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Feb 19, 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…



2.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Feb 19, 2018

Liz Banfield recently sent this wedding we did together back in 2004… It was one of our first big scale productions and was in Columbia, SC.  I loved so much working with this client because she and her husband were so dear, but looking at these pictures I also remember everything that went into doing this wedding and I thought it would be fun to share today…

Our bride went with chartreuse and chocolate as her color palette and had a bit of modern sensibility… So, we designed these octagonal chocolate brown invitations, and I think they were ahead of the times- and a preview into the creation of Lettered Olive, our sister printing company.

Because the bridesmaids’ dresses were chocolate brown and white, we had hoped to use chocolate cosmos in their bouquets, but when they came in looking terrible we had to improvise… We covered large buttons with chocolate brown velvet and they looked so great!  The couples’ puppy needed a cute floral collar too of course, since he would be walking down the aisle with them. And, the historic Columbia church looked pretty as a picture with lush white floral wreaths adorned with chocolate brown ribbons.

 We used the velvet buttons again in the pretty wreaths on the historic mansion’s gate… I know Liz and I are both big fans of the photos of the brides navigating thro

As guests arrived to the tent for dinner and the lounge, a large orchid covered tree with chartreuse octagon place cards with stunning chocolate brown calligraphy took center stage,  Jim Smeal brought us this pretty octagon and orchid monogrammed wedding cake, and a focal point of the lounge was our bar lined with orchids… This was one of the first bars we started to design and build on our own- using a special material for the bar top, fabric bottom, etc. I love seeing how our look and design has changed and developed over the years.

One of my favorite service elements we brought to our clients was having the wedding cake precut and served for them at dinner- the couple could have the ceremonial cutting, but having a lovely piece of cake served to you, perhaps garnished is so much nicer than watching the big thing get butchered in the middle of the tent.  The tent was covered in cow hide rugs, draped in greenery, and accented with velvet linens, pillows, and ottomans.

After the couple enjoys dancing with their guests, friends and family saw them off with a sparkler send off- still remains classic to this day!


2.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We are fortunate that living in the South allows us to do winter weddings with almost as much ease as Spring weddings (it’s 60+ here in Charleston today!). When you have a back drop as graceful and stunning as the Ford Planation in Savannah, Georgia, you get year round spectacular events! For this Sunday brunch wedding, our bride and groom opted for a chic blue and white toile as the pattern du jour.  The toile was worked into everything from the invitations to the umbrellas, table linens, and even tray liners. Winter white peonies and ranunculus were mixed with festive greens for centerpieces and bouquets which set a romantic mood and the cake was topped with seasonal fruit to finish it off. (All photos by Adrienne Page)



Of course there were plenty of personal touches as well. Our bride wore a vintage family veil, and received a beautiful bracelet to wear that day as a gift from the groom. The bride’s mother made homemade banana pecan bride and peach chutney which we packaged with custom designed tags by Lettered Olive and guests received as their welcome gift.


Set under live oaks and overlooking the river, the wedding ceremony was anchored by a simple greenery covered chuppa.  Guests then joined the couple on the back lawn of the Plantation for an al fresco brunch reception.


The menu consisted of favorite Southern brunch delicacies with a twist, such as Quail and Grits -alongside Shrimp and Grits, Ford Eggs Benedict, as well as a Bloody Mary Station with pickled veggies and Artillery Punch (a famous Savannah celebratory cocktail). One  long table topped with umbrellas in the signature pattern for shade allowed for guests to mingle easily. The bride hand wrote notes to all of her guests thanking them for being there, which also doubled as place cards.


As they said their goodbyes, guests tossed white rose petals out of paper cones made from the blue and white toile pattern while the couple drove off in a classic black vintage car. This winter wedding couldn’t have been more perfect!

2.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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