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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston 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 North Charleston'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 North Charleston.
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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston, 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 North Charleston, 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
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Dorchester County Council rezoned the Yerby Road development to allow up to 1,700 new homes. Residents are worried existing infrastructure won’t be able to handle this many new people. Officials say developers will help improve infrastructure, including roads, but residents say it’s not enough. Read moreDorchester residents worry project will worsen traffic and flooding, burden resources
You thought we were done touting Charleston’s holiday cocktails after the medley of offerings in our last Bar Tab edition? Well, you were wrong.
Hip-hop’s 50 years show an art form that defies singular definitions and timelines. In the Charleston area, a history of starts and stops adds to the complexity of a global phenomenon.
There’s a hopeful momentum coursing through the veins of the Lowcountry hip-hop scene right now, a disjointed arm reaching toward a goal of unity, prowess and recognition in and beyond the Holy City.
Indi’Gxld is a guest writer for this column in honor of this year’s 50th anniversary of hip-hop. The local hip-hop artist, music blogger and event organizer talks about what the scene looks like here in Charleston from his perspective.
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The Good Cheer Fund was established in 1927 by Thomas P. Lesesne, former managing editor of The News and Courier as a Lowcountry community outreach program to help people in need during the holiday season.
One hundred percent of the donations made to the Good Cheer Fund are distributed to seven agencies to aid the less fortunate in the Lowcountry during the holidays.
Saturday's contest that pits the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-1) versus the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (3-6) at Colonial Life Arena is expected to be a one-sided matchup based on our computer prediction, which projects a final score of 82-57 in favor of South Carolina, who is big favorites by our model. Game time is at 6:00 PM ET on December 16.The matchup has no set line....
Saturday's contest that pits the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-1) versus the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (3-6) at Colonial Life Arena is expected to be a one-sided matchup based on our computer prediction, which projects a final score of 82-57 in favor of South Carolina, who is big favorites by our model. Game time is at 6:00 PM ET on December 16.
The matchup has no set line.
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LOWCOUNTRY, S.C. (WCIV) — With weather forecasted to dip overnight this week, several Lowcountry warming centers have announced plans to open.Those without adequate heat or shelter are encouraged to use these resources to stay warm and safe.Warming centers are often opened when temperatures are expected to be 35 degrees or below, or due to inclement weather.Dorchester CountySeacoast Church Summerville will operate its warming center on Thursday, Dec. 14.Admission is usually 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.A ...
LOWCOUNTRY, S.C. (WCIV) — With weather forecasted to dip overnight this week, several Lowcountry warming centers have announced plans to open.
Those without adequate heat or shelter are encouraged to use these resources to stay warm and safe.
Warming centers are often opened when temperatures are expected to be 35 degrees or below, or due to inclement weather.
Seacoast Church Summerville will operate its warming center on Thursday, Dec. 14.
Admission is usually 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
A cot with linens and a pillow, a warm dinner, and a to-go breakfast will be provided. Guests will also have access to hot showers.
While men, women, and children are welcome, the center cannot accommodate pets.
The warming center is located at 301 E. 5th N. St. in Summerville. The entrance and bus stop are at the back door facing Gum street.
CARTA buses have added a special stop the weeknights and weekday mornings the warming center is open, with the drop-off spot at the back door, facing Gum Street. Inform your driver is you want transport from the Charleston area to Summerville, as you must make the transfer interchange at Trident Hospital while the TriCounty Links buses are still running.
TriCounty Links also plans to add additional stops close by multiple known encampment areas in Summerville and near Ladson.
Transportation questions can be answered by texting TRANSPORT to 320320, or choose the Warming Center option when you call 843-486-0193.
Holy City Missions at Aldersgate UMC will open its "Winter Warming Shelter" overnight Thursday, Dec. 14.
The shelter usually accepts admission from 7 to 9 p.m. and typically closes around 7 a.m. the next morning.
Men, women, and children are welcome, but pets are not allowed.
Guests will receive a hot meal, a warm shower, clean clothes, toiletries, an optional devotional, and a place to sleep. In the morning, they will be provided breakfast and a bagged lunch to go.
Guests can travel free of charge on CARTA by requesting transportation to the Winter Warming Shelter.
The shelter will screen all guest and check bags for weapons upon entry. Knives, box cutters or tools will be kept overnight in storage, but firearms, alcohol, and all illegal substances are strictly prohibited on church property.
The shelter is located at 1444 Remount Rd. in North Charleston.
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CORRECTION: The warming shelter will not be open Wednesday, as previously reported.
NORTH CHARLESTON — It’s been more than 30 years since the Lowcountry learned the Charleston Naval Base would close, shutting down the tri-county’s largest employer where generations had worked.“It was like the whole city lost its job, that’s how traumatic it was,” said Navy veteran Don Campagna, who handles history and archives for North Charleston. “People had a sense of security, and that was taken away.”Three decades later, people are learning what the future has in store for t...
NORTH CHARLESTON — It’s been more than 30 years since the Lowcountry learned the Charleston Naval Base would close, shutting down the tri-county’s largest employer where generations had worked.
