September 2017

Oct 19, 2018

Happy Monday!  Today, just sharing a few quick things of note worth mentioning.. The Party For the Parks event tickets are sale now. This is a fantastic event every year and I’m super excited for the Cuban theme,  so if you are going to be visiting or live here, put it on your calendar!

Also, in case you didn’t have a chance to see this gorgeous sneak peek from Heart Stone Films from our Kentucky wedding..

I’m thrilled to be back on the speaker roster for the Engage! Summit in Mexico… Come see us…

And, for those are into Podcasts- my friend Andy Kushner has a great one focusing on the wedding business. We met years ago at and Engage Summit, and he has a super successful event entertainment and booking company. I’m super excited to be an upcoming guest on his podcast, The Wedding Biz. Past guests include Colin Cowie, Edwin McCain (a fellow South Carolinian), and many hospitality industry stars. I hope you’ll check it out!



10.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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I’m thrilled to share this vintage Charleston wedding we did several years ago, because the bride was personal to me. Not only did I babysit her years and years ago, but we’d also done her big sister’s wedding in the early days of Soiree.  The wedding was a simple and lovely garden party with lots of personal details. The bride wore her great great grandmothers dress which remained nearly intact from her wedding day! Photographs are by Gayle Brooker

Food stations were scattered and seating vignettes created throughout the garden to keep the guests moving and offer a change of scenery.

September and October while still very popular and seasonably warm in Charleston, are the months when a slight chill can creep in at night. We draped soft blankets over the lounge sofas to keep guests cozy as the air chilled after the sun went down.


Lanterns and string lights are lovely during the day and give a glowing ambience into the evening. Behind the bars, calligraphied mirrors listed the cocktail offerings.

A bountiful and textured mix of flowers created the ladies’ bouquets. The bridesmaids’ gowns took a note from the one shoulder design of the bridal gown.


One of my favorite items by Lettered Olive are our champagne collars. The bride and groom’s silhouettes were used throughout many of the printed items. Custom wine labels were printed and used to create a pretty bar display.

Each food station offered lovely and composed dishes to allow for easy guest movement and conversation like this Lowcountry seafood trio…


Smaller tiers of the bride’s favorite coconut cake from Peninsula Grill was built onto custom stands. Guests received crafted rose petal bags for the send off at the end of the evening.

A party in the garden can still be lovely even in the evening with great lighting… String cafe lights and glowing candle lanterns gave the perfect night time ambience.


The bride and groom departed in a fabulous vintage Jaguar convertible…We always like to do something a little fun with our Just Married signs so using the couple’s silhouettes we had used throughout the rest of the wedding printing seemed like the perfect vintage touch for this wedding.


10.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 19, 2018

It’s tip Tuesday on the blog, and we are reinforcing the information regarding assembling your wedding invitation suite.  Fall is a big wedding season here, so it’s about that time that people will be getting invitations out in the mail, so we hope this helps with any assembly questions. Thank you again to the William Aiken House for the always gracious location, and to Page Palmer for her impeccable knowledge and talent!

10.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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