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Bride and groom color

Today for Wedding Wednesday, we head to Sea Island, Georgia for this natural beauty. This was one of my favorite weddings to design, I love the location, and this bride had fantastic personal taste and style (see her custom made Austin Scarlett gown). Liz Banfield took all of the pretty photos. Since there are so many pretty images, we’re going to make this into a 2 part post. But, you can see more in the meantime over at Martha Stewart Weddings.

Stationary Collage

For the couple’s save the date, Lettered Olive designed a custom monogram incorporating some of Sea Island’s local flora and fauna.  That theme plays throughout much of the rest of the paper and wedding designs.  Ceremony programs were passed out to guests on trays lined with printed paper used in the programs and matched the invitation liners. Notice the Elvis Presley stamps on the reply cards- a nod to the bride’s hometown of Memphis, TN.

guest bag

Guest bags were a canvas zipper pouch full of a mix of goodies and items from the groom’s native, Australia, and the U.S.- including a homemade chocolate chip cookies made by one of the bridesmaids’ mother.

flower Collage

Orchids are a favorite of the bride’s and her mother also had them at her wedding, so it was nice to continue that tradition.  Special family members like grandmothers wore wrist flowers versus having to carry something.

Church exterior

Church Collage

bride and groom church window

The ceremony took place at a chapel at Frederica, and with the architectural elements of the church, Liz was able to get some spectacular images.

door and draping

Guests made their way to the Ocean Forest Golf Club for cocktails, dinner, and dancing.

Cocktail Collage

Edwards fountain

Sea Island is known for the Spanish influence in its architecture… The Club opens up onto a courtyard with a grand fountain, since our cocktail hour was to take place there, we incorporated the fountain by making cushions for guests to sit on and enjoy.

Cocktail hour Collage

The elegant cocktail hour included little enclaves for guests to grab a drink and sit and enjoy conversation.

bride and groom walkingBride and groom portrait

The couple takes advantage of the sunlight and scenery to get portraits and some moments alone to take in the day.

Place card Collage

Since the venue itself is full of pretty scenery and architecture, we really wanted to incorporate some of it into the design elements. During cocktail hour, guests picked up their escort cards at a table anchored by a  simple but lush floral arrangement. Escort cards are held in place by pieces Georgia granite.
Dinner tent overall


The dinner tent was swathed in blue fabric, reminiscent of the traditional porch ceilings in the South.  To bring the natural feel of the overall wedding design to the tent, trees were “planted” throughout and created a wall between dinner and the dancing portion of the tent.

Dinner Collage

Guests dined under strands of orchids accented by candlelight. Taking a note from the centerpieces, fern fronds decorated each place setting… Modern brass flatware keeps the table elegant but not fussy.


Cake Collage

wedding cake

The wedding cake by Jim Smeal included intricate patterns similar to the windows at the Chapel where the couple were married. The hand made icing flowers add that feminine frill just perfect for a wedding cake.

Bride and groom first dance

The couple takes the floor for their first dance as husband and wife.

Cocktail bar

Ok, now this is one of my most favorite things we’ve ever done!  We created a half moon cocktail bar with copper tops. Then, we had Spoonflower print fabric with the brides’ favorite painting from the St. Regis bar in New York.  I mean…

Nighttime Collage

Landscape lighting sets a moody tone for guests dining and dancing into the wee hours. To announce the bride and groom’s departure, a Dixie jazz band paraded everyone out to the front of the venue for the send off.

B&W couple

After a quick change in to a departure dress by Anaesia, guests tossed rose petals at the bride and groom…

Car Collage

A vintage convertible decorated with lush greenery made for a one of kind getaway..


10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 22, 2017


photo by Leigh Webber

We posted this last year after Hurricane Matthew, but felt it was pertinent again after Irma swept through.  Millions are without power, massive flooding, building and tree damage, and devastation have been seen in popular honeymoon destinations throughout the Carribean. We were beyond fortunate here and are so thankful we weren’t among many of our friends and colleagues that had events scheduled for this weekend. Thank you as well to all of the clients and friends that reached out to check on us during this time. So, what would you have done if you were to have your wedding in any of the coastal areas affected by the storm? Today we’re sharing a few ideas and tips.


photo by Leigh Webber

First of all, when you are planning your big day, think about your location and seasons. Do you want a winter wedding, but not an actual snowstorm that prevent guests from flying in? Do you want a beachside affair without hurricane force winds?  Do you have your heart set on getting married under a tent, but in the rainiest month of the year? We ALWAYS suggest checking the Farmer’s Almanac or’s event planner tool if you aren’t aware of this information.


