Category Archives: Art

Nov 07, 2016


photo by Liz Banfield

So much of our love for weddings has to do with design and creating the perfect experience for our clients and their guests. That of course involves senses- sight, smell, hearing, etc. which one usually associates colors and the emotions they evoke with, but I have always loved the pure beauty of black and white photography.  You can still get so much emotion from the simplest and loveliest image even with no color. Here is a round up of some of our favorite images.


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Most photographers, print or digital, traditional or modern, etc usually provide a mixture of black and white and color images, but it’s worth discussing when choosing the perfect photographer.


photo by Adrienne Page


photo by Elizabeth Messina


photo by Adrienne Page


photo by Adrienne Page


photo by Squire Fox


photo by Corbin Gurkin


photo by Liz Banfield


photo by Adrienne Page

11.07.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Art, Beauty, Bridal, Event Planning, Photographers, Weddings | 2 Comments
Oct 04, 2016

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!!!

10.04.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Art, Bridal Style, Event Design, Event Planning, Photographers, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Jul 11, 2016

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

7.11.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Art, Event Design, Event Planning, Interior Design, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>