Charleston To Do List

Charleston is my favorite city in all of the US, it’s safe to say. There’s just something about it that I simply adore, and every visit just gets better and better! I’m headed back to my beloved Charleston a couple more times this year: once to assist with the amazing The School of Styling and a subsequent vacation with some friends & then again in November for Creative at Heart. Needless to say, I am giddy with anticipation and excitement for both of these trips! The Holy City has a special place in my heart, that’s for sure – and even more so now.
Over the last several months, I’ve been keeping a simple “note” on my iPhone of all of the restaurants, coffee shops, stores, wedding venues, and to-do list activities while in Charleston. I’d say it’s a pretty comprehensive list at this point: it’s filled with some of my tried and true favorites, as well as definite favorites of others that I follow + trust their opinions! charleston2
Xiao Bao Biscuit
Butcher & Bee
Poogan’s Porch
Zero George
The Daily
The Grocery
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
Sugar Bakeshop
Butcher and Bee
St. Alban
Boxcar Betty’s
The Obstinate Daughter
The Park Cafe
Leon’s Oyster Shop
Jeni’s Ice Cream
To Do & See
the Battery
Firefly Distillery
Angel Oak tree
Rainbow Row
the waterfront + pineapple fountain
bike the Ravenel Bridge
Fort Sumter
stroll King Street
Lula Kate
Moon & Lola
Charleston City Market
Wedding Venues & Pretty Places
River Oaks
Boone Hall
Lowndes Grove
Middleton Place
William Aiken House
charleston1What do you think? Do you have any resounding opinions on any of these places? I fear that there won’t be enough meals in the days during my trips to make it to all of these phenomenal restaurants! And I am already dreaming of some wedding venue site visits… hello, gorgeous Southern charm!
Are there any other must-eat/see/do recommendations for me?

Dream Southern Wedding Venues

As I’ve been designing and planning my bride’s weddings, I’ve compiled a list of my absolute dream Southern wedding venues! Not only would I personally love to have my future wedding at any of these stunning Southern locations, but I would definitely love to plan a wedding for a bride at any or all of these someday.

Each of these venues is uniquely breathtaking, drawing on the natural elements of the South. I love outdoor weddings, or, if it’s indoor, then a venue with abundant natural light, and I think that’s definitely reflected in these venues. And, it’s pretty obvious, I am smitten with statuesque Southern plantation homes and the look and feel they emit. It’s fun to have a dream wedding venue bucket list & see if I’m able to cross any of these breathtaking Southern venues off of my list! So if you know any newly engaged couple who would especially love to get married at one of these venues… well, let me know!

 Merrimon-Wynne House, North Carolina

photo by Three Little Birds Studio

Pippin Hill Farm, Virginia

Pippin Hill in Charlottesville, VA | Candi Coffman #wedding
photo by Candi Coffman via Southern Weddings
Fearrington Village, North Carolina
Fearrington Village wedding
photo via Eric Kelley
River Oaks, South Carolina Photography -Virgil Bunao  @LulaKate -wedding gown design
photo via Virgil Bunao via Southern Weddings
Lowndes Grove, South Carolina
Lowndes Grove in Charleston, SC | Nancy Ray #wedding
photo by Nancy Ray via Southern Weddings
Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens, Arkansas
Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens | The Nolans #wedding
photo by The Nolans via Southern Weddings
Boone Hall Plantation, South Carolina
photo via Conde Nast Traveler
The Waterside Chapel at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
sweetest little chapel in Georgia | Ashley Seawell #wedding
Photo by Ashley Seawell via Southern Weddings