April 2017

B&w bride and groom

We were so thrilled to see this wedding feature on 100 Layer Cake this week. . Elizabeth Messina was here to shoot with us, and as you can imagine the imagery is pretty spectacular, her style was the perfect fit for this ethereal bride.

Ceremony Collage

The couple was wed at the French Huguenot Church in downtown Charleston, one of my all time favorite churches (the Guerards were one of the first Huguenot families in Charleston).

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Wedding party Collage Bride and groom on trolley

We try to encourage our clients to do a “first look” when appropriate. It still allows for the moment that a groom sees his bride on their wedding day, but on a more intimate level, which some of our brides find really relieves a lot of the pressure of walking down the aisle in front of all of those guests. And, it allows for some one on one time with the photographer to really capture some great shots together and with the wedding party without missing out on your party after the ceremony!

FLower Collage

Paper Collage

Vintages touches throughout the stationary by Lettered Olive really set the stage for the wedding day feel. Custom antique postcards were crafted and a logo with a vintage lace border was used throughout the wedding design. We even made a custom cornhole game for guests to play during cocktail hour!
Guest bag Collage

Lettered Olive also crafted a custom “Charleston” map which was printed on the guest welcome bags. All of the wedding weekend locations were noted.

Escort Card Collage

Antique keys  and tags engraved with guests’ names, and attached to paper cards with table numbers, adorned a moss covered board for guests to find their seats at dinner.

swing

Large wooden bed swings hung from live oak branches overlooking the river during cocktail hour.

Bourbon Collage

As a special treat for the groom and his friends, a true Southern bourbon bar was on hand.

cocktail table

Lapide flower arch

Lush greens, pale pinks, and creams dotted all of the florals we designed.

Table Collage Dining room

Draping covered in green garlands helped to give a landscaped garden feel to the dining room.

Dining room shot

Moss and ivy topiaries on longer tables were perfect accents to the floral centerpieces on the square table. I love giving a dining room a layered look by working with different sizes, shapes, heights, and textures.

Wedding cake

Jim Smeal did his version of a naked cake decorated with champagne grapes…

Lounge Collage

getaway car

What else other than a vintage Model T could be more perfect for this couples’ departure.

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 19, 2017

Corbin Gurkin Photo; Tara Guerard Soiree florals

image by Corbin Gurkin

It’s time again for the annual Running of the Roses, otherwise known as the Kentucky Derby. May 6th is right around the corner, so today we’re sharing just a few tips you can use at home for hosting an impromptu Derby Party.  First, keeping it simple and using store bought roses is an easy way to look like you’ve gone the extra mile. Break out the silver for this party and it will show your true hostess skills.

Bourbon Bar by Tara Guerard Soiree

image by Corbin Gurkin

This is definitely a party that you can easily do with items at home, it’s the time to make guests feel that Southern welcome and you don’t need to fuss about bringing in a lot of stuff. Throw a nice linen over any table in the house and it becomes a bar! I like using lamps or other items such as china bowls from around the house to dress them up. Bourbon is of course a staple for the Derby (i.e. Mint Juleps), but if you want to keep it simple, just setting up a bar with a variety of bourbons, whiskeys, and some mint julep fixings is all you need.

bar:lowcountry lemonade

image by Marni Rothschild

For the ladies who may not care for the darker stuff, having everything guests may want to enjoy is a golden rule of mine. You can serve  your own fun specialty cocktail called the “Running of the Roses”

1 part vodka; 2-3 parts lemonade (pink) to taste; 1 teaspoon of rose syrup; 1 strawberry slice for garnish

Water Collage

images by Corbin Gurkin

And, not wanting those who aren’t enjoying cocktails to feel left out, doing something special and simple with water is a nice touch- fresh cucumber slices or cute straws!

Koozies

image by Corbin Gurkin

I love the idea of having a trophy style silver cup holding koozies, or something else for guests to take away at the food table or bar.

Food Collage

images by Corbin Gurkin

Serving even the most casual and simple hors d’eouvres on silver can make such a difference. Serve easy but substantial food if guests will be partaking in lots of spirits. Chicken or ham biscuits, crab cakes, even sliced flatbreads are great. Something that guests pick up and graze on and keeps you out of the kitchen preparing items is the way to go!

floral crown

image by Corbin Gurkin

Even your best friend wants to attend the party a little floral crown for them would make a cute little detail!  Have fun, and Happy Derby!

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 19, 2017

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Today  we bring you a ladies luncheon in a watermelon hue that we just never tire of.. This luncheon the day before the wedding allowed the bride to enjoy some time with friends and family all gathered for the wedding weekend. Liz Banfield captured the lovely images.

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Since we weren’t talking about a 200 plus person event, we embroidered a decorative emblem taken from the invitation and menu design in a neutral gray for the bride to have in her new home.  We got the most gorgeous in season sweet peas for this, so clusters of them in ombre shades of pink clustered in vases made an impact.

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As a personal touch and little surcie for the ladies, each guest received a cocktail napkin with their name on it.. These were placed at each seat and doubled as place cards!  This is an easy and fun little takeaway. There are so many affordable napkins out there and doing a simple font keeps the cost down!

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We hand spun cotton candy for the ladies that day as a little sweet treat at the end. Literally, I spun it in the back kitchen myself- I do it all for my brides, ha!

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This party would be so perfect for a birthday, shower, engagement, or any reason to celebrate really!

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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