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MINGLE IN THE OLD BRICK RUINS
Some things to consider for your wedding at runnymede!
Where should we get ready for our wedding at Runnymede?
Runnymede does offer a Bridal Suite but its fairly small and its better off as a spot to store your things & a quiet place to retreat on your wedding day rather than a space to actually start your day at.
We recommend one of the hotels in downtown Charleston, about a 30 minute drive away.
Check out this blog post of our extensive list of the best hotels, air bnb & historic inns to get ready at in Charleston for your wedding
Where should we have the ceremony & what time do you recommend?
We love the giant oak tree as a ceremony spot but the old brick chimney is another great spot.
Our recommendation for your ceremony time depends on if you're doing a First Look or not:
You're doing a First Look - start at least 2 hours before Sunset
You're NOT doing a First Look - start at least 3 hours before sunset
(talk with your photographer about timing if you're choosing the oak tree! The light can be very bad on sunny days so you want to make sure you set it up at the right time & the right spot)
What are the Reception options?
There is a permanent tent structure that many people use for their reception but we've also seen the ruins used for the actual reception space, not just cocktail hour.
We personally think that Runnymede really loves lots of color (-;
You'll definitely want to consider adding some additional lighting options like candles, cafe lights & colored uplighting - it really adds depth to the reception space.
For how long & where should we plan to take the first look, couples portraits, wedding party & family photos?
100% of your photos can be done at Runnymede! Its fairly walkable. You could also do your First Look & Portraits downtown and do wedding party & family photos at Runnymede.
Plan to take photos for 2 hours before the ceremony regardless of if you're doing a First Look or not.
If you're doing a First Look, we'll take 5 minutes for Just Married portraits after the ceremony before you walk hand in hand into cocktail hour and enjoy the party.
If you don't do a First Look, we'll be taking photos for another hour after the ceremony and you'll miss mingling with guests at cocktail hour and your guests will be in the background of all of your photos and will probably try to come chat with you while you're take them. Please keep that in mind.
HOURLY COVERAGE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING AT RUNNYMEDE
Every wedding is different and unique and so are the hourly coverage needs! If you're unsure how many hours will be the best fit for you, take a peek below at our recommendations
Typically covers getting ready photos to the important reception formalities (toasts, cake cutting) & 30-60 minutes of dance floor action.
If you think your crowd isn’t really going to be the dancing type, or you just don’t really care too much about dance photos, 9 hours will work the best for you!
This is the best starting coverage option if your entire wedding is taking place at Runnymede
Typically covers getting ready photos to the important reception formalities (toasts, cake cutting) & 1-1.5 hours of dance floor action.
If you’re not planning an exit at the end of the night (or you are but you dont care if its photographed) & you love dancing photos, you’ll definitely want your photographer for 10 hours to make sure there’s lots of fun dancing pics before everyone starts getting too drunk.
This is the best starting coverage if your wedding ceremony is at a different location this isn't Runnymede
Typically covers getting ready photos to the important reception formalities (toasts, cake cutting) & all of the dancing + your exit at the end of the night.
This is the best option if you want your photos to tell your wedding day story from start to finish, especially if you’re planning a fun exit at the end of the night like sparklers or confetti!
This is also perfect for those of you looking for blackmail photos of your friends doing crazy shit on the dance floor!
Catherine Ann Photography are husband + wife wedding photographers in Charleston SC creating effortless, dreamy, colorful wedding photos for playful, fashion forward couples hosting a fun & memorable wedding weekend in Charleston, NYC and beyond!
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