Apr 24, 2017

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Today  we bring you a ladies luncheon in a watermelon hue that we just never tire of.. This luncheon the day before the wedding allowed the bride to enjoy some time with friends and family all gathered for the wedding weekend. Liz Banfield captured the lovely images.

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Since we weren’t talking about a 200 plus person event, we embroidered a decorative emblem taken from the invitation and menu design in a neutral gray for the bride to have in her new home.  We got the most gorgeous in season sweet peas for this, so clusters of them in ombre shades of pink clustered in vases made an impact.

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As a personal touch and little surcie for the ladies, each guest received a cocktail napkin with their name on it.. These were placed at each seat and doubled as place cards!  This is an easy and fun little takeaway. There are so many affordable napkins out there and doing a simple font keeps the cost down!

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We hand spun cotton candy for the ladies that day as a little sweet treat at the end. Literally, I spun it in the back kitchen myself- I do it all for my brides, ha!

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This party would be so perfect for a birthday, shower, engagement, or any reason to celebrate really!

4.24.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 24, 2017

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This pretty, feminine, and chic beach wedding is the perfect share for this Wedding Wednesday. The bride, having grown up in SC and going to the beach at Kiawah Island, thought it to be the perfect destination for all of her Manhattan friends. With a really lovely pastel palette of lavender, pale blue, pale, pinks, and hints of grey, that was something about this wedding that just set my heart aglow. Photos are by Velvet Raptor.

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Lettered Olive created a letterpress invite set using a lavender ink and guipure lace belly band cutout mimicking the pattern from the bride’s dress.

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The bride wore a corset style dress from Monique Lhuillier and killer jeweled heels by Miu Miu. The frilly bridal bouquet of sweet pea, peonies, and ranunculus was hand tied with an embroidered monogram satin ribbon and finished with a vintage family broach.

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The bride awaits her walk down the aisle behind the scenes with her father. Love these two and this photo.

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Sprigs of blooming lavender hand tied with satin ribbon made chic boutonierres.

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The mother of the bride acquired these plaster sheep and has them on the lawn at their beach house, so we had them brought over to greet guests upon arrival. Of course, they had to have floral wreaths!

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For a prime view of the ocean, guests sat on linen ottomans with a lush floral arch to define the alter.

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I just love this aisle being so fabulous and floral but beachside. Along the aisle were planter boxes full of lush white flowers.

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For the bride, who worked for a well known jewelry atelier, we found lavender velvet jewel boxes, which we put table numbers inside of and name tags on top as the escort cards. Lettered Olive designed a custom monogram that was used throughout the wedding decor.

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After the beachside ceremony, guests enjoyed an al fresco happy hour on the porches and lawn over looking the ocean.

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Inside for dinner, tailored linens and lush white florals and candles dressed the tables. The bride and groom’s chairs were adorned with floral wreaths. Embroidered napkins were cleaned and given to the couple to have in their new home.. Mini menu books at each place give details of the food, and schedule of the evening, along with anecdotes about the couple…

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The mother of the bride is a quintessential hostess and known for her cold cucumber soup. Best served- COLD. So, we had our ice sculptor design individual ice bowls for each guest’s soup serving.

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We love any touches that represent the couple or family that can be brought into the wedding day. Here, the mother of the bride had been collecting vintage cake toppers for years and then restoring them. She made a special one for the wedding cake, and then gifted one to each of the bridesmaids as well.

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Well into the late hours of dancing, a nasty storm started to roll in. We had a very special car for the getaway that couldn’t get wet, so we had the band play their “last call” , and got guests out front for the send off- just in the nick of time…

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Beating the weather, the couple departed in a vintage convertible (the driver is adorable in plaid knickers, and cap) and guests waved purple glow sticks (avoiding a mess and still giving great photos)…

4.24.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 24, 2017

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photo by Liz Banfield

We have food on the brain today.. So, we’re sharing some ways we have styled food or incorporated it into the decor… Like above- for a wedding with stations and over 400 guests, we had to make the food accessible and interesting. We took a garden fountain from a hardware store, sealed and treated it with food safe materials, and then turned it into a cocktail shrimp focal point.

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We find cocktail hour and passed hors d’eouvres an easy place to get creative. Of course, the trays you use can be customized and you’ve seen us talk about printing paper liners to fit your look.. but ask your caterer about different ways to present the food. Here, mini tacos are served in lime wedges that can also be used to squeeze atop the taco for a bit of extra flavor.

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I feel like a big part of my job is to make sure that guests have a fun and and seamless experience. So, again, for receptions where the guests aren’t served a plated dinner, finding ways to serve the food is important. Here, shot glasses are filled with hummus and veggies are placed in them for a quick pick up option.

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Not only stir fry has to be served in the Asian containers… I love something unexpected being served in here, and then creating a sticker or presenting them in a colored box that matches your decor.

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Late night food is still a big request we are seeing. If you are wanting to serve some of the good old standards, you can do it in a new and refreshing way… here, French Fries make their way around the dance floor in paper popcorn boxes, which also helps cut down on the greasy finger effect.

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Even something like chicken wings are elevated and elegant served individually in dishes.

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Sometimes food can make an impact just being used in an unexpected way… For a bride whose father grew watermelons- we had our ice sculptor put slices in ice for a pop of color on a seafood display.

4.24.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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