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Oct 17, 2018

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So even though this luxurious fall wedding took place 8 years ago, it’s still one of my favorites so I love resharing with you on this wedding Wednesday. The couple were so fun, the mother of the bride owns a fabulous interior and gift store in Oklahoma, Bebe’s, and it was at one of my all time favorite venues, Drayton Hall.  Birds, branches, patterns, and rich colors round out the design theme for our bride who used Tony Duquette’s interior designs as her inspiration.  Her amazing dress by Carolina Herrera couldn’t have been more perfect with pattern that looked almost like branches or feathers..Our photographer was Liz Banfield.

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We knew we would be using several vintage bird cages in the reception design, so Lettered Olive incorporated one into the save the dates. A bird on a branch “monogram” was also designed to be used throughout other printed wedding items such as the guest bag labels and welcome packet.

2971_10a-lizbanfieldThe bride and groom chose to do a private “first sight” moment at a Charleston park around the corner from the French Huguenot Church were the wedding was held.

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We custom pleated silk ribbons to adorn the bridal bouquet from a photo the bride had saved from Martha Stewart Weddings many years before. Groomsmen boutonierres were made from berzillia berries and seeded eucalyptus, while the groom received a single coral charm peony bloom. Bridesmaids had a muted bouquet which played so prettily off of their chocolate brown silk taffeta dresses.

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The groom’s grandmother’s Russian spiced tea recipe was printed on letterpressed coasters guests received at the bar, and the bride’s mother’s Bread and Butter pickles were made and packaged for guests’ favors.

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Downtown Charleston’s French Huguenot Church provided the ceremony venue. Blossoming branches and glass vases full of oranges, kumquats, and seeded eucalyptus brightened up the candlelit alter. I loved the sweet and simple pew markers our flower team did, by lining the entire aisle with a dahlia bloom tied with the orange and white striped grosgrain ribbon we used throughout the wedding.

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After the ceremony, guests were greeted at Drayton Hall plantation by an alfresco cocktail hour on the front lawn.

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Guests were able to experience the historic property in it’s fullest by lounging on the front portico and wandering throughout the house. Unexpected takes on cocktail and app favorites included a pomegranate martini we called the “Blushing Bride’, and bite sized grilled pimento cheese sandwiches.

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Die cut birds hung from branches inside the cocktail hour umbrellas served as the dinner escort cards.

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The uber cozy dinner tent had lots of glam touches, like ikat table runners, golden branches with twinkle lights, and pashminas in the wedding colors tied to each of the ladies’ seats in case they needed extra warmth. The head table was housed in an iron garden conservatory, and a birch log was hollowed out for the centerpiece.

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The after dinner lounge housed eclectic furnishings and a vintage birdcage we filled with candles to serve as a chandelier over the dance floor.

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Being in the middle of field requires that potty trailers are brought in. It’s hard to think about having potty trailers at a black tie glam wedding, so of course we have to deck them out so they fit the bill. Painted walls and unique design pieces kept the trailer looking as fab as the rest of the reception tent.

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The gorgeous Jim Smeal wedding cake complete with a handmade nest topper, and birds perched throughout was housed in a vintage standing birdcage. The pale peach icing was so lovely with the setting.

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A fabulous Jim Smeal dessert station also gave guests sweets to nosh on while dancing complete with mini pies, and woodland cakes topped with edible meringue mushrooms!

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As the bride and groom departed guests blew whistles creating a “joyful noise”…

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We have been waiting and waiting to get this sweet intimate wedding we did at Palmetto Bluff out to you.  Liz Banfield shot this punchy fall affair featuring lots of texture and color, and of course we loved the sweet French Bulldog fur baby that the couple had to include in their big day, so adorable.

I love when brides want to carry a colorful bouquet…Pale pinks and apricots in blooms like tulips, ranunculus, scabiaosa, roses, stock, and gerber daisies were mixed with natural elements like succulents to make for gardeny gathering for our laid back bride. 