“It was like the whole city lost its job, that’s how traumatic it was,” said Navy veteran Don Campagna, who handles history and archives for North Charleston. “People had a sense of security, and that was taken away.”
Three decades later, people are learning what the future has in store for the north end of the former base in what is to be called Battery Park. It’s poised to become North Charleston’s new urban center, with development across the northern base that would connect the Park Circle area to the city’s south end with businesses, entertainment and thousands of new residences.
The development scale rivals some of the largest in the greater Charleston area: 3,000 to 4,500 new residences along with a minimum of 825,000 square feet — possibly much more — of commercial space that will include entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and offices.
“I think what it does is it gives us an opportunity to create the first, true downtown environment that we’ve ever had,” said outgoing Mayor Keith Summey, who is finishing his final term after first being elected in 1994. “It’s something we’ve been working on for more than 20 years.”
The plans combine a huge private redevelopment project on the north end of the former base that started in 2021, called Navy Yard Charleston, with the city’s vision for Battery Park.
Battery Park is a 70-acre waterfront site directly north of Noisette Creek, where the city has so far acquired 37 acres from the Department of Defense and is expected to gain control of 21 more.
North Charleston is selling the 37 acres for nearly $10.5 million, which does not include roughly 10 acres that will be used for roads, parks and other infrastructure. The other 21 acres of federal Department of Defense property, which North Charleston expects to own, could be sold to the developers for $400,000 per acre, or another $8.4 million.
The developers, responding to the city’s request for bids this year, said they want to “create a central business district with a never-ending stream of energy that will come to define North Charleston.”
An $8 million pedestrian bridge linking the area to Riverfront Park was a built in anticipation of the development to come.
According to the “master developer” group North Charleston has picked, both the Battery Park and Navy Yard Charleston plans together could create 17,300 construction jobs, 11,900 permanent jobs and $57.4 million in annual tax revenue.
The city had been in contract negotiations with the developers — Jamestown L.P., WECCO and Weaver Capital Joint Venture — since June. A final vote on a development contract is expected Dec. 14. City Council initially voted 7-3 last week in favor of the deal.
The agreement would cover both the city’s Battery Park plan and the developers’ Navy Yard Charleston plan, which add up to about 130 acres.
“It all blends together,” said Summey. “I think an important part is the agreement on affordable housing.”
The contract requires that 17 percent — or more than 500 relatively affordable spaces — of what could be nearly 3,000 residential units built at Battery Park be affordable to people earning no more than 120 percent of the area’s median income. A family bringing in that amount could earn about $120,000 yearly.
“It will be good for somebody, but not necessarily existing residents,” said Rev. Bill Stanfield, leader of the south end nonprofit group Metanoia, whose mission includes creating affordable housing.
Stanfield said the development plan will bring needed jobs and services, but that it will surely raises rents, too. In some south end neighborhoods, more than 80 percent of homes are owned by landlords.
“I think folks both see it as an opportunity and a threat,” he said.
At least, said Stanfield, all the development could result in the south end finally getting a full-service grocery store, a major need for the area.
Efforts to redevelop the 1,575-acre industrial waterfront of the former Navy base have been going on for three decades, some more successful than others. Throughout, there was a push-pull between a desire for heavy industry on the former base and North Charleston’s goal of redeveloping a large portion for homes, shops, offices and parks.
As 2023 draws to a close, the dividing line has become clear.
The majority of the base, from the 286-acre Leatherman Terminal at the south end up to roughly McMillan Avenue, is a home for shipping and maritime use, industry, warehousing, research and a rail yard. The northernmost part, generally from McMillan to the end of Noisette Boulevard on Virginia Avenue, is the focus of public and private redevelopment efforts involving homes, shops, offices and parks.
“This is a vision of the quality of life for this community,” Summey said — in 1998, two years after the base closed.
Three years later, in 2001, the Noisette plan was announced, aiming to redevelop 350 acres on the north end of the base but also thousands of acres nearby. That effort failed during the Great Recession, as did many large development plans in the Charleston area. The Noisette plan, however, did yield Riverfront Park and other victories.
“It wasn’t a bad plan,” Summey said Dec. 12. “They just ended up not being able to fulfill their goals.”
To avoid some of the problems seen when Noisette failed, such as on-base properties going into foreclosure and mostly ending up in private hands, North Charleston can buy back the Battery Park land at the same price — $400,000 per acre — the developers are paying if development goals aren’t met, according to the deal.
Access to the waterfront may not seem like a lofty goal for a city bordered by two rivers. But, as Summey pointed out a quarter century ago, North Charleston’s only access to the Cooper River had long been a small boat ramp under the Don Holt Bridge. At the time, the mayor was fighting a plan to build a bulk cargo terminal.
North Charleston won that fight, and the area where a cargo terminal had been proposed will instead be a public pier as part of the Battery Park plan.
Redeveloping Battery Park, between Virginia Avenue and the Cooper River, would create a link between the Park Circle area and the Cooper River, Riverfront Park and the redeveloping base just south.
