October 2017

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Flashing back this Friday to US Women’s Soccer Team alumni, Kate Sobrero’s Halloween wedding.  This intimate affair took place at Hibernian Hall, a historic venue in downtown Charleston, SC. Since it was over Halloween weekend, we wanted to offer a fun yet still sophisticated and special evening for the guests. Escort cards for dinner were placed on individual mini pumpkins, and surrounded what would later become a take home candy bar.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests dined at 12 top rectangle tables, I like the set up of those as it makes it much easier than round tables to fit more into a space. And much easier for guests to enjoy conversations with multiple people.  Candles were everywhere filling the room with warmth.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The tables were dressed in deep red crushed velvet linens with simple pillar candles, and rustic wrought iron candlesticks topped with rose balls of Black Magic and Gospel Dark red roses.  The glow bouncing off the deep hues made you want to sidle up with your glass of red wine and settle in.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Since calla lilies were the main flower used for the wedding party, a burgundy calla lily adorned each guests place setting.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Again, dark burgundy calla lilies filled the bridesmaids’ bouquets and were perfect against their black dresses.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Calla lilies provided a deep red pop of color to the all white wedding cake.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

A scoop your own candy bar made for a fun send off at the end of the evening.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Fragrant seeded eucalyptus paired with the dark red roses gave a festive look to the horse drawn carriage the bride and groom took from their church ceremony to the reception venue.

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Jun 22, 2018


Today we are sharing one of our most published weddings full of Fall details like lush greenery, seasonal blooms, and wooden elements. This ceremony and reception took place at the Montage Palmetto Bluff resort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and was photographed by Corbin Gurkin.  The bride was a producer for the Dr. Oz show and based in New York… after searching many local and destination venues, they settled on Palmetto Bluff not only for the beauty and service the property offers, but also for the fact that all of the guests can stay together on property and enjoy all of the amenities.


Light showers began as the couple was saying their vows on a bridge overlooking one of the marshy creeks, luckily there were umbrellas on hand to protect guests and the bride and groom making their way down the aisle. The same Rabbi that did the groom’s bar mitzvah officiated the wedding ceremony, I love when couples are able to incorporate such special elements.


A simple and classic bouquet of Lily of the Valley was the bride’s hope and luckily we were able to get it for her considering the time of year! The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta mermaid style gown…


Palmetto Bluff and Lettered Olive worked together to create the wedding day baskets full of freshly baked biscuits and homemade jam delivered to each of the guests…


Cocktail hour followed the ceremony on the grounds surrounding the old house ruins. A champagne tower gives a nod to the easy formality of the event.


A tent set under the oaks was the perfect dinner spot


Long tables were anchored with wooden Dunes and Duchess lamps with burlap shades, providing a complimentary glow to candlelight.  Clusters of blooms in a mix of cement pots and silver vases provide depth and texture. The place settings were kept simple with colored linen napkins (that the bride and groom were able to keep for their home collection) and a sprig of fresh rosemary.


The head table was encased in an iron garden conservatory as greenery garland swags were draped throughout the tent. A grand piano was brought in for live dinner music. A “firewood” wall was created for the backdrop to the bar.


Pretty lounge seating viognettes lined the dance floor.


The couple’s precious pup, Einstein was a guest at the affair.  We always try to hide all of the messy band cables and equipment with a stage partition, which as you can see makes a big difference in the photos! This one we capped with greenery and florals.


The couple ended the evening with an after party dessert reception where the cake was cut and guests danced late into the wee hours.

6.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jun 22, 2018

Photo by Liz Banfield

Designing flowers for our fall weddings means incorporating different color palettes, and using different materials. I like being able to get creative and come up with something a little unexpected, which for us lately means softer colors or bringing in a metallic like rose gold or copper. Above, a traditional fall element of orange gets an update by contrasting it with pale tones and corals, along with grey. I love dusty miller this time of year, because it gives a velvet touch which is one of my favorite materials to use now, the berzillia berries gives a really pretty way to have grey in a bouquet. 

Photo by Liz Banfield

Without seeing the same old idea of it, this bouquet really says “harvest” to me.  I love the blush and beige tones and the mix of different blooms. The succulent addition is a great and fun alternative for greenery.

Photos by Corbin Gurkin

For this grand fall fete, a bouquet to match the grandness of the bridal gown was in order. There was a lot of “old world” feel to this wedding, so I thought a formal but very simple long stemmed bouquet could carry it’s weight with the dress. Long stemmed roses, and natural greenery with a few berries speckled in tied off with vintage silk ribbon.. if it’s possible for these two words to go together I think it’s full of an airy heaviness indicative of fall in Charleston.

Photo by Liz Banfield

Here, texture was the dominate design element. The bridesmaids worn black gowns, so the shades of creams and beiges really popped. Flowers only available in this season like Anenomes and craspedia balls bring in a different look.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Deep wines and burgundies mixed with purple or pinks is one of my favorite color palettes… and I love the just gathered wild flower look that many people associate more with spring, but just as spectacular in fall.

Photos by Adrienne Page

For a bride that still may want a white bouquet in fall, anenomes and wax flower would give a rustic but still white feel. But, even adding in elements like cotton bolls, eucalyptus, or here wild yew give it a more seasonal feel.

6.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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