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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Bluffton, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Bluffton, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Bluffton native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Bluffton, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Bluffton's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Bluffton.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Bluffton?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Bluffton, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Bluffton, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Bluffton, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Bluffton, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip

The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Bluffton, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Latest News in Bluffton, SC

Opening date for Aldi’s Bluffton location delayed until next year. Here’s what we know

Construction is underway on an Aldi grocery store in Bluffton, but the opening date won’t be this year as earlier announced.“Our new store in Bluffton, South Carolina, is on track to open in 2023,” wrote Shaun O’Keefe, Aldi’s Jefferson division vice president, in an emailed statement. A specific date was not available.When the store was announced in February, O’Keefe said the plan was for it to open ...

Construction is underway on an Aldi grocery store in Bluffton, but the opening date won’t be this year as earlier announced.

“Our new store in Bluffton, South Carolina, is on track to open in 2023,” wrote Shaun O’Keefe, Aldi’s Jefferson division vice president, in an emailed statement. A specific date was not available.

When the store was announced in February, O’Keefe said the plan was for it to open by the end of the year.

He said that once the Bluffton store is open, it will employ between 15-20 people.

Three available job listings were posted on the retailer’s website as of Thursday:

Bright blue signs with the Aldi logo and “Coming Soon” are posted at the site currently undergoing renovation in the shopping center at U.S. 278 and Burnt Church Road.

The area is fenced off, but work is transforming the space first designed to be a Fresh Market into an Aldi supermarket. The entrance has been moved from the center to the right side of the facade, which now features a tower typical of Aldi locations.

When the shopping center was first conceived in 2016, developer David Oliver and his company Jaz Management LLC announced that Fresh Market would be an anchor along with Hobby Lobby and PGA Superstore, and Fresh Market’s signature green-and-white striped awnings were installed outside the 21,000-square-foot space.

Then, in 2018, Aldi and developer David Oliver appealed to the Beaufort County Design Review Board for permission to make changes to the exterior of the building. The Design Review Board approved facade changes on June 7 of that year but the approval expired when Aldi did not act within a year.

During that time, Aldi opened a store in Pooler and in Savannah. Finally, the previously approved drawings were resubmitted to county staff on Aug. 31, 2021, and were approved the following week, according to previous reporting in The Island Packet.

Aldi, a Batavia, Ill.-based discount grocer which bills its stores as “no-frills,” also is planning a store in the new Beaufort Station development at the southwest corner of Robert Smalls Parkway and Parris Island Gateway in Beaufort.

The retailer’s website lists 47 stores in South Carolina, not including either store announced in Beaufort County.

4 Florida men caught illegally picking berries in the Bluffton woods. Here’s what they’re worth

Four Florida men were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for picking berries in the Bluffton woods.But these were not just any berries — they were saw palmetto berries, which can sell for anywhere from $1-3 a pound.They harvested nearly 2,000 pounds of the berries at the Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.On Oct. 8, some contacted the South Carolin...

Four Florida men were arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for picking berries in the Bluffton woods.

But these were not just any berries — they were saw palmetto berries, which can sell for anywhere from $1-3 a pound.

They harvested nearly 2,000 pounds of the berries at the Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

On Oct. 8, some contacted the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources who reported their trail camera had recorded men carrying buckets and bags into the woods at the preserve, a 977-acre public area flush with trees like the live oak, cabbage palm and slash pine and featuring hiking trails, wildlife viewing and bird watching, according to DNR.

The next day, officers went to the area and caught the men after seeing them illegally picking pine-saw palmetto berries, said Greg Lucas, a DNR spokesperson. The berries are about the size of an olive and are used in medicines to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia, which is the enlargement of the prostate gland, according to the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Saw palmetto capsuls are not regulated and sold over the counter and online.

The men were taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center and released Monday on bond.

The men, Lucas said, “regularly” came to South Carolina from Florida because of the “strict laws and regulations on harvesting the berries in Florida.”

“The estimated value of what they had in possession was approximately $3,000, and they had harvested berries previously on multiple other days,” Lucas said.

The sheriff’s office estimated in its report that the men had collected $15,000 worth of berries in 40-50 50-pound bags. The total amount of the berries collected by the men and their value was unknown.

Taking anything from land designated as a Cultural Heritage Preserve — the highest form of protection to land — is illegal under the Heritage Trust Act, a law created to protect endangered species sites.

