August 2017

Oct 22, 2018


I’m so excited to share another one wedding from way back when (can you tell Liz Banfield and I have been going through our archives?).  This was a smaller more intimate wedding here in Charleston, but we got to have fun with the design , and even though we had some rain that day, it didn’t damper any plans!


A simple mossy green and pink color palette was established, and Lettered Olive created a floral motif that would be used throughout the wedding printing.

Guest bag Collage

Local goodies (including a book about Mrs. Whaley’s Charleston garden, which if you missed our YouTube episode inside this garden, see it here)  filled a moss green jute tote serving as a wedding welcome bag.

Flower Collage

Keeping the bridesmaids’ nosegays very simple with white tulips, the flower girl carried a  ranunculus bundle that was pretty in pink!

Ceremony Collage

Giving guests a true Charleston welcome, a floral basket with a welcome sign was hung on the gates at the church. Orchid blooms lined the aisle giving a whimsical touch of color.


The couple arrive to their reception at the Gibbes Museum of Art to showers, but were totally prepared and received guests under a tent in the courtyard.

Cocktail hour Collage

Once cocktail hour kicked off at the Gibbes, guests enjoyed mini passed tomato pies and our signature Lowcountry Lemonade with orchid accents.  Escort cards were displayed in slender vases filled with orchids…


We used to use Chef James Burns of J Bistro Restaurant/Catering (a long time old Charleston favorite) because we worked so creatively together. I love the presentation on this first course of Asian wontons served in individual bamboo steamers on a pretty plate with greenery…

Dinner Collage

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A smaller wedding cake for the ceremonial cutting was a focal point in the chic and candlelit dining room, but what really gave guests the gasps were the beautiful and special mini individual cakes that were served at the end of dinner, by Jim Smeal of course.

getaway Collage

For a simple but oh so Charleston send off, paper cones filled with tiny orchid heads were passed out and tossed at the couple as they departed via rickshaw through the streets of Downtown Charleston.

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Oct 22, 2018

We loved taking a peek into the design studio of Mason Hosker to chat about the do’s and don’ts of dressing for a wedding… Today, I’m sharing our tidbits of tips.. See the full video over on our Life Is a Party YouTube channel…

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Oct 22, 2018


photo by Corbin Gurkin

In honor of our Life Is a Party YouTube episode on “What to Wear” with Mason Hosker, I’m giving you a little Monday roundup of photos showing what seem to be some trends in what our wedding guests are wearing.  Above- this is from our Newport, RI wedding, and while it was a summertime wedding, long dresses (in an array of colors from darker to brighter) were definitely the big trend here as well as tuxes for the men.

zach morrisphoto by Adrienne Page

Yes, that is Mark Paul Gosslear above… He and wife attended a December brunch wedding at Ford Plantation of ours. I think this is a great example of fitting for the type of celebration and time of day. He in a gray suit (but not too dark) and monochromatic tie make it slightly more formal for the occasion but not overdressed. Her long and pop of bright are great for an elegant Southern garden wedding during the morning.

Red Collage

photos by Corbin Gurkin

These shots are from three separate weddings, in three separate locations (Greenville, SC Charleston, SC, and Aspen, CO), and three different times of year (March, August, November) and what is the main thing you see?  RED… Red is versatile, looks great on many different skin tones and body types, and works day into evening.

Mother Collage

photos by Corbin Gurkin

I love these two examples of the Mothers to show you.. In the first one, both wear long dresses in the same fabric but in different colors that work together  (the mother of the bride wearing gold is great because it was an accent color used in the wedding design). In the second photo, again, both moms wear long dresses in colors that work together. The mother of the bride’s dress has lace accents that compliment her daughter’s gown. I love how these work together so that photos come out lovely!



photo by Perry Vaile

Here, for a Southern destination wedding at Palmetto Bluff, you see it all… light colors, bright colors, darker, short, long, etc.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

At the end of the day, there are a few rules to follow when dressing for an event- stay tuned to tomorrow’s post where you will see my tips/rules… But, take into account the location of the wedding, what type of wedding it is, and when it is happening to help guide you…

10.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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