July 2017

Aug 19, 2017

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We love getting a new Charleston Weddings Magazine in the mail. We’re often too busy planning or traveling for weddings, we miss some of the new and exciting stuff going on in Charleston… But, we’re even more grateful to receive the mag when we have a feature in it!

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Stay tuned for more details from this wedding with tons of entertainment (think Drag Queens, arielists, and marching bands), and a major transformation of the space, on a future blog post…

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8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 19, 2017

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It’s Wedding Wednesday, our favorite day of the week! Today, we’re going back to a couple celebrating their anniversary this September. This beachfront beauty took place at the amazing Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, SC. Liz Banfield was the photographer for this big day.

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The bride had studied art history and worked in galleries, and the main inspiration for the wedding design came from the bride’s favorite Van Gogh painting.  Lettered Olive  incorporated the design into all of the printed materials along with developing complimentary patterns, which were great for designs elsewhere.

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We try to have Cacky of Cacky’s Bride Aid on hand for dressing all of our brides- if you can afford this on your day, it’s more than worth it! The bride’s strappy Chanel sandals worked all night from bridal gown to getaway dress. The bouquet was a textured mix of roses, berries, leaves, and astilbe.

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Bridesmaids wore a mix of colors and styles from JCrew, and Amsale through Bella Bridesmaids. The bride gifted the groom his Hermes tie for the big day.

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The groom is an avid golfer, so having his ceremony on the famed Ocean Course overlooking the greens and the water made for a very happy day.

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Guests were graciously greeted on the porch after the ceremony for cocktail hour, the ocean breeze made it a perfect and comfortable place to sip and snack.

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Cocktail hour was also full of fun details like servers in custom elephant printed ties and white glove service.  Elephants are the brides favorite animal and signify good luck! And,  signature cocktail was a replication of the bride’s favorite drink at the country club her family belongs to…

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The escort card display was a new take on a traditional display.  Gold caligraphied cards affixed with a mongramed wax seal were nestled in boxes of ruffled blooms.

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Lots of yummy details made for beautiful and luxurious dinner tables. The bride and groom sat at chairs with embroidered toppers that made the logo used on their invitations.

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Jim Smeal is the mastermind behind the cakes mimicking the favorite painting, and we SCORED when we found these elephant cocktail tables perfect as cake stands!

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As the sunset during dinner, the after party tent and porch lounge was a glow and ready for the revelers.

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In the dance and lounge tent, an extra long printed fabric bar was a super glamorous backdrop . Bar stools anchored either end, so guests wanting to take a cocktail break could still look in on all of the dance floor action. I loved the seafoam carpet we found, I really like the polished look it gave the tent.

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Favors were locally made Rewind candles, and custom printed matches with the couple’s favorite photo from their engagement session.

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Guests signed a book complied from engagement photos… a perfect coffee table book for their new home.

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After a change into a Christian Dior dress the bride found while in France with her family before the wedding, the couple departed by a rose petal toss. Cones of printed paper holding petals were passed out to guests on the way out…

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8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 19, 2017

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No matter the temps, here in the South we entertain throughout the entire summer. Today, I’m sharing two of my favorite classic recipes that are easy, perfect for any entertaining occasion and will surely impress your guests- My mother in law’s shrimp paste sandwiches and our signature Lowcountry Lemonade.

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INGREDIENTS

1 pound medium size local shrimp (cooked, peeled and deveined) ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste juice of ½ fresh lemon 1 bunch fresh dill ¼ teaspoon of finely diced or pureed onion ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce ¼ cup Hellman’s (or your favorite brand) mayonnaise 1 baguette, sliced and toasted (or loaf of your favorite local bread) 1 cup diced cucumber 1 cup diced tomato

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  • To prepare shrimp, place unpeeled shrimp in boiling water for 2-4 minutes until they turn pink. To test, cut one open; it should be pink all the way through. If it’s transparent, return to water for an additional minute. Be careful not to overcook shrimp as they will become mushy!
  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until the mixture forms a chunky paste (refer to images). Again, be careful not to over-mix – a little texture and tiny chunks of shrimp are good things!
  • Spread mixture on toasted slices of baguette. Top with diced cucumbers and/or diced tomatoes, or serve as tea sandwiches on your favorite bread. I like tea sandwiches best when the crust is off (and so do my children)!

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Lowcountry Lemonade (Adult version; serves 4-6)

3/4 cup sugar

5 lemons

2 oz peach schnapps for every 6 oz of lemonade

one bunch of mint, rinsed and dried

1. To make a pitcher to share with friends, you should first make the simple syrup (heat 3/4 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan until sugar is completely dissolved). Add the juice of five lemons and add both to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups (to taste) of cold water (therefore, 8 to 10 ounces peach schnapps). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint leaf.

These sweet letterpressed surcie tags from Lettered Olive are perfect to have on hand for last minute guests or entertaining occasions.

8.19.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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