Intimate Wedding at the Gadsden House

From New York to Charleston; an intimate wedding in South Carolina at The Gadsden House

gadsden house, jenny fu studio

Caitlin and John contacted us to shoot their wedding at the Gadsden House in SC, and we were definitely coming along for the ride! As a photographer, there are many places on this planet we strive to shoot. Known for its shoreline of subtropical beaches and marshlike sea islands, South Carolina is definitely one of those places. The coastal city of Charleston is oozing with history thanks to the pastel-colored houses and Old South plantations.

bride and groom at gadsden house in south carolina
gadsden house, jenny fu studio, bride and groom, butterfly garden

The Vision

Caitlin and John had such a beautiful vision for their wedding. Their wedding vibe was a hybrid of where they live (Brooklyn) and where they go to celebrate (South Carolina.) Although the couple didn’t pinpoint a specific theme, the color palette was based on colors that exist in their daily lives in NYC; reds, golds, blacks, and greys. We juxtaposed that aesthetic against the textures of the natural environment of dried palms and grasses in South Carolina.

wedding florals and shoes
bride with veil, gadsden house, jenny fu studio

The Look

Caitlin had two outfits for their wedding day. To begin with, her first dress, (aka a jumpsuit!) was created by Reem Acra with her veil by Lela Rose. Caitlin’s second dress was crafted by Narciso Rodriguez with shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood.

bride and her mother, gadsden house
bridal veil, jenny fu studio
groom smiling before wedding

Bride’s Ideal Wedding

“Intimate and genuine. We wanted to be present at our wedding with the people who are kin. Whether that be by birth or by the good fortune of our lives! The pomp and circumstance are a luxurious bonus that we’re lucky to have the ability to cultivate!”

bride walking to wedding ceremony
father of the bride embracing his daughter

The Venue

Caitlin and John’s wedding was held at The Gadsden House in Charleston. The manor was originally built in the late 18th century by war hero Christopher Gadsden who presented his son with the property as a wedding gift. After changing hands over the years, the manor was fully restored in 2014. As a result, the gorgeous property features original heart pine floors and authentic floor-to-ceiling windows (hello natural light!) Now, The Gadsden House offers a seamless blend of historic character and contemporary elegance.

If you have never had the chance to go to Charleston, South Carolina – add it to your bucket list!

bride walking down stairs, first look
bride and groom first look
bride and groom smiling


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