Category Archives: Bridal

Jun 25, 2017

Today’s wedding Wednesday comes in the form of a traditional glamorous affair from the archives.  The classic colors of black and white with a golden touch were the perfect palette for this formal affair. Held at Lowndes Grove Plantation and photographed by Liz Banfield, we hope you enjoy a glimpse at this soiree as much as we enjoyed producing it.

A letterpress invitation by Lettered Olive didn’t stay too far from traditional but added some glam updates like die cut edges and a metallic champagne belly band.

Floral Collage

Throughout the wedding, all white lush and fluffy blooms were used. Monograms were a huge part of the design, so everyone from the bride to bridesmaids, to the Mother of the Bride and Groom (MOB and MOG) carried bouquets with hand tied and monogrammed ribbons.

Champagne Collage

With both the ceremony and reception at Lowndes Grove Plantation, guests received a true gracious Southern welcome from the beginning. Guests were escorted to the ceremony seating down an aisle lined with live orchestral musicians. Pre ceremony Champagne was served with custom printed napkins also doubling as the ceremony programs.

Ceremony Collage

This stunning ceremony took place on the front lawn with gorgeous views of the river. A custom monogrammed aisle runner led the bride to the “alter” which was defined by huge hanging floral chandeliers from the limbs of a grand oak.

Chandelier Collage

Take a note from the antique interiors of the house, Chandeliers were an essential design element used throughout… Dinner escort cards were die cut chandeliers we had caligraphied and hung from real chandeliers in the cocktail hour area.

Guests then made their way under a tent for dinner. We had a small custom monogramed dance floor adjacent to a sweetheart table… it was a surprise to guests that a live Jersey Boys cover act performed during dinner and also for the bride and groom’s first dance -which was what they did on their first date!

Head table Collage

Dining room Collage

The tent was aglow due to the overhead chandelier lighting and masses of gold candles (from Creative Candles).  Long tables were draped in champagne silk and satin ribbon woven into chairs for a more tailored finish.

Cake Collage

Loved loved loved this special detail surprise for our bride- a cake table linen made from real rose petals!!!!! Cake by Jim Smeal.

Lounge Collage

The after dinner lounge was a glam party set up with chandeliers, velvet lounge seating, custom pillows, and a theater type stage set up for the band.

Our bride had a killer second Little White dress for dancing and it looked so amazing on her, with lace detail and champagne satin ribbon- a perfect fit for her party!

Food Collage

Guests enjoyed a variety of late night food from pulled pork biscuits, to fries in self serve containers, and candied praliens.

Getaway Collage

For the send off, guests got sparklers in die cut chandelier packets with custom matches…

In the bride’s family, all of the cars have customized license plates, so for the just married sign we made a little nod to this tradition.

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jun 25, 2017

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photo by Liz Banfield

The debate has been around as long as I have been planning weddings- kids or no kids?  Of course, we roll with whatever is the best plan for our clients, but if you are a little hesitant about including peanuts, maybe some of these ideas will help you feel more confident about having kids at the wedding.  And, head over Vogue.com for more kid friendly ideas from some of our event colleagues.

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photo by Liz Banfield

As mentioned in the Vogue.com article, I think kids in a ceremony are adorable. It’s not about whether they make it down the aisle perfectly or not, and it definitely helps take the pressure of the bride. Sometimes, having a parent in the wedding party that one can walk to or with or older flower girls can be a big help in keeping the tiniest ones comfortable.

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photo by Liz Banfield

Once at the reception- whether it’s a seated dinner or station/buffet style we suggest have a separate seating area for the kids. Not only does this help save money on the fancy table decor you may be doing for the other tables, but also gives the parents a chance to relax and enjoy conversation. You could have preset family style meals for the kids too… Full tummies always help keep the kiddos on track.

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photo by Liz Banfield

We like to do special boxes or gift bags for the kids, full of snacks and games and activities.  If your venue has the space for it, we’ve often hired babysitters to come and be with all of the kids in a separate area. They are still close by for the parents to check on them but under other adult supervision.

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We’ve recently had several of our brides mix and match bridesmaids dresses in completely unexpected and super fashion forward ways. It helps of course, that they are in the Bridal design business… So, we asked the ladies of Dee Hutton (both recent brides and business partners, whose weddings were featured in the current issue of Brides Magazine) for their top tips on how to pull a mix and match bridal party off successfully.  All the images are Corbin Gurkin.

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We’ve always disliked the word “bridesmaid dress” or “maid of honor dress”. If you think about it, in any other context, if you went up to someone and said “wow, what a beautiful bridesmaid dress” or “you make such a beautiful bridesmaid”, it’s almost an insult…We think that bridesmaid lines should be about making the most important girls in your life look & feel their best. In our opinion, the goal is to have them get the compliment “wow, you look beautiful” not “wow, you’re a beautiful bridesmaid”.

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To be honest, control is key to pull off a high fashion different bridesmaid line. Being comfortable saying yes or no and giving hard guidelines is important to achieve a flawless high fashion bridesmaid line. Traditional bridesmaid dresses and the ease that goes around that process is there for a reason, so with all the moving parts that go into a wedding, make sure you really care about spending the time and effort to have your bridesmaid line make a splash because it does take a bit more work.

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Pinterest can be your best friend in wedding planning but especially in this department. Finding an image of a bridal party that you love & want to re-create is super helpful because then you’ll have an image to pass along to your bridesmaids so they know exactly what you’re trying to achieve, and it will be even easier to assign colors/fabrics etc and achieve the look you’re going for when everyone’s on the same page.

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The bridesmaid line that I designed for my wedding is very different from the one I designed for Steph’s wedding. For mine, I basically wanted to take the traditional idea of a bridesmaid line and turn it on its head. I really wanted it to feel like an incredible runway show, with each piece being a surprise and different from the one before & after. Because I mixed fabrics and put everyone in a different color, making sure that all the different shades of colors went together beautifully was incredibly important. I focused on making each bridesmaid look incredible independently and as a group. To pull this off, assigning each bridesmaid a color would be my suggestion and then as each girl finalizes their dress, create a mock version of your bridesmaid line using pictures of their dresses to make sure that it’s all coming together ok. Not only will  that incentivize ladies to get moving on choosing their dresses, but it also allows them to find a dress that they are obsessed with and would wear again to a black tie party. For me, the bridesmaids and their gowns were the wow factor of my wedding and stood out because there was no other color worked in to the decor.

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Steph’s wedding was more traditional as Steph is very traditional in nature. Her wedding was based around the idea of pastels, so I took the idea of a traditional pastel hued all chiffon bridesmaid line and blew it up to feel like a collection of gowns that a designer was showing together. Each style was different and all the bridesmaids walked down in a line starting with a bright mint, to ice mint, to blues, to periwinkles to lavenders and then finally to pinks (it was a beautiful gradation of colors). To re-create this, I would again assign colors but also pick one fabric that all the dresses are in (i.e. silk chiffon etc). I wanted Steph’s bridesmaids to fit seamlessly with the decor of her wedding/reception tent and just be an extension of the pastel wonderland aesthetic that she was going for.

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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