November 2017

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

This couple hailing from New York City took over resort town Bald Head Island, NC with big city sophistication. The bride  knows a thing or two about throwing an event having worked for Creative Edge Parties, so we had a blast planning all the details of her wedding together. I loved the beautiful architectural elements her amazing dress by Junko Yoshioko and birdcage veil by Sara Gabriel brought to the table.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The famous landmark of the island, Old Baldy was a star of the scenery.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The ceremony was held at the quaint Village Chapel on Bald Head Island.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

I love that moment of the bride and her father just before they walk down the aisle. What a treasure of a time for both of them to have before he presents her to start a new family. Whitebox Weddings captured the images of the day for them.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The groom’s and groomsmens’ boutonierres were fashioned from a single cotton boll wrapped in burlap.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The cotton blossom bouquets accented with berzillia berries complimented the slate gray and white color palette… Pops of bright orange were accented throughout.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The island allows few cars, so golf carts are the main mode of transport… luckily that makes for fabulous photos.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

Having worked for a huge catering operation in New York City, the bride had an integral part of planning the fall menu.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The seating cards for dinner were flags planted in boxes of cotton blossoms. Tables were named after each of the couple’s favorite songs instead of numbered.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

Dark fabric swathed the otherwise oversized and over white tent. This created a luxe intimacy that kept the seaside affair warm and comfortable but still had the aire of glamour.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

Modern square place settings worked with the menus designed by Regas NY. Vases were wrapped with cotton muslin to provide a softer glow during the evening dinner.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The long tables were a favorite of guests that evening. Everyone felt as if they were at a dinner party they didn’t want to leave!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The big square bar we created adjacent to the dinner tables made for a perfect spot for guests to cozy up for a cocktail during dancing or to catch up with an old friend.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

In lieu of a wedding cake, the couple offered individual banana puddings. Love this!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Whitebox Photo

The reception area offered these amazing views of the coastal marsh.  For more photos from this wedding, head here to Weddings Unveiled where it was featured.

11.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Fresh off of our Wedding Wednesday post on Gaby and Ward’s Glam wedding day, we’re sharing the highlight video from Siegel Films… The bride, Gaby worked closely with Adam Siegel to design a video truly capturing their style together as a couple.

11.20.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Nov 14, 2017

Photos courtesy of Southern Living Magazine

Yesterday’s post focused so much on planning a holiday or dinner party that would most likely be a grown up function, I wanted to make sure to share a few idea on setting up a kid’s table, and making it chic enough that adults and older kids would feel just as special sitting there too! For a photo shoot with Southern Living Magazine many years ago, we created a formal Thanksgiving spread at our home in Flat Rock, NC. I wanted the kids’ table to still feel formal, but important pieces that I would be heartbroken if ruined were reserved for the adults. One fun detail we did was have the kids’ names etched on glasses, so that it served as a place card and also something they could keep at home.

Photos by Liz Banfield

For younger kids, offering games or activities at the table may give the grown ups time to enjoy dinner and conversation.  For this party, we served all of the kids’ meals on little trays so they would be done in advance and served while the adults were serving themselves. I also love the idea of getting inexpensive wooden ornaments or figures at a craft store (or online) and handwriting on them for place cards! You could even do trees, stars, or angels and the kids could have them for Christmas ornaments a month later!

Photo courtesy of One Kings Lane

There are so many sources for nice melamine or bamboo placesettings and utensils that you could consider dressing up your disposables to cut back on all of the clean up- a kids table is a perfect spot for this! Here, having bowls of fruit or other goodies on the table if the food is still being served can help those hungry tummies. We have a local chocolatier that we placed at each placesetting that had the kiddos excited.

Something we have done at several of our weddings that would be a good idea “steal” are gift boxes/baskets at the kids’ table. We have filled these with mini puzzles, crayons/coloring books, or an assortment of toys to keep kiddos busy during dinner.

 

11.14.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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