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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry 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 Newberry'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 Newberry.
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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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 Newberry, 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
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Wondering where to find fireworks or other celebrations for this 4th of July? Here are some of the fireworks displays from across the Midlands.BLYTHEWOODOrganizers of Blythewood’s annual ‘Rockin’ Red White and Blue’ celebration said the town will host the event at Doko Meadows Park from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on July 2, 2022.Festivities will include live music, food trucks, vendors and a fireworks show that is free and open to the public.More information can be f...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Wondering where to find fireworks or other celebrations for this 4th of July? Here are some of the fireworks displays from across the Midlands.
Organizers of Blythewood’s annual ‘Rockin’ Red White and Blue’ celebration said the town will host the event at Doko Meadows Park from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on July 2, 2022.
Festivities will include live music, food trucks, vendors and a fireworks show that is free and open to the public.
More information can be found by calling the town at 803-754-0501.
The South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra and the Columbia Fireflies will be hosting a fireworks show on Saturday, July 2.
The gates for the event open at 6 p.m., a concert will begin at 8 p.m. and the fireworks will start at 9:15 p.m.
You can purchase tickets here.
Fort Jackson’s fireworks display is returning after a pandemic hiatus. More information about the celebration can be found at the link here.
If you’re looking for fireworks in the Irmo area, the town will be having an Independence Day Celebration that will feature a movie and food available for purchase.
Lake Murray is also holding a firework display on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Festivities this year include a boat parade. More information about registration can be found at the link here.
Newberry County Sheriff’s Office will have a Fourth of July Fireworks display on Monday, July 4.
Officials say you can enjoy the view by parking near Newberry High School.
More information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook.
THE TOWN OF LEXINGTON
The town of Lexington is holding an Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 1.
The event is being held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Icehouse Amphitheater at 107 West Main Street, Lexington.
The event is free for all to enjoy the fireworks and music from the 246th Army Band.
Another Lexington event is the Lexington County Peach Festival, the event will be Monday, July 4.
The festival begins early in the day with plenty of activities but the fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
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NEWBERRY COUNTY — The 2022 Ag and Art tour for Newberry County will be Saturday June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, 1:00-5:00 p.m.Five Newberry County farms will be featured in this year’s free, self-guided tour including Bower’s Farm (279 Ringer Road, Pomaria), Hi Brau Beef Company (260 Country Club Road, Newberry), Carolina Pride Pastures (1416 S.C. 34, Pomaria), Lever Farms (5057 S.C. 34, Pomaria), (not open Sunday) and West Ridge Farms (2311 Old Dutch Road, Little Mountain).The S.C. Ag an...
NEWBERRY COUNTY — The 2022 Ag and Art tour for Newberry County will be Saturday June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 12, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Five Newberry County farms will be featured in this year’s free, self-guided tour including Bower’s Farm (279 Ringer Road, Pomaria), Hi Brau Beef Company (260 Country Club Road, Newberry), Carolina Pride Pastures (1416 S.C. 34, Pomaria), Lever Farms (5057 S.C. 34, Pomaria), (not open Sunday) and West Ridge Farms (2311 Old Dutch Road, Little Mountain).
The S.C. Ag and Art Tour is the nation’s largest farm and art tour and will feature farms from Newberry, Fairfield, Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, York, Lancaster, Colleton and Charleston counties all on different dates. The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Long said the Ag and Art Tour is extremely important, and showcases hardworking S.C. farms.
“Newberry County has been a participant in the Ag and Art Tour since 2017, the tour gives people a glimpse as to what goes into farming and that there’s so much more than just cows and chickens. We have timber farms, fruit tree farms, and even an alpaca farm here. It’s important for folks to understand what these farms provide Newberry County and how valuable they are,” she said.
Alicia Holbrook, of Carolina Pride Pastures, said there is so much that can be learned from the tour.
“Many of us that raise animals forget that there are a lot of people that don’t understand where their food comes from. There is so much hard work involved, you don’t just let a cow into a pasture and then have a steak on a plate,” she said. “This is also a chance to showcase our area, not only to the rest of South Carolina, but to the visitors we have that come from other states.
The Ag and Art Tour showcases more than just farms, Long said, as art will be on display at each farm.
