Category Archives: Dresses

Kerr Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

Who needs an excuse to wear two dresses in one night??? While I definitely appreciate many of our brides wearing their ceremony wedding dress throughout the entire evening, I also love the idea of getting more comfortable for dancing, or honoring the tradition of the departing dress. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite before and after- meaning ceremony dress into going away dress! Above, the first and second dresses are by Nardos Imam.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Our bride, who lived in Dallas at the time of her wedding used locally based Nardos Imam for her two custom dresses. We love a feathery frock for dancing and departing!

Reed Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

For a beachside wedding on Kiawah Island, our bride wore a strapless gown by Augusta Jones.  While on a family trip in Europe during the planning process, Lisa and her mother made a side stop at Christian Dior in Paris, and found the perfect send off dress (with a little story behind it, which we love!).

photos by Corbin Gurkin

One half of design house, Dee Hutton, Stephanie wore two custom dresses both designed by her best friend and other half of Dee Hutton Bridal.

Carrabba Collage

photos by Liz Banfield

We love how this bride remained classically bridal all night with a lace covered gown and Little White Dress, both by Monique Lhuillier.

Davis Collage

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, the departure dress doesn’t have to be shorter… We love this beaded flowy gown worn by Annie after her Issa London confection earlier in the evening.

Dendy Collage

photos by Gayle Brooker

Our bride Dr. Dendy Engelman, celebrity dermatologist, looked flawless in a Priscilla of Boston gown before changing into a white hot little number by Peter Soronen.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

I love the traditional route our bride Katie took on her wedding day. After a mermaid style Amsale with sheer sleeves, she departed in a crisp and classic Armani Suite- very Grace Kelly!

10.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 20, 2018

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This amazing seaside ceremony and reception in Newport, RI was such a fun event for us to do, as we had planned the bride’s best friends’ and business partner’s wedding a year prior. Also, the coastal landscape here is so different than ours on the Southeast coast, so it was great having such a lovely backdrop.  The ceremony held at a private home owned by friends of the family and a reception followed at the New York Yacht Club. All of the gorgeous images are by Corbin Gurkin.

Bridal Collage

Dress Collage

As her something old, the bride’s wore her grandmother’s pearl earrings, and something new was the gown designed by the bride with her matron of honor and business partner in Dee Hutton/Dee Hutton Bridal.  For something borrowed, a diamond bracelet from best friend was perfect, and her sapphire engagement ring was of course “something blue”.

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Having family from France, that was a huge influence on much of the design… From lavender used throughout the floral design to the Chantilly lace in the bride’s gown, French elements were predominant throughout.

Printed Collage

Lettered Olive took the coordinated pastel color palette and made modern and whimisical influences on traditional wedding stationary.  The guest bags were drawstring bags printed with a hand drawn map of Newport… Lots of sweets and treats like swedish fish as a playful nod to the coast, and NYC black and white cookies for a hometown fave.

bridesmaids CollageInstead of having the wedding party in matching gowns, the ladies wore shades of pastels in different styles by Dee Hutton. That way, when all together, stylish “rainbow” array came together.
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ceremony Collage

Heel savers and umbrellas were available to guests for walking across the grand lawn of the ceremony venue.

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A custom bridge lined with boxes of lavender buds was built across the pool making a breathtaking aisle and entrance for our bride.

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A spectacular view of boats in the harbor made for an amazing ceremony… this is one of my favorites we have ever done!

Cocktail Collage

Cocktail hour Collage

Guests enjoyed Rose and Seafood on the lawn overlooking the water, at the New York Yacht Club. So thankful for the gorgeous weather we had all weekend. We even able to use our lovely fabric lined umbrellas to shade the lounge seating and oyster bar.  The escort “cards” were housed in a French farmer’s market… cones of toile paper holding stems of lavender were calligraphied with guests’ names and table numbers.

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A grand tent with curtains revealing sweeping  sunset views housed dinner and dancing. We even built a little “porch” off of the main tent for part of the after dinner lounge… A little way for us to bring the south to Newport!

