Category Archives: Charleston

Jan 07, 2019

photo by Christian Oth/Christian Oth Studios

2018 was a big year in weddings for us… Even though we only do a handful per year, we found ourselves in some familiar and different locations.  Working with some of our tried and true and new vendors, and working hard to come up with fresh and custom details for all of our clients. I’d say we had a pretty fantastic year. So, here is a look back as we recap some of our favorite ceremonies from last year.  Above, we were in Palm Beach, Florida for a stunner of a wedding at the Breakers.  But, the ceremony was at the groom’s family church locally, which I loved because it seems unexpected for Palm Beach- love the pale blue exterior, perfect for a wedding’s something blue.

photos by Liz Banfield 

Our last wedding of the year found us in our own backyard of Charleston, at historic Grace Episcopal Church. Lots of gothic and historic architectural details make for some pretty photo backdrops. photo by Lauren Bailey Photo

A new venue for us this year was the gorgeous Barnsley Gardens resort outside of Atlanta, GA. The sweeping grounds had many different pretty spots for a ceremony, so one surrounded by greenery and old oak trees was where we landed. An airy sailcloth tent was perfect acting as a large “sunbrella” for guests, but a light unexpected shower rolled thru also.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Again, back in Charleston, at one of our all time favorite spots, the Huguenot Church, an intimate ceremony was adorned with very natural and delicate pieces. The lighting in this church is always so romantic.

photos by Tec Petaja

This was a fun wedding for us in Kansas City, Missouri.  One, because we had done a wedding previously for the bride’s brother and loved getting to work with the family again. Two, because the venue was so different than what we do here, and we were working with so many new people. The church, however, did feel sweet and familiar since it was full of so many historic notes.

photos by Tec Petaja

I would say for Charleston, this venue (Runnymede Plantation) is my most favorite for designing weddings.  It’s a blank slate with a gorgeous natural backdrop.  It can host a large amount of people, and it’s easy getting in and out… For this ceremony, we chose a shaded area under historic old Oak Trees overlooking the river banks, and created an aisle by laying down a seagrass runner and draping an airy ceiling in fabric.

Here’s to another year of amazing moments in 2019!

1.07.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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I can’t believe we finally get to share this Fall Fenwick Plantation wedding with you, now that the new Charleston Weddings Magazine is out on newsstands.  This is the 3rd daughter from a family that we have done all three weddings for, which I love because they were all so different and fun to design. This one is full of soft and feminine touches but using lots for rustic and natural elements. Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for all of the photos. Lettered Olive created a landscape scene reminiscent of the grounds at Fenwick Plantation (currently on the market if anyone is interested!), which was printed as the envelope liner on the classic letterpress invitations. Canvas “baskets” were printed with a handdrawn map of Charleston, with all of the weekend festivity locations noted. A custom printed puzzle also gave guests more information about the weekend events. Local snacks and treats filled the basket, including the groom’s favorite fortune cookies, but more on that later…

The bride wore a lace mermaid style gown by Eddy K with a keyhole back and a veil from BHLDN.

Bridesmaids wore gowns from BHLD, and the groom’s suit is from H Stockton in Atlanta.

Letterpress programs were fashioned into fans for the outdoor ceremony, luckily we had a warm beautiful day! After walking down a petal lined aisle with oversized magnolia pieces, the couple married under a magnolia and floral arch.

Cocktail immediately followed in the garden, where guests were greeted with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails named by the couple.  Going with the garden theme, a “planted” escort card display was designed. Galvanized metal tags were calligraphied with guests names and planed in a moss covered box. Dinner under the clear top tent featured a lovely head table with the palest pink linen, and curated tabletop of flowers, differing candles, and elements like antlers and other curios.

Afterwards in the lounge tent, both the wedding cake and a grooms cake were cut. The bride chose a chocolate covered confection by Jim Smeal displayed with a custom monogramed linen… Due the groom’s love of Chinese food, Jim also created a to go box cake with gum paste fortune cookies on top.

The after dinner lounge featured several different seating arrangements for guests to gather… In addition to our traditional bar setup, we built a beer tap wall for the guys… Loved this new addition and it was a big hit with guests… Featuring 4 of the couple’s favorite selections. 

After a night of dancing and mingling with friends, the couple departed to a sparkler send off, in a vintage British convertible.  Congrats Mary and Reid!

12.05.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Nov 26, 2018

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Imagine my joy when I saw this Charleston Magazine with my sweet springer, Georgia on the cover! I had a blast working with our friends at Charleston Mag on this feature- Peter Frank Edwards, Melissa Bigner, and Darcy Shankland. For more tips and outtakes head over here.

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11.26.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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