Category Archives: Charleston

Jan 23, 2018

This wedding was such a stunner, that we had to share some of our own favorite details in addition to the feature in the new Charleston Weddings Magazine. Our couple married at Kiawah Island Resort, with an indoor ceremony in a ballroom we transformed, followed by an evening of dinner, dancing, and details. The bride is Mexican, so were able to use a lot of beautiful details as a nod to her heritage, and incorporate glamorous design that represent the couple’s taste. Corbin Gurkin captured all of the lovely images. Wedding papers by Lettered Olive featured gilded paper and inks, a custom monogram and velvet touches. The save the dates were acrylic thumb drives of a styled video the couple made featuring Kiawah Island to get guests excited for the big day.

The bride wore a gown from Kleinfeld Bridal by Pnina Tornai and shoes by Christian Louboutin. We created her bouquet using shades of blushes and white with opulant orchids, garden roses, and lily of the valley hand tied with an embroidered velvet ribbon. Custom cuff links for the groom were engraved with the wedding date.

Classic black tuxedos complimented the bridesmaids lace and silk full length gowns- by Kate McDonald Bridal. I love seeing sleeves for the bridesmaids!


We transformed one of the ballrooms at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island by laying white carpet and bring the outdoors in… We covered golden branches with orchids, and lined the aisle with greenery boxes, and hung white sheer fabric for a beautiful photo backdrop.

A floral covered monogram added pretty detail to the hotel space. Members of the family who couldn’t be there where there in spirit with a remembrance table at the ceremony. In addition to the Virtuosi orchestra at the ceremony, a bagpiper, and Mariachi band provided a variety of music.

Perfectly timed, a confetti cannon went off just as the couple sealed their vows with a kiss.

Cocktail hour featured a salsa and taco station… Covered in greenery, a hotel chandelier makes for a great escort card station. Acrylic cards calligraphied by Penned by Palmer were hung by ribbon.

For this bride, typical chivari chairs just wouldn’t cut it. So, white fabric was woven throughout to give a frilly and extravagant feel.  A centerpiece of the dining room was a large fixture we covered in greenery and draped orchid strands from.

Perfectly piped linens (one of our signatures) provided tailored tabletops with rows of lush floral centerpieces. Delicate glass candlesticks offered a mixture of height. Place cards were embroidered satin ribbons tied to the napkins at each place setting.

Jim Smeal created a modern and elegant cake using two of the main design elements- marble and gold gilding.

Perfectly positioned lounge seating and tables provided guests a place to perch when not dancing.
Marble was an element that kept popping up in the bride’s inspiration photos, so we created a marbleized dance floor as a stand out focal point of the room.

Since it’s seen in so many of the photos, the band’s stage can stick out like a sore thumb, or blend in perfectly. Fabric draped curtains and custom edging create a showcase for the band that show the extra thought that goes into designing the space.

As a send off, the guests were showered by orchids, and departed in a vintage car with the prettiest of petals making the final look as special as the first. Congrats Gaby and Ward!

1.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jan 23, 2018


This sweet couple celebrated their marriage with a traditional Jewish affair surrounded by friends and family on Runnymede Plantation. We had worked with the groom’s mother on his sister’s wedding, and other affairs, so it was even more special getting to know these two as a couple. Navy, silver, and white was a great color palette for the time of year as they allowed for big impacts in creating a formal and traditional affair. All photos by Squire Fox.


Lettered Olive worked with the couple to create a custom monogram (both of their first names start with “J”), and a navy and white pattern to add dimension to their design.


Runnymede Plantation is one of our favorite Lowcountry event locations. There is a lot of space for us to create whatever we want for our clients, and jawdropping river and natural views. We designed this sign for the entrance to the plantation for easy guest traveling.


There were lots of special accessories for the bride.  We embroidered her bouquet ribbon with the new monogram; an heirloom handkerchief was embroidered and gifted to the bride, and she carried her family’s antique prayer book. For her something blue, the wedding details were embroidered to the inside of her dress.



A custom card with the length of time they had been together accompanied the groom’s gift to the bride- I really loved this sweet sentiment.


Anenomes were the perfect bloom for the navy and white color scheme, and full and lush garden roses and ranunculus filled out a bridal bouquet.

wedding-party-collage first-sight

This couple elected to do a “first sight” moment with the two of them before the ceremony.


A table was set with Yarmulkes and cards for guests to write wishes to the couple as they were waiting to be seated for the ceremony.


Large urns of magnolia branches fashioned in urns lined the aisle leading to the magnolia branch chuppa. A family piece was used to create the chuppa topper.



The couple and family celebrated the marriage with a traditional Bedeken ceremony after the wedding.


Tree branches made for a lovely and “natural” design element for the dinner escort cards.


Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in living room sets overlooking the river banks.


The dining room was set with a glamorous vibe. Silver suede linens made for a cozy and upscale fall feel, and platinum banded china and crystal were a beautiful background for dinner.


The dining room glowed with a masse of candles… A Traditional Challah cutting took place at the head table.


The wedding cake and many kosher dessert stations were set and served throughout the after dinner lounge.


An outside lounge was built off of the dinner and dancing tent for guests to enjoy dance breaks under the stars.



The couple departed to sparklers and a fireworks display… Mazel Tov!

1.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We are so excited to see the new issue of Charleston Weddings Magazine out on newsstands now. Our “glam” bride’s wedding was featured, and in the coming weeks, we’ll share some of our favorite photo outtakes from this wedding as well. See the full feature here.

1.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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