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Oct 23, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Since we are putting out our tip clip on what you should include in your wedding welcome guest bags, we thought today would be a perfect day to share some different versions of some of our recent favorites. For our Newport, RI wedding the floral and fauna pattern that Lettered Olive designed to use throughout the wedding printing, was embroidered onto a travel laundry bag (for us it’s a bonus if we can find a clever reuseable container). Waters and snacks are a good standard for guests traveling, it’s always nice to have a few goodies lying around.

photo by Liz Banfield

This wedding was all about a big party and the couple’s favorite things, so of course, the guest bags were a great way to do this as well.  We had two small bags with “his” favorite things and “her” favorite things. Also a Retox/Detox kit including asprin, tums, emergen-C, band aids, etc. Also, it’s beyond important you include all of the important information- a timeline of the weekend events, transportation schedule, and important contact information.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, since the welcome bag one of the first things your guests get to enjoy on your wedding weekend, it can be a fun way to incorporate special details that don’t necessarily fit into the wedding itself… Our bride really loved these sweet “LOVE” chocolates, and this was a great way to share them with all of the guests.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 23, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Now that it is truly officially fall, I wanted to share some of my favorite fall wedding details, which will also help me get in the mindset for designing for the season’s weddings!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We used seasonal fruit and flowers for the decor on this cake, mini pears (purchased through a local produce distributor) and seeded eucalyptus were the perfect accents for the spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

I love the deep rich colors and multitude of textures that you can get in fall foliage. Lots of grasses, blooming shrubs, and heartier plants are perfect for filling in on flower arrangements. Of course, many roses are available year round so they add the needed softness for wedding arrangements. I also like to play with the different types of containers to give that seasonal look- we used stained wooden planters as our centerpiece containers on the tables.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Shrimp and grits have become a staple at Southern weddings, but in the fall quail shows up on many menus throughout Georgia, and North and South Carolina.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

For this wedding, the mother of the bride is famous for her banana walnut bread, so as favors she made mini loaves for all of the guests. Along with her famous apple butter. Packaged in peach baskets, these were the picture perfect fall favors.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Gayle Brooker

For this seated dinner wedding in late October, the pale pinks and peaches were warmed up for the fall season with moss greens, and golden hues. I also anchored the tables by using a heavy suede material for the linens. They were so soft and luxurious to sit against!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Gayle Brooker

What I look forward to the most for fall weddings are the food options. I love love love soup, so passing individual versions for cocktail hour is a great option, or here we served a trio of soup “shots” plated beautifully as an appetizer course.

I think this detail always makes for fantastic photos, and if it’s a simple dinner party that you are hosting, this is a great way to give your guests a special touch. Hollow out a small pumpkin and place the soup vessel in for serving.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Gayle Brooker

Red wine will definitely be a favored drink at the bar in the fall. We used the couple’s personal wine collection here for guests to be able to sample new varietals throughout the evening. Or, you can talk with your caterer about pairing different versions of reds throughout the dinner.

Something else to think about is instead of passing a “speciality drink” you could set up a speciality bar or station. Decanting the drinks and setting them out with identifying tags is perfect for a self serve station..Or having a bartender serve a few chosen cocktails is a great way to keep it simple.

photos by Velvet Raptor, Gayle Brooker, Liz Banfield, and Elizabeth Messina

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 23, 2018

We have decided no more Monday blues here… Especially since it’s still 90 degrees in Charleston! But that just means we get create fall weddings that are a melding of the seasons. Like this one, which we want to share just a few details from, noting the fall elements. Some light and airiness mixed with the masculine heft of traditional fall feels. Mixing colors that work across the entire year, but anchoring them accordingly. This airy bouquet complimented our brides fully laced long sleeved gown.

Instead of pairing the sunny yellow with a bright grassy green as we would in spring, a deeper mossy green goes great in all of the wedding printing by Lettered Olive. Before they became “extinct” one of our most popular wedding details were our Polaroid stations. Guests took a polaroid and taped it to a card for their sign in box, or book… I miss these.

For a fall wedding in warmer climates, cauliflower soup is served chilled. The color and feel is right, but refreshing sweet tea vodka martinis make a nice cocktail hour treat.

Textures help convey our design mission often. We used millet grains to fill up the escort card station, for a pop of gold, and for a fall feeling.

Jim Smeal created a tiered “wedding cake” with cupcakes- easy for guests to pick up…

The comfy and cozy lounge glowed in golden light with candles and lamplight as guests were able to watch the sunset and amazing marsh views of Kiawah Island.

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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