May 2018

May 24, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Can you tell how ready we are for summer and beach season over here? Today we are sharing this Sea Island wedding full of seagrass and shell details.  Surprisingly, while we are located in Charleston, SC we are rarely able to do any beachside weddings as they aren’t allowed here.  So, when we are working with a client hosting a beach wedding we do like to make use of the surroundings.

Tara Guerard Soiree by LIz Banfield

The ceremony itself took place at a local chapel before guests made their way to the Ocean Forrest Club at Sea Island.  I love that this guest really got in the spirit with her woven and seashell motif Nantucket handbag.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Hearty flowers are a must for outdoor weddings. These bouquets included summer blooms such as tulips, roses, ranunculus, and cymbidium orchids.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Being held at a private beachside club afforded photographer, Liz Banfield, the chance to get some amazing shots of the wedding party on the beach. That light was so incredible!

And, I love the coastal groomsmen ensemble- white gabardine pants, navy blazer, crisp blue oxfords, and Vineyard Vines tie that coordinated with the girls’ dresses.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

As a nod to the brides’ family’s Scottish heritage, a bagpiper greeted guests as they entered into the cocktail tent.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Woven seagrass beach bags with local food treats, and maagzine, waters, and emergency hangover kit, and koozies for guests to use on weekend boating and beach adventures.

Food and drink Collage

Using the local bounty available, we created a seafood ice bar with the catering team at Sea Island. Southsides (a favorite of the couple) were served beachside, head here for a recipe.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Each guest was seated at tables named after actual seashells and a coordinating shell was affixed to their card, giving guests a nice little take home memento.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This was easily one of the most difficult tent drapes we have ever done, but one of the most rewarding. The tent ceiling is made from woven sheets of seagrass, normally a hearty material, but in the blustery conditions of a tent about 100 feet off of the beach, it was beyond challenging. Guests couldn’t believe it when they saw it though (and it had an amazing natural scent).

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

In order for guests to have the best view of the ocean during dinner, we had the tent flooring raised up several feet, giving guests a literal beachside lounge.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

One of the main design showcases of the evening were shadowboxes containing sand and shell displays.  And, those are icing sand dollars and shells on the cake by Jim Smeal.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The bride and groom departed by a vintage car adorned with ribbon streamers and orchid blooms.  Happy Wedding Wednesday!

5.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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May 24, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here is a post for all of our hostesses out there… Maybe you are a newlywed ready to throw dinner parties in your new marital home… Well, we have a quick reference guide to share for your basic/traditional place setting…  For a small luncheon or dinner party at home or elsewhere this set up would be most appropriate.  I love using different style glassware for water, wine, etc. For our tables at many of our events, I don’t like the tables to seem too crowded, so we often eliminate the bread plates. Also, if the glasses start to seem crowded as well, you can find a glass that can be used for water, and then a “universal” wine glass vs. having one for red and white. 

Here is another quick guide if you are wanting to try a different napkin fold or position, or hosting something different than your standard evening dinner.  Also, if you are having a buffet style and want to set the plates on the buffet, you could of course set chargers on the table.

5.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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May 24, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Many of our clients find their welcome party or rehearsal dinners an extension of the wedding.  So, of course, the big question is do they want to look like the bride the entire weekend, or step out and do something fun and different… Our clients are a mixture of both, so we’re sharing some of the ideas our brides have had in the past on what to wear to a rehearsal dinner. I think the men also struggle on what’s appropriate, so we hope this helps with that too. Our clients above married on Sea Island at a private home, with a rehearsal dinner the night before at the Boathouse. Since shades of pinks were her wedding palette, she opted for a custom ladylike pale pink dress with bridal like white florals by Dee Hutton bridal.

photo by Liz Banfield 

Some brides want a nod to being bridal but with a twist.  And, many well known “bridal” designers also have ready- to- wear or can do custom creations, which is how many brides coordinate looks throughout the weekend. Here, our bride, Lesley wore a custom dress by Monique Lhuillier in white lace with pops of bright color.  One other thought to consider is hair and make up styling. Since she would be wearing a classic bridal chignon the following day, wearing her hair down was a fun way to switch it up. 

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

For some ladies, being a bride all weekend is the only way to go and Little White Dresses are the only thing to wear. Left: The high low frock by Nardos Imam is perfectly bridal. Center: Our Bride who would be wearing a full Austin Scarlett ballgown on her wedding day, went for a flowy grecian look for Friday night. Right: This beaded and lace dress by Oscar de la Renta was so stunning.

photo by Adrienne Page

This couple having a good old fashioned Southern weekend hosted their guests for a Friday night BBQ in Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA. A perfect mix of fun and casual, and perfectly acceptable for the attire to match!

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For this couple having a Friday night fete with a nautical feel at a Charleston Yacht Club, the brides navy and white Oscar de le Renta party dress was perfect. A fun and bright pair of Louboutin’s were able to have their night to shine. And for the groom, a classic tailored lightweight khaki suit was fitting for his big role as the evening’s host.

 

5.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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