At a kiosk at the Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve, Lucas said, there is a sign posted advising guests that they cannot damage or alter the wildlife in the area.

The men were charged with a wildlife management area violation, Lucas said. This violation is a misdemeanor and, if convicted, they could face a fine of anywhere between $200 and $500, a 30-day prison sentence, or both. Additionally, anyone convicted of this violation is not allowed back on the land for two years and cannot hunt or fish on the land for one year, according to DNR.

The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette do not identify people arrested on misdemeanor charges unless they are people in positions of public trust.

Early voting begins Monday in S.C.

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - South Carolina voters begin the early voting process Monday morning.The Board of Elections and Registration says there are two big things you need to do. First of all, bring your ID and second, look over the sample ballot before coming. They will be handing out there papers to people in line to go over the two constitutional questions and two local questions that will be on the ballot.The early voting process is very similar to voting on Election day itself.This is only the second time that...

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - South Carolina voters begin the early voting process Monday morning.

The Board of Elections and Registration says there are two big things you need to do. First of all, bring your ID and second, look over the sample ballot before coming. They will be handing out there papers to people in line to go over the two constitutional questions and two local questions that will be on the ballot.

The early voting process is very similar to voting on Election day itself.

This is only the second time that the state of South Carolina has had an early voting period. Right before the primary this summer, Gov. Henry McMaster signed a new law to eliminate the in-person absentee process with early voting.

The two big changes with that law is you no longer need an excuse to vote early and the period to cast that ballot ahead of Election Day is shorter.

“There always is a lot to do preparing for any type of election but at least now we knew what to expect so we took the primary as a prerequisite and a trial run so we are ready to go now,” said Marie Smalls, Beaufort County Board of Elections/Registration.

Beaufort County has four locations for early voting. They will be at the Main Board of Elections Office in Beaufort, at their satellite office in Bluffton, the Government Complex on Hilton Head Island and the St. Helena Branch Library.

Voters in Jasper County have two places where you can vote early. The County Elections Office off of Grays Highway in Ridgeland and the Hardeeville Community Library on Main Street.

Hampton County will have three early voting locations. The Elections Office in Hampton is on Jackson Avenue West. The Estill Bull Durham Center is on Railroad Avenue North. And the Yemassee Community Center is on Mixon Street.

All of these locations are open starting Monday and running though November 5 - the only day they are closed is Sunday.

The times each day is from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

“I expect lines, it may not be as long on Monday as it is going to be on Thursday or Friday and especially next week the line is probably going to be a little bit longer but we are prepared to handle that by if we need to add additional ballot devices or poll managers to process voters, we are going to take it one day at a time,” Smalls said.

They say the Bluffton location will likely be their busiest.

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‘I don’t know how this is going to end’: For many veterans, the fight doesn’t end on the battlefield

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) — For many, the fight doesn’t end on the battlefield and the people they love the most can be left out.“He would walk out the door and it would be like ‘I don’t know how this is going to end,” Stephanie Brown said. ”I don’t know if he is going to make it back at night, I don’t know what condition he’s going to be in.”That’s how Stephanie remembers the time after her then-boyfriend, now husband JR came back after being injured in Iraq....

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WSAV) — For many, the fight doesn’t end on the battlefield and the people they love the most can be left out.

“He would walk out the door and it would be like ‘I don’t know how this is going to end,” Stephanie Brown said. ”I don’t know if he is going to make it back at night, I don’t know what condition he’s going to be in.”

That’s how Stephanie remembers the time after her then-boyfriend, now husband JR came back after being injured in Iraq.

“Within seven days I was in a gunfight,” JR said. ”Then seven days later I was sitting home on my mom’s couch. I felt more comfortable going to these places because I had 3-4 friends with me. That if anything happened to me they had my back.”

It was an ultimatum from Stephanie and an admission from JR that changed all that.

“We need to have a talk about this. Is this the direction you want your life to go? Because we were engaged, we were planning a wedding. I said ‘I am not comfortable living on a couch the rest of my life.’”

“Drunkenly I brought up the worst day I had in Iraq,” JR said. “But I look back on that because I couldn’t imagine what she was thinking because we had only been together a couple of years at that point. But I put it out there so she knew.”