Dinner Collage

The bride wanted a summery pastel wonderland, so draping the ceiling in complimentary shades transformed the huge white tent. Long tables with French toile linens lined with varying centerpieces containing lush blooms like peonies, roses, hydrangea, and ivy greens.

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Lounge Collage

Confectionary Designs provided a tired cake with perfect pink rose accents, along with a variety of rainbow macaroons and other sweets served with vintage china.

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After a night of dancing on a custom dance floor (mint green and white checkered), the bride changed into a second  Dee Hutton Little White Dress. also designed by best friend and business partner.

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The couple said goodbye with a sparkler send off and departed in a vintage yacht. A late night after party was held at the Tennis Hall of Fame where the couple soon joined guests into the wee hours…

10.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 20, 2018

Since it’s finally live on Coastal Living, we are thrilled to finally be able to bring you this gorgeous beach wedding we did at a private home on Sea Island, GA…Our couple, Ryan and Allie married at a historic chapel before celebrating with friends and family at a family member’s beachfront estate.  All photos by Corbin Gurkin.

Our bride chose a an airy Amsale confectionary gown, and paired it with feather adorned Jimmy Choo heels.

We designed our bride’s bouquet in the punchy palette with coral charm peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and delicate greens as airy accents. I was able to find the perfect vintage ribbon from my collection to hand tie the blooms.

I am loving this somewhat newer tradition of brides saving their full look from their girls for a big reveal. Kind of like a “first look”.For the bright and sunny ceremony, coral wreaths welcomed  guests at the doors and matched the abundant alter arrangements.  Lettered Olive designed modern ceremony programs with metallic gold edging featuring a custom monogram used on their wedding printing.


The bridesmaids wore custom poppy colored high low gowns by Patti Flowers out of Dallas, Texas (where our bride lives).

We love a home wedding, and encourage our clients to use all of their home when hosting. Guests entered through the front door (with the wedding monogram in orchid blooms), and proceeded outside for the festivities overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Cru Catering traveled to Sea Island with us because getting to use our trusted vendors off site is so important. Of course we had to have servers as part of the decor in custom embroidered aprons and silk bowties. The rose looked so pretty served on poppy paper lined trays. A garden fountain hosted fresh shrimp cocktail, and mini foods were passed perfection.

The mother of the bride had the fun idea of using different sayings throughout the decor- like here on the cocktail napkins and also on the lounge pillows. Sayings like “Champagne is Always the Answer” and “Nobody puts baby in a corner” were a big party hit with the guests. Since this wasn’t a seated dinner, we wanted to make sure to not fall short in the decor department.  Stations running the length of the tent held multiple food components, and an oversized bar ensuring there are no lines. So, we covered the fronts of the marble topped stations with fresh greens and ombre rose panels.
Seating was a mixture of al fresco tables and lounge seating vignettes were guests could converse while enjoying a plate and drink.

The dance floor was the focal point of the main tent, so it needed to make a statement. During the planning process our bride showed me a photo of a ribbon installation over a dining table. So, we decided to do it in the ombre pinks over the dance floor. The ocean breeze had it fluttering all night.  The dance floor also added to the vibrant design with a custom monogram decal.

In order to preserve space and the cake (by keeping it cool in the AC), we created a “picture window”. We utilized a big bay window overlooking the tented space by setting up the cake cutting there. The bottom of the window featured a huge floral installation to give the look of the cake placed in the middle of an indoor garden.

A pool house and pool on property was converted into an after party space… by adding a DJ booth and custom made light installation featuring the couples wedding hashtag. Of course, we had to curtain all of this off as a surprise for the guests and the bride and groom.   A mobile bar was set up on the beach for guests to get their feet in the sand…

For the sake of tradition, the bride and groom departed by sparklers and golf cart, but did a quick change and returned to the after party… The couple’s friends DJ’d and guests ate sliders while dancing.

10.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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