photos by Liz Banfield, Corbin Gurkin, Adrienne Page

Flowers are more often seen and associated with flower girls, or even bridesmaids (esp with the big trend of floral crowns), but a flower in the hair of a bride can be such a surprising note, and lovely nonetheless. We like it as the sole hair accessory, or in conjunction with a veil.  Today is all about the ode to the versatility of a flower on a bride’s wedding day- and not just in the bouquet…

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here, our bride marrying on Sea Island, chose some dainty flowers in her hair for a pop of color, and to maintain a bit of bridal flourish when the veil was removed after the ceremony.  Love the feel of both simplicity and formality in this look.

photo by Liz Banfield

For another Sea Island wedding, our bride knew that photos on the beach were a must have, and wearing a veil that would be blustering about was a must not- so a crown of live gardenias was made for her french knot.  And, of course, since gardenias can yellow quickly, we kept fresh ones on hand all evening to replace…

Liz Banfield/Tara Guerard Soireephoto by Liz Banfield

These flowers were a last minute addition during our bride’s hair and make up run through for her bridal portrait. We had flowers left over from the bouquet we made for her portrait session and she requested something to add to her hair… She liked it so much that she wanted it for her wedding day hair as well.

Liz Banfield/Tara Guerard Soireephoto by Liz Banfield

Liz Banfield/Tara Guerard Soireephoto by Liz Banfield

Liz Banfield/Tara Guerard Soiree

photo by Liz Banfield

4.02.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Mar 26, 2019

photo by Lauren Bailey Photo

We are loving a new trend we have been noticing recently at some of our events- petite cakes. Don’t worry, we definitely still have our clients that want the big traditional statement piece, but it’s nice to see something sweet making a little mark. Cake by Peche Petite Boutique Bakery.

photos by Aaron and Jillian

Don’t worry, tiny cakes still give an opportunity for design and impact, but just don’t leave a lot of uneaten cake mess lying around…

Cake by Jessica Grossman with Patrick Properties Hospitality Group.

photo by Liz Banfield

Cake by family friend…

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For this wedding, a petite cake was complimented by an array of other desserts and pies.  Wedding cake by Publix, smaller cakes by Caroline’s Cakes, and pies from Kudzu Bakery.

photos by A Bryan Photo 

Cake by Pastry Art.

3.26.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Mar 19, 2019

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photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Spring is finally blooming! Of course, one of the biggest things brides consider (or should consider) when choosing when they would like to marry, and what they would like to carry is the season. Many popular blooms can be available almost year round from various international farms, but some flowers are specific to the season in which they grow. Of course one of the most coveted Spring blooms is the lily of the valley. Carried on their own or as an accent, I can’t think of a Spring flower that says “bridal” more.

Hutston Collagephotos by Corbin Gurkin and Gayle Brooker

Depending on the weather here in Charleston, we can source some really beautiful gardenias early and hydrangeas in late Spring. Both can be a bit tricky to use in wedding flowers though since they love water. But, if it’s not too hot of a day and you ask your florist to have backups on standby, using them as boutonierres or in bouquets can be a beautiful addition.  Be careful with touching the gardenias too much because that can brown them quickly.

Zwiner Collagephotos by Corbin Gurkin

The idea of seeing colors and textures of the season mixed together make for a really lovely design palette. I think of color blends like pale greens, blues, and purples; or pastels with pops of brights.  Lilacs, sweet peas, and tulips come together for a colorful and fragrant but not overpowering mix.

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For a bride wanting to stay all white in the spring- this blend of peonies, sweet peas, and ranunculus is so picture perfect.

Mansfield Collagephotos by Liz Banfield

Bright color blends are totally perfect making their debut at spring weddings. Corals, pinks, peaches, blend for a bright but sophisticated look. Then, there are the branches, of course. Cherry blossom branches, pear blossom branches, azaleas, dogwoods, etc are all glorious blooms that we use whenever we can get!  The statement pieces used throughout this wedding included oversized pots full of pink hydrangea and sprouting branches.

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photo from Pinterest

I found this chart years ago on Pinterest as to the meaning of specific flowers and even broken down by color in some cases- it’s a great reference tool if you want to compile a bouquet with meaning or to display a certain sentiment.

3.19.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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