“Everything from hats, decals, artwork and even baked goods can be bought at some of these locations, it’s not all about farming, we also want to display some of the incredible artwork and items that our residents create. Artists like Tyla Bowers will have paintings at Carolina Pride Pastures, and author Priscilla Shuler will be doing a book signing at High Brau Beef Company,” she said.
Long also hopes that the event continues to grow.
“Newberry County is full of so many wonderful artists and farms that we would love to have participate in the future. We anticipate for Newberry County to continue to be a part of this event each year as there is always something new to showcase,” she said.
Brochures can be picked up at The Chamber of Commerce downtown, 1209 Caldwell Street, Newberry and information on the Ag and Art tour that contains addresses, dates and times can also be found online on the S.C. Ag and Art Tour website (www.agandarttour.com).
John Kesler is an intern at The Newberry Observer.
SOUTH CAROLINA — As COVID-19 community levels increase across South Carolina and the rest of the nation, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is urging residents to track community level spread in the county where they live/work and follow the prevention steps to take based on the latest data. In addition, residents should remain up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters....
SOUTH CAROLINA — As COVID-19 community levels increase across South Carolina and the rest of the nation, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is urging residents to track community level spread in the county where they live/work and follow the prevention steps to take based on the latest data. In addition, residents should remain up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
“Part of treating COVID-19 as an endemic virus is recognizing that we need to know the current community level and the steps to take to stay virus-free,” said Dr. Edward Simmer, DHEC director. “We are seeing more medium and high transmission across South Carolina, so we strongly encourage our residents to follow all recommendations, including masking, staying home when sick and being vaccinated, including boosters when eligible, that will help bring these numbers back down.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates its COVID-19 Community Level map every Thursday night and provides a snapshot of COVID-19 levels in each county. Residents can visit the interactive map or use the county check tool on DHEC’s community levels page to view levels in their area.
As of last week, South Carolina’s red counties, or those with high transmission, are Dillon and Marlboro counties. The state’s yellow counties, or those with medium transmission, are Berkeley, Charleston, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Horry, Lexington, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg counties. Here is the masking guidance for the various county levels:
• For low levels of COVID-19 in a community, masking is not needed in most settings, but remains optional for individuals.
• In communities with medium levels of COVID-19, individuals who are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as those who are regularly around immunocompromised individuals are encouraged to mask up, while it is optional for others.
• In communities with high levels of COVID-19, masking is recommended in indoor settings, including schools and workplaces.
In addition to following the masking guidance, residents should follow the vaccination and booster guidance, as well as the quarantine and isolation guidance, outlined on DHEC’s endemic page. The page also has guidance on when to get tested and where to find free, rapid antigen tests.
“We know the summer season brings more vacationing and public events, which creates more opportunities for virus spread,” Simmer added. “So we’re asking everyone to use good judgement and take the necessary precautions to stay well themselves and to protect their family and friends. COVID-19 is still a deadly virus that is claiming lives every week, and we all play a role in keeping ourselves and our fellow South Carolinians safe.”
CHARLESTON — On Friday, May 20, representatives from The Boeing Company, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, S.C. Future Makers and Tallo honored 90 South Carolina high school seniors at the sixth annual S.C. STEM Signing Day.The 2022 S.C. STEM Signing Day was held at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, the home of the Charleston RiverDogs. Similar to college signing days for athletes, the next generation of South Carolina STEM talent were recognized for their intent to pursue a two- or four-year degree in the science, technolo...
CHARLESTON — On Friday, May 20, representatives from The Boeing Company, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, S.C. Future Makers and Tallo honored 90 South Carolina high school seniors at the sixth annual S.C. STEM Signing Day.
The 2022 S.C. STEM Signing Day was held at the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, the home of the Charleston RiverDogs. Similar to college signing days for athletes, the next generation of South Carolina STEM talent were recognized for their intent to pursue a two- or four-year degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field after graduating from high school.
From Mid-Carolina High School, Kaitlyn Brown and Emma Wicker were recognized.
“Boeing is committed to helping students of all backgrounds reach their full potential, which is why Boeing South Carolina pioneered the first STEM Signing Day back in 2017,” said Lindsay Leonard, senior director of national strategy and engagement and gov ops. “We are proud of the positive impact it has made on students and their families. As a result of this unique event, we have watched over the past six years as hundreds of South Carolina students set out on a career path that is challenging, rewarding and exciting.”
