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Jan 20, 2018

We hope you enjoy our tips on putting together your wedding weekend welcome guest bags.  For the full episode please head over to our YouTube channel to see more.

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Jan 20, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

Today, our sweet bride Annie shares her top tips on the planning process. Annie and Davis wanted a fun and seamless wedding weekend for their guests- Mission Accomplished!

What was your favorite part of planning your wedding?

Working with Tara and her amazing team.  I started interning in the event industry when I was a sophomore in College; first in Dallas, then in NYC, and after graduating went to work in events in both NYC and LA for almost 6 years. I had always followed Tara and her work, so when I first spoke with her, I felt like I was speaking with a celeb. I was obsessed with everything she had done before, and couldn’t wait to see how she would pull together an event unique to Davis and I. I loved pulling inspiration for them and I really loved working on the invitation! I currently work in the custom stationery industry. Also, I loved the welcome boxes… people are still talking about them today!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

Invitation suite by Lettered Olive

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

Custom guest welcome boxes by Tara Guerard Soiree and Lettered Olive

What was the biggest challenge during the planning process?

Making up my mind and letting go so that Tara could do her thing. I knew she would do an amazing job, but working in the events industry makes you a little OCD… so I had a hard time letting go. We also had Soiree coordinate the rehearsal dinner which really made the weekend mesh so well.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

What do you miss the most now that it is over?

Looking back, it was one of the best parties we had ever attended, and it’s still hard to believe it was our wedding. Everything I had dreamed of for so long became a reality in that evening. I would relive that night over and over if I could!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

What is the moment that when you think back on your wedding you remember the most?

Our band was AMAZING – Simply Irresistible  – so dancing on stage with them and looking down on all our favorite people having an amazing time was one of the best moments. Also, when we first walked into the room upstairs, I was speechless. The custom navy and white geometric dance floor and the boxed woods on the stage made a huge impact and were two of my favorite things. Also, our honeymoon was a surprise, and Davis ended up telling me where we were going during the first dance. It was amazing!! One of my favorite pictures was taken the second he told me, and it brings back that feeling every time I look at it!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

Is there anything you would do over and what?  Would you wear the same dress?

It really was as close to perfect as could be. It was the perfect weekend, and we had the best time. It still doesn’t feel real sometimes! I would absolutely wear the same dress (even though i was SO HOT before the ceremony), and I loved the dress I left it. I wish I had changed into my leaving dress earlier, but we were having too much fun to stop!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

Can you please give a brief description of your engagement?

Davis and I lived in Los Angeles, California for two years together, and he purposed on our last night in Cali – before moving back to Charlotte. He booked the best hotel room in my absolute favorite boutique hotel in Santa Monica (Shutters on the Beach), and ended up purposing on the balcony at sunset (unreal views!!). It was perfection, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The next morning we got up to start our drive back across the country… it gave us plenty of time to call and tell everyone the story!

Annie and Davis were married on September 6, 2014 at First Scots Presbyterian with a reception at Hibernian Hall in Charleston, SC.  Corbin Gurkin is responsible for the beautiful imagery.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

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Lisa and Mike/Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

I thought it would be fun and helpful as we head into a new year of brides’ planning their big day, to talk to some of our past brides about their planning experiences and what they would do differently if given the chance. Our first bride married her husband on a beachside ceremony on Kiawah Island. The ceremony and cocktails overlooked the ocean, followed by a lovely candlelit dinner, and a beachside tented dance party! A big thank you to Lisa Reed Roy for sharing her thoughts with us, and to Liz Banfield for the wedding shots.

elephant cakes

What was your favorite part of planning your wedding?

My most favorite part about the planning process was taking all of my wedding pipe dreams, blog bookmarks, inspiration + pinterest boards and visions of grandeur, handing them to Tara + her design team and then seeing the magic happen! I had so many, many ideas and wish list items but had a hard time imagining my vision seamlessly strung together. The coolest bit about this was that each week and month, as the planning went on, i was able to see the details come to fruition. So satisfying!

Porch

What was the biggest challenge during the planning process?

The biggest challenge was, simply put, the decision making!—-when there are endless opinions handed to you from all directions, between your husband, mother and the planners, bottom line— its hard to make up your mind! I wanted to please everyone but had to remember that it was OUR wedding and Mike and I, and our intentions for the day, mattered most.

Reed matches Reed matches 1

What do you miss the most now that it is over?

You know, your wedding kind of becomes this dream boat passion project. For me, it not only took up so much of my time but it was such a fun and creative outlet. I miss the late night brainstorming, the “meeting of the minds” with Tara and Kate and Erin at Soiree + the girls at Lettered Olive and as a child of 4, i have to admit that I miss the special attention a wee bit, too.

Reed stationary

What is the moment that when you think back on your wedding you remember the most?

Something about our first dance is a pinpoint in my mind…It was the first time I really gasped in this astounding joy that oh my goodness, Mike, my person, was now my husband and this was our WEDDING day and these were all of our most favorite and cherished people in one room and damn, this song is good!

First danceIs there anything you would do over and what?  Would you wear the same dress?

My only regret, and it pains me to say this aloud, but I’d wear a different dress. The hunt for the perfect dress was exhaustive and unending and there was a time when I just lost steam in the process. I wish I’d worked a little bit harder to find a dress that better suited my personality and fashion sense and all-around aesthetic. Rather, i settled for something kind of generic.

Can you please give a brief description of your engagement?

Our engagement was very ‘us’ and i treasure the fact that Mike didn’t try to do anything out of the ordinary or wildly spectacular and kept it really intimate and personal and true to our relationship. He proposed at sunset on our upstairs balcony at our home on the Wando River. It was happy hour. We were enjoying a glass of wine and i was casually seated upon the arm of an old adirondack. We had Al Green playing which in hindsight, is so very awesome but cliche and i should have seen it coming. It was an out of body experience. I, literally, couldn’t believe myself. I’d been waiting so long for this but the shock overtook me. I barely got out a ‘yes’. It took me a minute but shortly thereafter, i had a moment and a dance and i was on cloud nine!

Ceremony couple

What was your wedding date and where did you get married?

September 1st of 2012. We were married on the green at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

Lisa Reed ceremony

1.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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