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Oct 22, 2017

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Happy Halloween! This was such a fun night for our couple from this week’s Wedding Wednesday. Their rehearsal dinner fell on Halloween, so they embraced it and threw a killer party at a Historic (and sometimes creepy) downtown venue, the Confederate Home and College.  Liz Banfield was there to capture all of the “gory” details.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Invitations by Lettered Olive were custom designed in an elegant macabre tone. The Spooks and Sprits afterparty for all out of town guests brought in a silver foil printed Raven as a darker nod to the wedding’s Bird and Branch theme.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

White painted pumpkins were the obvious choice for displaying the dinner seating cards.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Painted silver pumpkins gave a bit of elegance to the dining table centerpieces. Surrounded in a glass vase with candles placed on black linens gave the room quite the glow.

 

 

 

 

 

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Pretty tablescapes for dinner. Printed menus that doubled as place cards were served up in black envelopes with silver calligraphy.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We had fun with the cocktail hour and appetizers, serving traditional fare like “deviled eggs” that also worked with the Halloween theme.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Black Chinese to go boxes were perfect for anyone wanting to take advantage of the Trick or Treat station offered.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

No Halloween is complete without candy, so we had a trick or treat station for guests to take home sweets. Lots of artifacts and creepy items in cloches helped accent the spooky decor.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests were encouraged to get into the spirit of the evening and wear some kind of costume to the afterparty. The bride and groom did a quick transformation after the actual dinner.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Even the servers and bartenders got in on the fun. Here a zombie bartender serves “Black Widow” cocktails out of silver pumpkins to willing guests.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Custom carved silver pumpkins like this one (which greeted guests to the after party) with the bride and groom initials were sprinkled throughout the venue and grounds.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests partied the night away in the foggy haunted graveyard. A chamber music quartet played appropriately spooky tunes

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 22, 2017

We hope you enjoy our tips on putting together your wedding weekend welcome guest bags.  For the full episode please head over to our YouTube channel to see more.

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 22, 2017

We have decided no more Monday blues here… Especially since it’s still 90 degrees in Charleston! But that just means we get create fall weddings that are a melding of the seasons. Like this one, which we want to share just a few details from, noting the fall elements. Some light and airiness mixed with the masculine heft of traditional fall feels. Mixing colors that work across the entire year, but anchoring them accordingly. This airy bouquet complimented our brides fully laced long sleeved gown.

Instead of pairing the sunny yellow with a bright grassy green as we would in spring, a deeper mossy green goes great in all of the wedding printing by Lettered Olive. Before they became “extinct” one of our most popular wedding details were our Polaroid stations. Guests took a polaroid and taped it to a card for their sign in box, or book… I miss these.

For a fall wedding in warmer climates, cauliflower soup is served chilled. The color and feel is right, but refreshing sweet tea vodka martinis make a nice cocktail hour treat.

Textures help convey our design mission often. We used millet grains to fill up the escort card station, for a pop of gold, and for a fall feeling.

Jim Smeal created a tiered “wedding cake” with cupcakes- easy for guests to pick up…

The comfy and cozy lounge glowed in golden light with candles and lamplight as guests were able to watch the sunset and amazing marsh views of Kiawah Island.

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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