Category Archives: Cakes

Oct 17, 2018

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So even though this luxurious fall wedding took place 8 years ago, it’s still one of my favorites so I love resharing with you on this wedding Wednesday. The couple were so fun, the mother of the bride owns a fabulous interior and gift store in Oklahoma, Bebe’s, and it was at one of my all time favorite venues, Drayton Hall.  Birds, branches, patterns, and rich colors round out the design theme for our bride who used Tony Duquette’s interior designs as her inspiration.  Her amazing dress by Carolina Herrera couldn’t have been more perfect with pattern that looked almost like branches or feathers..Our photographer was Liz Banfield.

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We knew we would be using several vintage bird cages in the reception design, so Lettered Olive incorporated one into the save the dates. A bird on a branch “monogram” was also designed to be used throughout other printed wedding items such as the guest bag labels and welcome packet.

2971_10a-lizbanfieldThe bride and groom chose to do a private “first sight” moment at a Charleston park around the corner from the French Huguenot Church were the wedding was held.

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We custom pleated silk ribbons to adorn the bridal bouquet from a photo the bride had saved from Martha Stewart Weddings many years before. Groomsmen boutonierres were made from berzillia berries and seeded eucalyptus, while the groom received a single coral charm peony bloom. Bridesmaids had a muted bouquet which played so prettily off of their chocolate brown silk taffeta dresses.

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The groom’s grandmother’s Russian spiced tea recipe was printed on letterpressed coasters guests received at the bar, and the bride’s mother’s Bread and Butter pickles were made and packaged for guests’ favors.

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Downtown Charleston’s French Huguenot Church provided the ceremony venue. Blossoming branches and glass vases full of oranges, kumquats, and seeded eucalyptus brightened up the candlelit alter. I loved the sweet and simple pew markers our flower team did, by lining the entire aisle with a dahlia bloom tied with the orange and white striped grosgrain ribbon we used throughout the wedding.

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After the ceremony, guests were greeted at Drayton Hall plantation by an alfresco cocktail hour on the front lawn.

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Guests were able to experience the historic property in it’s fullest by lounging on the front portico and wandering throughout the house. Unexpected takes on cocktail and app favorites included a pomegranate martini we called the “Blushing Bride’, and bite sized grilled pimento cheese sandwiches.

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Die cut birds hung from branches inside the cocktail hour umbrellas served as the dinner escort cards.

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The uber cozy dinner tent had lots of glam touches, like ikat table runners, golden branches with twinkle lights, and pashminas in the wedding colors tied to each of the ladies’ seats in case they needed extra warmth. The head table was housed in an iron garden conservatory, and a birch log was hollowed out for the centerpiece.

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The after dinner lounge housed eclectic furnishings and a vintage birdcage we filled with candles to serve as a chandelier over the dance floor.

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Being in the middle of field requires that potty trailers are brought in. It’s hard to think about having potty trailers at a black tie glam wedding, so of course we have to deck them out so they fit the bill. Painted walls and unique design pieces kept the trailer looking as fab as the rest of the reception tent.

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The gorgeous Jim Smeal wedding cake complete with a handmade nest topper, and birds perched throughout was housed in a vintage standing birdcage. The pale peach icing was so lovely with the setting.

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A fabulous Jim Smeal dessert station also gave guests sweets to nosh on while dancing complete with mini pies, and woodland cakes topped with edible meringue mushrooms!

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As the bride and groom departed guests blew whistles creating a “joyful noise”…

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Cakes, Charleston, Event Design, Fashion, Flowers, Food and Drink, Interior Design, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Oct 17, 2018

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Thank you for joining us on this wedding Wednesday! This was such a yummy cozy special wedding, so we hope you enjoy. This couple were some of the easiest, sweetest, and most fun we’ve had so we loved creating this event for them. Gayle Brooker photographed today’s feature.

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This was a true family affair.. the only wedding party were the family’s children. The bride’s ceremony dress was Vera Wang, and her dance dress was by Tadashi Shoji

gaylebrooker_04The groom, has an affinity for classic cars, which he also collects, so one of his favorites was brought down for the couple to use on their wedding day. After a ceremony at the French Huguenot Church, the reception was held at Runnymede Plantation. Cocktail hour took place overlooking the river banks.
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The couple also avid oenophiles, brought a bit of their wine collection for guests to enjoy. We designed a custom wine bar with gold tags on decanters for guests to know what they were drinking. A speciality bourbon bar was also built for partakers.  The octagon metallic tags were a huge part of the design throughout the event. Custom pillows were printed with the metallic design to use throughout the lounge spaces.

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Dinner tables were set with cozy and handsome suede linens, gold rimmed glassware, and centerpieces full of texture and soft fall pastels.  Menus used metallic ink and were emblazoned with the custom monogram Lettered Olive designed for the couple.  Escort cards were calligraphied gold tags displayed on a table full of glowing candles and moveable peony vases.

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A series of cakes by Jim Smeal were a dinner tent centerpiece. The large cake was covered in oak tree branches dripping with spanish moss in the wedding colors… the side flanking cakes mimicked a design used in the printed materials.

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Before the couple enjoyed a late night DJ after party with guests, they enjoyed dinner and dancing under glowing oak trees.

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Guest favors were bags of Southern Biscuit mix and home made SC peach preserves from the bride’s hometown packaged with the perfect little wooden spoons!

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal Style, Cakes, Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Oct 17, 2018

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We love love love when our clients hire us and the photographer (in this case, Corbin Gurkin) for all or most of the wedding weekend events. I feel that it really gets to tell the full story, and we can cultivate a complimentary and corresponding look and feel that guests can experience all weekend. For this wedding, recently featured in Charleston Weddings, the rehearsal dinner was a fabulously fun wedding eve at the William Aiken House.

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Al fresco lounge seating was set on the lawn for guests to leisurely enjoy their first night in Charleston.  Local blooms like camelias offered a bright pop to the navy, white, and green evening.

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The William Aiken House has sweeping porches perfect for lounging and cocktails. Guests get a prime view of King Street, which anchors Charleston’s most popular entertainment district.

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Calligraphied seating cards were perched atop mini lawns of rye grass. When hosting an event at this venue, we really like to utilize as many of the rooms as possible so that guests get to see detail of the historic restoration. People really enjoy getting to feel as if they are a guest in one of Charleston grande old homes.

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White blooms and greenery made for an lovely and elegant tabletop design.  Small details like embroidered cocktail napkins and cut crystal candles and glassware formalize the affair.

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It’s always fun to see the groom’s personality reflected in a cake! Of course Jim Smeal can make every request look incredible!

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I thought this Needle & Thread dress was so elegant and unexpected for a rehearsal dinner… I’m really into long sleeves when they work for the occasion and season.

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Cakes, Charleston, Event Design, Events, Fashion, Flowers, Rehearsal Dinner, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>