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I never had a chance to talk about our pre-honeymoon stay downtown Charleston after our wedding. We’re doing our official honeymoon in Spain in early 2013 but we did spend a great couple days together enjoying our new titles – husband and wife.

Right after the wedding, which I will maintain that car showed up way too early, we planned to stay downtown for a couple nights. But first, how did the reception go by that fast? I still had a lot of dancing and talking to do but such is life and what people told me would happen at your wedding.

We really could not have hired a better driver. Lowell and his company, Chariot of Dreams, drove us downtown in a 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V! We had decided ahead of time not to rush off anywhere to honeymoon but instead stick around to see family and friends a bit more before they left town. We really don’t get to see as much of our family and friends as we’d like.

We knew staying downtown would be wonderful but I had no idea how beautiful the Venude Inn was. They have maintained and restored it beautifully. I thought i’d share some pictures of our pre-honeymoon 🙂

I also need to rave about McCrady’s. Not only was the food some of the best we’ve ever had but the staff (our waitress especially) were so friendly and really went above and beyond to make our special night even more magical. We did the four-course tasting menu and the wine pairing with it. It was a complete treat to sit down as husband and wife for the first time to an amazing dinner out. I loved the tucked away location, the wine pairings were so perfect and really brought the food to a new level, and Phil even tried fish! It was remarkable all around. I think we’ll make this our official anniversary dinner treat to come back as often as possible and be thankful for finding each other and for the best wedding day a girl could ever hope for. We are so thankful our family and friends traveled from near and far to celebrate with us.

Can’t wait to share with you our honeymoon plans and afterwards, pictures and recommendations.