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Apr 25, 2018

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We have food on the brain today.. So, we’re sharing some ways we have styled food or incorporated it into the decor… Like above- for a wedding with stations and over 400 guests, we had to make the food accessible and interesting. We took a garden fountain from a hardware store, sealed and treated it with food safe materials, and then turned it into a cocktail shrimp focal point.

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We find cocktail hour and passed hors d’eouvres an easy place to get creative. Of course, the trays you use can be customized and you’ve seen us talk about printing paper liners to fit your look.. but ask your caterer about different ways to present the food. Here, mini tacos are served in lime wedges that can also be used to squeeze atop the taco for a bit of extra flavor.

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photo by Corbin Gurkin

I feel like a big part of my job is to make sure that guests have a fun and and seamless experience. So, again, for receptions where the guests aren’t served a plated dinner, finding ways to serve the food is important. Here, shot glasses are filled with hummus and veggies are placed in them for a quick pick up option.

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Not only stir fry has to be served in the Asian containers… I love something unexpected being served in here, and then creating a sticker or presenting them in a colored box that matches your decor.

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Late night food is still a big request we are seeing. If you are wanting to serve some of the good old standards, you can do it in a new and refreshing way… here, French Fries make their way around the dance floor in paper popcorn boxes, which also helps cut down on the greasy finger effect.

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Even something like chicken wings are elevated and elegant served individually in dishes.

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Sometimes food can make an impact just being used in an unexpected way… For a bride whose father grew watermelons- we had our ice sculptor put slices in ice for a pop of color on a seafood display.

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 25, 2018

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For today, we’re sharing something short but sweet. A cheerful spring rehearsal dinner that was simple yet still a lovely night for the couple welcoming out of town guests to their wedding weekend. Playing off of the room (McCrady’s private dining and party space), we brought in details in yellow and gray for a neutral palette that still made little statements throughout the night. Photos by Liz Banfield.

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For a splash of color and detail, bulk yellow millet was used to secure candles in clear glass. Large containers of “billy ball” escort cards made a show piece. Printed name tags were affixed to the stems for guests to pick up and find their seats.

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After dinner, guests moved next door for cocktails and dancing as remaining guests joined.

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As a special surprise for the bride, an in depth photo album from family and friends was shared and combed over throughout the evening.

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Cheers! We love sharing these little rehearsal parties lately, would you like to see more? Let us know!

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 25, 2018

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Today we are tossing it back a few years to this wedding we did in Athens, Georgia at the bride’s family home. Full of bright Spring florals and details, we built a tented reception for over 400 on the property that felt like an extension of the home. The family was so amazing, and we are always challenged with not imposing on their lives leading up to the big day while we’re constructing the event. This one was a beauty just like the bride, and thank you to Liz Banfield for the pretty snaps.

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I love the images photographers are able to capture when a bride marries at home. Because of the bright palette for the wedding, bridesmaids wore a neutral metallic so that the flowers would pop. We also made two bouquets for this bride- one all white and one colorful and let her chose what she wanted to carry. Those coral charm peonies are near impossible to turn down, so colorful it was!

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Since there was an amazing oak tree on the front lawn, we chose that as our ceremony “alter”. Lettered Olive also created a linking monogram of M and W (the two last initials), which along with the oak tree emblem was used throughout their printed materials and embroidered on their boat bag guest welcome totes.

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The M and W monograms were used as floral decor throughout the wedding – here as the bride watches the guests arrive before her walk down the aisle.

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Because the aisle blanketed with colorful rose petals made such a statement, we wanted to make sure it was preserved for the bride’s walk. We draped boughs of boxwood garlands accented with bouquets of coordinating blooms down the inner aisle. Wrought iron candle lanterns hung with boxwood greenery and adorned with lush bouquets of flowers created a spectacular alter.

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Because of the large number of guests- we didn’t want the Southern guest book tradition to create a bottle neck. So, we placed bags with a card (featuring the bride’s favorite quote on love) and a pen for everyone to write their well wishes during the ceremony prelude. Guests then dropped them in a birdcage hanging on the way out of the ceremony.

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Guests enjoyed cocktails in cabana tent surrounding the pool. Potted boxwoods were artfully placed throughout as a nod to the landscape design used on the property. Cocktail tables were lucite boxes with live plants underneath- one of our favorite details on this one!

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Sylvia Weinstock’s cake was such a showpiece, it deserved it’s own conservatory.

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With this bright color palette, the tent was so dreamy and glowing when the sun set.  To dress up the restroom trailer, a flip flop and pashmina station was displayed for ladies to grab on their way out and back to to the party.

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Custom birdseed packets were made for tossing at the send off. After a quick change into a traditional departure outfit,  the couple left in the comfort of a Bentley for their two hour ride to Atlanta to depart for their honeymoon.

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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