Category Archives: Bridal

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkinphoto by Corbin Gurkin 

Today I’m sharing tips on ways you can be prepared and how to avoid some of the unexpected disasters that we’ve experienced in the past. For one wedding, during the pre ceremony family photos a bride was holding an infant who had a bit of a diaper disaster, leaving quite the mess on her dress!

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Katherine McDonald dress maven of LulaKate and Kate McDonald Bridal tells us that (appropriately) baby wipes are the BEST kept secret to getting stains out of dresses and they have them on hand at all times in the studio.  Dusting baby powder or going over the water stain with white chalk and a small bristle brush helps distract from the removal of the original stain.  Luckily we keep a bridal preparedness kit on hand at all times and being a mom of 3 I’ve learned the wonder of baby wipes, so we dabbed out the stain and had her photo ready walking down the aisle!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

You are on everyday for two weeks leading up to your wedding. Planning, plotting, and praying for that sunshine and no rain report! Well, here in Charleston and the Lowcountry outdoor weddings are one of the main reasons people chose to get married here.  But in our humid climate frequent showers are inevitable. We’ve had to hold a ceremony off for 45 mins, keeping guests under shelter and on buses until the rain stopped and we could dry off the seats. Here large golf umbrellas helped shelter the guests and couple after a shower popped up at the end of the ceremony.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Adrienne Pagephoto by Adrienne Page

We keep a fleet of solid white umbrellas on our trucks for all of our outdoor affairs just in case…

photo by Elizabeth Messina

Here in Charleston, many couples elect to use vintage cars for their getaway. They obviously make for lovely photos, but can often be unreliable and finicky. We have had several situations where they simply didn’t start or had some complications and often we don’t know this until it’s time for the driver to arrive at the wedding to pick up the bride and groom!

photo by Gayle Brooker

 Several tips to avoid being stranded at the end of the evening are schedule your car for at least an hour minimum prior to your wanting to leave. That way if there is a problem your coordinator or whoever has been your point person can have plenty of time to problem solve (hopefully without you being the wiser!). Another option is to make sure to have a back up- several of our taxi companies here have different or unique vehicles, and since it’s a taxi are readily available and often can be cancelled with little or no penalty. Or, does a friend or family member who will be attending the wedding have a cool car that they would be willing to let you drive around the block in just for the send off photo opp? Then, you can hop in another vehicle out of sight from the guests!

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Kerr Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

Who needs an excuse to wear two dresses in one night??? While I definitely appreciate many of our brides wearing their ceremony wedding dress throughout the entire evening, I also love the idea of getting more comfortable for dancing, or honoring the tradition of the departing dress. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite before and after- meaning ceremony dress into going away dress! Above, the first and second dresses are by Nardos Imam.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Our bride, who lived in Dallas at the time of her wedding used locally based Nardos Imam for her two custom dresses. We love a feathery frock for dancing and departing!

Reed Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For a beachside wedding on Kiawah Island, our bride wore a strapless gown by Augusta Jones.  While on a family trip in Europe during the planning process, Lisa and her mother made a side stop at Christian Dior in Paris, and found the perfect send off dress (with a little story behind it, which we love!).

photos by Corbin Gurkin

One half of design house, Dee Hutton, Stephanie wore two custom dresses both designed by her best friend and other half of Dee Hutton Bridal.

Carrabba Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

We love how this bride remained classically bridal all night with a lace covered gown and Little White Dress, both by Monique Lhuillier.

Davis Collage

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, the departure dress doesn’t have to be shorter… We love this beaded flowy gown worn by Annie after her Issa London confection earlier in the evening.

Dendy Collage

photos by Gayle Brooker

Our bride Dr. Dendy Engelman, celebrity dermatologist, looked flawless in a Priscilla of Boston gown before changing into a white hot little number by Peter Soronen.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

I love the traditional route our bride Katie took on her wedding day. After a mermaid style Amsale with sheer sleeves, she departed in a crisp and classic Armani Suite- very Grace Kelly!

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 20, 2018


Today we are throwing it back to our Tyler, Texas wedding shot by Liz Banfield.  This was our glamour girl bride, and you know in Texas they go big! So there were lots of flowers and lots of luxe details (think sequin linens, golden antlers, etc).  The bride’s wore a custom gown by Nardos Imam.

Printing Collage

I was really pleased with how her lovely printed materials turned out. Lettered Olive created a custom monogram using antlers and lace from the bride’s gown. I love the two opposing masculine and feminine elements together. An idea for you to steal- the tags on the guest welcome bags (which were actually canvas shoe bags for guests to take home), doubled as “do not disturb” signs for the hotel rooms.


Our bride’s colorful bouquet full of an array of blooms was hand tied with the most lovely and sweet vintage ribbon. Really gave it that special finishing touch.

Wedding party Collage

As you’ll see in more details, Lettered Olive also created the custom floral print that we had turned into fabric at Spoonflower to use throughout the wedding design- here we made custom little flower girl pouches.


Our couple didn’t do a first sight moment, so I found this such a touching moment of the mother being with the bride before walking down the aisle. And, that bow!!!!!!

Church Collage

The alter was overflowing with large cement urns full of flowers in the wedding colors. We got lucky with the alter cloth being so lovely and in line with our decor.


There are so many arrays of churches and decor out there. We love when the churches allow us a bit more freedom to decorate. We laid down a white carpet aisle runner to soften all of the dark in the space, and lined the aisle with boughs of greenery, candle lit lanterns with rose petals, and mini bouquets tied with bows to accent the bride’s gown. After the church ceremony, guests made their way to a private club for the seated dinner and dancing reception.


We didn’t want a huge emphasis on boozy drinks, so for cocktail hour we dressed up water with different combinations- here fresh strawberries and mint.  And, the gold foil printed coasters announcing the new husband and wife were a big hit!


It has always seemed so strange to me to have this big white tent that is plain and plasticy on the outside but when you walk in, it’s this other world beautiful sight. So, for this wedding, we made a custom “carpet” with the antler logo, and fabric awning with our floral printed fabric and edging from Boutique Tents.

Dinner Collage


Inside was a fabric draped, rosey lit knockout space. We carpeted the tent in pale pink. The pale pink sequined linens were so pretty with the bold colorful centerpiece. Gold antlers and a mixture of candles added to the tablescapes. Custom embroidered logo napkins were an unexpected touch.  And the tent in the center housed the wedding cake for a focal point to break up all of the tables.


The 5 tiered floral cake looked as if was supported by urns overflowing with matching blooms.

Dessert Collage

A coordinating dessert station offered guests more sweet treats.

Lounge Collage ©LizBanfield.615.D3S.1091.2013.40_LowRes

Surrounding the dance floor, were seating nooks and cozy cabana tents where guests could enjoy cocktails and conversation.

Bar Collage

Wine decanted with calligraphied tags, and a handwritten menu offer a much prettier bar design than displaying the not as attractive bottles on top of the bar! And, if budget only allows for basic label offerings- this is a lovely way to let guests know the varieties you are serving without mentioning the makers.


Servers in custom embroidered aprons presented guests late night offering on the dance floor- such a treat to have little sips and nibbles brought to you while boogying.


In true Texas Rose fashion, a big floral display adorned the fabulous getaway vehicle!

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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