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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.

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Travel, Uncategorized, Weddings | 5 Comments
Jul 15, 2018

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Since we just featured their lovely wedding, we thought it only fitting to share their super fun Saturday night rehearsal party full of fun and games. For the eve before their wedding this fun loving couple had a truly personal rehearsal and welcome party. Think tropical beach party (but indoors) which was appropriate considering a tropical storm kicked off their wedding week. Photos are by Liz Banfield.

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All of the delicious bites from Cru Catering were on point! Party perfect cocktails greeted guests along with passed apps like mini Tacos and gazpacho shots. We also set up a display of personalized paper cones filled with fried plantains for guests to grab and munch before sitting down to dinner.  We love little touches like matching servers and staff to fit the event, so tropical shirts were a must!

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Long family style tables named after islands the couple has traveled to together, were dressed with with colorful patterned toppers and lush foliage at each place setting.  Guests enjoyed a lively dedication video and photo montage towards the end of dinner.

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The groom is a big movie lover, so his groom’s cake was an unbelievable nod to his favorite movie- I’ll let you guess which one!

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After dinner, curtains were pulled back and revealed a beach party, complete with a sand dance floor, seagrass lounge seating and tropical umbrellas. Guests could check their shoes, and we had a foot wash with buckets of water and paint brushes to clean up after dancing.

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For our tropical bar, palm fronds were the perfect design element. Frozen cocktails like Pina Coladas and Pain Killers got guests in the spirit, and Co Co & Co custom coconut water kept everyone hydrated. This is our new favorite, how awesome is their beach cart, and you can serve the coconuts with or without booze!

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In addition to the dessert bar featuring homemade churros, mini banana puddings, and coconut cream pie shots, a full video arcade sparked fierce air hockey competitions into the late hours.

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Entertaining, Event Design, Event Planning, Food and Drink, Parties, Rehearsal Dinner, Travel, Weddings | Comments >>
Jul 15, 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…

 

 

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Cakes, Event Design, Flowers, Food and Drink, New York, Press, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, Travel, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>