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This at home Greenville, SC wedding was lush, light, and airy. Brooke, our bride, couldn’t imagine her wedding anywhere else. So, following a ceremony on the back lawn, a tented cocktail hour and four course seated dinner, were followed by dancing well into the evening. Corbin Gurkin provides the lovely photography. And see more from the feature on Martha Stewart Weddings .

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Embroidered handkerchiefs were given to all of the ladies. The bride also had a vintage handkerchief of her grandmother’s pinned inside her gown to serve as her something old.

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Our bride wears a custom gown by Nardos Imam. The lace jacket seen here was removed during dinner and dancing lending formality to the wedding ceremony.

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Lettered Olive paired many lovely design elements into the printed materials.  The green custom monogram was carried throughout much of the wedding decor. A straw tote filled with many of the couple’s favorite things (including a handsome box of Russell Stover’s candy as a nod to the groom’s family), served as the guest welcome gift.

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A luxurious and lush all white bouquet of peonies, lily of the valley, roses (both of which were carried in their mother’s bouquets) was accented with delicate lambs’ ear.

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The ceremony took place on the bride’s family’s back lawn, and was anchored by a traditional floral arch.

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During cocktail hour, guests received their dinner escort cards, which were enterlaced by swags of hanging garlands.

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Dinner for 375 guests was served at a mixture of rectangle and square tables. Tabletops were mixed with tall and low candlelight and low overspilling floral arrangements. I love when we get to use Clematis in season, I find it such a beautiful wedding flower. The floral motif china was the perfect fit for this event!

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We love making our tent entrances vibrant and welcoming, which keeps the guests excited about the progression of the evening.

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A breathtaking floral wall was crafted as the photo booth backdrop. And, to fill the massive expanse of the clear top tent, and provide a tailored finish, we created a lush greenery wall as the backdrop for the band’s stage.

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Over the dance floor hung custom lanterns we made from a green and white floral fabric perfectly scouted for this event! Greenery garlands hide the unattractive cords.

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In the after dinner lounge, guests enjoyed cake and a night of dancing. The expansive half round bar provided a perfect perch for those wanting a break from the dance floor.

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The brides’ shorty feather dress by Nardos Imam and flip flops were the perfect attire as the bride and groom departed by fireworks directly for their honeymoon! What better way for this couple to further celebrate this gorgeous marriage but the birth of their first child! Congratulations Brooke and David on your first year of marriage, seeing your special day on the pages of Martha Weddings, and the birth of sweet Mae.

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4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Event Design, Event Planning, Fashion, Photographers, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Apr 22, 2018

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Now that Spring is in full swing, the party season is too. At our recent trunk show, I had a couple of people ask what my favorite hostess gifts were, so today I’m sharing some ideas for you!

The above idea would be perfect if you have been invited to stay as a guest in someone’s home. A beautiful basket full of goodies (especially ones local to your hometown). Our basket includes Grey Ghost cookies (with custom Lettered Olive labels), a Candlefish candle, a bottle of bubbles, and a turkish towel (some of my favorites are here).

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Our oyster shell salt and pepper cellars have been hugely popular and are back in stock. Wrapped in a pretty package, they make for an unexpected gift- you never knew you needed them, but you will use them at all your dinner parties!

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I’m a huge fan of linen cocktail napkins, and you can never go wrong with gifting them. They make for a great completion to just a bottle of wine or liquor, and having them embroidered with something custom makes them meaningful also! Lettered Olive can make any design you wish.

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Also, as a long time admirer of paper goods, a set of letterpress cards, a notepad featuring a customized or emblem that appeals to the hostess, or letterpressed recipe cards (which could be partnered with bottle of wine as a wine notes pad) would all be things I would be thrilled to receive… All by Lettered Olive.

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Another entertaining must have is a nice cutting board. These are handcarved and made in my hometown of Camden, SC by Nicholas Blake.

We love learning about new ideas- what are some of your favorite hostess gifts? Leave a comment and let us know!

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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This wedding has all the makings to get us excited for the Spring season ahead- pretty pastel palette, beach front ceremony, and spring design elements like peaches, dahlias, and greens. Guests were able to spend a vacation like weekend on Kiawah Island, SC celebrating with the couple. Corbin Gurkin was on hand to capture all of the lovely images.

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Guests received simply gorgeous letterpress invitations in a simple spring green all designed by Lettered Olive. A floral but not fussy motif set the tone for the events. Upon arrival, custom printed Kiawah Island totes filled with locally made tea, honey, and snacks welcomed guests. The floral pattern used on the printed tags became a big design factor in other places at the wedding.

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The bride wore a Monique Lhuillier strapless light and airy lacy mermaid silhouetted gown.

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Our bride enjoyed a day of dressing with her bridesmaids all in Plum Pretty Sugar.

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The couple opted for a First Look- I love the look of excitement and anticipation on the groom’s face as we awaits her to approach.

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The pale green and grey color palette was a lovely background for the palest of spring florals. The bridesmaids wore varying gowns in the same fabric by Amsale.

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To dress up and tailor this beach front ceremony, a pristine white carpet runner was laid over the immaculate grass. A simple chuppa with flowing white curtains and floral tie backs still offer guests a view of the ocean.

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Simple seagrass anchored in sand were simple chic and affordable aisle decor!  We offered flip flops in varying sizes to guests who didn’t want their heels sinking into the ground. Fan shaped programs on the thickest Italian paper we use, made for perfect weather tamers during the ceremony.

2013_Diana_Ezra_1194The brides hand tied bouquet featured David Austin garden roses, white peonies, white roses and tea roses, and grey lambs ear for color and texture.

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Cocktail hour was open air on the porch; a bowl of peaches provides information about the cocktails served and pretty bar decor; monogrammed table runners were placed throughout the ballroom venue to keep it feeling personal.

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Of course, being a SC girl, this was one of my favorite escort card displays we’ve done- a table of peaches with hand caligraphied floral die cut cards, LOVE!

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One design area worth the splurge at this event was covering the typical busy and bright ballroom carpet with white carpeting, giving the ballroom a crisp and polished feel. Dinner linens were the palest of green with a darker complimentary green piped on the edges and peeking out in corners. Dinner chairs were perfectly matched in a pale green.

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Place settings were prettied with matching ribbons and eucalyptus springs and a caligraphied leaf place card. Low lying centerpieces of pink dinner plate dahlias, leafy greens, and seeded eucalyptus accented with mercury glass were classic glam.

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A pale green ruffled and sugar flowered cake, all handiwork by Jim Smeal .

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We had the floral pattern designed for the couple’s printed materials put onto their dance floor which really made for a breathtaking addition to the ballroom. A guest book was made by guests taking pics with an old fashioned Polaroid and leaving a personal note.

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After a traditional Horrah dance and a quick change, the bride and groom departed by sparklers.

4.22.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Travel, Uncategorized, Weddings | 4 Comments