January 2017

Jan 21, 2018

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Everyone knows what a wedding destination Charleston has become, as well as a fashion destination0- and now they are coming together with a new player in the designer arena. We are big big fans of Mason Hosker, whose flagship boutique is now open in Charleston.  I can’t wait to wear a couple of their pieces this week to Charleston Wedding Week.

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Mason Hosker is a designer dress label made in New York City’s garment district by southern designer and Charleston resident Danielle Mason Hosker.  Known for its glamorous silhouettes, decadent fabrics and couture craftsmanship, Mason Hosker is sold in boutiques nationwide, online at Rent the Ruway and now at the flagship store in Charleston, South Carolina.

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In conjunction with Charleston Wedding Week, their bespoke bridal collection will debut tomorrow during a champagne reception at the store on 17 State Street from 4-6 PM.  They will also be hosting an Emmy of London shoe trunk show.  These haute couture shoes are a favorite of HRH Kate Middleton and sister Pippa.

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I see so many of their pieces working for the fashion forward bride looking for something different for Friday night festivities, or debuting their new bauble at an engagement party or celebration.  And, many options for the super chic Mother of the Bride, and Bridal Party.  I mean, scroll all the way down to the red gown with pockets- super fab!

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Jan 21, 2018


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another Monday and another Monday roundup! One of my favorite parts of designing a wedding is the tabletop. We love seated dinners, not only because there is nothing more glamorous than enjoying a celebration while being served amazing food, but also because we can make so many special details.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Printing menus or place cards on different papers or materials is one of our favorite design details.  Finding different ways to fold the napkins or tying a pretty ribbon elevates a place setting in simple ways.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Some of our favorite tabletops include menu “booklets”. For a rustic but glam Colorado wedding, leather bound menus embossed with the guests’ names were also takeaways. We’ve done velvet bound, wood grain paper, and acrylic just to name a few.

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We also have fun with the table numbers-painting on agate slices or marble tiles have been pretty ones. We’ve hung die cut paper shapes from chairs or lights, and glued flowers onto numbers, sometimes just the placement of them can give a nice look.


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Lamps on tabletops mixed with candles is one of my favorite tricks. They key to a good party is lighting!  This takes the tent easily from day to night and the ambience it creates is amazing.

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Mixing the candles can be an easy and affordable idea- tall candlesticks mixed with complimentary votives and using a lot of them makes a table look dreamy.


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We also love embroidering linen napkins with the couples special monogram or motif. If not, the entire wedding, the head table is always nice, and is a great gift for the couple to have in their home after the wedding.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

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Bridal Collage

Looking back on this spring wedding really has us excited about designing for all of our upcoming Spring events. Married years ago at Runnymede Plantation outside of Charleston, our couple married under the live oaks overlooking the Ashley River and celebrated with friends and family afterwards with dinner, dancing, and a special guest!  All photos by Liz Banfield Photography.

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We kept the ceremony design simple but stunning.  The natural beauty of the surroundings were enough with some unexpected touches, like linen ottomans accented with blooms, and a gospel choir serenading during the recessional.

The bridesmaids wore full length Amsale dresses in the teal wedding color. Colorful and textured bouquets of garden roses, sweet peas, hypericum, geranium, and ranunculus gave a sunny disposition.

Printing Collage

The natural notes used in the printing items by Lettered Olive were glammed up by letterpressing elegant patterns on the wood grain paper, and using items like velvet covered menus, and copper tags throughout the printing.

After the river front ceremony, guests headed to a cocktail hour that included a huge printed fabric bar highlighted with draped garlands and al fresco lounge seating with prime views.

Cocktail Collage

Favorites like our Soiree signature Lowcountry Lemonade, rose bubbly, and Virginia Ham biscuits were just some of the offerings at cocktail hour.


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Copper garden tags “planted” in live grass boxes served as the escort cards for dinner.  In lieu of a guest book, guests signed a magnum of the couple’s favorite bottles.


The dinner tent was highlighted by seagrass flooring and a basketweave greenery topper. Our own Frank and Lane chairs were custom painted the wedding teal. Long tables topped with ostrich leather and pastel skirts alternated with square wooden farm tables. Dunes and Duchess spindle lamps with burlap shades blended perfectly with teal Creative Candles tapers

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A mixture of “just picked” florals added to the elevated garden ambience. Varying shades of menu booklets by Velvet Raptor had engraved copper name tags serving as the place cards.

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The 3 wedding cakes by Jim Smeal rested atop a lush greenery tablecloth we fashioned by gluing hundreds of galax leaves onto. Adorable custom “doggie bags” were created for guests to take home extra cake slices. The photo inside was of the couples two Australian Shepards, happy to be included!



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After dancing their first dance as husband and wife to band, Party on the Moon, the bride changed into an amazing feathered and sequined party dress. Special guest, Tone Loc, performed several hits to get the party started.

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At the end of the evening, the guests enjoyed a fireworks show, and the happy couple departed in a vintage ford pick up with sparklers glowing.


1.21.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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