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Jul 15, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Can you tell how ready we are for summer and beach season over here? Today we are sharing this Sea Island wedding full of seagrass and shell details.  Surprisingly, while we are located in Charleston, SC we are rarely able to do any beachside weddings as they aren’t allowed here.  So, when we are working with a client hosting a beach wedding we do like to make use of the surroundings.

Tara Guerard Soiree by LIz Banfield

The ceremony itself took place at a local chapel before guests made their way to the Ocean Forrest Club at Sea Island.  I love that this guest really got in the spirit with her woven and seashell motif Nantucket handbag.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Hearty flowers are a must for outdoor weddings. These bouquets included summer blooms such as tulips, roses, ranunculus, and cymbidium orchids.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Being held at a private beachside club afforded photographer, Liz Banfield, the chance to get some amazing shots of the wedding party on the beach. That light was so incredible!

And, I love the coastal groomsmen ensemble- white gabardine pants, navy blazer, crisp blue oxfords, and Vineyard Vines tie that coordinated with the girls’ dresses.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

As a nod to the brides’ family’s Scottish heritage, a bagpiper greeted guests as they entered into the cocktail tent.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Woven seagrass beach bags with local food treats, and maagzine, waters, and emergency hangover kit, and koozies for guests to use on weekend boating and beach adventures.

Food and drink Collage

Using the local bounty available, we created a seafood ice bar with the catering team at Sea Island. Southsides (a favorite of the couple) were served beachside, head here for a recipe.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Each guest was seated at tables named after actual seashells and a coordinating shell was affixed to their card, giving guests a nice little take home memento.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This was easily one of the most difficult tent drapes we have ever done, but one of the most rewarding. The tent ceiling is made from woven sheets of seagrass, normally a hearty material, but in the blustery conditions of a tent about 100 feet off of the beach, it was beyond challenging. Guests couldn’t believe it when they saw it though (and it had an amazing natural scent).

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

In order for guests to have the best view of the ocean during dinner, we had the tent flooring raised up several feet, giving guests a literal beachside lounge.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

One of the main design showcases of the evening were shadowboxes containing sand and shell displays.  And, those are icing sand dollars and shells on the cake by Jim Smeal.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The bride and groom departed by a vintage car adorned with ribbon streamers and orchid blooms.  Happy Wedding Wednesday!

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Bridal Collage

Looking back on this spring wedding really has us excited about designing for all of our upcoming Spring events. Married years ago at Runnymede Plantation outside of Charleston, our couple married under the live oaks overlooking the Ashley River and celebrated with friends and family afterwards with dinner, dancing, and a special guest!  All photos by Liz Banfield Photography.

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We kept the ceremony design simple but stunning.  The natural beauty of the surroundings were enough with some unexpected touches, like linen ottomans accented with blooms, and a gospel choir serenading during the recessional.

The bridesmaids wore full length Amsale dresses in the teal wedding color. Colorful and textured bouquets of garden roses, sweet peas, hypericum, geranium, and ranunculus gave a sunny disposition.

Printing Collage

The natural notes used in the printing items by Lettered Olive were glammed up by letterpressing elegant patterns on the wood grain paper, and using items like velvet covered menus, and copper tags throughout the printing.

After the river front ceremony, guests headed to a cocktail hour that included a huge printed fabric bar highlighted with draped garlands and al fresco lounge seating with prime views.

Cocktail Collage

Favorites like our Soiree signature Lowcountry Lemonade, rose bubbly, and Virginia Ham biscuits were just some of the offerings at cocktail hour.

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calligraphy Collage

Copper garden tags “planted” in live grass boxes served as the escort cards for dinner.  In lieu of a guest book, guests signed a magnum of the couple’s favorite bottles.

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The dinner tent was highlighted by seagrass flooring and a basketweave greenery topper. Our own Frank and Lane chairs were custom painted the wedding teal. Long tables topped with ostrich leather and pastel skirts alternated with square wooden farm tables. Dunes and Duchess spindle lamps with burlap shades blended perfectly with teal Creative Candles tapers

dinner table Collage

A mixture of “just picked” florals added to the elevated garden ambience. Varying shades of menu booklets by Velvet Raptor had engraved copper name tags serving as the place cards.

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The 3 wedding cakes by Jim Smeal rested atop a lush greenery tablecloth we fashioned by gluing hundreds of galax leaves onto. Adorable custom “doggie bags” were created for guests to take home extra cake slices. The photo inside was of the couples two Australian Shepards, happy to be included!

 

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b&w Collage

After dancing their first dance as husband and wife to band, Party on the Moon, the bride changed into an amazing feathered and sequined party dress. Special guest, Tone Loc, performed several hits to get the party started.

going away Collage

At the end of the evening, the guests enjoyed a fireworks show, and the happy couple departed in a vintage ford pick up with sparklers glowing.

 

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 15, 2018

Today, we are digging back into the archives for springtime wedding with the pops of color we need right now. There are so many details from this wedding atop Gorham’s Bluff in Alabama, it’s hard to narrow them down. This sweet shindig has all the trademarks of a perfect Southern affair- seersucker, nods to favorite college football teams, cocktails (many many cocktails), bows, outfit changes (the bride had 3 dresses!) and lots and lots of flowers, all done in the chicest way of course.  Liz Banfield shot this wedding weekend for us and Lettered Olive is responsible for all of the printed items.

The printed materials all featured a sweet floral pattern countered by a seersucker pattern that we wanted included because of it’s prominence in the upcoming wedding design.  The guests were welcomed with individual picnic baskets full of custom packaged goodies.

A palette of ombre punchy colors were balanced with varigated flowers were wrapped with seersucker fabric.  The bride carried a bouquet with a bit more of a bridal feel, creams and whites with faint hints of pink.

The wedding ceremony was held in the property’s outdoor amphitheater overlooking the lake and valley.

Immediately following the ceremony, guests enjoyed an al fresco cocktail hour on the grand lawn overlooking the valley… We passed “Tigertinis” a nod to the couple’s Auburn University alma mater, along with other noshes.

Guests enjoyed dinner in a grand tent swathed in fabric and lush carpeting. Giant lampshades were fashioned from seersucker fabric, as were table linens. The place settings featured die cut floral letterpressed menu cards with grey leaves hand lettered as place cards.

An 8 tired cake with a hand painted floral design by Jay Qualls  was a centerpiece of the tent. We made a custom linen perfect for this bride featuring ruffled flowers made out of taffeta.  After dinner, guests enjoyed dancing in the late hours in a glowing lounge tent. One of my favorite elements of this tent started as a problem we encountered during set up. A tent was growing in the footprint of the tenting, and obviously we couldn’t tear it down! So, we cut the flooring and it appeared as if a tree was just growing right in the tent. Hang some lanterns from it, and it’s a pretty design element we didn’t even plan for!

The bride and groom are avid college football fans, so we had guests wave pompoms at the send off.  The bride departed wearing her mother’s wedding gown- a cotton eyelet dress with bell sleeves- so fab!

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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