The second week of April, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Charleston, SC. His childhood friend that lives there now was getting married, so we decided to spend a few extra days in the area to get away from Chicago’s dreadful, never-ending, cold weather.
One of the first things we visited was Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston. Built in the late 17th century, the plantation includes acres of gardens and swamps. The owner wanted to create a “paradise” for his wife, so he brought in flowers from around the world. We spent the whole day here and we still didn’t see everything!
This place was absolutely beautiful. If you ever plan to visit, I recommend touring the gardens and the swamp. Also, make sure you bring bug spray, because there is an excessive amount of mosquitos.
On our second free day, we made our way to the beach in Mount Pleasant. For some reason I didn’t even want to go swimming. I was just happy to be on the sand and in the sun. I rarely get to the ocean, so I took a million photos of the jellyfish that washed up on shore. That was something new for me and it’s a lot more exciting than seeing the garbage washed up by Lake Michigan.
Other than the rotting jellyfish…there were shells that I (obviously) collected to bring home as a souvenir. That’s what you do when you’re a tourist, right?
The whole reason for going to South Carolina was the wedding. It was beautiful. I was there as a guest, but that didn’t stop me from taking photos of the gorgeous venue.
The ceremony was held at The Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, SC. It’s a very unlucky church that was built and burnt down on two separate occasions. But lucky for couples, it makes for a very unique and memorable space for a wedding.
We spent the next few days relaxing with friends before heading back to snowy Chicago. If you’ve never been to either of the Carolinas, I recommend going. It’s so beautiful and I can’t get enough of the scenery when I’m there.