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Oct 23, 2018

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We have shared several of our favorite outdoor ceremony set ups with you, but realized how pretty that many of the churches we have been lucky enough to work with are so lovely too.  Yes, we don’t always have as much freedom to add design elements as we would outside, but sometimes the buildings themselves have pretty elements that can be recreated. Just like the wood elements in this chapel on Sea Island, GA. The antique hardwood floors and ceiling beams added just enough rustic to this formal affair.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

 I have a certain affinity for this church, since it’s the church in Charleston that my family attends, St. Philip’s. This is a centuries old church has grand details like marble floors, a stained glass picture window, and wooden balcony box seating. The wrought iron gates outside are just asking for gorgeous greenery and blooms.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

One of my other very favorites in Charleston is the French Huguenot Church. It’s an intimate space, so guests will get to really be a part of the ceremony, and the architecture is stunning. They do allow weddings of visitors and non members, making it ulitmately appealing for many of our destination clients.

photo by Liz Banfield

The inside of this Catholic church makes you think you could be in Florence, Italy- spectacular!

photo by Liz Banfield

This church in San Antonio, Texas featured a grand gothic stone front, making it lovely for portraits of the bride and groom.

photos by Perry Vaile

The chapel at Palmetto Bluff is everything..Truly special and serene.  We love to add gracious touches to the front entrance, and of course soften the inside.

photo by Liz Banfield

This church in the Hamptons, had that true New England feel with the shingled exterior and woody gardens. The interior boasted super details like a domed penny tiled ceiling windows, gorgeous stained glass, and vintage lighting.

 

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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After being voted the #1 city 5 times in a row, it’s not hard to see why Charleston has become a top bachelorette party spot.  Today, we’re sharing a Charleston Bachelorette Weekend guide. Forty eight hours of around the clock ideas for where to stay, eat, and hang.

Bachelorette Hotel

For those looking for the modern or boutiquey places to stay- there are new places coming on the Charleston market all the time, but a few of our favorites are The Spectator Hotel (one of our past brides was the interior designer), the Dewberry, and the newly redesigned Restoration Hotel.  If you want a more Southern traditional Charleston abode then The Charleston Place is a classic, and the Mills House has more than a few historic claims to fame.

And for a big group of girls all wanting to stay together of course there are AirBnB properties, but another great resource focusing on Charleston and the beaches is Luxury Simplified Retreats.

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Figuring out where to dine in Charleston for an upcoming visit can be a full time planning job in and of itself, but, we’ve got you covered. Start with an early dinner of Lobster Rolls and Rose Friday evening at 167 Raw. Then, head back to the hotel for an early nightcap at your lobby or rooftop bar.  You can’t miss Chez Nous – it’s truly one of my most favorite spots and such a special little place. Lunch at the large outside table would make for a lovely afternoon. Saturday night calls for Upper King- dinner at Darling Oyster Bar makes for an effortless first stop.  Duck into any of the other hot spots around as you make your way to late night dancing at The Commodore. Cure the “Blew it Out Blues” over Sunday brunch at the Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island.

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Charleston is wonderful on foot of course, but bikes can get you farther into the upper and lower areas of town (helpful for getting you to lunch at Chez Nous). Affordabike offers rentals and deliveries throughout downtown. If you are staying at the Spectator or the Restoration, inquire about the bikes they have in house. King Street is known for it’s shopping, from national and worldwide chains, to local boutiques. Hampden Clothing is a must hit, as well as Finicky Filly across the street.  Since, you’ll be on Sullivan’s for brunch, plan on staying for the afternoon and enjoy the beach!

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 23, 2018

It’s been about a month since we returned from the Engage 18! conference in Banff, Canada.  It was a stunningly beautiful location, and I always love reconnecting with old friends.  Thank you to the ever talented Cameron Clark for sharing these amazing photos.

The host hotel was the historic Fairmont Banff Springs.. Rumor is it’s haunted but we didn’t experience any of that business.  They were a gracious host for us, and the scenery can’t be beat.  It was so wild that it didn’t actually ever get really dark, light until about 11pm, and sun up again at about 4am.  This year as I took the main stage, I wanted to share what sets the vendors we work with apart from others.  We always say yes to our clients and deliver beyond their expectations, so vendors that help us do that are what we are looking for.

I also got to host a table at the dine arounds… We were at The Balkan Restaurant, a greek spot in the middle of downtown Banff… So much fun, I enjoyed all of my table mates so much and the restaurant was fabulous, we even broke plates at the end of the night in true Greek form.

We love our Jordan Kahn! He is the best at service… And, so fun, he always hosts friends on some type of boat ride.  We did a Yacht on the Seine in Paris together which was one of the highlights of that trip. This time, we did a raft float down the Bow River and had a blast!

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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