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Oct 23, 2018


photo by Liz Banfield

Happy Monday, we have survived the storm and are getting back into planning mode! Today we are sharing a roundup of some of our favorite recent place settings we designed for some clients. We hope you enjoy the Monday eye candy!


photo by Squire Fox 


photo by Elizabeth Messina


Photo by Corbin Gurkin


Photo by Corbin Gurkin


Photo by Adrienne Page


Photo by Liz Banfield


Photo by Corbin Gurkin

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 23, 2018

We teamed up with one of our top wedding photographers, Liz Banfield to find out what the “must get” shots are on your wedding day. Her experience of shooting and then editing hundreds of weddings, many of which are featured in major publications, make this an invaluable list for you to use for your photography planning.

Before starting portraits, it’s a great idea to shoot the bridal bouquet. A perfect detail shot of this sets the tone for all the little things that personalize the celebration. 

Celebrate your happy day by leaving plenty of extra time during your portrait session for spontaneous candids. Don’t be rushed! Depending on the timing of your day this might mean doing a “first look” before the ceremony. 

Of course the wedding day is ALL about the bride but don’t forget to request a portrait of the groom. It doesn’t need to be posed. A candid like this commemorates the groom’s look and his happy mood. 

 Documenting the unscripted events throughout the day will be cherished along with the planned ones. Stay present for all the little in-between moments, allowing them to unfold for your photographer to capture. 

The vows are the heart and soul of any wedding ceremony. Though I don’t advocate having a photographer being obtrusive during your ceremony, work with your officiant to allow them access at key moments like this. 

Toasting is a great opportunity to shoot everyone at their loosest. This is always well documented and it’s worth thinking through the positioning of your dining chairs for any distracting background issues as well as making sure the table decor doesn’t block your faces and leaves a clear vantage point for your photographer. 

Whenever possible, I love to take my couple’s out for sunset. This can be a welcome break alone together for you and the light at this time is optimal for beautiful pictures. Build this into your wedding day timeline. 

A mood shot of your reception is a key element in telling the story of your day. 

As the guests of honor you can’t be everywhere so you will want plenty of coverage throughout the evening to see everything you missed. Consider adding a second shooter to your coverage for more indelible moments like these. 

A terrific exit shot is a great way to end your wedding story. Think about a pause for a kiss and/or take a moment to drink it all in and wave goodbye. Have fun — enjoy the moment and don’t hurry through it. 

Thank you so much, Liz, we’ve had some amazing ones together over the years!!!

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Being Southern myself and having many Southern clients, monograms are a reoccurring theme for our wedding design. I do post on monograms a few times a year especially when we’ve used some recent pretty ones, but mostly just because I like them!  For a wedding we did in Texas Hill Country, antlers framed an intricate and modern monogram, which we used on pillows in the lounge tent, aprons for the servers, and on the printed materials.


For a couple with names both starting with “J”, an intertwined J&J monogram was a the perfect look. Floral J’s were hung from the ceremony church doors. Jim Smeal used the J&J monogram to decorate the couple’s wedding cake. We also did an amazing dance floor with J&J in the center…


One of my favorite uses for monograms at a wedding is on the dinner or cocktail napkins. We then collect and dry clean for the couple after the event, and they have a collection for their new home!  Sometimes, just doing the head table is enough, other clients do the entire dinner and have a large collection for loss and stains.


At our New Year’s Oklahoma wedding, a modern L S monogram was created by Lettered Olive. We had the velvet ribbon on the bridal bouquet embroidered with it, along with chair backs for the head table at dinner. Monogram drink stirrers make a nice touch at cocktail hour, and for the shoe check during dancing, they provide a simple detail somewhere unexpected.


We find a way to use monograms in floral design more often. Monogram tags fill the center of wreaths hung on the church doors. And, for the posies carried by the Mothers of the Bride and Groom, the embroidered ribbon notes their special roles.


Printed materials are also a great place to use monograms. I love the colorful watercolor ones Lettered Olive designed for our recent floral and fauna bride, and a classically elegant monogram emblazons the front of ceremony programs.

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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