August 2016

Apr 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!

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


Even though summer is wrapping up, here in Charleston, we still have plenty of opportunities for throwing fabulous porch parties. We teamed up with our friends at the Charleston CVB and Southern Living to give you our tips for throwing an impeccable fete on your porch.

Head over to the Explore Charleston blog for our tips  (including a invaluable hostess trick sure to save you time in the kitchen)…


4.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 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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4.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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