main house exterior for pictures full of Lowcountry charm and style. Its arched windows, covered porches, and stately columns are lovely photo backdrops and iconic to this dreamy estate.
The grounds are perfect for pictures with natural beauty, featuring enormous oak trees, flowering landscapes, and charming terraces. The views of Ashley River make gorgeous backdrops, lined in grassy marshlands and featuring docks that stretch out over the sparkling blue water.
There are so many locations at River House for stunning photos. Whether we need a perfect spot for a first look or for capturing glowing Sunset Hour pictures, River House has more than enough for sensational portraits.
Patrick Properties has its own private catering service for use in every event it hosts. The catering has quite a reputation for its exquisite culinary design. You’ll meet with their chefs to create a customized menu to suit your tastes and the needs of your River House wedding. They’ll make sure your first meal as a married couple is the best you’ve ever had.
You can rest assured that events are what Patrick Properties does best, so their team is fully capable of helping you plan the wedding of your dreams. They have everything you need to host your closest friends and family for a magical celebration full of great food, lively company, and timeless romance. Be sure to schedule a tour to see the facility and discuss all the juicy details!
The River House wedding in Charleston promises an enchanting and memorable celebration. Its natural beauty, historic charm, indoor and outdoor event spaces, and delicious cuisine offer everything you need to create the wedding of your dreams. The River House is a part of Charleston’s rich history, and your wedding will be another chapter in it. If you’re searching for the perfect Charleston estate for your dream wedding, I highly encourage you to consider River House.
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