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 Conway, 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 Conway, 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 Conway 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:
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 Conway'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 Conway.
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 Conway, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:
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.
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.
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 Conway, 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.
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.
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 Conway, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
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.
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.
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.
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 Conway, 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.
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.
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.
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!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
A blaze that tore through Conway’s historic Whittemore Elementary School even further degraded its stability — forcing city leaders to potentially take prompt action to protect public safety, officials said on Thursday.“Significant portions of the building are gone and the remainder is structurally compromised ... the risk of public harm is severely elevated by the recent fire,” city spokeswoman June...
A blaze that tore through Conway’s historic Whittemore Elementary School even further degraded its stability — forcing city leaders to potentially take prompt action to protect public safety, officials said on Thursday.
“Significant portions of the building are gone and the remainder is structurally compromised ... the risk of public harm is severely elevated by the recent fire,” city spokeswoman June Wood said March 9 via email.
S.C Law Enforcement Division spokeswoman Renee Wunderlich said an arson probe remains active, but the agency’s on-site investigation has concluded.
The council initially planned to meet virtually at 4 p.m. on Thursday to discuss demolition costs and suspend a redevelopment proposal offered by the Whittemore Racepath Historical Society, but the session was postponed.
“After consideration, they (the city council) felt a meeting of this importance should be done in person,” Wood said in an email. That’s now likely to happen at 10 a.m. on March 13. A location has yet to be announced.
In a written statement provided March 9 to The Sun News, Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy, whose formative years were spent learning inside Whittemore’s classrooms, said pondering its destruction, while emotional, must be weighed against the city’s best long-term interests.
“City staff and city council are aware of the frequent use of the building by adults for shelter or nefarious activity. Stolen goods have been found inside, and illegal occupants often barricade doors from inside. It is the risk to human life that most troubles me,” Blain-Bellamy said. “Early reports indicate the structural integrity of the building is seriously compromised.”
Wood said data on the number of citations and arrests made in connection with illegal use of the Whittemore property was not immediately available.
Historical society president Cheryl Adamson was among those who pressed Blain-Bellamy and other council members to reconsider the online meeting format.
“We certainly appreciate that they have changed their mind about doing a Zoom meeting so quickly around what is such a critical issue to our community,” Adamson said.
City Council member William Goldfinch IV said he wants to preserve Whittemore, but fears too much damage has been done already.
“Every intention was to remodel the facility and transform it into some type of community center,” Goldfinch said. The city took ownership of the Whittemore site in 2017, when Horry County Schools relinquished it. “Unfortunately given the fire and destruction, I don’t know what’s left to save.”
The 70-year-old building at 1904 Maple Street needed $30 million worth of renovations even before the fire, and city leaders have long said using public dollars to preserve it was not feasible.
“If the city retains ownership of this building, the only path forward probably is demolition,” city manager Adam Emrick told The Sun News in a December 2021 interview. “We would like to see it preserved too, but there comes a point where that can’t happen. And we’ve reached that point.”
In November 2022, the Whittemore Racepath Historical Society presented a $16 million plan that would flip the segregation-era school into a mixed-use hub of culture and living.
The city has until December 2024 to consider any other ideas, but can close the proposal window any time before that at their discretion.
Blain-Bellamy said information expected to made public on Monday from city engineers and other staff will sway her decision about Whittemore’s fate.
“If recommendations by staff and other professionals convince me that the risk to human life is substantial, I — one who loves the building, the memories and the history it represents, will be compelled to support razing the building to the ground,” she said.
Goldfinch said if the building needs to be removed, he’d support turning the area into a recreational space that pays tribute to Whittemore’s contributions to the city.
“I can’t speak for the entire council, but I think everybody would be on board with that,” he said.
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team snapped a two-match skid and jumped back into the win column in a big way with a 4-0 win over SCAD at home on Saturday afternoon in Conway, S.C.The Chanticleers opened up the match with a 6-1 win on court No. 1 in doubles play from the duo of Maj Tomac and ...
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina men's tennis team snapped a two-match skid and jumped back into the win column in a big way with a 4-0 win over SCAD at home on Saturday afternoon in Conway, S.C.
The Chanticleers opened up the match with a 6-1 win on court No. 1 in doubles play from the duo of Maj Tomac and Carlos Berna Ruiz and then picked up the doubles point with a 6-2 victory from the pair of Neil O'Connor and Jesus Garcia on court No. 3.
