From the couple...

Columbia has been home to both of us for a large part of our lives: it's where we first met, where we went to high school, and where we learned that neither of us were REALLY cut out for running Cross Country! Since the city has played such a huge part in our lives over the years, we wanted our wedding day to reflect the times that we spent here in Columbia, and we think we really hit the nail on the head with that!

Below you'll find the locations for all the weekend's festivities (pro-tip: click on the maps to interact with them and get directions!) as well as a bunch of our favorite things to do in Columbia in case you're getting into town early or staying for the weekend after the wedding! We're so excited that you'll be celebrating with us in our home town!

-Kirby & Alex

The Venues

Rehearsal Dinner

Mariott

We both really love downtown Columbia, especially the Main Street area. It's home to a bunch of incredble local restaurants, and on the Friday evening before the wedding, it's going to be home to an awesome party with friends and family! Bring appetites and dancing shoes, and get ready to have an awesome time!

The Wedding

Cardinal Newman Chapel

Even though this isn't the EXACT location where we went to high school, we DID both go to Cardinal Newman when it was still on Forest Drive. A few years ago Cardinal Newman put the finishing touches on their beautiful new school, one of which was an absolutely gorgeous chapel, which is where the ceremony will be taking place! We're so excited and honored to be able to celebrate one of the best moments in our lives in the place that started it all!

The Reception

Spring Valley Country Club

Man, all that marriage stuff really works up the appetite...or at least we THINK it will! That's why, after the wedding, we're having the reception at the beautiful Spring Valley Country Club! Get ready to eat, drink, dance, and celebrate! We can't wait to see you there!

Things to do in Columbia:

Kirby and I have made a lot of memories in this city over the years, and so it holds a really special place in our hearts! While you're here, why not make a trip out of it and see the sights? Check out a few of the places, attractions, and tours that WE really love in the Capitol City!

- Alex

South Carolina State House

If you're into history, government, or big, beautiful buildings, check out the South Carolina State House! The grounds are gorgeous, and once you're done gazing at the incredible architecture, take a walk down Main Street and check out the amazing shops and restaurants!

South Carolina State Museum

The State Museum is a really cool place to go and see the history and culture of South Carolina! You can easily take an entire day getting lost in there amongst the exhibits, but if you go, make sure to take some time to check out the Planetarium!

Riverfront Park

and the Columbia Canal

If you're looking to take a nice easy stroll, check out Riverfront Park! It's a beautiful park nestled right on the banks of the Congaree River with a gorgeous 2.5 mile walking trail that leads right up to the waterfalls of the Columbia Canal! Riverfront Park is a great place to stop and relax for a bit in the middle of a crazy weekend!

Columbia Museum of Art

The Columbia Museum of Art is a really awesome place to go if you're into...well...art! For the past few years, the museum has been featuring a bunch of travelling art exhibits, so there's always something new to see when you go! Admission is relatively inexpensive too, so if you're looking for a dose of culture without breaking the bank, this is the place to go!

Columbia Food Tours

We went on a Columbia Food Tour during the summer of 2017, and we can NOT stop talking about it (just ask Daniel at the wedding, he can attest to how excited we were about the wings we had)! The tour was a really fun look into some of the best local restaurants on Main Street and came with a TON of food spread throughout the day! If you're hungry, book early, because these tours fill up fast!

Sesquicentennial State Park

Sesqui is another great park in Columbia where you can spend some time! This one is in the north-east part of Columbia, so it's much closer to the wedding and reception venues! The park has all sorts of walking trails, a beautiful lake, and kayaks and canoes for rent once you get there! Also, if you happen to have a dog with you, or you just want to go see other people's dogs (because we have friends who would definitely want to do that), they have a dog park too!

We actually took all of our engagement pictures here, AND on top of that, it was the location of our very first date all the way back in high school! All that said, this park holds a really special place in our hearts.

River Rat Brewery

If you're into brewing in any capacity, whether you like to make beer or drink it, the River Rat Brewery is definitely worth checking out! They have a tap room and outdoor covered deck if you just want to kick back and relax for a little while, or, if you're itching to see behind the curtains, they offer tastings and brewery tours too! Also noteworthy, they have live music on Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for a show!

Riverbanks Zoo

and Botanical Gardens

Wow, there is so much about Riverbanks Zoo that makes it great! First and foremost, it has been voted one of the best zoos in America, and it certainly lives up to its nomination! From start to finish, it's always enjoyable spending the day at Riverbanks because there is just so much to do!

One half of the fun comes from the zoo itself. They have literally thousands of animals of all different shapes and sizes scattered across the park, so there's certainly something for everyone. If you're anything like me (Alex) though, you'll probably just stay with your nose pressed against the glass at the otter exhibit, because otters are literally the best.

The other half of the experience comes by way of the botanical gardens! The plants there (especially during the summer) are insanely gorgeous! If you adventure around a little bit too, you'll come across some views of old Civil War ruins which are really cool to see. We won't tell you where they are though, you'll have to look for them on your own!

If you're more of a treasure hunter at heart, as a bonus, there are two Six family bricks at Riverbanks, one in the Zoo, and one in the Botanical Gardens. If you find one, snap a picture and send it to us!