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Jun 20, 2018

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As you’ve heard me say plenty before, weddings at home are truly some of my favorite. So, in honor of our couple’s upcoming anniversary, we are taking you South of Broad here in Charleston for a wedding at the Bride’s childhood church, and then reception for over 400 at the bride’s family home. Corbin Gurkin captured the details of the day for us, and you can see more of this wedding in Charleston Weddings Magazine.

Venue Collage

The classic home in black and white laid the perfect color play for our pink and white palette. Wanting to be respectful of their surroundings, neighbors received care packages of chamomile tea, ear plugs, and handwritten notes thanking everyone for their understanding.

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Keeping in line with the traditional feel of the home wedding, simple and elegant black and white letterpressed save the dates, followed by engraved invitations set the tone for the wedding weekend.

Bridal Collage

The bride wore an Amsale mermaid gown which had sheer sleeves added and metallic Jimmy Choo wedges.  Mother and bride carried embroidered handkerchiefs.

Bridesmaids Collage

Bridesmaids wore LulaKate pink ball skirts over little white dresses (which they donned after the ceremony) and Ivanka Trump floral heels.  Bridesmaids received crystal necklaces and Plum Pretty Sugar robes as a gift from the bride.

Getting ready Collage

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After getting ready at home, the bride headed to her first sight moment in a classic white Rolls Royce.

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The bride carried a hand tied bouquet of pink garden roses and white calla lilies.

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House Collage

When hosting a wedding at home, we really encourage the family to open their home to guests and use it. We created seating vignettes inside so guests could enjoy a cocktail, and we brought in a classical piano player as a special touch.

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The formal dining room also made for a lovely backdrop for the all white wedding cake by Jim Smeal.

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Garden Collage

A full scale garden party was set on the grounds. Guests enjoyed a bourbon bar, passed rose champagne, local seafood served on ice, and hors d’eouvres by Cru Catering served on the family silver.  Custom matches were placed at the bars for guests to grab and takeaway.

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Before they danced their first dance as husband and wife, the couple stole away to a special sweetheart table stashed on the second floor porch. They got to spend moments together discussing the emotions of the day and had a birds eye view of the party as it was happening.

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After covering the pool with the dance floor, the only thing left to do was hope for amazing weather which we were blessed with!

Going away Collage

After a quick change into a classic Armani getaway suit and birdseed toss, the bride and groom departed by Golf Cart – which is how they also first met.

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jun 20, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Can you tell how ready we are for summer and beach season over here? Today we are sharing this Sea Island wedding full of seagrass and shell details.  Surprisingly, while we are located in Charleston, SC we are rarely able to do any beachside weddings as they aren’t allowed here.  So, when we are working with a client hosting a beach wedding we do like to make use of the surroundings.

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The ceremony itself took place at a local chapel before guests made their way to the Ocean Forrest Club at Sea Island.  I love that this guest really got in the spirit with her woven and seashell motif Nantucket handbag.

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Hearty flowers are a must for outdoor weddings. These bouquets included summer blooms such as tulips, roses, ranunculus, and cymbidium orchids.

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Being held at a private beachside club afforded photographer, Liz Banfield, the chance to get some amazing shots of the wedding party on the beach. That light was so incredible!

And, I love the coastal groomsmen ensemble- white gabardine pants, navy blazer, crisp blue oxfords, and Vineyard Vines tie that coordinated with the girls’ dresses.

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As a nod to the brides’ family’s Scottish heritage, a bagpiper greeted guests as they entered into the cocktail tent.

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Woven seagrass beach bags with local food treats, and maagzine, waters, and emergency hangover kit, and koozies for guests to use on weekend boating and beach adventures.

Food and drink Collage

Using the local bounty available, we created a seafood ice bar with the catering team at Sea Island. Southsides (a favorite of the couple) were served beachside, head here for a recipe.

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Each guest was seated at tables named after actual seashells and a coordinating shell was affixed to their card, giving guests a nice little take home memento.

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This was easily one of the most difficult tent drapes we have ever done, but one of the most rewarding. The tent ceiling is made from woven sheets of seagrass, normally a hearty material, but in the blustery conditions of a tent about 100 feet off of the beach, it was beyond challenging. Guests couldn’t believe it when they saw it though (and it had an amazing natural scent).

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In order for guests to have the best view of the ocean during dinner, we had the tent flooring raised up several feet, giving guests a literal beachside lounge.

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One of the main design showcases of the evening were shadowboxes containing sand and shell displays.  And, those are icing sand dollars and shells on the cake by Jim Smeal.

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The bride and groom departed by a vintage car adorned with ribbon streamers and orchid blooms.  Happy Wedding Wednesday!

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jun 20, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This bride’s Carolina Herrera eyelet ballgown inspired our entire wedding design… We had so much fun designing all of the details with an inspiration element that naturally lends itself to delicate and feminine notes perfect for a wedding!

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We used the massive dropping branches of an old oak tree to create our “alter”… Tying orchid blooms to ribbon in the wedding’s feature color, and lanterns, it made a dreamy backdrop without being too distracting. The flower girls blanketed the aisle with thousands of white petals.

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So Southern!  An authentic horse and carriage greeted the couple after their “I do’s” and brought them to greet guests for cocktails.

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My staff hand made these drink flags from eyelet fabric we sourced, which was also used to tailor the dinner linens.

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Guests dined while overlooking the Ashley River. We used an array of different white flowers atop eyelet fabric runners down the long tables.

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The place cards doubled as the favors which were contribution cards made towards he brides young cousin born with a genetic disorder. The seating cards were fashioned into magnets and as guests took those cards, there were encouraged to replace it with a little wish to the couple made on a blank magnet card.

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Still one of my favorite cakes by Jim Smeal. We wondered how we could get away with “blue” icing on a cake, but it just turned out beyond lovely.

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The backdrop at this venue is breathtaking on it’s own, so we didn’t need to many over the top details. We just went for cozy, warm, comfortable, and lovely.

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A little retreat for guests wanting to enjoy a cocktail and conversation or a cigar away from the partying of the main reception tent.

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We couldn’t believe our luck when shopping our sources for wedding design and stumbled across this eyelet lamps, couldn’t be more perfect!!!!!

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A happy end to a beautiful evening! For as long as they’ve been around and as much as they’ve been done, those sparklers just make for pretty photos!  All photos by Liz Banfield.

6.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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