Category Archives: Charleston

Feb 20, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Monday in the middle of winter definitely calls for a shot of sweet treats!  Wedding cake tastings are definitely one of the most fun moments in the planning process, but for us designing the vignettes for the cake at the actual wedding is something we love. Not to mention, the cakes themselves can be works of art!  Today we are sharing some of our favorites from the last couple years of weddings… The cake above by Jim Smeal, was recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Our wedding in Newport, RI was a pastel confectionary design in and of itself- inspired by the carpet in the bride’s bedroom growing up- so fitting that the cake should match. The traditional tiered cake was separated by perfect pink roses… Cake by Confectionary Designs.

photo by Liz Banfield

This simple but whimsical cake was dressed up with wildflowers and greenery atop a monogramed linen- I loved this look as it gave some depth and design for the must have cake cutting photo. Cake by Jim Smeal.  You can see more from this wedding in Charleston Weddings Magazine.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Loved this modern and glam inspired cake by Jim Smeal. The extra tall tiers were covered in flawless marbleized and gold leafed design.  We placed it on a simple acrylic table draped with orchid strands, but the candles really had the gold shining..

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this at home wedding, a large bay window overlooking the party made the perfect picture window for this cake by Jim Smeal. Large lush flower arrangements accented around the bottom of the table while a few blooms were artfully placed on the cake itself.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a formal classic wedding at home in Greenville, SC with a mediterranean flair, this cake was hand crafted by a family friend… And was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

As the old saying goes- let them eat cake!

2.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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This pretty bride and her pretty plantation party make for a perfect Wedding Wednesday post. She and her groom celebrated with a ceremony downtown at First Baptist Church, and dinner and dancing afterwards at Runnymede Plantation outside of Charleston. The navy and white set a formal yet fun tone and Corbin Gurkin was on hand to capture all of the beautiful images. Here, I do love that the bride and her girls had such a lovely backdrop for the day while getting ready. It does make for photos that help set the tone for the day…

Bride and groom Collage

A bride in all white Vera Wang and a groom in a classic tuxedo is pure perfection.

wedding party Collage

Flowing navy Monique Lhuillier dresses were accented with cream and peach garden rose bouquets. The bride worked in fashion at Ralph Lauren, so the groomsmen all sported custom loafers with their tuxes.

Bridesmaids on bus

The bride and her ladies ride a Classic Charleston trolley to the church, luckily Corbin is right behind to capture this sweet moment

Ceremony Collage

Simple ceremony decor like floral wreathes and a custom aisle runner give a sweet touch without overshadowing the meaning of why everyone is there.

ceremony programs

A custom monogram designed by Lettered Olive is used throughout the wedding papers and design.

guest box Collage

Guest welcome boxes contain a mixture of the couple’s favorite treats and local goodies. Custom printed cups are perfect for the morning bloody mary’s using Charleston’s Fat and Juicy mix.

Cocktail hour Collage

Once at Runnymede, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the lawn… We customized the wedding everywhere we could, down to the blue and white striped bow ties, and printed papers lining the trays serving the food.

Escort cards

Caligraphied escort tags on papers printed in the different colors and patterns were pinned to a board for guests to find during cocktail hour.

Dinner tent Collage

I’ve been really into designing the outside of a tent as much as the inside lately. I mean, really you see that first and foremost, so why wouldn’t it be lovely as well, instead of some big white rigid structure. To enter the carpeted and greenery draped dinner tent, guests walked down a boxwood lined pathway and under a custom fabric awning.

tent garland

The head table’s centerpiece was a garland adorned with flowers running the length of the table and spilling over onto the floor.

Table Collage

Graced with perfect weather that day, the tent opened up onto the plantation grounds overlooking the river and the ruins of the old plantation house.  A crisp blue and white palette allowed the soft pastels in the flowers to pop.

Cake Collage

Jim Smeal’s pastel and metallic gold cake with simple florals was a centerpiece of the dinner tent. We like finding a way to have a captive audience for the cake cutting without having to interrupt the flow of the party. So, if you can cut it and have the servers pass out as the dessert course without delaying the dancing, that’s a good way we have found to do it.

lounge tent

Guests retreated after dinner into a lounge full of conversation nooks and dim lighting, draped with glowing golden fabric.

Late night Collage

A late night food bar of sweet treats even included Charleston’s cult favorite donut truck, Diggity Doughnuts.

Getaway Collage

The bride and groom said farewell to guests with a classic sparkler send off, and drove off into the night in a classic convertible car as fireworks made for a grand finale.

2.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Feb 20, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

With as much dreaming, pinning, and planning that lead up to the wedding, you can’t imagine how quickly that last moment comes- the send off!  Today for a little Monday fun, we wanted to share some of our favorite send offs for the past several years… We are still getting lots of requests for sparklers, because as you can see, they make for pretty pictures!

photos by Liz Banfield

And if we are doing sparklers, we of course like to come up with some kind of detail to dress them up or customize them a bit… Both the lighters and sparkler sleeves here are by Lettered Olive.

photo by Liz Banfield

Our bride, who threw an ultra sleek and modern affair, went with one traditional element at the send off- a rice tossing… See, her maiden name was Rice so it was sorta perfect. And, we actually didn’t use real rice, but orzo pasta, because of the birds..

photo by Liz Banfield

For this couple who married in Alabama, and were naturally huge football fans, guests shook pom poms at the couple as they were leaving to the Auburn chant song. Oh,  and before leaving this bride changed into her mother’s wedding dress.

photos by Liz Banfield 

For this sophisticated fete on Sea Island, GA, a classic dixieland Jazz band, led guests outside for a rose petal toss. As the couple departed in a classic convertible, coordinated fireworks exploded down the driveway- a gorgeous statement, we think.photos by Corbin Gurkin

For this wedding featuring custom flags throughout the wedding design, guests waved miniature versions of the same flags during the send off… This was perfect for a venue that didn’t allow any tossing of items or any type of fireworks…

photo by Liz Banfield

Many years ago at a wedding for a client that wanted to do something a little different, we had a balloon release with custom balloons in the wedding palette colors…

2.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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