O'Connor carried over the momentum from his doubles win into singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 drubbing of Gui Sousa on court No. 5, while Berna Ruiz got back on the right track with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court No. 1 over Mark Tryakshin.
With the 3-0 match lead in favor of the Men in Teal, Ryuya Ata continued his winning streak with a 6-3, 6-1 straight-set win on court No. 4 over Johan Karlsson to seal the home win for the Chanticleers.
When the match was decided, the Chanticleers' Tomac held a lead on court No. 3, while freshman Rivers Cahill was in front on court No. 6.
The Chanticleers (9-4) will return to action tomorrow, March 12, at No. 14 nationally-ranked Wake Forest at 3 p.m. ET.
Coastal Carolina 4, SCAD 0 Doubles 1. / (CCU) def. David Lopez Cruz/Danil Ozernoy (SCAD) – 6-1 2. / (CCU) vs. Mark Tryakshin/Johan Karlsson (SCAD) – 4-3 3. / (CCU) def. Liam Stoica/Carson O'hara (SCAD) – 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Singles 1. (CCU) def. Mark Tryakshin (SCAD) – 6-2, 6-1 2. Danil Ozernoy (SCAD) vs. (CCU) – 6-3, 1-2, unfinished 3. (CCU) vs. Liam Stoica (SCAD) – 7-6, unfinished 4. (CCU) def. Johan Karlsson (SCAD) – 6-3, 6-1 5. (CCU) def. Gui Sousa (SCAD) – 6-0, 6-1 6. (CCU) vs. Carson O'hara (SCAD) – 6-1, 3-4, unfinished
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 4
For complete coverage of Coastal Carolina Men's Tennis, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalMTennis (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUsports (Instagram), or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUsports.com.
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team will host the Iona Gaels on Sunday, March 12, at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The opening draw is scheduled for noon ET in Conway, S.C.Coastal enters the contest at 3-2 overall after giving the Boston Terriers their first loss of the season at 13-9 last Tuesday, while the Gaels enter play at 6-1 on the year.ASUN WOMEN'S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK CCU's goalkeeper ...
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina women's lacrosse team will host the Iona Gaels on Sunday, March 12, at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. The opening draw is scheduled for noon ET in Conway, S.C.
Coastal enters the contest at 3-2 overall after giving the Boston Terriers their first loss of the season at 13-9 last Tuesday, while the Gaels enter play at 6-1 on the year.
ASUN WOMEN'S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK CCU's goalkeeper Claire Martell was tabbed the ASUN Defensive Player of the Week for her performance versus the VCU Rams last Saturday. The Verbank, N.Y., native recorded nine stops while facing 23 shots for a 56.3 save percentage. Martell allowed just seven goals for the match, including holding the Rams scoreless in the third quarter to snap a two-game skid on the season.
COASTAL vs. IONA HISTORY The Chanticleers and Iona will be meeting for the first time. The Gaels are the second of six opponents the Chants will face for the first time this season.
ABOUT COASTAL The CCU offense is led by Kayla Downey (13 goals, 7 assists) with 20 points, while Avery McIlwaine (13 goals, 2 assists), Hope Steuerwald (11 goals), Avery Snyder (2 goals, 9 assists) are close behind with 15, 11, and 11 points, respectively. The offense is ignited by Devin Rybacki and McIlwaine, as the duo has won 17 and 16 draw controls each.
Defensively, the Chants are anchored by their starting goalkeeper Martell, who has started all five contests. The redshirt junior goalie has stopped 38 shots and allowed 41 goals in almost 250 minutes in the cage on the season. Claudia Kelly has forced seven turnovers and grabbed six groundballs to help return possession back to the offense.
ABOUT IONA Iona is led by Micaela FitzPatrick (17 goals, 16 assists) with 33 points, while Kira Varada (22 goals, 7 assists), Amber Brewster (17 goals, 1 assist), Alexa Maggiacomo (6 goals, 8 assists), and Emily Stewart (12 goals) have added double-digit points. Varada often gets the offense started by winning 40 of the 105 Gael draw controls to lead the team.
Defensively, Iona's goalie Sofia Votto has started in all seven contests having allowed 57 goals and made 58 saves in the 149 shots faced. Varada leads the team with 27 caused turnovers, while scooping up a team-high 29 groundballs.
For complete coverage of CCU women's lacrosse, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalWLax (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUSports (Instagram), or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUsports.com.
CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — If your green thumb couldn't wait for the final frost to pass before bringing fresh fruits and veggies from your backyard right into your kitchen, then you'll want to keep reading.The Grand Strand could get a potential frost early next week and Lynn's Berries owner Jimmy Hammond said he and his family started covering their strawberry crops Thursday night to prepare for the upcoming freezing temps, and he suggests you do the same.SUGGESTED: ...
CONWAY, S.C. (WPDE) — If your green thumb couldn't wait for the final frost to pass before bringing fresh fruits and veggies from your backyard right into your kitchen, then you'll want to keep reading.
The Grand Strand could get a potential frost early next week and Lynn's Berries owner Jimmy Hammond said he and his family started covering their strawberry crops Thursday night to prepare for the upcoming freezing temps, and he suggests you do the same.
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“What we gotta be concerned about right now is coming on Tuesday morning/Wednesday morning. We got a heavy frost coming so we went ahead and started covering our fields as we speak due to the cold air and major winds," Hammond said.
He said he and his family start planting the berry seeds as early as the fall, and he doesn't want to lose an entire winter's worth of work in one night.
“We don’t wanna lose these berries that have taken us since the middle of October to get here on the first of April," he said.
For the sake of the family business, he said it's crucial to save the most important part of the plant, from the frost.
“One of the main things we’re trying to do is protect these flowers right here. That centerpiece of the plant right there. If we don’t plant those, that’s a strawberry. In 21 days that will be a big, beautiful, red strawberry," he said.
Hammond said the best way to protect your plants is to cover them with a cloth-like material.
“If they’ve got something in the ground right now, they’re going to need to cover it and weight it down real good because the winds we’re going to be having is going to blow the covers off," he said.
Hammond said the best time to start planting your fruits and vegetables is April 15th.
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He said most of the time, there won't be a frost after that date.
Hammond and his family want to encourage everyone to buy their produce from local farmers when possible.
For more information on Lynn's Berries, click here.
CONWAY, S.C. – Coming off a win over No. 68 nationally-ranked Liberty on Thursday, March 9, the Coastal Carolina women's team will welcome two teams from the state of Georgia to the Stevens Tennis Complex on Saturday, March 11, as the Chanticleers will host both Georgia Southern and SCAD in a doubleheader.The Chanticleers will open up Sun Belt Conference play versus the Georgia Southern Eagles at 10 a.m. ET and then turn around to host SCAD in a non-conference match at 3 p.m. ET.Coastal enters the weeken...
CONWAY, S.C. – Coming off a win over No. 68 nationally-ranked Liberty on Thursday, March 9, the Coastal Carolina women's team will welcome two teams from the state of Georgia to the Stevens Tennis Complex on Saturday, March 11, as the Chanticleers will host both Georgia Southern and SCAD in a doubleheader.
The Chanticleers will open up Sun Belt Conference play versus the Georgia Southern Eagles at 10 a.m. ET and then turn around to host SCAD in a non-conference match at 3 p.m. ET.
Coastal enters the weekend at 6-4 overall and riding a six-match winning streak, including four-straight wins at home over the last two weeks with victories over Longwood (March 5), UNCG (March 5), Mount St. Mary's (March 7), and No. 68 Liberty (March 9).
Over the six-match winning streak, the Chants have been led by the doubles team of Anna Babayan and Megan Hopton, who have won their last six matches and are 8-2 overall on the season, and the duo of Jesse Hollins and Victoire De Samucewicz, who are 4-0 on the season with three unfinished contests.
In singles play, both Hopton and Hollins are on six-match win streaks, while De Samucewicz has won four of her last five singles contests, with the last one versus Liberty going unfinished.
Georgia Southern heads to Conway, S.C., at 9-2 overall on the season, including posting back-to-back wins over Florida A&M (March 4) and Davidson (March 5) last weekend.
The Eagles and Chants have played four common opponents this spring in Clemson, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern, and the College of Charleston. Coastal went 1-3 overall versus the four foes, with the lone win a 7-0 win on the road at Presbyterian (Feb. 20), while the Eagles went 2-1 with wins over Charleston Southern (Feb. 18) and the College of Charleston (Feb. 24). Their match with Presbyterian was postponed.
SCAD enters the weekend ranked No. 3 nationally in the latest NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll (March 8) and 6-3 overall.
The Bees have won each of their last three matches, all of which were on their home court, and are 0-1 on the season playing on their opponent's home court.
Live scoring for both home matches can be found here: http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=coas.
For complete coverage of Coastal Carolina Women's Tennis, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalWTennis (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUsports (Instagram), or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at www.GoCCUsports.com.