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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens 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 Laurens'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 Laurens.
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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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
Download imageReed Edwards of FoxPipe Farms in Laurens County, South Carolina has been making hay since 2007 and is a winner in this year’s Southeastern Hay Contest.This was the 18th year for the Southeastern Hay Contest, which is part of the Sunbelt Ag Expo held in Moultrie, Georgia. Clemson University forage specialist Liliane Silva, stationed at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Bla...
Reed Edwards of FoxPipe Farms in Laurens County, South Carolina has been making hay since 2007 and is a winner in this year’s Southeastern Hay Contest.
This was the 18th year for the Southeastern Hay Contest, which is part of the Sunbelt Ag Expo held in Moultrie, Georgia. Clemson University forage specialist Liliane Silva, stationed at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, South Carolina, represents Clemson on the contest planning committee. She said this contest is a great way for growers to get recognition for growing good-quality hay.
“The goal of this contest is to demonstrate the potential to produce quality hay and baleage in the southeastern United States,” Silva said. “I encourage all South Carolina forage and bale producers to enter this contest to show off the quality of their hay.”
Edwards’ entry was a mixture of alfalfa/novel endophyte tall fescue grown in his pastures. On his fields, Edwards grows a forage developed at Auburn University – AU Grazer sericea lespedeza, alfalfa mixed with bermudagrass and tall fescue and other warm- and cool-season forage mixtures. His horse pastures also have novel endophyte fescue to help prevent fescue toxicosis.
“I try to have something green and growing year around in my fields,” Edwards said. “I grow a mixture of warm season and cool season grasses – bermuda and fescue. The problem with fescue is we have toxic tall fescue that is toxic to livestock that eat it. So, I’m transitioning my farm over to a novel endophyte tall fescue.”
The Southeastern Hay Contest accepts entries all year through September 1. This contest allows producers to compare the quality of their hay to that of other producers for a chance to win cash prizes. Completed entry forms must be submitted by a local Clemson Extension livestock and forages agent. Hay and baleage producers in the Southeast can submit samples in one of the following categories: warm season perennial grass hay, alfalfa hay, perennial peanut hay, cool season perennial grass hay, mixed annual grass or other hay, grass baleage, or legume baleage.
Entries must be submitted by the farm where the forage was grown. For information, contact Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the contest is available at https://site.caes.uga.edu/sehaycontest/.
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. —A tactical training facility in Laurens County has residents on edge and calling for county leaders to step in."It's like we’re being held hostage inside our homes and not allowed to enjoy our property," resident Julia Daniel said."We are fixing everything we can fix to make it safe and to make our community happy that we’re here," co-owner of the Sawmill Tactical Training Facility, Steve Brown.Concerns about safety, noise, and way of lif...
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. —
A tactical training facility in Laurens County has residents on edge and calling for county leaders to step in.
"It's like we’re being held hostage inside our homes and not allowed to enjoy our property," resident Julia Daniel said.
"We are fixing everything we can fix to make it safe and to make our community happy that we’re here," co-owner of the Sawmill Tactical Training Facility, Steve Brown.
Concerns about safety, noise, and way of life were brought up at Tuesday's Laurens Co. council meeting.
All were directed at the Sawmill Training Complex, a facility for military and law enforcement.
This was after the facility held its first machine gun shooting event in October 2022.
"We’re afraid to go out in our yard or even take a walk down to the woods that we are used to doing throughout the day because we’re afraid we’re going to be physically harmed," resident Kathy Butz said.
Brown said he wants there to be complete transparency between his facility and the community. He also wanted to dispel any rumors or concerns.
"I've heard comments from people thinking we’re a militia or just doing rogue things and that's 100% wrong," Brown said. "Anytime we know that there is a safety issue, we are immediately adjusting to try and resolve that."
Laurens Co. Sheriff Don Reynolds weighed in as well.
"I love freedom. I fight for it in my own way every day. This has nothing to do about the second amendment. It has nothing to do about personal protection. It's about harm," Reynolds said.
Council members also took time to address the issue
"Safety is obviously a big concern. I do what you guys to know that I'm a huge advocate to making sure our citizens are protected and are safe on their own property," Councilman Luke Rankin.
"When their family and themselves and it becomes a safety issue of someone living or dying. That's a game changer," Councilman M. Kemp Younts said.
Following Tuesday's meeting, the owners of Sawmill and some of the residents said they are willing to work together to find some middle ground and co-exist.
