Jennifer Leaphart’s Art Nouveau Bridal Session

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We love when photographers showcase new perspectives at our historic properties. Through her lens, Caitlin from Coral Dove Photography transformed our gardens into a lush and mystical landscape fit for the most ornate New Orleans hothouse (which is perfect, because Jen and Hunter’s wedding was all about Louisiana nouveau).

From her headpiece to her beaded, open-backed gown, all the way down to her deep red pumps, Jen was the picture of Art Nouveau. And just as the artists of the 1910s found beauty in the natural world, this bridal session finds beauty in the gardens of Seibels House.

On the home’s exterior, the wraparound porch and garden make for a unique runway. We love Caitlin’s shot of Jen ducking though our wrought-iron gate into the Kitchen Garden. The ceremony and reception gardens, designed by Jenks Farmer, emerge transformed with each new season. Although in the heart of Downtown Columbia, the gardens of Seibels House envelop the senses and transport you to a lush landscape from years ago.

Jen took full advantage of the variety of spaces and textures found in and around Seibels House. The exposed brick and rustic 19th century paneling of the rear parlor contrast beautifully with the bride’s lace gown and veil. The foyer’s neoclassical detailing and abundance of natural light offer the opportunity for full-length portraits. The delicate beadwork and drapery of Jen’s dress perfectly complements the architecture of Columbia’s oldest home.

As always, the signature Seibels House sunporch makes a beautiful portrait studio. We love the incorporation of the checkerboard marble floor into the bridal bouquet image. The bouquet itself is lovely with deep reds and misty greens. Can’t you just smell the eucalyptus?

We are thrilled that Jen chose to capture her special moment with us at Historic Columbia. Almost as thrilled as we are to share it with you.

Ready to book your bridal session?

Visit our rentals page for more information or call Brittany at 803.252.7742 ext. 11.

Flowers – White House Flowers (Jennifer Pryor)

Dress, Veil, and Headpiece – London and Lace (Lisa and Kevin Kyzer)

Photography – Coral Dove Photography (Caitlin Taylor)

Hair & Makeup – Jennifer Leaphart

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Love is Brewing at Historic Columbia

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Historic Columbia’s four downtown properties offer the perfect venue to host your next celebration. Whether it’s a fairy tell wedding, a staff retreat, a birthday party or a family reunion—whatever you need, Historic Columbia can accommodate you and your group.

Emily and Jesse Folk chose to make history on their wedding day at the Seibels House, Columbia’s oldest home. Located in the heart of the Robert Mills Historic District, this property was built around 1796 and has been a place of reflection and celebration for more than 200 years.

It’s easy to make the Seibels House feel like your own with customizable seating layouts as well as a flexibility to fit your style. While the house itself has a classic feel, its versatility allows renters to paint with their own contemporary brush. Emily and Jesse brought their own new Southern style on their wedding day.

The couple was married in the ceremony garden, used the patio and lawn for cocktails and hosted the reception on the home’s first floor. Emily and Jesse strung lights across the lawn to create an open-air “room” for their guests to sip and savor in at dusk. Over the course of an evening, the Seibel’s signature black-and-white tiled sun porch can go from a perfect portrait studio to a cocktail reception space to a dance floor.

The Seibels House also has private suites for the couple and their party to get ready. One suite features two full-length antique mirrors and brick fireplace, while the other affords a beautiful view of the home’s gardens. (A perfect spot to peep at your guests as they arrive!)

The couple put a twist on the typical antipasto spread by switching it up with a custom pickle bar from local favorite War Mouth. Growlers from the couple’s favorite local bars and breweries served as funky and playful centerpieces. (Jesse’s boutonniere was a fun combination of hops & wheat pinned neatly with a Stella Artois bottlecap.) In lieu of a guestbook, folks could sign the gorgeous rings of a cedar tree.

While the Seibels House was the perfect venue for Emily and Jesse, Historic Columbia does offer three other properties for you to choose from: the romantic Robert Mills Carriage House & Gardens, the stately Gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, and the whimsical Gardens of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

Too difficult to choose? Why not host your ceremony on the grounds of the Robert Mills House, then stroll across to the magnolia alley at Hampton-Preston for the reception? Or have your rehearsal dinner in the Robert Mills Carriage House, and your ceremony under the canopy at Woodrow Wilson?

