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Dendy and Devon by Gayle Brooker

Summerville, SC is a town steeped in Southern tradition and history. After moving to Manhattan, and becoming celebrity dermatologist and skin care consultant for Elizabeth Arden, Dr. Oz, People Magazine, etc Dr. Dendy Engleman met her dream man. He popped the question, and they headed South where she wanted to share her hometown with her nearest and dearest. Thank you Gayle Brooker for the gorgeous photos.

Church exterior/Tara Guerard Soiree/Gayle Brooker Photography

The ceremony took place at her childhood congregation, a classic Episcopalian church outside the Historic district.

Orchid Boutoinerres by Tara Guerard Soiree

The bride really wanted to bring in a modern perspective representing her life in New York to play against the traditional feel typically seen growing up in Summerville. A bold green and warm chocolate color palette was selected and lots of natural elements like greenery, branches, dried lentils, mosses, and berries were used throughout.

Orchid bouquets by Tara Guerard Soiree

Orchids in the greens and browns used throughout compliment the bridal bouquet cascading and lush with branches, berries, and orchids in different varietals.

Cocktail seating on the lawn by Tara Guerard Soiree

Simple potted phalenopsis orchids in moss covered pots were the perfect centerpieces for the cocktail tables covered in green and chocolate silk scattered amongst the lawn.

Manhattans

Signature drink for a couple living in New York but marrying in South Carolina?  Manhattans, obvi.

Monogram wedding cake (Jim Smeal); tent design by Tara Guerard Soiree

The wedding cake by Jim Smeal was a stunning centerpiece in the tent. The tiers were accented by hand made samples of lace from the bride’s dress, and a custom icing monogram designed by Soiree and Lettered Olive.

Wedding lounge by Tara Guerard Soiree

The dance tent and lounge were modeled after some of the couples favorite Manhattan clubs, but with wedding elegance of course! My favorite is a clear top tent which allows the space to feel bigger and more open but the temperature has to be just right (can you say greenhouse chic??)

Wedding bar by Tara Guerard Soiree

Had to make one of our signature bars, of course. Tops were custom wood to keep in line with the fall design and the couples monogram designed by Lettered Olive was used on banners to decorate large spaces like this bar, pillows in the lounge, printed items, and the cake. The most important thing though is that it’s accessible from many angles for many people- NO LINES!

The Woodlands wedding reception by Tara Guerard Soiree

The Woodlands Resort was a classically elegant 5 star resort with amazing architecture and equally amazing food (it’s since closed and become a private home).  We added some draping and lighting to the exterior for some drama which kinda ended up being a scene stealer.

Bride and Groom send off

The knockout couple ended their evening (after a quick change by the bride into a going away shortie dress) with a traditional rice toss before heading off into married life together.

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We loved this seaside rehearsal dinner in downtown Newport, RI. It was the perfect compliment to the formal wedding held the next day, and a fantastic way to welcome guests in for the weekend. Held at a local restaurant, friends and family joined the couple for an intimate rehearsal dinner, followed by a dessert and dancing party for all guests. Corbin Gurkin captured all of the events of the weekend.

Rehearsal dinner Collage

Cocktail Hour CollageGuests enjoyed popular favorites like New England Clam Chowder and mini lobster rolls. Keeping in line with the sea colored palette, escort cards were nautical inspired flags displayed on a watercolored board.

044-2016_Stephanie_Peter_0094Keeping the decor natural and simple made the most sense for a nautical inspired feel. Table runners were of a french linen flour sack feel. Potted rosemary topiaries and simple hydrangea blooms dotted the length of the tables.

048-2016_Stephanie_Peter_0088One of my new favorite design elements are colored border linen dinner napkins. So simple but they lend such an elegant touch. And, how cute were these white nautical rope balls which we used to “anchor” the place cards. White ink on navy paper is an unexpected but pretty way to present the dinner menus.

scenery CollageNo seaside rehearsal dinner in New England would be complete without a lobster course.

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Spectacular views were offered as desserts and drinks were served to the tunes of a DJ so  the couple had many moments to enjoy chatting with guests before the big day…

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 22, 2017

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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…

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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