Category Archives: Entertaining

photo by Liz Banfield

We always get a lot of feedback and have come somewhat to be known for our lounge designs. Back when I started getting into weddings, you mostly saw your traditional tables set around a dance floor and people would get up to dance in between courses. I don’t know if it was a bit of that Southern sensibility that made me start to think- we like to get comfortable, stay awhile, smush together and enjoy conversation, and so I started designing reception lounges for our guests.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

There are definitely some key ingredients to a fabulous lounge… After a nice dinner, get your guests up out of their seats, and get them into party mode… We love a big dance floor, great ambient lighting (so people will actually dance), little vignettes perfect for retreating for rest and conversation. Of course, you need little details there- we like to use an element seen the wedding design for things like custom printed pillows to adorn the seating.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We like for it to feel like someone’s living room, they are hosting you and want you to be comfortable. But, also thoughtful, with floral and design touches.- like maybe a lifesize golden giraffe! And of course, a big bar with lots of bartenders so guests never have to wait in line. Sometimes we print custom fabric to cover the front of the bars. photos by Corbin Gurkin

Of course not all lounges are indoors… We love building porches or finding the perfect lawn for setting up a lovely al fresco seating area.  Custom umbrellas can help guard guests from too much sun.  When you can open the inside up to the outside, it’s ideal! photos by Corbin Gurkin

Here in a very large scale tent a clear top and greenery swags help give the inside an outdoor feel. We built tall installations to house oversized greenery pieces to compensate for the height. And with all of the white carpeting, a patterned dance floor in the wedding palette helped give a fantastic focal point.  With this being a winter wedding, sofas in luxurious fabrics like suede and velvet gave guests not only a glam space to sit, but cozy as well.  photos by Liz Banfield

For another tented affair, we wanted to give the lounge space some definition… Individual cabana tents housing small little seating spaces and covered in the custom printed wedding fabric offered an unexpected wow factor.

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I still love this riverside outdoor lounge we created a bit off of the path from the tent, complete with lamplight…I know there were a few couples that sat out here all evening!

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

One last detail we always consider is how the stage and dance floor will look for photos… We’re seeing large scale background walls and installations like we have been doing becoming popular now, but I can’t stand seeing the front of those ugly stages and all of that band equipment in bride’s first dance photos! So, we have what we call our stage partitions, which are covered in a printed fabric, or fresh plants, or florals in order to hide all of those chords etc. Much prettier in photos, don’t you think?

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Today’s post showcases the rehearsal dinner of our couple featured recently on our blog and in Martha Stewart Weddings. The Wedding Eve party consisted of a more intimate rehearsal dinner for extended family and wedding party, then, the couple welcomed their out of town guests for an after dinner cocktail and dance party. Brides gorgeous waterfall gown by Nardos Imam, and photos by Corbin Gurkin.

Scenery Collage

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With gorgeous scenery and urban setting, the Huguenot Loft in Greenville, SC was the perfect “modern rustic” setting for the event, since the wedding the following day would take place at the family home of the bride. The converted mill built in the 1800’s already had great features for us to build upon like exposed brick walls, antique plank flooring, and exposed wooden ceiling beams. A simple palette of white and green was perfect for the Spring season, while the added wooden details (like in the menus, farm tables, and chairs) gave a masculine touch. Simple but perfectly detailed linen runners edged in green ribbon matched the ribbons giving a pop of color to the place settings.

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An after dinner lounge offered guests a place to catch up and convene over cocktails.

Black and white Collage

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After a 3 course dinner by a favorite local caterer, the couple welcomed guests with an after party. Sliders, BBQ Biscuits, and an abundant cheese display, along with Zac Brown cover band- 20 Ride kept guests partying late into the evening!

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Couple on the waterThis sweet seaside rehearsal dinner was the perfect kickoff to a gorgeous wedding weekend in Charleston. The couple celebrated with their guests at a private Yacht club overlooking Charleston Harbor. I love and always encourage clients to hire having their wedding photographer there for all of the events throughout the weekend so that you can have the whole story told afterwards.  Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for these photos.

Scenery Collage Party on the deck

Food CollageGuests enjoyed cocktails overlooking the Charleston Harbor and famous Battery, while enjoying live music from a local bluegrass favorite. Custom koozies with the wedding monogram designed by Lettered Olive were displayed on the bars, and shrimp cocktail is elevated with custom ice bowls.

dinner CollageKeeping in line with a gracious Southern supper, a family style table was designed for guests. A large mirror in the venue was put to good use by hand writing guests name in their seats around the table, and then each chair was tied off with a place card. A simple blue and white table top design kept the feel “nautical” but upscale.

tablescape Exterior at nightWhat a perfect spot for sunset views and celebrating into the evening.

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Entertaining, Event Design, Event Planning, Food and Drink, Parties, Rehearsal Dinner, Weddings | Comments >>