1) College of Charleston Cistern Yard: "The renowned archway structure at this location is named Porters Lodge, a National Historic Landmark. Each new class of freshman enter through the arch on their first day of college. Constructed in 1850, it was the home to the College’s porter, or custodian and today, the structure houses several faculty offices. On the archway’s George St. facade, it bears the Greek inscription for “Know Thyself.” The Cistern Yard with the raised, oval Cistern is the literal and figurative center of College of Charleston’s campus. Each spring, this is where the College’s commencement ceremonies take place. In late May and early June each year, this space serves as a performance venue for jazz artists during the Spoleto Festival USA." In the yard you'll also see beautiful old oak trees draped with Spanish moss that glows in the sunlight.
-College of Charleston
2) Magnolia Plantation & Gardens: "Unlike most of America's gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia Gardens cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony. The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were open to the public in the early 1870s. However, many parts of the gardens are much older, some sections more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has added their own personal touch to the gardens, expanding and adding to their variety. Today there are various varieties of flowers from camellias, daffodils, to azaleas and countless other species in bloom year round, with the climax of incredible beauty building towards the spring bloom."
-Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
3) Hampton Park: "Hampton Park is one of the City of Charleston's largest parks. It boasts the most extensive floral displays of any park in the city. An old rose collection and seasonal displays are planted by the staff and volunteers caring for the park. The park also has an arboretum of sorts with many interesting species of trees and shrubs that grow in the Lowcountry. This neighborhood park has a rich history recently documented through a project of the Charleston Horticultural Society, an audio walking tour that you can check out called, Layers of the Landscape." The park also features is a gorgeous gazebo, a large pond with walking bridges & a fountain, and here too you will also see that southern staple of Spanish moss hanging in the trees and gently swaying in the breeze.
-City of Charleston
Hope we've inspired you with our Bride's pictures for your bridal portrait session and we look forward to bringing you Part Two of our list of FAV spots! If you'd like to know more about a spring bridal session with us, just click here!