Category Archives: Books

Jul 15, 2018


If you haven’t seen the new book from Martha Stewart Wedding editor, Darcy Miller, you should get your copy right away! Darcy is not only a huge talent in the wedding and publishing industry, but her knack for crafting details and personal touches in her own entertaining world is fabulous. There are tons of DIY’s (“Darcy” it yourself) tips and tricks and so many fun details… buy it here on Amazon.


There are party tips on everything from birthday parties, to baby and bridal showers, and simple dinner parties.. I loved going through all of her clever details.


Lucky for us, Darcy will be coming down for Charleston Wedding Week doing a book signing. She will also be joining Mindy Weiss and me for cocktails, dinner, and conversation as we discuss all things weddings! See below for details and tickets.


See more of the schedule of events, and ticket information at

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Bride and groom by Adrienne Page Photography

As we are looking forward to our upcoming wedding in Newport, Rhode Island, it reminded me of this splendid affair we did at the family farm of the bride in Martha’s Vineyard. The property was breathtaking, and the father of the bride had a century old barn moved to the farm from Canada. They host guests every fourth of July for dinner in the barn and festivities on site, so what a better way to celebrate than by hosting the wedding there as well.  Adrienne Page captured all of the images.

Bridal Collage

The bride had all of the women in her family’s initials embroidered onto her bouquet ribbon. The groom gifted his bride an enamel Hermes bracelet on the wedding day along with words to his future bride.

Guest bag by Tara Guerard

The guest welcome bags contained locally bottled waters, vintage Vineyards postcards, snacks included homemade caramel bars, and custom printed playing cards (the couple and their families enjoying playing several card games) all in a Martha’s Vineyard maptote.

Ceremony Collage

Farm ceremony by Tara Guerard Soiree

The baby’s breath en masse made a statement for the ceremony aisle.  The natural beauty of the land was the best backdrop.

Flower girl Collage

All of the flowers used at the wedding were purchased in town at the farm stand based on what was available.  Bridesmaids wore dresses by Lela Rose, a friend of the bride and groom who attended the wedding.

Cocktail hour Collage

Natural wood was a design element the bride really wanted incorporated, so we painted many wooden signs placed throughout the party. And, the seating chart was fashioned from calligraphied wooden paint stirrers.

guest sign in books at wedding

The bride and her mother work in the interior design field, so they selected many of their favorite design coffee table books and had guests pen notes to the couple in lieu of a guest book.

Barn at Farm Wedding by Tara Guerard Soiree

Dinner was held inside the vintage barn that was moved to the property from Canada.

Dinner Collage

All of the wooden flooring, beams, etc inside the barn were all original. We printed the menu on large wooden signs  to match the rustic feel of the barn.

Placesetting Collage dinner

Lounge Collage Cake table

Nighttime Collage

Guests enjoyed a cheese cart that was served after dinner in the “Boogie Tent”, full of local cheeses, fruit spreads, and honeys guests could select what they want and servers plated cocktail plates for them.

Getaway Collage

In order to keep foreign grasses or plants at bay, guests tossed bird seed to the couple as they departed by a vintage “woody” owned by a fellow islander.

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We are so excited to be welcoming Eddie Ross in celebration of his new book, Modern Mix and the Southern C Summit. I loved meeting Eddie at last year’s Summit, so we’re thrilled to have him joining us back in Charleston.  Below, Eddie fills us in on his return to Charleston and new projects he is working on and we’re sharing a few sneak peeks into the book.


You and Jaithan are renovating a beautiful house, will you be sourcing any furniture or art while you’re in Charleston?

Yes! Finding great stuff when I’m on the road is the fun part; getting it home is another story. Years back, I bought a one-way ticket for a brass and Lucite bar cart from Miami to New York—we both needed a stiff drink after that one. 

How does entertaining in Charleston differ (if at all) from New York and Connecticut, where you grew up?

I’m a southerner at heart, blending gorgeous, old things on a table with clean-lined shapes for a modern mix. 


You’ve were a featured speaker at The Southern C Summit last year, what are your thoughts on the event? What are you most looking forward to? 

The Summit is the perfect place to reconnect with friends, find new ones and get inspired. Plus, it’s always great fun visiting Charleston. It’s one of my favorite cities!

Any special places you discovered on your last trip? 

Shopping the Terrace Oaks Antiques Mall, I found a gorgeous pair of chintz curtain panels in a big, bright floral that I had my dry cleaner’s seamstress turn into a tablecloth. I can’t wait to go back!


For more updates and to watch the progress of Eddie and Jaithan’s home project, be sure to follow him on Instagram!  And, we’d love to see you at our office in Charleston for Eddie’s book signing. xo!

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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