photo by Leigh Webber

Be sure and know the “Act of God” clause in all of your vendor’s contracts. Most of our wedding community in Charleston particularly I’ve found bends over backwards to accommodate in situations like this past weekend, but deposits will be lost, printed materials will have to be reprinted, and tears will be shed. If the event can be rescheduled obviously most vendors that have the new date available transfer the deposit and any other paid amounts towards that. Does the same venue have another date for you- sometimes a  booking a date that is still open and very near to your original date can be done for a smaller fee.  Any vendors that require travel will obviously need to be rebooked (so it’s a GREAT idea when there is a slight risk to purchase the travel insurance offered by most airlines).  Having a wedding planner for these situations obviously reaps benefits.


photo by Leigh Webber

People often ask about Wedding insurance… From what we have found there are many provisions to think about whether it will be right for you or not. In most cases, if a storm becomes a named storm that usually makes the coverage null and void (which would affect not only locations like Charleston and Florida with Irma this past weekend, but also places like New York and New Jersey a few years ago with Sandy!). Also, the total budget of the wedding can also make you ineligible for coverage- most of the time weddings over $150,000 aren’t covered.


photo by Leigh Webber

This weekend so many stories have come out- some were rescheduled for a different date, some were moved to different locations (one from Charleston to Connecticut!), and we heard of a couple even marrying on their honeymoon. Here is how we handled some of our past disasters!


photo by Adrienne Page

This couple married in the height of summer- July 7th at Brookgreen Gardens… their ceremony was schedule for late afternoon- often the same time as thunderstorms come onto shore. Right as the guests’ transportation was pulling up for the ceremony, a very dangerous lightning storm joined us. We staged the guests in a gift shop and covered area, and the rest were happy to stay comfortably on the buses until the storm passed. We had two crews- one wiping down all of the ceremony seating as soon as the rain stopped, and the other passing out umbrellas to guests at the buses…


photo by Liz Banfield

Flooring and tenting when budget allows will always help. This wedding occurred at the tail end of a front that caused flooding of inland areas of Georgia. The yard and garden where most of the event was to take place was full of standing water, and a tent could not be put up on such soft ground and in such bad conditions. Luckily the day before the wedding the rain stopped, and tent company worked through the night to put it up for us to decorate. We had to purchase pine straw and other ground covering to put in some of the badly affected areas, and added flooring to the lounge for dancing. The expense ended up paying for itself as much of the event couldn’t have been salvageable!

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Event Planning, Photographers, Travel, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Oct 22, 2017


Today’s feature is a blast from the past summertime wedding at Drayton Hall Plantation featuring gerber daisy designs. Our bride,  a well known Charleston interior designer, was  a great collaborator and serious about her guests having fun. The result was a playful but classic Southern wedding under the Oaks. Thank you to Liz Banfield for the photos.

Printing Collage

A simple gerber motif gave the classic invitations and ceremony programs by Lettered Olive a hint of sweetness…

Bridal Collage

Liz was able to capture some amazing portraits of the bride inside the historic plantation house. We went with brights and colors for the wedding party, so traditional white fit the perfect bill for this bride’s bouquet.

wedding party Collage


ceremony Collage

The wedding ceremony was held under one of the oldest live oaks on the property with a gospel choir providing some hymns during. We lined the aisle with varying shades of gerber daisy heads for a subtle pop of color. And, for the “reserved” rows of family, wide satin ribbon tied around the chair backs also had a gerber daisy detail.


Reception Collage

Afterwards, a tented reception was held along the riverbanks.  Seating vignettes were placed throughout so as guests tried the varying food stations, they could grab a quick seat to eat.


A tired cake separated by rows of gerber daisies found a pretty home inside a canopied display… We like to take bridesmaids’ bouquets and place them around the cake table also to add some floral elements.

Daisy Collage

Gerber daisy details throughout the wedding included candles inside tall glass cylinders with small gerbers glued along the top, lampshades with real daisies attached, floral tie backs covering all of the tent legs, and pretty floral “tree” centerpieces.


Once the dancing began, the tent was turned into a sultry late night lounge with a packed dance floor!


getaway CollageFor the Sparkler send off, we built a large display full of daisies growing out of rye grass. Guests were able to grab their sparklers on the way out to see off the bride and groom…

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Interior Design, Photographers, Reception, Uncategorized, Weddings | 1 Comment