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We loved seeing our Lowndes Grove wedding in the recent Charleston Weddings, and now we get to share it with you! Pretty pastels and pattern play were the name of the design game at this wedding, with photos so pretty from Corbin Gurkin.  Bridesmaids dresses in the lovliest shade of not quite lavender and not quite violet from Jenny Yoo at Bella Bridesmaid.

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The bride wore a Monique Lhullier gown and elegant flats from Dolce and Gabbana.

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Our beautiful bride carried a cascade of phalenopsis orchids, roses, and fern fronds. We were overjoyed when we found the perfect blue and white bird themed fabric at fabric.com, we used it as a photo wall back drop, to make pillows, and cover the bar.

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The blue and white papers designed by Lettered Olive made a statement with colored stock, pattern, die cut shapes, and letterpressed motifs.  Our wedding welcome bags were filled with local cheese biscuits, handmade chocolate, and wine all in a custom Charleston map tote featuring all of the weekend locations noted.

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The ceremony was held at one of my truly favorite local churches, the French Huguenot Church.

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After the ceremony, guests tossed rose petals on the couple exiting the church, all to the tune of a local gospel choir.

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Playing off of the cascading orchid bridal bouquet, the bridesmaids carried a fluffy and colorful mix of roses, orchids, and lilacs.

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I always advise my clients when developing our timelines, to allow themselves to steal away some private time with the photographer, in order to capture images like these.

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Long tables were dressed in custom linens with patterned toppers, while the smaller squares were dressed in all blue and white. I love that our bride let us play with all of these patterns and colors!

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The flowering cake by Jim Smeal, resting atop a bed of greens made for a drop dead centerpiece in the after dinner lounge.

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The after dinner lounge had a glamorous and feminine feel, and lots of thoughtful touches- one of my favorites was the phone charging station designed with the wedding hashtag signage. Oh, and the sliders on pretzel rolls by PPHG, were a HUGE hit!

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After a quick change and pretty sparkler send off, the couple departed by a vintage Rolls Royce ready to “Skip Down the Aisle” Together…

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Cakes, Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Food and Drink, Photographers, Press, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Apr 22, 2018

Well, we just think this bright pink Hamptons beachside affair couldn’t be more perfect to share on Valentine’s Day. We’re thrilled that this Hamptons wedding was also recently featured on Brides.  We hope you enjoy the details as much as we enjoyed working on this one… All of the photos by Liz Banfield.

The bride knew that the whimsical designs of graphic artist, Happy Menocal would be a must for her big day… They selected a broad color palette that set the design tone for the affair.

The bride went with a tulle and crystal covered Monique Lhuillier gown. The veil was also embellished with crystals, for the formal ceremony, but a down-do and fresh flowers took over at the reception.  We made a wild but sophisticated bouquet of phalenopsis orchids, wild peonies, and trailing greenery perfectly fit for a bride. The Groom’s blue Ermenegildo Zegna Made to Measure suite was perfect for the coastal climate and color palette.

Working with the array featured on the printed materials’ color palette, the bridesmaids all wore mixmatched dresses… Our bouquets were crafted from a variety of local wildflowers and seasonal blooms. The bride, who is an architect herself, chose the Church of the Atonement for her ceremony, which was build in the 1880’s by a well known NYC firm.  She is a long time fan of the classic shingled style of buildings seen in the Hamptons, so it was a natural fit. With the dark grey, the vivid fuschia orchids seemed to feel very celebratory for the big day.

The couple love food and wine having traveled extensively and living overseas, so the food and wine aspect was very important to them. We worked with Chef Peter Ambrose in the Hamptons to create a delicious menu that also looked lovely as well.  Servers greeted guests with coupes of champagne dotted with pink orchids, mini lobster rolls, grilled seafood, and we designed large standing cocktail tables for an abundant charcuterie display… all accented with our custom garden parasols.

A potted urn of phalenopsis orchids in varying shades of pink made the perfect centerpiece for the grassy topped escort card display.

Homemade jam favors by Briermere Farms received custom packaging for guests’ take home.

The tabletops were simple and organic… The lighter shades set the tone, allowing for the menus (Happy Menocal), escort tags and hand painted table numbers, and the food to be the pops of color throughout.

After dinner, guests moved into the lounge tent for dessert and dancing, bars were covered in custom fabric and orchid arrangements throughout provided whimsical pops of the mixed color palette.

An artful dessert display of locally made pies accompanied the traditional white wedding cake made by Sugar Sugar. For a topper, a simple spray of pink orchids was an artful touch.

Guests danced and partied well into the evening in the cozy tent, enjoying tunes from the Kevin Osbourne Band.

Before departing as husband and wife in a Classic Rolls Royce, guests sent them off properly with glowing sparklers…

 

 

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Monday in the middle of winter definitely calls for a shot of sweet treats!  Wedding cake tastings are definitely one of the most fun moments in the planning process, but for us designing the vignettes for the cake at the actual wedding is something we love. Not to mention, the cakes themselves can be works of art!  Today we are sharing some of our favorites from the last couple years of weddings… The cake above by Jim Smeal, was recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Our wedding in Newport, RI was a pastel confectionary design in and of itself- inspired by the carpet in the bride’s bedroom growing up- so fitting that the cake should match. The traditional tiered cake was separated by perfect pink roses… Cake by Confectionary Designs.

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This simple but whimsical cake was dressed up with wildflowers and greenery atop a monogramed linen- I loved this look as it gave some depth and design for the must have cake cutting photo. Cake by Jim Smeal.  You can see more from this wedding in Charleston Weddings Magazine.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Loved this modern and glam inspired cake by Jim Smeal. The extra tall tiers were covered in flawless marbleized and gold leafed design.  We placed it on a simple acrylic table draped with orchid strands, but the candles really had the gold shining..

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For this at home wedding, a large bay window overlooking the party made the perfect picture window for this cake by Jim Smeal. Large lush flower arrangements accented around the bottom of the table while a few blooms were artfully placed on the cake itself.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a formal classic wedding at home in Greenville, SC with a mediterranean flair, this cake was hand crafted by a family friend… And was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.

As the old saying goes- let them eat cake!

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Cakes, Charleston, Event Design, Flowers, Food and Drink, Photographers, Press, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>