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

william aiken house wedding photos

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

william aiken houseelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-002

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

fine art wedding photography michael kors heels on wedding veil

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

wedding dress hanging from spiral staircaseelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-005

A southern wedding isnt complete without something monogramed!

detail photo of wedding rings, veil, dress, and monogrammed handkerchief stems charleston wedding bouquet

Oh how I love this sweet wedding bouquet from Stems

gorgeous peonie wedding bouquet

Ashton teared up while reading a sweet note from her groom

elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-009elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-010bride getting ready at the carriage house at the william aiken house in charlestonbridesmaids seeing bride for the first timeelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-013beautiful bride getting ready

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

bride putting on her shoeselegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-016groom fixing tie in mirrorelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-018william aiken house interior

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

elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-020charleston bride and groom first look with blind fold elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-022photo of bride walking up stairselegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-024

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

southern groom details, striped bowtie, cotton boutonniereflowers by Stems A Charleston Bridegorgeous charleston wedding at the william aiken housefun bridesmaids photo idea with everyone crowded around the bride

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

bridesmaids wearing different colored shoeselegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-030elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-031elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-032elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-033casual groomsmen photo

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!

elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-035william aiken house wedding photo in the red room with bridesmaidsLashes and Lace charleston bridebeautiful floral applique wedding gownelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-039elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-040elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-041

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

elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-042

Yo, I want this painting in our apartment!

historic wedding venue in charleston the william aiken houseelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-044elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-045photo of bride sitting in her wedding gownbrides first look with fatherelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-048

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

southern outdoor ceremony with pews and palm fanswooden cross ceremony decor with flowerselegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-051

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!

cute flower girl walking down the aisleelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-053elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-054here comes the bride ringbearer flagelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-056

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!

bride walking down the aisle with her fathergreat photo of the back of the bride walking down the aislecarriage house ceremony at the william aiken houseelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-060creative ceremony photoelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-062elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-063couples first kiss as husband and wifeelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-065

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

elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-066elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-067william aiken house wedding photographers Catherine Ann Photographygorgeous photo of bride and groom kissing elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-070elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-071elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-072raw bar by Fish Catering in Charlestonelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-074elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-075elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-076elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-077photo of bride and groom walking hand in handfine art Charleston wedding photography Catherine Ann Photography elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-080

Ahh they’re so romantic!

a charleston bride wedding planners Catherine Ann Photography at the William Aiken House charleston wedding photographer Catherine Ann Photography creative bride and groom portraitfun wedding portrait with palm fansdreamy charleston wedding at the william aiken house with a charleston bride, catherine ann photography, stemsoutdoor southern wedding portraitelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-087elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-088signature pink drink at weddingpretty signature pink drink with floral strawselegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-091elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-092elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-093elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-094bride and groom at the william aiken houseelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-096couple kissing behind a palm fanelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-098customized moss monogram letters for weddingselegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-100elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-101elegant charleston weddingbridal portrait at the historic william aiken house in charlestondreamy bridal portraits in a garden maze in charlestona charleston bride

A Charleston Bride brought Ashtons vision to life perfectly

elegant southern reception at the william aiken house bird cage centerpieces with flowersbeautiful floral peony center pieces in charlestonbowtie favors for southern weddingpink and gold tented receptioncasual lounge area for a wedding receptionelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-112elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-113elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-114elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-115elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-116elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-117elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-118custom match boxes for wedding favorspuppy treat favors for wedding guestselegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-121elegant tented reception at the william aiken housewedding reception bar details

Such an elegant bar area!

southern bar wedding reception in charleston elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-125elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-126wedding desserts by Fish Cateringpink wedding cake with gold fleckspecan pie wedding dessertelegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-130elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-131elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-132elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-133elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-134elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-135

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

elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-136elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-137elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-138elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-139elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-140elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-141elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-142elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-143elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-144elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-145elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-146elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-147elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-148elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-149elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-150

These chicken and waffles were a surprise treat for the guests

elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-151elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-152elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-153elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-154elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-155elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-156elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-157elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-158elegant-william-aiken-house-wedding-159

View Ashton & Aarons Charleston engagement session

If you would like Catherine Ann Photography to photograph your William Aiken House wedding, click here to chat with us today! 

CHARLESTON SC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS SPECIALIZING IN OUTDOOR AND HISTORIC VENUE WEDDINGS

If you're getting married at an outdoor or historic wedding venue in the US or Europe LETS CHAT

Contact form not working? Email me at info@catherineannphotography.com

Menu