M + B | The Willcox Aiken, SC Wedding Photographer


March 15, 2023

Wedding days at the Willcox are nothing short of magical (especially for us wedding photographers)! An Aiken jewel renowned for its timeless elegance and charm the Willcox is the perfect backdrop to say, “I do.”

While totally nerdy – I love knowing the history of places that I photograph. It really helps to set the scene! So, before sharing all of the gorgeous moments from this day I figured I’d start with a little backstory on the Willcox. “The Willcox was built in the late 19th century for well-to do Yankees seeking warmth, light and high society. Aiken was popular with the swells and dandies of the gilded Age and they came in such numbers every winter that the town was dubbed the “Winter Colony.” Great dances were held and ballrooms glittered with candlelight. Old rivals, fiercely competitive but impeccably polite, settled their differences on the polo field. Grand picnics in Hitchcock Woods were laid out with silver, crystal and linen. Politicians, royalty and captains of industry often visited The Willcox.

The far-reaching reputation of The Willcox was built on its atmosphere, impeccable service and excellent cuisine. Famous guests included Winston Churchill, Harold Vanderbilt, W.R. Grace, Elizabeth Arden and Count Bernadette of Sweden. Legend has it that Franklin Delano Roosevelt would ride his private train car to the back door and slip in quietly. The Prince of Wales was regretfully turned away for lack of space. And, The Willcox doormen, sentries of society and taste, assessed the shoes of arriving guests before allowing them inside.” (“Our History.” The Willcox, 14 March 2023, https://thewillcox.com/our-story/).

Wedding days here are like waltzing straight into an old southern movie! I couldn’t have imagined a setting more perfect for Bailey & MaryFrances to begin their journey as husband and wife. A perfect January wedding day in Aiken is a magical and memorable experience. The crisp winter air, the clear blue skies, and the beautiful scenery make for an ideal backdrop for a romantic and intimate wedding. Their wedding day was all of this and more. Surrounded by all of their closest friends and family this sweet couple had a wedding day overflowing with joy, laughter, and love. It was an absolute JOY to capture their love story.

Biggest congrats to the newlyweds!!

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Venue: The Willcox

Planner/Coordinator: Alexandra Madison Weddings

Gown: House of the Bride

Designer: Justin Alexander

Church: St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church

Florals: Dyson Designs

Hair/Makeup: Bella Faccia

Band: Men of Distinction

Videography: Andrew Busbee

Cake: Hey Honey Cakery

Catering: The Willcox

Bridesmaid Dresses: House of the Bride (Alfred Sung)

Groom: Lionel Smith Ltd.

Invitations: Reaves Engraving

Photography: Dailey Alexandra Photography

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