We invite you to explore the possibilities and schedule a tour. Our rental coordinator, Brittany Buckner, is here to make your event one for the history books. To learn more, visit, call (803) 252-7742 ext. 11 or email


Photographer: Alexis Schwallier

Tables/Chairs/linens: Something Borrowed

Catering: Hudson’s Classic Catering

Pickle Bar: Zarah Newton from The War Mouth

Invitation: Ali Loncar

Guest Book: Crafted by the best man

Hair & Make Up: Amy from Metropolis Salon

Bouquet & Florals: Mother of the bride

Centerpieces & decorations: Crafted by the bride

Koozies: Image Ink

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Bridal Portraits at Seibels House

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Seibels House and Garden isn’t just a great venue for your wedding and reception, they’re also an idyllic spot for bridal portraits, as well. The oldest home in Columbia is also the most affordable portrait venue, with pricing starting at $50/hour on weekdays. We’re delighted to share with you Avis Washington’s recent portraits with you.

Avis’s pictures make great use of the neo-classical interior space at Seibels. During the spring and summer, when days are longer, the first floor of the hose is filled with glowing, golden light. It’s rare to experience the “golden hour” indoors, but our front rooms and sun porch are filled with this romantic lighting.

Each room in Columba’s oldest home offers unique, distinguishing features to make your portraits pop. Neo-classical and Victorian mantlepieces, French doors, and a twisting oak banister are all part of the home’s character.

With its black and white tiles, bay window, and wall of windows, the sun porch is the signature space at Seibels House. We’d love for you to visit us—our doors are always open. Get in touch and let us help you make history!

Photos by Cory A. Smith with Idol Image.

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Karli & Ben at the Robert Mills House & Gardens

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We are pleased to share Karli and Ben’s enchanted ceremony at the Robert Mills House and Gardens with you.

The couple chose to host their intimate ceremony indoors, at the Robert Mills Carriage House. As thunder rolled overhead, the couple and their guests gathered together to celebrate the spirit of love and adventure.

The wedding had a refined bohemian ambiance with the bride donning a custom crown of greenery for her walk down the aisle. Not to be outshined—Ben’s bright floral-printed tie lent additional playfulness to the ceremony.

The reception was held under a tent on the back lawn with an open-air dance floor adjacent. Even rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the wedding party who chose to dance in the storm.

The grounds were given an additional aura of romance by lighting installations provided by Ambient Media. Rope lights hung from the trees to create an atmosphere of enchantment on the lawn of the Robert Mills House and Gardens.

To top it all off, the couple processed through a tunnel of sparklers at the end of the night. Their last kiss was truly a scene for the history books.

Congratulations, Karli and Ben!

Wedding Planner Alisha Millwood

Rentals Something Borrowed

Photographer Jessi Nichols 

Catering Hudson’s

Full Bar Service Ed’s Bartending

Margarita Machine Famously Frozen

Lighting Ambient Media

DJ Services Best Carolina DJ  (Mike Siomacco)

Hair 193 Hair

Make-up – Melanie Thompson


Karlie and Ben’s beautiful wedding at the Robert Mills House was also featured in the Budget Savvy Bride!

To rent any of our historic properties, or for more information, please contact our rental department or call at 803.252.7742 x 11.

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Ayala & Boyer Wedding at the Seibels House

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Karen Ayala and Chris Boyer
May 6th, 2017
Seibels House and Gardens

We are excited to feature Karen and Chris’s stunning Seibels House and Gardens wedding for our first blog post in our new Historically Ever After series!

Every detail in Karen and Chris’s day was thought through to create a simple and clean but dramatically elegant aesthetic to their day. They used the lush backdrop of Seibels House and Gardens as a perfect canvas for a gorgeous palette of cream, greenery and neutral yet modern colors. Karen designed her unique bouquet of white orchids spilling from an elephant ear leaf and Chris’s corresponding boutonniere, which stood out against the deep blue suits and dresses of the wedding party. Karen’s ethereal veil was the perfect complement to her structured bouquet and the smooth, flowing lines of her dress. The emotion of the day was clear, from the sweet looks exchanged between father, daughter, and brother as she walked down the aisle, to the couple’s clear joy after their ceremony!

Congratulations Karen and Chris – we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Thank you to all the vendors who made this day special!
Cake: Sugarability, LLC.
Catering: Southern Gourmet Catering
Bartending: Ed’s Bartending
DJ: Nice Entertainment
Event Rental Company: Ruth’s House
Florist: FiftyFlowers
Wedding Dress: Amsale from Nitsa’s Apparel
Bridesmaids Dresses: Atom Attire on Etsy
Tux/Suits: The Black Tux
Wedding Coordinator: Brittany Buckner
Videographer: Hayden Media Co.
Photographer: Brennan Booker Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Spotted Salamander
Wedding Layout Design, Floral Designer, Invitation & Stationery, Snapchat Filter: Karen Boyer


To rent any of our properties, or for more information, please email our rental department or call at 803.252.7742 x 11.

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