Not that I've been there but from everything I've seen and heard, Charleston seems like one of the most romantic towns in the United States. And that's in part due to its incredible history. This shoot dreamt up by LINDSAY BISHOP EVENTS pays homage to this esteemed past and tells the story of two history buffs tying the knot in one of the most historical buildings in the state, THE OLD EXCHANGE. Charleston Wedding Photographer CLAY AUSTIN captured these beautiful images which also feature gowns from the incredible wedding gown designer EMILY KOTARSKI.
Lindsay shares with us, "One of the first things that I ask brides when we start talking about their wedding is "Why Charleston?" They all seem to have the same answer; the romance, the beauty... there is something magical about this city that you just can't quite put your finger on. I think that a lot of this magic comes from the historical significance of Charleston, the stories that so many homes and buildings hold and are just waiting to tell.
The OLD EXCHANGE building has played a role in Charleston's history from the time that construction began in 1771 all the way through its role as a USO facility in WWII. But I think that the most special story about the Old Exchange took place in 1791. After being elected President, George Washington decided to visit every state in the country, in order to become better acquainted with them. During his Southern Tour, he spent a week in Charleston, which was the richest city in the South at that time. Every night during his stay, a party was thrown in his honour. Four of these lavish events, including a ball and a concert, were held at the Old Exchange Building. The President danced with over 250 ladies at the ball, and, when he arrived at his next stop in Savannah, Georgia, he had to replace his dancing shoes, as he had worn them out in Charleston!