Jun 25, 2017


Oh, how I miss doing weddings at Drayton Hall Plantation.  It still remains one of my all time favorite locations, which you will see from this wedding from the archives. This wedding has a modern art deco feel, which put against the Federalist architecture of the plantation made for a really lovely juxtaposition. Liz Banfield captured all of the lovely imagery.

Bridal Collage

The art deco feel started with the details in the bride’s Carolina Herrera dress and hairstyle… an old wedding wives tale is to have all of the bridesmaids sign the bottom of the brides shoe, and whomever’s name is worn off first by the end of the night will be the next to get married (Miu Miu shoes).. This bride’s something blue was her bouquet!


On the National Register of Historic Place, what amazing photos to have, as taken in the Plantation house ballroom.

Printing Collage

All of the letterpress printing was done by Lettered Olive. One of my favorite ideas was in the save the dates. There was a large amount of information to put in the save the dates, and not wanting guests to put it aside- we made a “tear off” piece that everyone could put on their fridge or daytimer with the date and location.

Guest Bag Collage

Guest welcome bags were canvas shoe travel bags making these something guests would want to leave with instead of leaving in the hotel. Custom printed snacks and waters filled the bags, along with a mini Archipelago “Charleston” candle with custom matches.

Floral Collage


Bridesmaids carried white flowers with just a hint of color, while the bride carried the pop of color- for the bride that loves color, this is a great flip flop idea. For moms, and other special ladies who may not want something pinned onto their dresses or carry something, a bloom “corsage” tied to the wrist with satin ribbon or pinned on a purse is a great alternative!


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The wedding white ceremony included a white carpet runner, a scatter of petals at the alter, orchid strands draped down the aisle, and chandeliers hung from the grand ok. An arch made of willow branches and lilac made a simply pretty focal point.



The couples two “babies” made a guest appearance at the end of the ceremony for photos…

8866_15a.@LizBanfield Lounge Collage

After the ceremony, guests kicked off the reception in a cocktail lounge, and lounge seating set up on the riverbanks for a little eye candy.


A custom Boutique tent was the pretty entrance way into the dinner tent…

Tabletop Collage

Playing off of the art deco look, tables were set with an array of mixed centerpieces surrounding Knoll acrylic dinner club lamps. Menus, escort cards, and other signage are made from etched acrylic… Guests wanted to keep all of the printed materials!




The amazing cake by Jim Smeal was octagon shaped and mimicked the art deco pattern on the bride’s gown. It’s hard to tell her, but it had the faintest hint of light blue and lavender shimmer playing off of the printed items… LOVE!

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When guests finished dinner, we pulled back the curtains for a big reveal of the all white after dinner lounge. It was so warm and inviting with a glow that was breathtaking. All white arrangements of Oriental lilies even gave the room and irresistible fragrance.

Silly string Collage

For a truly different and festive send off, we made custom silly string containers which guests sprayed at the couple as they made their way to the getaway car.


For one take on the traditional, the couple departed in a vintage Rolls Royce tied with oversized paper flowers…

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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When designing a party or wedding, we try to think through not only the design of the actual wedding, flowers, tent, etc. but also of course the food and drink! Visually how things are presented to us here affect the entire experience, and we are big fan of dressing up our passing trays and our display stations. One of our signature elements are our tray liners. Sometimes a custom monogram, or a pattern used in the wedding printings, we print a mix of complimentary designs to line our passing trays with. Enjoy our video that shows you some tips on how you can do this at your next party.   And, to see the entire episode, head over to our You Tube channel. New episode coming soon!


photo by Liz Banfield; paper design by Lettered Olive


photo by Liz Banfield; paper design by Lettered Olive


photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another trick that is easy and affordable is to use leaves that have been washed and dried out of your garden or from a local flower shop… Anything to not use old school lace paper doilies.

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Jun 25, 2017

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photo by Liz Banfield

The debate has been around as long as I have been planning weddings- kids or no kids?  Of course, we roll with whatever is the best plan for our clients, but if you are a little hesitant about including peanuts, maybe some of these ideas will help you feel more confident about having kids at the wedding.  And, head over Vogue.com for more kid friendly ideas from some of our event colleagues.


photo by Liz Banfield

As mentioned in the Vogue.com article, I think kids in a ceremony are adorable. It’s not about whether they make it down the aisle perfectly or not, and it definitely helps take the pressure of the bride. Sometimes, having a parent in the wedding party that one can walk to or with or older flower girls can be a big help in keeping the tiniest ones comfortable.

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photo by Liz Banfield

Once at the reception- whether it’s a seated dinner or station/buffet style we suggest have a separate seating area for the kids. Not only does this help save money on the fancy table decor you may be doing for the other tables, but also gives the parents a chance to relax and enjoy conversation. You could have preset family style meals for the kids too… Full tummies always help keep the kiddos on track.

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photo by Liz Banfield

We like to do special boxes or gift bags for the kids, full of snacks and games and activities.  If your venue has the space for it, we’ve often hired babysitters to come and be with all of the kids in a separate area. They are still close by for the parents to check on them but under other adult supervision.

6.25.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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