For those of you who guessed on yesterday’s Instagram post – most of you were half right! Yes, I am headed back to Seattle again soon but also Los Angeles, get ready for all of the palm tree photos! Speaking of palm trees a little less than two weeks ago I spent four days in Charleston and it was incredible! If you did not read the full post of Oriane and Matthew’s wedding please stop reading this right now and go read that right now. Done? Back? Lovely, we shall continue. Outside of the wedding Saturday night there were many fun times over the course of four days in Charleston and I want to share a few photos from each day.
Friday I arrived in South Carolina early in the morning and after dropping my bag at my hotel I headed downtown for a fresh seafood lunch at Kitchen 208 and then spent an hour of meandering around the city before I went on a two hour walking tour. We passed all of the key areas of downtown including the Charleston City Hall, Saint Michael’s Church, Edmondston-Alston House, The Battery and along with many other gorgeous spots.
Then after a quick and much needed pedicure I met up with a ton of the ladies from the bachelorette party and we got on a shuttle to Bowens Island Restaurant. The event which was more of a welcome party than a rehearsal dinner featured a traditional oyster roast followed by a low country boil and the location on the water could not have been more perfect. I included a few of my favorite shots I took of the gorgeous bride and groom below and had a ton of fun shucking oysters for the first time!
After the welcome party on Friday night a few of us headed out to bars on King Street including Republic and the Macintosh but called it a relatively early night as we knew we had a ton of festivities in store for us Saturday. On Saturday my friend Dasha and I, see above, went to a leisurely brunch at High Cotton and then wandered around the Historic downtown including Rainbow Row and the Battery. Afterwards we headed to DryBar for blowouts (if you are in Charleston they are having a great Groupon right now) and then gave everyone quite a laugh as we changed into our black tie gowns at the hair salon and Ubered straight to the wedding.
You better believe I have more photos than the 20 I shared here from the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, and after party of Oriane’s wedding but I think this post already has more than enough so you will just have to believe me – it was a great night!
On Sunday after the wedding and after party to say I was struggling a bit would be an accurate statement but our brunch at the Darling Oyster Bar really hit the spot!We go the trio fry basket of shrimp, flounder, and oysters as well as a bacon egg and cheese with Hickory Smoked Bacon, Avocado, Cheddar Cheese, Potato Bun which really hit the spot – the be honest I wanted everything on their incredible brunch menu. Afterwards there was more touristing and then saying goodbye to friend’s who did not have Columbus Day off and I headed by myself to Magnolia Planation. The plantation which dates back to the 1600’s was gorgeous and I have an entire post coming soon about my experience. After the plantation I headed to the outlet malls by my hotel and did a bit of work because, well, real life.
Monday, my last day in Charleston did not go quite as expected – I wanted to spend a sunny day at the Folly Beach but it was definitely dark and very overcast. Luckily I did not get caught in the rain and instead of sitting on the beach and reading for a few hours I decided to walk up and down the gorgeous miles of beach which was a great way to get exercise on the very quiet October beach day.
I had a great time in Charleston and it is such an adorable city, I will definitely go back and I can see why so many girls who do not want a wild and crazy bachelorette choose Charleston as their destination. Hopefully it will not be 17 years until the next time I visit!
Which spot would you want to visit first?