In addition to signing letters of intent, STEM Signing Day honorees were also matched with Boeing teammates who will mentor each student as they pursue their STEM education. This mentorship program, facilitated by Tallo, will allow students to network and sharpen their focus to achieve their future goals.
Created in 2017 in South Carolina, STEM Signing Day has expanded to 14 states and has honored more than 2,000 high school seniors. Over 500 South Carolinians have participated in SC STEM Signing Day in the last six years. Students across the state applied to be a part of STEM Signing Day through Tallo, an online platform that connects talent with opportunities and is available to all South Carolina students through the SC Future Makers initiative.
“SC STEM Signing Day showcases and celebrates the amazing talent across our state,” said Sara Hazzard, president and CEO, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. “The honorees who have earned this distinguished recognition have worked hard, demonstrated strong character inside and outside of the classroom, and are committed to pursuing further education that provide a path with endless possibilities. We’re proud to celebrate our state’s future STEM leaders.”
“This diverse class of high school seniors have persevered in the face of unimaginable challenges. They are resilient and most of all, inspiring”, said Casey Welch, CEO and co-founder of Tallo. “These students were in seventh grade when we hosted the first ever STEM Signing Day, and, thanks to Boeing, encouraging these students doesn’t stop at STEM Signing Day. Boeing’s foresight and continued commitment to developing and cultivating a diverse future workforce has expanded this program nationally, including a first of its kind mentorship program, internship opportunities, and more.”
Joining a long line of Miss South Carolina legacies, Miss Hartsville Jill Dudley was crowned as the 2022 pageant queen Saturday night.The 85th anniversary Miss South Carolina pageant was held in the Township Auditorium in Columbia. The stakes were high, the emotions were strong, and the smell of hair spray was powerful as 42 candidates competed for over $200,000 in scholarships.Miss Clemson Teen Piper Holt, 17, of Piedmont won th...
Joining a long line of Miss South Carolina legacies, Miss Hartsville Jill Dudley was crowned as the 2022 pageant queen Saturday night.
The 85th anniversary Miss South Carolina pageant was held in the Township Auditorium in Columbia. The stakes were high, the emotions were strong, and the smell of hair spray was powerful as 42 candidates competed for over $200,000 in scholarships.
Miss Clemson Teen Piper Holt, 17, of Piedmont won the 2022 Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant earlier Saturday night.
Behind Dudley, the top finishers in the Miss South Carolina competition were:
As the winner, Dudley receives $60,000 in scholarships and will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant.
Dudley’s social impact initiative, Luke’s Legacy: Advocacy for Diabetes Education, became an important passion of hers.
“I know I can go into all 46 counties in the state of South Carolina and push for diabetes prevention programs as well as risk management classes,” said Dudley, a 23-year-old from Socastee.
In both the teen and adult competitions, contestants used the stage to bring attention to initiatives close to their hearts.
Miss Newberry Teen Jade Hughes’ sister passed away from Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in October 2021. Hughes’ platform, #HopefromHaley, honored her sister and raised money for children at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in Charleston.
“That has inspired me to do my monologue (during the talent portion). Because in the monologue, I keep repeating, ‘If I stay or if I die, it’s my decision,’” Hughes, 17, said in an interview before Saturday night’s final competition round. “So many kids out there are fighting for their lives daily with cancer or any type of sickness or illness. And it’s their decision. It’s not the doctors, they can’t decide to fight for them. It’s their decision to fight.”
Miss Gamecock, Felicia McGill, decided to compete in Miss South Carolina for a chance to win some of the scholarships so that part of her Ph.D. graduation could be cheaper. McGill is the first Black woman to be crowned as Miss Gamecock.
“It feels good to open a door but know that I can keep that door open for other young women for life,” McGill said.
Miss South Carolina candidates must be between ages 19-26 and win a local competition in South Carolina before applying to for the statewide pageant. The young women participated in a workshop weekend in March to prepare for Saturday night’s pageant, and a week of preliminary events preceded the crowning moment.
“It’s honestly been a really, really good experience. It’s been really nice to promote my social impact initiative, foster care,” Miss Hartsville Teen Alainna Todd said. “The Miss South Carolina program gives all of us the opportunity to use our voice in the areas that we’re passionate about.”
This story was originally published June 25, 2022 10:56 PM.