Mar 08, 2016

So, today we are going to show you (yes, you can do it!) how to make a beautiful spring wedding bouquet. If you are a DIY bride but intimidated by everything you see on Pinterest, or an eager bridesmaid ready to learn a trick of the trade and surprise your friend getting married, get ready because after this “how to” you’ll be making Soiree bouquets!
Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

First steps are to gather your materials. All of these flowers were purchased at our local wholesale florist (you don’t have to have an account, you can buy walking in off of the street).  Sometimes I just go in an see what they have available with no wish list. You will also need stem wrap- which is a stretchy tape like material to bind the stems together, and scissors. Tara’s Tip: Oasis brand makes yellow handled scissors that are the best for cutting through thick stems. Remember too, to always keep your flower cutting scissors separate from your ribbon cutting scissors.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

Your first step is to “clean” your flowers. Remove all leaves, thorns, etc. I group all of the flowers I’m working with together so I can keep track of the distribution of them as I’m composing the bouquet.  FYI, bouquets will take more flowers than you think!  It’s always better to have more more more to allow for any breakage and you can use for boutonierres, flowers for the moms, or even flower girl petals and accessories.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

Start with the prettiest flower in the center then use different flowers to add texture all around. Try not to get too matchy matchy, a fresh out of the garden look is the goal! If you have a smaller flower like tea roses or sweet peas, I do like to use a cluster of those together to give them a little bit of bulk.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

  Tara’s Tip: Do your bouquet in front of a mirror. You can see it from both sides and watch that the shape stays how you want it.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

Make sure you hold the bouquet in your hand and that all stems as you add more remain facing the same direction, and be careful as it gets more full it can come undone easily. Start to wrap the stems at the hearty part of the stems right below they start to bend a bit by being grouped in the bouquet.  You will need to hold the stem wrap in place as you first start to secure it. Stretch it a bit to activate it’s stickiness and wrap it ontop of the starting end (if you pull too tight it will tear). Then you can spin the bouquet to wrap it for a total of 2-3″ of tape to ensure it’s secure.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

Use your good scissors to trim all of the stems to the same length.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy CuneoI love ribbon, so I’m always on the hunt for different or special pieces. Wrap your ribbon starting a little above the top of the tape- make sure you leave about 5″ of a tail for you to come back and tie. Wrap around to the bottom of the tape and then back up the opposite side, meeting the first tail end.  Tie together in a square knot. To give the ends a finished look, fold them in half- cut on an upwards angle to give the “innie” pointed look, and cut on a down angle to give the outie look.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Lucy Cuneo

Voila!   Thank you for the lovely images, Lucy Cuneo.

3.08.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Mar 07, 2016

Circa 1886

Charleston was busy and bustling this weekend with the annual Wine and Food Festival. We were honored to work with The Scout Guide on an intimate luncheon where we shared some of our entertaining tips and enjoyed a delicious menu by Circa 1886 Restaurant. Thank to you all who came!

Circa 1886 luncheon

The private room at Circa 1886 recently underwent an updating and it’s lovely!  I can see it being one of our new favorite spots for bridal luncheons, and their food is always outstanding.

Circa 1886 and Tara Guerard luncheon

We stacked colorful Scout guides and held them up with bookends-  something you could easily replicate by gathering pieces found around the house! You could use vintage books or a mixture of china pieces, etc.

Circa 1186 luncheon

Centerpieces were gold urns full of local camelias- a quick and easy centerpiece that you can put together with any flowering shrubs you may have in your yard- azaleas, gardenias, hydrangeas, etc. or you can even use clusters of greenery.  I used an Oasis floral brick to hold the blooms in place and keep them lush.

Lettered Olive Menu card

Lettered Olive printed our lovely gold foil menu cards with a patterned velvet backer.


Guests took home our Lettered Olive letterpressed surcie tags (you can get yours here)


We are having brides requesting Rose on their bars regularly now, which I love. It’s so easy to drink and pretty for weddings too. AIX provided delicious rose for the luncheon…

tara and vitner

Eric Kurver, the actual Vintner, joined us all the way from Provence… Can’t wait to visit the vineyard over there someday!

Circa 1886 also served up a speciality cocktail from our other sponsor, Tanqueray,  and we’re sharing the recipe!

 “Oughta Not”

1oz Tanqueray 10

1/4 oz Cointreau

1/4 oz Domaine Canton

1/4 oz lemon juice

1/4 oz plum flavored drinking vinegar

1 0z Champagne or Sparkling wine

Shake all ingredients; strain into a chilled glass or pour over ice; top with your Champagne or Sparkling wine

3.07.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Everyone’s favorite fashion night- The Oscars, takes place also around the start of wedding season every year! So, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite dresses from the awards show that would also translate to amazing wedding fashion. Like this Zuhair Murad gown worn by Priyanka Chopra.


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With a little tweak to the top (or not depending on your personal style), we love this gorgeous pleated Valentino gown. LOVE pleats for weddings!


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Fabulous pant suit option by Brandon Maxwell.


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One of my favorite dresses of the night from Armani Prive!  Gorgeous color and detail, would be perfect the way it is or in a creamier color for wedding day wear.


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Another stunner for those wanting detail and color by Marchesa, who of course, does do a bridal line.


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Super sparkly silhouette by Christian Siriano


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This Chanel Haute Couture would be a lovely reception dress.


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Not forgetting about bridesmaids, love this ruffled option from Christian Siriano.

See more Red Carpet looks over at Pop Sugar.

3.03.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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