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Jul 19, 2018

We teamed up with one of our top wedding photographers, Liz Banfield to find out what the “must get” shots are on your wedding day. Her experience of shooting and then editing hundreds of weddings, many of which are featured in major publications, make this an invaluable list for you to use for your photography planning.

Before starting portraits, it’s a great idea to shoot the bridal bouquet. A perfect detail shot of this sets the tone for all the little things that personalize the celebration. 

Celebrate your happy day by leaving plenty of extra time during your portrait session for spontaneous candids. Don’t be rushed! Depending on the timing of your day this might mean doing a “first look” before the ceremony. 

Of course the wedding day is ALL about the bride but don’t forget to request a portrait of the groom. It doesn’t need to be posed. A candid like this commemorates the groom’s look and his happy mood. 

 Documenting the unscripted events throughout the day will be cherished along with the planned ones. Stay present for all the little in-between moments, allowing them to unfold for your photographer to capture. 

The vows are the heart and soul of any wedding ceremony. Though I don’t advocate having a photographer being obtrusive during your ceremony, work with your officiant to allow them access at key moments like this. 

Toasting is a great opportunity to shoot everyone at their loosest. This is always well documented and it’s worth thinking through the positioning of your dining chairs for any distracting background issues as well as making sure the table decor doesn’t block your faces and leaves a clear vantage point for your photographer. 

Whenever possible, I love to take my couple’s out for sunset. This can be a welcome break alone together for you and the light at this time is optimal for beautiful pictures. Build this into your wedding day timeline. 

A mood shot of your reception is a key element in telling the story of your day. 

As the guests of honor you can’t be everywhere so you will want plenty of coverage throughout the evening to see everything you missed. Consider adding a second shooter to your coverage for more indelible moments like these. 

A terrific exit shot is a great way to end your wedding story. Think about a pause for a kiss and/or take a moment to drink it all in and wave goodbye. Have fun — enjoy the moment and don’t hurry through it. 

Thank you so much, Liz, we’ve had some amazing ones together over the years!!!

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 19, 2018

Sobiloff Collagephotos by Liz Banfield

Wanted to share some of the recent prettiness our sister company Lettered Olive has produced for some of our clients. Our brides love the letterpress designs printed on the thick luxurious Italian paper, and Lettered Olive gets its name from the South Carolina state seashell!

The wedding papers above were for a couple wanting a lot of natural elements incorporated in a sophisticated way. The escort cards for dinner featured different African fabrics as a nod to the couple’s time in the Peace Corps where they met.

Bennett Collage

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a wedding in Aspen, Colorado, elements of the native landscape were married with a soft feminine palette. Another design juxtaposition and luxury for the guests we were excited about were the leather bound menus stamped with individuals name.

Kerr Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For our glamour bride marrying in Texas, florals, pinks, and sequins were the name of the game.  We found the perfect floral fabric we wanted to incorporate into the wedding decor and Lettered Olive made envelope liners to match it perfectly, along with floral papers to use in other paper designs like the menu cards. I love the look of something like masculine horns paired with a pink ink and monogram, don’t you?

McNeil Collagephotos by Liz Banfield

This bride found much of the inspiration for her New Year’s Eve wedding from Carolyne Roehm’s affinity for blue and white. We found blue and white toile plates we knew we were going to use, so our Lettered Olive designers took inspiration from designs you’d see throughout china patterns and popular interior fabrics. The diecut edges were carried throughout the entire wedding design as well.

Reed Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For a bride that had spent her post college career working in art galleries, a favorite painting provided color and pattern inspiration. A custom monogram (a tradition for all of the brides in her family) was designed to personalize the papers even more.

We love working on finding vintage stamps for the invitations that they work well with, but we also love the idea of designing stamps printed at

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 19, 2018


photo by Jennings King

I recently was introduced to Jacqueline Sydnor of Mariee Lace Veils and was intrigued by her amazing story and the very special veils that her business is based upon .

Like a Belgian lace veil, my business has been passed down to me. My mother-in-law was a very successful bridal designer and owner of Tica Designs based in Birmingham Alabama. Tica fell in love with Belgian lace veils while on a trip to Brugge, Belgium. She began working with a Belgian lace family and started importing veils to the United States. She advertised her designs and veils in the first Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. At that point, America fell in love with Belgian Lace veils and we continue the tradition today as Mariée Lace Veils.

Veil ad

Jacqueline was the fourth bride in her family to wear her family’s Belgian lace veil, and of course she is saving it for one of her son’s future wives. And I love that is all from two Southern women!

bride's veil

In 1997, Tica designed the gown and imported a lace veil for the high profile wedding of Alexis Brinkley and Jeremiah Collins (read their write up here).

Lace has always been a status symbol. In the past, it was such an expensive luxury item that only ladies from the noble class could afford to purchase it. At the end of the 19th century, there was a lace boom. Women of every class wanted to possess lace. As the demand for lace was exceptionally high, the commercialization of lace was necessary. Therefore, a new type of lace was introduced at the end of the 19th century in Belgium. It was called Princess lace.


The introduction of this lace was an immediate success. By the end of the 19th century, the royal family of Belgium ordered the most wonderful Princess laces. Queen Maria-Hendrika was a dedicated fan of it, and the Belgian royals were so pleased that they granted the permission to call this Belgian lace Princess lace. In the past, it was sometimes also called Royal lace or Imperial lace as the courts of Europe ordered these laces.

Princess lace was mostly a home industry. This was very comfortable for the lace makers. In 1993, there were still 15 lace merchants who ordered lace makers to make Princess lace. But today, the number of Princess lace merchants and lace makers is decreasing as there are only 4-5 remaining and they are between the ages of 60-90. Since there is no one to take over this craft once these ladies are unable to make the lace anymore, Princess lace is now such a unique piece of art that, if passed down from generation to generation, will be treasured forever.


This is a wonderful article from the Biltmore’s website on the importance of heirloom family wedding veils like the one Belgian rose lace one worn by Jacqueline Kennedy above.

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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