Category Archives: Reception

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.


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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Oct 22, 2017

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This wedding was too fun and perfect for a fall wedding Wednesday, that we just had to pull it out of the archives. The weather could not have been more perfect for this warm fall afternoon ceremony overlooking the Kiawah River at the River Course on Kiawah Island, SC. Thank you to Liz Banfield for the images.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The perfect golf course green grass was the perfect backdrop for the green, orange, and brown harvest color palette we used for the wedding decor all based on graphic designer bride’s paper suite.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Fluffy Dahlias, snowberries, and star of bethlehem make up the bride’s bouquet.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

To designate an “alter” in such an expansive setting we took an ordinary brown linen and adorned it with orange mums. Orange mums were also secured into the grass as pew markers. Hand blown glass vases full of green peas topped with flowers offered a colorful and wind resistant design element.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Golden mums and olive greenery make up the wedding party flowers. The little girls carried posies that complimented their fab floral crowns. The ring bearer carried a miniature bird’s nest full of moss.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The bride, owner of  Oscar and Emma Designs designed all of the paper pieces. Wood paper liners encased the letterpressed ceremony programs.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Lowcountry Lemonade served with drink flags embellished with button mums in the color palette.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Dinner seating cards designed by Oscar and Emma had a precious copper leaf for each guest. We created a tree for the cards to hang from, creating a focal point for decor.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Moss green crushed velvet linens made the brightly hued florals and menus really pop but also allowed for the candles to create a warmth later into the evening.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Roasted pumpkin soup was served in hollowed mini pumpkins.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The cake by Jim Smeal featured all of the designs found on the wedding papers.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The couple, from Ohio, had to have a Grater’s ice cream station, couldn’t be a more perfect accompaniment to the cake.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The guest welcome favors served in a fall orchard basket featured all gourmet treats from their hometown.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Oscar and Emma designed tags topped off the caramel popcorn favors guests received at the end of the evening.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests enjoying cocktail hour by the warm glow of the sun setting over the Kiawah River.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The cozy after dinner lounge flanked by the espresso leather furniture and seagrass carpeting made the perfect spot to curl up with some bourbon and enjoy the festivities.

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 22, 2017


It’s about that time in wedding season where we start to see the color palettes become a bit richer, different materials are used in the designing, and flavors shift a little. This wedding was one of my favorites for all of those reasons. Everything including the ceremony took place at Lowndes Grove Plantation, which allows us to create different areas and designs based on historic architecture, tented courtyards, and glorious trees overlooking the Ashley River. Liz Banfield provides all of the lovely images.

printing-collageFor the lush and natural garden feel the bride wanted, Lettered Olive created a printed “nature” paper along with die cut patterns to use on the wedding invitations. Canvas garden totes made the perfect unexpected guest welcome bags. For an outdoor afternoon ceremony, ceremony programs doubled as fans.



A varied mixture of white and green florals provided lush texture and I loved how the bouquets incorporating both colors looked against the bridesmaids’ green dresses and the bride’s dress.

ceremony-collageHeel savers were provided so ladies could easily enjoy the ceremony on the lawn. Natural woven bags full of rose petals were provided for guests to toss at the bride and groom after they were married and coming back down the aisle.


Antique church pews mixed with rustic chairs overlook the greenery covered alter.



Guests were treated to cocktail hour bites and sips by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group. The seafood station was housed over ice blocks full of green leaves for added decor.


The couple met while on a Peace Corps tour in Africa, so we had African made fabrics brought in for different areas of decor, like these dinner escort cards.


Dinner took place in the oyster tabby tented with a clear view of the sky.


The African fabric brought a varied mix tied to the dinner chairs. Branches calligraphied with guests’ names provided the natural place cards.



Like life floral vines covered the wedding cake from Jim Smeal’s artistry.


The after dinner lounge and bar provided a perfect space for guests to retreat for dancing after dinner.


dessert-station dessert-collage

An after dinner dessert station featured individual treats full of fall flavor… Servers passed mini cones to guests on the dance floor need a little treat to call off…

couple-dancing couple-getaway

A vintage convertible in the perfect shade of green provides a photo worthy getaway for the bride and groom!

10.22.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Food and Drink, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Weddings | Comments >>