Category Archives: Event Design

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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
Bridal Style, Entertaining, Event Design, Rehearsal Dinner, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Apr 25, 2018

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This pretty, feminine, and chic beach wedding is the perfect share for this Wedding Wednesday. The bride, having grown up in SC and going to the beach at Kiawah Island, thought it to be the perfect destination for all of her Manhattan friends. With a really lovely pastel palette of lavender, pale blue, pale, pinks, and hints of grey, that was something about this wedding that just set my heart aglow. Photos are by Velvet Raptor.

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Lettered Olive created a letterpress invite set using a lavender ink and guipure lace belly band cutout mimicking the pattern from the bride’s dress.

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The bride wore a corset style dress from Monique Lhuillier and killer jeweled heels by Miu Miu. The frilly bridal bouquet of sweet pea, peonies, and ranunculus was hand tied with an embroidered monogram satin ribbon and finished with a vintage family broach.

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The bride awaits her walk down the aisle behind the scenes with her father. Love these two and this photo.

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Sprigs of blooming lavender hand tied with satin ribbon made chic boutonierres.

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The mother of the bride acquired these plaster sheep and has them on the lawn at their beach house, so we had them brought over to greet guests upon arrival. Of course, they had to have floral wreaths!

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For a prime view of the ocean, guests sat on linen ottomans with a lush floral arch to define the alter.

Ceremony Collage

I just love this aisle being so fabulous and floral but beachside. Along the aisle were planter boxes full of lush white flowers.

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For the bride, who worked for a well known jewelry atelier, we found lavender velvet jewel boxes, which we put table numbers inside of and name tags on top as the escort cards. Lettered Olive designed a custom monogram that was used throughout the wedding decor.

Cocktail hour Collage

After the beachside ceremony, guests enjoyed an al fresco happy hour on the porches and lawn over looking the ocean.

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Dining room Collage

Inside for dinner, tailored linens and lush white florals and candles dressed the tables. The bride and groom’s chairs were adorned with floral wreaths. Embroidered napkins were cleaned and given to the couple to have in their new home.. Mini menu books at each place give details of the food, and schedule of the evening, along with anecdotes about the couple…

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The mother of the bride is a quintessential hostess and known for her cold cucumber soup. Best served- COLD. So, we had our ice sculptor design individual ice bowls for each guest’s soup serving.

Cake Collage

We love any touches that represent the couple or family that can be brought into the wedding day. Here, the mother of the bride had been collecting vintage cake toppers for years and then restoring them. She made a special one for the wedding cake, and then gifted one to each of the bridesmaids as well.

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Well into the late hours of dancing, a nasty storm started to roll in. We had a very special car for the getaway that couldn’t get wet, so we had the band play their “last call” , and got guests out front for the send off- just in the nick of time…

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Beating the weather, the couple departed in a vintage convertible (the driver is adorable in plaid knickers, and cap) and guests waved purple glow sticks (avoiding a mess and still giving great photos)…

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal Style, Event Design, Event Planning, Food and Drink, Reception, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Apr 25, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We always talk and share flowers for the brides, bridesmaids, and ceremonies, but sometimes the boys’ boutonnieres can seem secondary. So, today, we want to give some love to the boys and the flowers that grace their lapels on the wedding day.  Of course you have to think about them holding up and looking fresh, but we always make a few extras to have as backup if all of the hugs crush them a little bit. Above, sweet white tulips are nestled with fresh fern fronds and hearty lambs ear.

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Sometimes all the gentlemen wear the same flower, and sometimes we like to create something a little different for the groom and the best man, etc.  I loved how these roses opened up and looked like a formal companion next to the light and airy Astrantia.

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For this summertime beachside wedding, young buds of helioboris orchids made unexpectedly sweet bouts that would definitely hold up in the weather conditions.

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Of course, presentation is everything to us, even for the guys.  We often have our calligrapher make personal tags for so we can make sure everyone is covered and of course it looks so nice in pics.

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And, we love when clients aren’t afraid of color, bouts don’t always have to be white. At a Martha’s Vineyard wedding, wild local purple anenoemes couldn’t be overlooked. For a wedding with all shades of pink, the sweetest pink sweet peas made picture bouts… We think our grooms look pretty in pink!

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And we also love when we can use unusual or alternative blooms, seed blossoms, greenery, etc. They can make an unexpectedly fun detail.

4.25.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Event Design, Flowers, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>