March 2017

Apr 22, 2018

Charleston Collage

Today, we’re going to help you with ideas for the perfect wedding welcome favors based on the type/location of your big day.  Of course with Charleston being our backyard, we try to find ways to switch it up a bit, but still representing both the city location and the clients marrying here.  For a formal destination wedding downtown, bags custom printed with the couple’s printing motif are filled with upscale goodies like champagne splits, custom Candlefish scented candles, and favorite treats of the bride and groom.  Another Charleston wedding features canvas totes printed with an illustrated map of the weekend locales, locally made cheese wafers and local chocolate. Of course, providing guests with all of the pertinent information- transportation schedule, addresses of event locations, and things to do in the surrounding areas are all necessities.

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Since we do do a lot of destination weddings, we like creating fun and new ways to customize the favors that greet guests upon arrival, perhaps to a location they have never been before. For this Colorado weekend, leather trimmed totes were filled with thoughtful details like wood grain S’well bottles (tote along on your hikes), “trail” mix, and kit full of sunscreen, mini O2 bottles to battle any elevation issues, and fly fishing embroidered caps.

Beach Collage

For a Southern beach wedding, jute beach bags are stocked with printed koozies, ER kits (bandaids, tums, aspirin, sunscreen, and chapstick), lots of beach worthy snacks and magazines for guests to enjoy while soaking up the sun, and printed water bottles.  Other items to include are printed beach towels, flip flips, and printed toss away sunglasses.

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For this intimate destination wedding at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, the venue provided home made biscuits and locally made jam, which Lettered Olive created custom packaging for and delivered to each guest cottage the morning of the big day… Talk about leaving a lasting impression!

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018


Newport scenery photo by Corbin Gurkin

Today, we are traveling from East Coast to West Coast to two of our favorite cities for weddings. If you are recently engaged and still searching for a venue, here are two suggestions that couldn’t be more perfect and lovely for a dream wedding!

Rosecliff twilight- M. Benedicte Verley

photo byM. Benedicte Verley

For our grand and glamorous ladies, Rosecliff is one of the most famous Newport Mansions (as seen in many major films like Great Gatsby and 27 Dresses). It is home to the largest private ballroom in Newport so you can literally have an authentic Gilded Age affair. Built in 1902, and modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles,  you get historical glamour with an amazing ocean view.

For a ballroom affair with dinner and dancing, Rosecliff can accommodate about 270 ppl, and for a cocktail reception on the Terrace up to 300. With the lush and manicured grounds along with the grandiose interiors- can you imagine the photo opps?

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Next we head to Napa for the wine and food enthusiast. The Auberge du Soleil is the perfect spot for a smaller destination wedding and couples wanting to offer guests an “experience”.  Best for a smaller wedding of about 120, there is an option to buyout the property for up to 200 or so.

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I love that everyone can stay together on property here, and that you can really get involved with the chef and a true cultivated  food and beverage program. Great for all seasons or weddings at anytime of year! This would also be an amazing bachelorette getaway suggestion as the surrounding area offers lots to see and do.

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Rentals are a huge part of any event (big or small), and having a good relationship with our rental company is what has been imperative to the success of our events. Of course they also help contribute to the overall design of the event. Today, we are sharing some of our favorite new rentals items available through our local company, Snyder Event Rentals.

China CollageLet’s start with China- so excited about some of the newer patterns available.  1. Cream lace 2. Villa d’Este  3. Duchess Gold Rim chop plate 4. White Tuscan Stoneware


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Cake plate Collage

These are two little ways to do something special to showcase your cake, or to use as speciality hors d’eouvres plates- 1. White Tuscan Stoneware bread plate 2. Villa D’Este bread plate


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Chair Collage

Now onto Chairs and Lounge rentals. The Louis XVI dining chair is a new favorite of ours. It does take up a bit more space-  so if you are worried about spacial issues, or for budgeting purposes, we have done them just for the head table and mixed with chivaris at the other tables. The whitewashed Marie dining chair (on right) is a great new alternative to Chivaris or a sweet way to dress up a ceremony.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Sofa Collage

I can’t wait to use these yummy green velvet couches for a lounge for a client. Green is such a surprisingly versatile color, these are going to be fun to design around.  The neutral Forrester sofa is so elegant, handsome and neutral, this will be a very popular item for what can be done with it.

Lounge Collage

I see these three items- the Isla occasional chair, the Bliss Daybed, and the Olivia round bookshelf together in a nice vignette. Add some custom or colorful pillows, and fill the bookshelf with candles and flowers and you have a perfectly crafted and elegant seating area.

These are just some of the rentals available in our local area, happy hunting at your local rental source. Many of the larger regional and national companies ship to all areas, so keep that in mind too.

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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