“The key important thing in the agreement is that the city will always maintain ownership of the waterfront,” said Summey.
It’s a larger redevelopment effort than it seems because the same developers already own the heart of the northern base area, including many of the historic buildings. Two of the developers, WECCO and Weaver, also own the former Charleston Naval Hospital at Rivers and McMillan avenues — the tallest building in the city, where renovation plans call for hundreds of apartments.
Here’s the proposed schedule for construction, starting next year, according to the developers’ timeline:
Over nine years, the project schedule calls for 2,958 new residences and 891,800 square feet of commercial space — assuming North Charleston gets title to the remaining 21 acres of federal land.
That part could prove complicated, because new replacement facilities would first have to be built for the federal government.
“I think the issue is going to be, how much does it cost to build that?” said Summey. “Any time you’re talking about a makeover of federal property, it’s not a fast process.”
In addition to Battery Park and Navy Yard Charleston, there’s one more connecting piece. That is the city’s Olmsted Park plan on the former base, which calls for restoring 12 existing homes and developing 31 in an area that had been used for officers’ housing, adjacent to Riverfront Park.
Together, the three base-related redevelopments would add thousands of residences and untold numbers of businesses and offices, along with destination entertainment and dining.
“I think the idea is to create an exciting, aspirational place for people to work and live and be entertained,” Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, said in 2021.
Phillips and Weaver were unavailable for comment this week, a spokeswoman for the companies said.
The Noisette plan announced in 2001 may have been ahead of its time. But 20 years later, when Navy Yard Charleston was announced, the rapid growth and development throughout the tri-county area had increasingly made North Charleston a central location, one where land and housing were generally less costly.
For the Battery Park plan, North Charleston will charge the developers $400,000 per buildable acre on the waterfront, not counting land that will be used for roads and infrastructure. That’s a fraction of the cost of land on the Charleston peninsula or in Mount Pleasant.
Federal Opportunity Zone status, a special city tax district, and historic renovation tax credits are all expected to play a role in the base redevelopment.
Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of a 4,130-square-foot retail space at 5605 A Rivers Ave., Gas Lite Square, in North Charleston to Stantec Consulting Services Inc., doing business as SC DOT. The landlord is an affiliate of Adams Property Group.Hot Properties highlights recently sold or leased commercial properties in the Charleston region. Send in your transactions using our onl...
Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of a 4,130-square-foot retail space at 5605 A Rivers Ave., Gas Lite Square, in North Charleston to Stantec Consulting Services Inc., doing business as SC DOT. The landlord is an affiliate of Adams Property Group.
Hot Properties highlights recently sold or leased commercial properties in the Charleston region. Send in your transactions using our online form.
Other commercial real estate deals included a sale by Trey Zimmerman of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic, who represented the seller, WHD Properties LLC, in the sale of a 4,400-suare-foot office space for $900,000 at 718 Wappoo Road in Charleston. David Mantek of Matt O’Neill Real Estate represented the buyer, Marcus A. LLC.
Jing “Julia” Donovan and Trey Davis of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic represented the tenant SureRock USA Corp. in the lease of 20,400-square-feet of warehouse space at 4068 Fernandina Road B in Columbia. William Durham of William Durham Co. represented the landlord, Gemini Associates LLC.
Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic negotiated a 15,500-square-foot, long-term lease transaction for Sav A Lot grocery at Montague Corners in North Charleston. David Hochberg of Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic was the only broker for the transaction, representing the tenant. The Sav A Lot will be located at 5060 Dorchester Road.
Jenna Philipp of Palmetto Commercial Properties represented the landlord, Commercial Rental Solutions LLC, in the lease of 1,685 square feet of retail space at 1305 Ashley River Road in Charleston to Joanaland LLC . Anne Lawless of Cityvolve Commercial Realty represented the tenant.
Robert Pratt and Brett Rashtchian of Re/Max Southern Shores represented the seller in the sale of 31,335 square feet on eight acres of industrial space at 9550 Highway 78 in Ladson $7.6 million. Megan Anderson of Woodlock Capital represented the buyer.
Jenna Philipp of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the tenant, 937 Wappoo Rd LLC, in the lease of 800 square feet of office space at 937 Wappoo Road.
Callie Griffin of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the tenant in the lease of 9,700 square feet of industrial space at 422 Industrial Drive in Summerville, to Callie Griffin. J. Edward Buxton of Palmetto Commercial Properties LLC represented the landlord.
Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group represented the landlord, Gas Lite LLC, in the lease of 3,955 square feet of retail space at 5611 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston to Nostalgic Enterprises LLC, doing business as Skybox. Jay Rodger of Trident Commercial Inc. represented the tenant.
Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group LLC represented the landlord, 1204 Fording Island Road LLC, in the lease of 5,000 square feet of industrial space at 1204 Fording Island Road in Bluffton to LEEDS LLC.
Casey Lowery of Adams Property Group LLC represented the landlord, Hunt Club Medical LLC, in the lease of 2,564 square feet of retail space at 1184 Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley to NailsInspiration and Spa LLC.