October 10, 2022

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Agapae Oaks Wedding

It was an honor to photograph Elizabeth and Miguel’s Agapae Oaks Wedding in St. Helena, South Carolina!

These two love birds met when Miguel was in the marines. During his enlistment, they stayed together and had a long-distance relationship. Once his commitment ended with the marines, their relationship grew stronger and led them to marriage. They enjoy fun date nights by going to escape rooms, geocaching, or going out for music and dancing on the town. No matter what they are doing, they always have a smile on their face. They’ve got the best personalities!

When I arrived at Agapae Oaks, I was amazed by the charm of this St Helena wedding venue! There is white fencing on both sides of the long driveway and ancient oak trees with Spanish moss covering the branches. Located in the heart of low-country, this venue offers astounding natural beauty with large pristine marshlands surrounding the property.

The historic main house at Agapae Oaks makes for the perfect getting-ready space. While Elizabeth’s mother was getting her ready, she gasped as she took a step back and marveled at her daughter’s beauty. It was such a sweet moment! Once Elizabeth was ready for her bridal portraits, she became emotional and had to pull out her happy tears handkerchief to conceal her tears. 

A beautiful fall wedding at Agapae Oaks

One of the best things about having a wedding at Agapae Oaks is that there are multiple spots around the property to have your ceremony. Miguel and Elizabeth chose to have their ceremony in front of an area of marshland and under palm trees. Elizabeth and her father made a grand entrance at the ceremony, arriving in a vintage white car.

During their ceremony, they incorporated a tradition from Miguel’s family. Las Arras Matrimoniales, where Miguel’s family gifts 13 coins. After the blessing and exchange of rings, the priest blesses the 13 coins. Then, the groom presents it to the bride to symbolize his commitment to care for her and their home. They also had a rosary wrapped around them. The wedding lasso is a large rosary placed around the couple to symbolize unity. I loved how they could incorporate these particular elements into their ceremony. 

The portraits that we got of Elizabeth and Miguel were stunning. We included the vintage car in a few for a more classy look. The sunsets at Agapae Oaks are always striking! Even though it was a fall wedding, it was a warm day. Elizabeth’s bridesmaids looked amazing in their jewel-tone contrasting dresses that complimented the fall vibe. 

They had a beautiful tented wedding reception with quite the assortment of cupcakes to go along with their naked wedding cake adorned with flowers. All of their guests enjoyed the night by laughing at speeches, dancing with Miguel and Elizabeth, and ending the night with a confetti exit. 

It was such a joy to be part of their wedding day! 

Here are some of my favorites from their Agapae Oaks Wedding!

Agapae Oaks Wedding Venue in St Helena
Bride and Bridesmaids in Getting ready robes
Bride getting ready at Agapae Oaks in the main house
Bride getting ready at Agapae Oaks in the main house
Bride getting ready at Agapae Oaks in the main house
Bride getting ready at Agapae Oaks in the main house
Bride getting ready at Agapae Oaks in the main house
First look with bridesmaids
First look with bridesmaids
First look with bridesmaids
Unplugged Ceremony sign
Agapae Oaks Wedding Ceremony
Agapae Oaks Wedding Ceremony
Agapae Oaks Wedding Venue in St Helena
Agapae Oaks Wedding Ceremony
Agapae Oaks Wedding Ceremony
Agapae Oaks Wedding Ceremony
Agapae Oaks Wedding Ceremony
Bride and Groom portraits with vintage car
Bride and Groom portraits with vintage car
Bride and Groom portraits with vintage car
Bride and Groom portraits with vintage car
Groomsmen with vintage car
bridal party walking photo
Agapae Oaks Bride and Groom portraits
Agapae Oaks Bride and Groom portraits
Agapae Oaks Bride and Groom portraits
Agapae Oaks Bride and Groom portraits
Agapae Oaks Bride and Groom portraits
Agapae Oaks Bride and Groom portraits
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Venue in St Helena
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception
Agapae Oaks Wedding Reception

South Carolina Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Agapae Oaks Weddings

Reception Venue: Agapae Oaks Weddings

Photographer: Ashta Harler Photography

DJ : Veterans Pride Entertainment 

Florist: Southern Coast Flowers 

Caterer: The 33 BBQ

Dress: The Sentimentalist

Cake: Wicked Cakes of Savannah

Cupcakes: Goudie Two Shoes Baking 

Violinist’s: Low Country Pianist

Tent: Event Works Rentals

Bartender: Low Country Kitchen

Transportation: Vintage Limousine

Officiant: Andy with Divine Marriage Union

Are you getting married at Agapae Oaks? Let’s chat about your dream wedding!

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