Bridesmaids and groomsmen were swathed in graphite grey… The warmer tone of this grey was a nice compliment to the peachier palette. I’m liking this look for the ring bearers, a classic navy blazer, crisp white dress shirt, and blue dress pants. Appropriate for this age group.

Lettered Olive designed all of the classicaly designed printed pieces. The save the dates featured die cut edging, and an image of the Palmetto Bluff oak trees draped in spanish moss. The pale pink envelopes with the black calligraphy was just a small twist on tradition that paid off. The letterpress invitations featured our custom wedding monogram.  Guests were welcomed with custom printed map totes of of the resort filled with all branded goodies, of course.  Ceremony programs were die cut in fashion of Southern fans- due to the size of the quaint chapel some guests would be seated outside and October is still quite warm here in the South.  Heel Savers were also offered to protect ladies’ shoes from sinking into the lawn. And leading the way down the aisle were the handsome little guys carrying our custom Here Comes the Bride flags.

As a treat to the guests seated on the lawn of the chapel, a local gospel choir serenaded the couple as they exited the church as husband and wife. Aren’t the pink agate slates so stunning with hand written calligraphy as our wedding signage???? Baskets of flip flops were placed around the dance floor for guests wanting some relief before dancing…


Because of the sail cloth tent which is different than some of the frame tents we typically use, swaths of gold, pinks, and peach add some dimension and color to the ceiling and brighten up the more neutral design throughout the lounge tent. A large round bar with a copper top, displayed glassware, and live greenery made a fun focal point in the tent.  Love a round, accessible from all sides, means no lines! And, you are able to hide all of the bottles for a decluttered design.

The ruins on the grounds make for one of our favorite backdrops- glowing with candle lanterns, guests danced in the lounge as the sun went down.

Cake was passed on lovely plates with printed napkins to guests in the dancing tent along with mini Kahlua milkshakes… Sparklers were passed out with custom printed matchbooks by Lettered Olive for the send off… The happy couple drove off into the night after the “Best Day Ever”…  You can see more of this wedding on Inside Weddings.

 

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Halloween has snuck up on us fast this year!  Today, we want to share tips on hosting an “elegant” Halloween soiree… Maybe you want to host a neighborhood or supper club dinner, or even a celebration of something in collaboration around Halloween. We hope these tips help give you some spooky yet sophisticated ideas… Thank you to Liz Banfield for the ghostly images.  Set your color scheme.  It doesn’t have to include orange- for ours, keeping it elegant meant using black, white, and silver.

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Obviously, this theme could work well with a cocktail party, a dinner party, a roaming party or drop in, so lots of options here. The food and beverage can play hugely into the decor. We found simple black and white trays, but using vintage silver ones could play into a “haunted house” theme also. “Deviled Eggs”, or “Devils on Horseback” are easy and simple food items that add effect- there are so many fun options here and recipes galore online. For a fun bar design- we hollowed out large pumpkins painted silver, and put our speciality cocktail (Black Widows) containers inside. Great for a serve yourself, or if you have a bartender make sure they are in costume of course!

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For this seated dinner party, standard black linens work and are a great backdrop. We painted mini pumpkins white for the seating cards which looked just so pretty. Easy and affordable centerpieces were large glass vases with silver painted pumpkins and pillar candles. We used white pea gravel to hold the candles in place and not slump. Large taper candles in candelabras would be perfect and lovely too, and once the wax starts dripping you have a perfect spooky look.

Of course, what’s Halloween without costumes.. You know there are always those that get in the spirit and those that can’t or don’t. I like the idea of ordering nice and lovely masks online and having them there for guests so no one feels left out.

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Candy and desserts are essential of course. We used many different clear glass vessels and vases and set up a variety of crowd pleasers- bulk candies, individual wrapped, cupcakes, cookies, etc.  Then, we staged black take out containers for guests to fill up their own take home boxes.  For decor, we took some of the more expected items, but used them in unexpected ways- skulls were displayed in pretty cloches, dollar store tombstones look mysterious with great lighting and a smoke machine. Colored light bulbs can go a long way for little cost.

Don’t forget your playlist- spotify can help curate something different so the typical tunes don’t dull the party.

 

10.17.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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