Category Archives: Rehearsal Dinner

bride and groom in archway

Today we are showcasing this rehearsal dinner for Nancy and Nathan on Sea Island, Georgia. Often times our clients ask us to help with many of their weekend events and since we want to be careful not to overshadow the wedding, we love getting to design a compliment to the wedding. I also love it when clients choose to have their photographer to capture the entire weekend, like they did here with Liz Banfield.

Stationary Collage

Lettered Olive works with our clients to create a printing package that incorporates subtleties throughout the design that ties them all together. For the rehearsal dinner, our design theme was going to have a lot of greenery and natural elements, so fronds graced the rehearsal dinner invitations.

Couple bagpiper

As a homage to the couple’s heritage, a bagpiper welcome guests to dinner.

Buffet Collage

We sometimes find a “buffet” or station style dinner harder to design because there is less room for details… During cocktails a wooden board was displayed combining the evening’s menu and the seating by table for each guest.

Tablescape 1

Centerpieces of mixed greens housed in cement pots trailed the center of long dinner tables…Tables were named after the couples favorite locations throughout the world.

lanterns dinner tables

Dining Al Fresco requires lighting above and beyond candlelight…

couple at dinner

This is one of my favorite shots, capturing the clients enjoying each other’s company on the eve of their wedding…

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We hope you enjoyed our wedding Wednesday post on Gaby and Ward’s super glam Kiawah Island wedding last week.  Today, we’re sharing a quick post on their rehearsal dinner because I think it’s always fun to see how the whole weekend comes together in photos.  Thank you again to Corbin Gurkin for the sweet images.

Gaby and Ward welcomed friends and family at the Ocean Room at Kiawah Island for their simple supper. The rooms itself lends itself more to the masculine feel, which works out since the rehearsal dinner is typically hosted by the groom’s family. But of course, we have to make sure the bride is happy too! Hence, the mixing of dark grays and browns, textures, and the pop of pink flowers.

One long table was the perfect way to set the tone for the blending of families…

The menu cards were flipped over and hand printed with each name doubling as place cards… Love this easy space and cost saving detail. And, you know how I love to adorn napkins… simple ribbons with a camelia tucked in made a pretty detail.

A sweet and attentive groom takes care of his bride’s tears, due to her father’s toast.

Brides, it’s so great to have your wedding photographer on hand friday night as well, because you can get some lovely photos together before the big day… Love it.

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 22, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Happy Halloween! This was such a fun night for our couple from this week’s Wedding Wednesday. Their rehearsal dinner fell on Halloween, so they embraced it and threw a killer party at a Historic (and sometimes creepy) downtown venue, the Confederate Home and College.  Liz Banfield was there to capture all of the “gory” details.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Invitations by Lettered Olive were custom designed in an elegant macabre tone. The Spooks and Sprits afterparty for all out of town guests brought in a silver foil printed Raven as a darker nod to the wedding’s Bird and Branch theme.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

White painted pumpkins were the obvious choice for displaying the dinner seating cards.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Painted silver pumpkins gave a bit of elegance to the dining table centerpieces. Surrounded in a glass vase with candles placed on black linens gave the room quite the glow.






Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Pretty tablescapes for dinner. Printed menus that doubled as place cards were served up in black envelopes with silver calligraphy.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We had fun with the cocktail hour and appetizers, serving traditional fare like “deviled eggs” that also worked with the Halloween theme.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Black Chinese to go boxes were perfect for anyone wanting to take advantage of the Trick or Treat station offered.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

No Halloween is complete without candy, so we had a trick or treat station for guests to take home sweets. Lots of artifacts and creepy items in cloches helped accent the spooky decor.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests were encouraged to get into the spirit of the evening and wear some kind of costume to the afterparty. The bride and groom did a quick transformation after the actual dinner.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Even the servers and bartenders got in on the fun. Here a zombie bartender serves “Black Widow” cocktails out of silver pumpkins to willing guests.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Custom carved silver pumpkins like this one (which greeted guests to the after party) with the bride and groom initials were sprinkled throughout the venue and grounds.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests partied the night away in the foggy haunted graveyard. A chamber music quartet played appropriately spooky tunes

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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