Brown added that the facility will no longer hold the All-American Machine Gun Shoot going forward and will work towards connecting more with the community.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Now that Thanksgiving is over, here are some events to celebrate the holidays.There are events for everyone, kids and adults, along with several community service programs to give the gift of giving.Kid eventsLights of the South- Nov. 21-Dec. 30., 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown Ga. 30813...
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Now that Thanksgiving is over, here are some events to celebrate the holidays.
There are events for everyone, kids and adults, along with several community service programs to give the gift of giving.
Lights of the South- Nov. 21-Dec. 30., 633 Louisville Road, Grovetown Ga. 30813
Very Merry Grinchmas- Dec. 3, 12 to 4 p.m., 3830 Washington Road Suite #15, Augusta, Ga. Get your picture taken with the Grinch and Max
Mrs. Claus Family Fun Day- Dec. 3., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds Street, Augusta Ga.
Photos with Santa- Dec. 10-11., 2 p.m., Le Chat Noir 304 8th Street, Augusta Ga.
Santa Claus at Top Dawg- Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2821 Washington Road, Augusta Ga. Kids get to take a picture with Santa during Kids Club
Movies at the Miller: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Dec. 17., 5 p.m., Miller Theatre, 708 Broad Street, Augusta Ga.
Christmas Extravaganza Gala- Dec. 17., 6 to 9 p.m., Kroc Center 1833 Broad Street Music Room B
Breakfast with Santa- Dec. 20., 10 a.m., Metro Diner 2820 Washington Road, Augusta Ga.
Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet- Nov. 28., 6 p.m., Miller Theatre, 708 Broad Street, Augusta, Ga.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony- Nov. 29. 5 to 7 p.m., 714 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, S.C. 29841
The lighting of the Tree- Dec. 1., 6 to 8 p.m., 2500 Walton Way, Augusta Ga.
Fort Gordon Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting- Dec. 1., 4 p.m., Barton Field, Fort Gordon, Ga. 30905
Design and Wine Holiday Wreath Workshop- Dec. 1., 1-4 p.m., Marion Hatcher Center, 519 Greene Street, Augusta, Ga.
Christmas Drag Roulette- Dec. 1., 9 p.m., Edge Nightclub, 1258 Gordon Highway, Augusta Ga.
Aiken Christmas Tree Lighting- Dec. 2., 6 p.m., Park Avenue SouthWest downtown Aiken, S.C. 29801
52nd Annual Christmas Craft Show- Dec. 2-3., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken S.C.
Christmas Light Up Spectacular- Dec. 3., 4 to 7 p.m., 836 Reynolds Street, Augusta Ga.
Grovetown Christmas Parade- Dec. 3., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Horizon South Parkway, Grovetown Ga. 30813
Grovetown Christmas Festival- Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m., Liberty Park Community Center, Grovetown Ga. Tree lighting at 7 p.m.
Carolina Lights- Dec. 3-26., 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, S.C. 29201
Jingle Jam- Dec. 3., 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., 3001 Banks Mill Road, Aiken, S.C. 29803
Columbia County Christmas Parade- Dec. 4., 3:30 p.m.
Evans Towne Center Christmas- Dec. 4. 2-7 p.m., Evans Towne Center Park. The brand new walk-through light display, tree lighting, fireworks, and pictures with Santa.
Augusta Christmas Parade- Dec. 10., 6 p.m., Between 6th and 13th Streets, Augusta Ga.
It’s the Night Before Christmas- Dec. 10., 11 a.m., Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre 2500 Walton Way, Augusta Ga.
2nd Annual 8th Street Holiday Market- Dec. 10., 12 p.m., 8th Street Augusta, Ga.
31st Annual Christmas in Hopelands- Dec. 10-22., 6 to 9:30 p.m., Hopelands Gardens, Aiken S.C.
North Augusta Christmas Parade- Dec. 11., from 3 to 4 p.m., Georgia Avenue in downtown, North Augusta S.C. 29841
Aiken Christmas Parade- Dec. 11., 2 p.m., Barnwell Avenue and Laurens Street Northwest, Aiken S.C. 29801
Augusta Symphony free Holiday Concert- Dec. 12., 6:30 p.m., 6929 Highway 28 South, McCormick, S.C.
UPS Santa Operation- Nov. 28- Dec. 19., Volunteers have their identities verified to help fulfill the holiday wishes of children and families who have written to Santa.