“It’s easy to jump to a lot of inaccurate conclusions,” Stephanie said. “So the more he is able to open up to me and explain that he had a bad night on something particular that day was going on, it helps me be more sensitive to the situation.”

The honesty led to another big change. Moving from New York to Bluffton, creating Operation Forward Operating Base (OPFOB). Finding JR’s happy place outdoors with other veterans, bringing those struggling together to heal. To potentially stop someone from taking their own life.

But never forgetting the family back home.

“Don’t use it as an excuse,” JR said. “Don’t think I was an a**hole this day or I did this because I didn’t care. Because don’t feel bad for me. It’s the exact opposite, Share your story so it can help lift you up.”

“There’s no handbook on how to be married to a combat veteran or how to come back to civilian life after you’ve been to war,” Stephanie said. “So it’s going to be different for everybody and it’s not going to be pretty. But hearing those other stories it brings a sense of normalcy to it like it’s going to be ok, we are going to be all right.”

OPFOB has a location in Ridgeland where veterans can meet, gather and talk.

Since the suicide prevention program began, no veteran that visited the site or has taken their own life. That’s what the Browns are most proud of.

Why Nonna Rosa is Considered the Best Italian Restaurant in Bluffton, SC

Okatie, SC – Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant continues to satisfy the cravings of the Bluffton community with its mouth-watering authentic cuisine.As one of the homegrown Italian Restaurants Bluffton, SC, they always prioritize the customer experience. The Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant offers a wonderful experience that allows customers to travel to Italy through their palate.True to its Italian heritage, Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant offers outstanding f...

Okatie, SC – Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant continues to satisfy the cravings of the Bluffton community with its mouth-watering authentic cuisine.

As one of the homegrown Italian Restaurants Bluffton, SC, they always prioritize the customer experience. The Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant offers a wonderful experience that allows customers to travel to Italy through their palate.

True to its Italian heritage, Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant offers outstanding food quality. The Bluffton-based restaurant made quality their core. Every element in Italian cuisine is chosen to enhance the flavor. Thus, their secret is the freshness of their ingredients. They ensure that only the best ingredients are used so that flavors will explode in their customers’ mouths.

An Italian himself, Chef Peppe Gialone, the owner of Nonna Rosa, says the restaurant’s menu was a family heirloom. The well-loved recipe of the restaurant has been handed down through generations, originally from his grandmother. In fact, the restaurant was named after his grandmother.

Besides the taste of the food, the Best Italian Restaurant in Bluffton, SC, is also loved for its serving. Like in Italy, Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant provides ample servings of their food. As a result, customers always get the best value for their money.

The Italian restaurant also offers a pleasant environment close to a fine dining experience. They make everyone feel relaxed and satisfied after eating. Lastly, the Italian restaurant ensures outstanding service. They have dedicated staff and servers that offer excellent and attentive service. Topnotch service is what every client can expect from them.

Those who want to try the sumptuous Italian cuisine by Nonna Rosa should try their classic pasta dishes. Their Spaghetti Vongole, made with Mediterranean littleneck clams sautéed with fresh garlic and cherry tomatoes in a delicious white wine sauce, is a must-try. They also have the Pappardelle Bolognese, an original Italian recipe for meat lovers made of a slow-cooked sauce over pappardelle pasta.

Their Veal Saltimbocca, fresh veal loin pounded thin, sautéed in a white wine browned butter sauce, topped with prosciutto, spinach, and mozzarella, is a top choice among their patrons. Another local favorite is their Pollo Fiorentina, sauteed chicken breast with spinach and roasted red peppers in their famous red sauce.

Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant also has a great selection of wine to pair perfectly with every dish. These come from different regions in Italy, such as Tuscany, Lombardy, Sicily, and Veneto. To check the complete Italian menu of the favorite restaurant, customers may visit their website at https://nonnarosabluffton.com/.

Those looking for an Italian Restaurant near Bluffton, SC can reserve a table by calling (843) 707-1750 or emailing nonnarosaokatievillage@gmail.com. Nonna Rosa Italian Restaurant is located at 198 Okatie Village Drive, Suite 105, Okatie, SC 29909.

For more information about Nonna Rosa, contact the company here:

Nonna Rosa Chef Peppe 843-707-1750 steven_milana@yahoo.com 198 Okatie Village Dr Ste. 105 Okatie, SC 29909

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