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Aug 19, 2017


It’s about that time in wedding season where we start to see the color palettes become a bit richer, different materials are used in the designing, and flavors shift a little. This wedding was one of my favorites for all of those reasons. Everything including the ceremony took place at Lowndes Grove Plantation, which allows us to create different areas and designs based on historic architecture, tented courtyards, and glorious trees overlooking the Ashley River. Liz Banfield provides all of the lovely images.

printing-collageFor the lush and natural garden feel the bride wanted, Lettered Olive created a printed “nature” paper along with die cut patterns to use on the wedding invitations. Canvas garden totes made the perfect unexpected guest welcome bags. For an outdoor afternoon ceremony, ceremony programs doubled as fans.



A varied mixture of white and green florals provided lush texture and I loved how the bouquets incorporating both colors looked against the bridesmaids’ green dresses and the bride’s dress.

ceremony-collageHeel savers were provided so ladies could easily enjoy the ceremony on the lawn. Natural woven bags full of rose petals were provided for guests to toss at the bride and groom after they were married and coming back down the aisle.


Antique church pews mixed with rustic chairs overlook the greenery covered alter.



Guests were treated to cocktail hour bites and sips by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group. The seafood station was housed over ice blocks full of green leaves for added decor.


The couple met while on a Peace Corps tour in Africa, so we had African made fabrics brought in for different areas of decor, like these dinner escort cards.


Dinner took place in the oyster tabby tented with a clear view of the sky.


The African fabric brought a varied mix tied to the dinner chairs. Branches calligraphied with guests’ names provided the natural place cards.



Like life floral vines covered the wedding cake from Jim Smeal’s artistry.


The after dinner lounge and bar provided a perfect space for guests to retreat for dancing after dinner.


dessert-station dessert-collage

An after dinner dessert station featured individual treats full of fall flavor… Servers passed mini cones to guests on the dance floor need a little treat to call off…

couple-dancing couple-getaway

A vintage convertible in the perfect shade of green provides a photo worthy getaway for the bride and groom!

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 19, 2017


photos by Liz Banfield

The client’s demand for beautifully designed and printed wedding paper materials led me to start our printing company, Lettered Olive. Not only are all of the wedding details important to nail, but giving a good first impression with the save the date or invitation sets the guests’ tone for the entire event.  Many times our clients want all of the weekend’s events to compliment each other with the wedding of course being the big night. This gives us a chance to create “party packs”. For a wedding weekend in Oklahoma, a cut out skyline  of the city is the centerpiece of the pack, with all of the invitations surrounding it. Then, a reply card with each event listed in order of when they are happening allows guests a quick and easy response and the bride and groom can know what to prepare for in plenty of time.


photos by Liz Banfield

For this client, having an elegantly rustic weekend with a ceremony under a live oak tree overlooking the Ashley River along with several other events, wood grain paper was used as a common design element. That paper was used to back the save the dates, used as a folder for the wedding invitations, and letterpressed upon for the wedding day BBQ brunch. Lettered Olive designed a pattern that was subtly brought in throughout the designs as well, which is another good way to create cohesiveness. The pattern was used in the wedding colors as the save the date envelope liner,  then the colors were flipped in the pattern for the welcome party invite.


photos by Liz Banfield

For our bride wanting to incorporate natural flora and fauna elements into all aspects of her wedding design, a lush landscape reminiscent of designer wallpaper was created to use throughout. A custom “watercolor” monogram also gave a personal touch. Then, to create a complimentary flow throughout all of the papers, elements were broken out to head up the designs of individual party invitations, menu cards, ceremony programs, and welcome guest booklets.

We often take a monogram we design and create personal stationary like thank you notes or notecards for our brides to use after the wedding.

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 19, 2017


Happy Monday!  Here is a roundup for some upcoming events in Charleston and nearby that we are excited about!  First up is the Party for the Parks. This is always a good time! This circus-sized event features a live auction, open bars and cocktail stations, circus treats provided by top local restaurants, thrilling performances, live music–including local band, Sol Driven Train, a menagerie of eccentric entertainers, and much, much more! All proceeds from this event directly benefit the mission of the Charleston Parks Conservancy in over 25 public parks. Click here for tickets.


The Preservation Society’s annual Fall Home Tours start Oct 6th – 30th.  You can learn more and purchase tickets through their website.


Charleston’s thriving artist community is producing so much young talent, which means there are so many shows and galleries popping up… Here is one we’re excited to check out.


Speaking of Art, our local  Gibbes Musuem of Art has reopened after a rennovation with new collections, and a fresh new event space. Perfect little garden and courtyard for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, etc.


We’re beyond thrilled to be heading to Nashville to participate in Antiques and Garden show… There is an amazing speaker and event line up, so head over to their website for all of the details.

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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