photo by Corbin Gurkin

Wedding party pics have come a loooooooooong way since weddings became the thing… They used to be super posed with the church alter in the background (you know, back in the olden days). But, now both the photographers and clients are collaborating to come up with custom and interesting ways to capture the day and and friends in fun and new ways.  It’s kind of like that trend where couples surprised their guests with a coordinated dance! We’re hoping today gives you some food for thought while coordinating your day with your photographer.

photo by Perry Vaile and Corbin Gurkin

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Sometimes just switching it up a little bit can make for a totally different look… This bride and her business partner own fashion house Dee Hutton, so styling the girls in different but complimentary gowns for the day and then capturing them together (sans bouquets) in something less than a stiff posted position can grant a photo magazine worthy.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We’re also seeing a new little moment that we are liking- the bride and her girls in different variations during the getting ready part of the day… Often times the girls are gifted matching pj’s or robes (like these from Plum Pretty Sugar) and the photos of them together other than just in their gowns are always a hit! And, you’ve heard of the first look between the bride and the groom, but on the right are the bridesmaids are getting their first look at the bride in her gown…

photo by Liz Banfield

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For those traditionalists still at heart, sometimes just a change of scenery like getting outside or interesting background or styling of the set up makes for a modern update still perfect for gracing the pages of the wedding album.

2.11.20   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Feb 04, 2020

In celebration of this couple’s first anniversary, we’re sharing all of the pretty goodies from their big day in Watercolor, Florida.  Corbin Gurkin was with us to capture all of the gorgeous images. This couple was the sweetest, and their day was absolutely filled with love. The bride grew up vacationing in the area with her family so it was an obvious choice.  The bride stunned in a strapless Monique Lhuillier. Our sister printing company, Lettered Olive designed some of the most lovely printed pieces for this weekend. While, we went the simple more formal route with the letterpress invitation, the party packs really shone through.  Guests received welcome boxes with a custom blue acrylic monogramed tag, and lots of goodies with custom printed packaging. The girls, of course, spent the day getting ready together…and were gifted silk robes by Kim and Ono.We went ethereal in the floral designs, with mixed hues of ombre pink.

For the actual ceremony, we created a tented dream.  Guests were greeted by huge floral pieces making for a grand entrance. 

Guests strolled down the town park from the ceremony to the reception. Here, an oversized tent was carpeted and draped to created a dreamy spot that guests would want to stay in all night long. Stations were set up for guests to have a progression throughout the space, with dancing as the main focal point.
For the dessert table, we layered the mother’s silver pieces with varying treats, while Confections on the Coast created a stunning wedding cake, and chocolate groom’s cake. 

Artist Chloe Strickland was on hand painting a live scene from the reception.

Late night drinks and snacks passed around the dance floor including gourmet grilled cheeses. In order to get guests off the dance floor, the horn section from the band walked everyone from the tent to the town square for the send off… 

A happy bride and groom ending a lovely night surrounded by family and friends..  Happy Anniversary Keyton and Chris.

2.04.20   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Giving some love to my BFF, Nicki Clendening today, who was just featured as a design crush on Style Blueprint. Nicki and I first met waiting tables together at an amazing Italian restaurant in Charleston, and have been collaborating ever since. We recently moved into a new office in New York, and had Nicki do the design for it… you can see more below.

 

1.28.20   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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