August 2016

Jun 20, 2018

0688_49_bride.© Liz Banfield

For this Wedding Wednesday, we’re celebrating some of our clients who married 10 years ago, here in Charleston at the William Aiken House. The bride wanted a modern affair designed in black and white with sky blue notes. Liz Banfield was with us to capture all of the images.

0567_26a_bouquet.© Liz Banfield

The luxe bridal bouquet smelled as beautiful as it looked from the gardenias and garden roses. Mixed in were also phalenopsis orchids.

Bridal Collage

For the bride, who designs for the family jewelry business, accessories were an important part of her wedding day ensemble. A classic ring from her father’s store, a feathered Moo Roo bag, and a vintage embroidered handkerchief were the perfect pieces!

Church Collage

The ceremony took place at a downtown Charleston church within walking distance to the William Aiken House.

0564_26a_bouquet.© Liz Banfield

Bridesmaids carried an all white bouquet with hints of blue with their full length black silk gowns.

Printing Collage

0564_10a_favors.© Liz Banfield

A simple “swirl” was designed for the couple’s printed materials. A simple but clever welcome box in the hotels included custom pencils, notepads, and a notecard set to take home.  In remembrance of the bride’s mother, guests received a white carnation with information about donations made in the guests honor to a charity founded in her honor.

0564_16a_exterior.© Liz Banfield

The front gates at the William Aiken House were draped in blue fabric curtains, a crystal chandelier, and floral “tie backs”.

shadowbox table

One of our favorite design staples were the shadow box cocktail tables and bars we designed so many years ago. Whichever beautiful blooms fit into the design scape were placed in votives in the shadow boxes, dressing up ordinary spaces where guests gather.

0554_8a_bar_cake.© Liz Banfield

A modern bar and lounge provided a space for guests to take a reprive from the dance floor.

cake Collage

The wedding cake by Jim Smeal was designed with both the custom flourish and patterns from the beading on the brides’ gown.

Dancing Collage

The couple and guests enjoyed both a classic big band and a big party band which kept the party going all night!

0564_5a_sparklers.© Liz Banfield Getaway Collage

The bride and groom departed by a sparkler send off in a vintage London style taxi. Happy 10th Anniversary Kristen and Josh!

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Charleston, Event Design, Flowers, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | 3 Comments
Jun 20, 2018


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Today we are celebrating some of our new and expecting Soiree Mamas. It makes me feel like I’ve done my job when our couples have babies (if that’s part of the plan). We are thrilled as there seems to be a little baby boom happening! Our couple, Annie and Davis Warlick (above) welcomed a son.

photo by Jody G Photography

Anderson Davis Warlick, III
7 pounds, 1 ounce & 20.5 inches long
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Mollie and Sam McCurdy welcomed daughter “Francie”.

Francie McCurdy

Frances Louise “Francie”
August 8, 2016
6lbs 13oz 20.5 inches


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Kelly and James Affinito welcomed a daughter- Ansley Elizabeth Affinito on 7.12.16, in New York City.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Our couple Brooke and David are so thrilled to be expecting a baby this winter.  I love their cute “announcement” photo taken by the mother of the bride on their family beach vacation this summer.

Brooke Ward pregnancy announcemnt

Lindsay Drakephoto by Liz Banfield

Lindsey and Sean Cowie were totally shocked to find out from their cake baker that they were having a girl!  Both were convinced they would be having a boy, but the icing revealed the pink surprise!

Lindsay Cowie expecting


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Meredith and Tate Hansom will welcome their new addition this fall.. Meredith, a Pure Barre instructor revealed that she would be having a girl by sharing these “cocktails” on her annual girls’ weekend…

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6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Leslie Moore

Today we are getting the inside scoop from our beauty expert and Bridal Make Up Pro, Leslie Moore.. on her favorite products, and tips for stepping up your pre wedding beauty routine.  All of her tips are below along with links to buy everything she raves about.

Exfoliator Collage

1.Dermalogica  2. Laura Mercier 3. Clairsonic

I always start with skin. Flawless skin is always in, no matter the season. It’s one thing I am known for-complexion.Coming off of the summer season skin is CONGESTED. Sweat, sun, beach, spf, and pool (not too mention too many margaritas)-has our skin paying the price. I would recommend picking up on the exfoliation. You can gently exfoliate every day. A more aggressive exfoliator roughly 3 days a week. I like Dermalogica Daily Microfoilant for everyday and Laura Mercier’s Face Polish every other day. A Clairsonic is also your friend.


Sapelo Skin Care

Sapelo, a skin care line on my radar now for not only is beautiful packaging and all natural ingredients but for the results it produces. Their 3 step system- renewing, rejuvenating,and softening is a great routine for brides to start as soon as they get engaged, it will get you glowing in time to walk down the aisle!



I also suggest my gals to do a mask the night before or the morning of the wedding. My hands down fav is the Boscia Brightening Hydrogel Mask. This will leave skin smooth, firm, hydrated, and simply glowing. I can always tell when we use these and when we don’t.

_10838832Tom Ford

Skin prep is always as important as the products we use for foundation, color, etc.I am obsessed with Tom Ford’s Complexion Enhancing Primer. It’s amazing and prepares the skin for any type of foundation I choose to use.

The biggest trend I am seeing is the amount of “spa” services brides are having. From facials, to botox, to lash extentions.  They start as soon as they get engaged. My favorite med spa service is a derma plane or micro blading. It is a service that entails the use of a medical grade scalpel. It is very effective in removing dead skin and tiny fine facial hair. It is not like shaving and the hair does not grow back like a beard. It leaves your face as smooth as a baby’s and can really make an impact on how make up goes on the skin.

Powder Collage

1. Temptu Pro  2. Laura Mercier

As far as correcting those summer tan lines- which we do see occasionally. I would recommend using an airbrush technique. I professionally prefer Kett Cosmetics, but Temptu Pro makes an airbrush system available for consumers that works great as well. They have a wide shade range. Long wear and transfer resistant making them ideal for anything from tan lines to tattoo coverage. You want to always set your work. My go-to is Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder.

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Beauty, Bridal, Bridal Style, Shopping, Weddings | 1 Comment