Elegant Southern Wedding at the William Aiken House | Ashton + Aaron

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This wedding has been featured on the Southern Weddings blog!

Ashton & Aaron’s southern garden soiree at the historic William Aiken House was on one of the hottest days I’ve ever witnessed in South Carolina, but that didn’t stop anyone from having a fantastic time! To beat the heat, these two gave out palm fans – which also made for some good photo props!

Ashtons parents are from Aiken, South Carolina, so the William Aiken House had a personal connection for her family. William Aiken created the SC Railroad Company, and Aaron works in the railroad industry. I love when things come together like that!

Ashton & her ladies spent the morning inside the carriage house on property, sipping champagne as they got ready for the big day. They would look out the upper story windows and watch as the lawn was transformed into Ashtons dream wedding. The ceremony took place on the patio of the carriage house, with rented pews for the guests to sit on, and flower petals scattered up the aisle and on the alter where a wooden cross sat.

Ashton did a first look with Aaron on the landing inside the house while he was blind folded. Scattered through out the venue, they had different goodies for guests (ranging from bowties to puppy treats) to take as favors since they donated to a few different organizations close to their hearts. The dance floor was kept full by DJ Natty Heavy who played a lot of 90’s mash up songs…something that definitely got ME doing a few little dances on the sidelines (-; Sorry, but when you play a Backstreet Boys song at a wedding, Im going to start dancing!

Wedding planner: A Charleston Bride
Florist: Stems
Cake & Catering: Fish Restaurant
DJ: DJ Natty Heavy
Hair stylist: Lashes and Lace
Wedding gown: Liancarlo
Ceremony music: Bob Williams Duo
Rentals: Snyder Rentals, BBJ Linens
Paper: Studio R Design
Transportation: Lowcountry Valet

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Everything Ashton wore on her wedding day oozed romance and elegance. Look at that veil and those shoes!

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The subtle hint of blush, the flower applique, the ruffles…sigh. Ashtons Liancarlo gown was stunning

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A southern wedding isnt complete without something monogramed!

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Oh how I love this sweet wedding bouquet from Stems

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Ashton teared up while reading a sweet note from her groom

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Sometimes, you need a little help from your friends to put on your wedding shoes!

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Doing a Not First Look, First Look is always a cute option if you dont want your groom to see you on the day of the wedding

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Aarons super stylish striped bowtie matched the decor of the William Aiken house!

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The bridesmaids wore the same dresses, but got to wear different colored shoes!

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One reason I love photographing at historic venues is because we get such awesome natural light (you know, their usually wasnt electricity back in the day, so they built large windows to let in light), but the decor really adds to the indoor photos too!

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To get the flower girl to smile, the bridesmaids sang The Wheels on the Bus to her (-:


Yo, I want this painting in our apartment!

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These palm fans were brilliant, since it was a hot June day in the South

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This flower girl cracked me up. She didn’t throw a single petal until she got to the front and then proceeded to dump out all the petals!

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These next two photos show why I love having Jay be my partner. I get that standard bride walking down the aisle shot, and he’s able to get a perspective that most dont get; the back of the bride with everyone turned around smiling at her!

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Some of my favorite photos come from the moments right after the ceremony when the whole bridal party is tucked away for a few minutes

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Ahh they’re so romantic!

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A Charleston Bride brought Ashtons vision to life perfectly

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Such an elegant bar area!

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Aaron’s brother caught me while taking a photo of him giving a speech, so he struck a pose (-;


These chicken and waffles were a surprise treat for the guests


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