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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Ariella Chezar flower workshop, cosponsored by our friends at Easton Events, in Charleston. Early spring turned out to be the perfect time to visit one of my favorite Southern cities, and my short trip was filled with delights for every sense, from the gorgeous blooms to the delicious eats to the charming facades down every charming cobblestone street. Had I not even ventured beyond the gates of my hotel, however, I think I still would have touched on all five senses – Zero George Street is a property that’s clearly been designed to delight!

First, though, the blooms! I wanted to share a snippet from the workshop here to give you a taste of what I experienced, but you can see much more in the current issue of Smitten Magazine!

All photos are by the talented Corbin Gurkin.

If you saw my first instagram upon arrival at Zero George, you might remember that I described it as “the home of your favorite Southern aunt – the one with exquisite taste.” This delightful boutique hotel really does go out of its way to treat guests like family – with warmth, ease, and joy.

Zero George makes it easy to continue my home metaphor, since the concierge desk is located inside the original carriage house and directly adjacent to the property’s (teensy but beautiful and custom) kitchen – the heart of any home.

On our way to my room, I learned a bit more about the property’s history, which is fascinating! The four main buildings all date from the early 19th century — two are original to the property and two were carefully relocated from elsewhere in Charleston, and they are positioned to form a garden courtyard that is the match of any in downtown. (That’s one of my favorite Charleston activities, by the way – peeking into lush and gorgeous gardens through ironwork gates!)

Photo by Meredith Perdue via Map & Menu

Since their transport, the four buildings have been painstakingly renovated with each detail thoughtfully considered. There are now eighteen studios and suites, each featuring original architectural elements like heart pine floors, high ceilings, period millwork details, and classic piazzas. The attention to detail did not surprise me in the least, considering that Lynn and Dean, the geniuses behind Easton Events, are also the proprietors of Zero George!

The particular guest room I stayed in had me rethinking the colorful palette of my own home, with its layers of texture from natural linen fabrics, casual slipcovers, inviting bedding, and sisal weave area rugs. SO calm and relaxing!

Photo on the left by Jamie Beck – I loved the keys!

And the bathrooms – oh, the bathrooms. Crisp, white perfection.

Breakfast is complimentary and served each morning in the main carriage house. It was so yummy I made sure to wake up early enough to partake every day (which is saying a lot for this late riser). Tart yogurt, house-made granola, fresh fruit and juices, pastries, and hard-boiled eggs, among other things, made up the European-style spread.

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Evenings at Zero George kick off with a wine and cheese hour, which quickly became a favorite daily treat. It was also the perfect opportunity to try out the many porches located throughout the property! I didn’t have a chance to sample it, but the Zero Cafe + Bar serves light bites in the evening if you’re worn out from walking the day away.

Photo by Meredith Perdue via Map & Menu

If you didn’t know better, you’d think Zero George had been around for years and years – from their well-proportioned porches to their tucked away drawing rooms, this place combines classic Southern charm with everything you could want in terms of comfort. It could not be a more perfect backdrop for a relaxing Southern getaway, a sweet Southern honeymoon, or even an intimate Southern wedding! (Yep, they do private parties!)

Photos by Jamie Beck

Zero George is situated in the historic Ansonborough neighborhood, which is to the east on the Charleston peninsula but just a short walk from King Street and the French Quarter.

Personal photos from around Charleston!

I promise that if you choose to stay at Zero George on your next trip to Charleston, your hotel will be much, much more than just a place to lay your head at night – it might even be the highlight of your stay. More info on this lovely spot here!

Now, on a bit of a different topic, I would love to hear: What are your favorite places to eat in Charleston? This time around John and I tried Poogan’s Porch, Husk, Hominy Grill, and Xiao Bao Biscuit (all delicious!). Let us know in the comments!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Jessica reply

    I’m a huge fan of Kaminsky’s dessert cafe in downtown Charleston. Their sweets are fantastic and their dessert beverages are the perfect late night treat. A must try!

    • avatar Emily reply

      We almost went there for dessert one night!! Definitely on the list for next time.

  2. avatar Corinna Hoffman reply

    Love the pink bouquet!

  3. avatar Mariana Symecko reply

    Emily, you are such a sweetheart! It was so nice meeting you at Ariella’s workshop!!! And thank you for the rides! :)

  4. avatar Meghan G. reply

    The bride holding the pink bouquet, could anyone tell me where I can find that wedding dress??

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  6. avatar Emily reply

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love everything about this location! Do you know who the designer of that second wedding gown is? What a beautiful dress!

  7. avatar Melissa reply

    is there any way I can get information about the wedding dress with the pink bouquet?

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It’s usually around this time, a month after the holidays, when my parents surprise me with another Christmas gift. You know, that one that they hid so far back in the closet they forgot it existed and never wrapped? Does that happen to anyone else?

In celebration of this (unofficial) tradition, we’re rounding up the winners of some of our recent giveaways and some from before the holidays! Consider this a late gift from us at Southern Weddings.

We’re still spotting V4 on shelves throughout the city, though the stacks are getting mighty low! Sierra and I were giddy when we saw the glossy mag for the first time on our way to the Design*Sponge book signing. We asked you to tell us where you spotted V4 for the chance to win Grace Bonney’s Design*Sponge at Home!

Congrats to winner Lizzie who said, “I just picked up my copy at the Barnes and Noble in New Hope Commons in Durham! I wish I could’ve picked it up from the Southpoint location so I could have seen you. I have been gushing to everyone how it is my new favorite wedding magazine!!”

Just about a month ago, we launched our fabulous new feature, the Honey List! We’re so excited for y’all to flip through our curated list of the best honeymoon spots in the South and beyond. To celebrate and to prepare all you newlyweds for wonderful honeymoon, we gave away a Heys USA carry-on-friendly luggage piece!

Congratulations to Sonia Marie whose ideal honeymoon spot was Hawaii!

We love having events to look forward to and we’re thrilled to be able to give one of you lucky readers the chance to attend the CREAM event in Austin! Food, fun and dancing will abound, so we asked you to tell us about the dancing shoes you’d wear to the CREAM.

Our winner is Madi, who said, “As a Texas girl, what else would I wear but a pair of my best boots for dancin’?”

Congratulations all you giveaway winners! Be on the lookout for an email from me soon!

Didn’t win this time? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty more giveaways lined up!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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    New Feature :: The Honey List

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    I know a few of you dear readers are starting to feel the chill of winter, so I am SO thrilled to introduce one of our brand spankin’ new editorial features – The Honey List! It’s sure to cure the cold weather blues away in a flash! The Honey List is a carefully curated list of the best honeymoon spots for you lovely Southern couples. From sweet Southern mountain hideaways to luxurious secluded resorts in the Caribbean, each location has been personally visited and reviewed by one of us lucky editors.

    The Honey List just moved in right up there in our navigation bar. You can search by location or by type to find the perfect spot for you and your beau.

    We’re working hard to stock The Honey List with amazing suggestions, so readers, we want to hear from you! Do you have a Southern (and spectacular) spot you’d recommend for a honeymoon? Email me or leave a comment below and let us know.

    Properties, interested in getting involved? Send me an email, I’d love to get to know your location!

    Sit a spell, and take a mini-vacay to The Honey List! Don’t forget to check back often as we’ll be adding more properties!

    marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    1. avatar Annie reply

      Great idea! I may have already had the honeymoon (St. Lucia–it was beautiful!) but I am definitely going to be keeping the Honey List in mind for future romantic getaways. Is it too soon to plan a second honeymoon?

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