Empty the Shelters- Dec. 1-11, participating shelters for a reduced-free adoption event
Augusta Community Center Toy Drive- Nov. 28- Dec. 16. Donate new unwrapped toys, check the site for drop-off locations
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LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA) – Did you know one way to help protect our schools comes on four legs?Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds said he considered options with Laurens School District 55 officials on how to try and keep guns off the Laurens District 55 High School campus.“We talked about metal detectors, firearm detecting dogs,” according to Reynolds. “So, we had a discussion, and the decision was made to get a dog that can detect firearms.”That dog is an 18-month-old black Labrador named Abe...
LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA) – Did you know one way to help protect our schools comes on four legs?
Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds said he considered options with Laurens School District 55 officials on how to try and keep guns off the Laurens District 55 High School campus.
“We talked about metal detectors, firearm detecting dogs,” according to Reynolds. “So, we had a discussion, and the decision was made to get a dog that can detect firearms.”
That dog is an 18-month-old black Labrador named Abel. He went through five weeks of training at Custom Canine Unlimited in Georgia to become certified to detect firearms.
“This dog can detect whether it’s a cartridge that has not been spent,” the sheriff said. “It makes no difference if it’s an empty firearm. He can detect because he detects off the gunpowder.”
Deputy Cody Heithold is K-9 Abel’s handler. They can be seen all over the high school campus and their bond goes beyond the school’s walls.
“He follows me everywhere. I keep him with me anytime I’m at work, even off work I take him places,” Deputy Heithold said.
“You build a bond with a K-9 that you’ll never have with anything else.”
Some students have a fear of dogs, but Deputy Heithold said, “the biggest reaction I get is they’re (students) upset that I can’t really let pet him while he’s working.”
K-9 Abel has proven its ability to sniff out firearms in his opening weeks on duty, but it was well off the LDHS campus. Abel was able to detect a stolen handgun inside a car when called to a scene.
It only took the lab a few minutes to find a magazine, with 17 live rounds, that Deputy Heithold hid in an office at the high school for a demonstration.
“I’d say the biggest benefit to having a firearm detection dog (at a school) is it’s a great preventative measure,” according to the deputy.
“For one, it helps prevent people from wanting to bring one. Number two, if he can catch it, he can stop a massive situation.”
LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA) — Every 10 years, the state requires city of Laurens to develop a comprehensive plan. While the city has put forth plans in the past, City Administrator Eric Delgado said this is the first time in decades the city has taken a deeper dive and is working on an in-depth plan.“Since Laurens has seen a lot of new growth and a lot of new opportunities, we felt now was the time to do a deep dive into our comprehensive planning,” said Delgado.The city is beginning by getting feedback from resident...
LAURENS, S.C. (WSPA) — Every 10 years, the state requires city of Laurens to develop a comprehensive plan. While the city has put forth plans in the past, City Administrator Eric Delgado said this is the first time in decades the city has taken a deeper dive and is working on an in-depth plan.
“Since Laurens has seen a lot of new growth and a lot of new opportunities, we felt now was the time to do a deep dive into our comprehensive planning,” said Delgado.
The city is beginning by getting feedback from residents. Starting this week, they will host meetings where people can speak to city leaders about the changes they want to see made.
“We’re looking at how to meet our housing needs and the quality of housing,” explained Delgado. “What about our roads? Do we need more bike lanes? Do we need to improvements to make traffic more efficient?”
At the meetings, residents will be shown plans about the current state of housing options, transportation, land use and future development.
“We want to make sure that we do this right, protect the citizens that are here and keep our quality of life maintained for new residents,” explained Delgado.
While changes may be made, some residents said they want to see pieces of the past be restored.
“A lot of these buildings are not being used and are falling apart,” explained Caleb Satterfield, the co-owner of Rootimentary. ‘We want to see somebody put some love into them and make them into what they once were, or bring some of that out so they are useful again to the community. There are a lot of places that could be used for local businesses. I’d love to see that happen.”
Satterfield and his wife are opening a new restaurant in Laurens’ public square, called Rootimentary. It is located inside the historic Swofford Building. They hope more small businesses like theirs continue to open in Laurens in the next 10 years.
“Each community has its own characteristics,” said Satterfield. “We don’t want to look at something someone is doing in Greenville or Columbia and try to recreate that. We want to let our community be what our community is going to be.”
Residents can also complete an online survey by clicking here.