apr 14 2016
Time until Our Wedding

Our Story

They met purely by chance on a summer day in 2010 at The Melting Pot in Poughkeepsie, NY as Mark was entering the restaurant, hoping to land a job. Mark held the door open for Kelly as she was leaving, confident from her successful interview. They passed by each other with no idea what the future would hold. The more they worked together, the more apparent it was that they were meant to be. During late night shifts and rendezvous at local diners, they ended up falling in love.

Less than two years later they decided to pick up their lives and move down south, not knowing if Charleston, SC would welcome them with open arms. After months of uncertainty they both ended up with great jobs, a decent apartment, and a little boxer named Rocky.

One night when bucket lists and dinner drinks were flowing, the idea of exploring Europe became a reality. This trip would change their lives forever. After arriving at port in a small town called Santorini, Greece; riding donkeys to the top and having a very quiet lunch (Mark didn't talk much), they ended up in a quiet alcove with an amazing view of the Mediterranean and a dormant volcano. At that moment Mark decided to ask Kelly the most important question of her life and with a tearful, unwavering smile she couldn't have said "Yes" any faster.

Events Schedule

Travel Information

Charleston Intl. Airport (CHS)
5500 International Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29418

(843) 767-7000

AMTRAK (North Charleston)
4565 Gaynor Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405

(800) 872-7245

Complimentary transportation from these locations (or within 2 miles) is provided with your stay at the hotel. Once you arrive in Charleston, call the Hilton Garden Inn at (843) 308-9330 and they will send a shuttle bus to pick you up.

We wish you a safe journey!

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn
5265 International Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29418

(843) 308-9330


Group Name:
McDougall-Hillard Wedding

Group Code: MHW

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Room Options

2 Queen Beds
1 King Bed

$144 per night
breakfast included

These rooms are discounted and guaranteed for all our guests, but they will not be available after March 14, 2016. Please be sure to make your reservation BEFORE March 14, 2016.

You can reserve your room right now without paying for it. They'll ask for a credit card number, but it's just to place a hold on the room and they won't charge it until you check out.

Wedding Information

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414

(843) 571-1266

If you're driving directly to the wedding and not taking the bus from the hotel, inform the gate keeper about our event when you arrive. They will direct you to the parking lot closest to the Carriage House for your convenience.

Click the button below to download a copy of the map. Print it out and keep it handy. This will serve as your admittance.

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  • Meet in Lobby

    Meet in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn. Get there a bit early and enjoy a drink at the bar.

  • Take the Bus

    You'll be riding in a cream colored 1957 Crown Supercoach. Google it... seriously it's awesome.

  • Let's Party!

    You'll arrive at the Carriage House located on the beautiful grounds of Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for our ceremony and reception. Please enjoy the festivities! We can't wait for our families and closest friends to come together and celebrate this special day with us.

  • Time to Leave

    The bus leaves the plantation to return all guests to the hotel. We have reserved the bus for our entire event just in case anyone needs to head back at any point during the evening.

Charleston Information

There are many things to do and experience in Charleston, so we invite you to stay the weekend. Here are some of our favorite places to eat and drink as well as other links to get you started on a fun filled mini-vacation.

Getting Around

Uber is available throughout Charleston. Get it on Google play or the App Store and use our invite codes for free rides:


Standard taxi services are also available.


locally sourced Southern dishes

Poogan's Porch
sophisticated Southern cooking

upscale Southern bistro

Two Boroughs Larder
adventurous American meals

inventive Mexican eats

Hank's Seafood Restaurant
bustling eatery & bar


The Vendue
elevate your senses

Pavilion Bar
rooftop oasis

Stars Restaurant
rooftop & grill room

rustic-chic modern American restaurant

Bay Street Biergarten
Bavarian-inspired Southern fare & beers

Edmund's Oast
laid-back brewpub


Historic Charleston City Market
historic market complex in downtown Charleston

Charleston Farmers Market
features a variety of local farmers, growers and vendors

South Carolina Aquarium
showcases aquatic life from five major regions of the Southeast Appalachian Watershed

Children's Museum
hands-on exhibits for kids

Folly Beach
classic small beach village


Palmetto Carriage
sightseers ride behind horses in old-fashioned carriages while receiving a narrated history lesson

Fort Sumter Tours
the official Fort Sumter tour company, with the only boats that actually dock at Fort Sumter, site of the first shots fired in the American Civil War

Irvin House Vineyards
Charleston's only domestic vineyard and winery

Questions? Contact Us

Mark Hillard

Kelly McDougall

Our love story would not have been complete without the support of our family and friends. We sincerely thank you for celebrating our wedding and for being a part of our lives!

Check out our engagement photos, photographed by the talented Taylor Rae. We had an amazing Sunday afternoon in downtown Charleston and couldn't be happier with how they turned out.

Kelly & Mark | A White Point Gardens Engagement

Wow! Ariel and Matt from AMW Studios pulled out all the stops on our wedding photos. They really captured the day and thanks to them, we'll never forget it.

A Magnolia Plantation Wedding Sneak Peak


Charleston Intl. Airport
5500 International Boulevard

(843) 767-7000


Hilton Garden Inn
5265 International Boulevard

(843) 308-9330


Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road

(843) 571-1266

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#hillardpartyoftwo - created by the amazing people in our lives. These photos captured our hearts and will be remembered forever.

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