July 2016


Today, we’re taking a walk down memory lane with this beautiful affair at Palmetto Bluff. This bride wanted a traditional feel for her intimate wedding. A classic monogram was created by Lettered Olive and became a staple in the wedding decor. Creams, whites, and golds were the color palette of choice. Delicate and feminine florals like catalya and phalenopsis orchids, peonies and sweet peas were lush and lovely. All of the pretty images are from Liz Banfield.

Ceremony Collage

The quaint chapel on property is pretty hard to beat. And with a smaller wedding, it’s the perfect size. We’ve transformed the space in many different ways, but for this wedding, a simple carpeted aisle runner and strands of orchids dress up this ceremony.

Champagne Collage

centerpiece and candles Escort card Collage

A table covered in hand blown glass candlesticks and candles provided the decor for the caligraphied escort cards.

place setting

Each place setting was dressed with a monogrammed linen napkin,that the couple could later have for their home collection. Engraved wine tools were wrapped in custom printed paper and doubled as the place card.

dinner Collage

Guests dined on tables lining the portico overlooking the May River. Embroidered chair covers made special seats for the bride and groom. Metallic gold embossed pockets held letterpressed menu cards…

overall lounge

We transformed the ballroom by laying down cream carpeting, fabric draping to keep the candle glow in, and add lamps and chandeliers on dimmers.

Cake Collage

Jim Smeal’s cake artistry mimicked a beaded band on the bride’s dress. Take home cake bags were provided for guests wanting a sweet midnight snack- or to put it under their pillow to dream of their future spouse!

Palmetto Bluff at night

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Apr 20, 2018


I’m so happy to share today’s post on my second mom, Celia Cerasoli. During my years (in college and beyond) at her restaurant, Celia’s I learned so much about wine, her fresh homemade mozzarella and bread, not to mention the catering skills that I would later parlay into my event planning business! Read more on Celia’s story here.


If you recently saw my Summer Party Entertaining piece on One Kings Lane, one of my main tips is to keep it easy on yourself so you can be the hostess. I have used Celia’s lasagne many times when personally hosting, it’s amazing.

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photos by Adrienne Page

I have had Celia help me with many of the parties and dinners I’ve hosted in my home, and even when we do simple it’s still unbelievably good!

She is now offering home delivery of her meals and catering items… head to http://www.celiasofcharleston.com/ for more details. I just had to share and hope you Charlestonians take advantage of the meal delivery service.

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Apr 20, 2018

Wedding party

We’re celebrating Wedding Wednesday with this pastel beauty at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. We had a lot of fun working with these clients, the bride was in PR for a very well known jewelry brand, and the mother was an interior designer so we had a chance to incorporate lots of fun details. Thank you to Adrienne Page for the pretty pics!

Bridal Collage

Along with a monogramed ribbon, the bridal bouquet was adorned with the bride’s grandmother’s vintage broach. I’m obsessed with these Miu Miu shoes our bride wore too! Bride’s dress was by Monique Lhuillier.

Groom Collage

Lavendar blossoms were used as boutonierres and garnishes throughout the wedding. The bride gifted her groom cufflinks from the jeweler she worked for, which the wedding bands came from as well.


Lettered Olive designed the lovely wedding papers.  Lace from the bride’s Monique Lhuillier dress inspired the letterpress pattern along with the die cut belly band.

Ceremony overview

Lavendar linen ottoman poufs provided seating for the ceremony overlooking the sea and lawn at the Ocean Course

Ceremony Collage

The floral arch framed the view for guests, while boxes full of lush florals lined the aisle to give the wide expanse more definition.

Cocktail hour Collage

Plaster sheep that usually reside on the lawn at the home of the parents of the bride, were brought over to greet guests coming into the wedding. Cocktail hour took place on the porch so guests could enjoy the views and the ocean breeze before heading inside for dinner.

seating assignments

Playing off of the jewelry theme, escort cards were attached to velvet jewelry boxes with the table numbers cards inside.

Dinner Collage

Special seats for the bride and groom were adorned with draping and floral wreaths. The head table was set with the brides’ wedding china, and napkins embroidered with a custom monogram that would become part of the bride’s collection at home.  Lettered Olive created miniature menu booklets for the guests with details of the meal, wine, and the evening’s events.

Wedding cake Collage cake table

The bride’s mother had collected vintage cake toppers from antique stores throughout the years. She restored and painted the figures by hand to resemble the bride and groom for their wedding day. I love when we can incorporate details from the couple’s family or their traditions.

tent at night

A huge huge storm started to roll in about 15 mins before the couple was set to depart, so we had to move up the last song, move the guests up to the building for the send off to beat the storm.

couple leaving

After the cake cutting, the bride changed into this fabulous frock for dancing… the couple departed as guests waved purple glow sticks- less mess and fuss!

getaway car- greenberg

The car that the couple was set to leave in couldn’t be driven in the rain b/c the seat is actually the trunk folded out, thank goodness we were able to beat the storm and send the couple off into the happy night!

4.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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