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Jul 19, 2018

This is one of my favorite weddings to share this time of year. It’s been 7 years since we traveled to Arkansas to do the December wedding for this couple. While the groom was running for public office, the bride was in her second year of law school and planning her wedding! She was graceful under pressure and both she and her family were a joy to work with.  We planned this grand fete in under 6 months and with only one site visit. This  dress still shines as a favorite. We were with her when she tried it on for the first time and you could just see how it was truly the one for her- a perfectly pleated silk faille Carolina Herrera masterpiece, paired with a vintage fur wrap for the chillier moments.

printing-collage

Influenced by classic blue and white china, complimentary patterns were paired together throughout the printed pieces. Lettered Olive designed a custom monogram featuring a lion head door knocker, that the bride wanted to incorporate throughout.  We had custom velvet shoe bags made to use as the guest welcome bags. Full of champagne, local sparkling water, and snacks, guests had everything they would need for a pre wedding celebration.ceremony-collage

Pieces of the perfect blue and white fabric we found to use throughout the wedding decor, made the perfect bouquet wrap. The bride’s dress had a row of covered buttons, so we added that little detail for her on her flowers. Simple all white flowers (peonies and roses) were just the thing for this winter wedding.

The reception took place at Marlsgate Plantation just outside of Little Rock.  The couple did do a “first sight” at the plantation house before the ceremony. This worked so well for this event, since the sun sets a bit earlier this time of year. Liz Banfield was also able to steal the couple away to capture some amazing private moments before the sunset.

We scored a vintage lion’s head door knocker while out sourcing that we knew we had to snag to use somewhere- like the fabric covered escort card and “sign in” board.

Shades of blue in the ceiling upped the look of the all white dining room. Antique wrought iron chandeliers with pillar candles became amazing statement pieces.

dinner-collage

Special little touches like golden pillar candles, white velvet linens lined with thick blue piping, and lush white carpeting made for a warm, glowing, and breathtaking dining room. the letterpressed menus by Lettered Olive mimicked the fold out cards from the save the dates. Noted with the lions head monogram and calligraphied with each guest’s name at the place setting, the pull out menu pieces had guests keeping them all as take homes!

The 5 tier cake was hand painted with each different pattern used throughout the wedding printing and decor and was the centerpiece of the dining room.

A 40 foot bar covered in the blue and white damask fabric anchored the lounge tent with shelving to create a focal point for the blue votives.

6102-02a-2011-02-lizbanfield

To give guests a different feel for dancing, we darkened up the lounge with navy blue and gold tones.

getaway-collageRice produced by the bride’s family’s business was packaged in custom stamped muslin pouches to toss during the couple’s getaway…Wishing our bride and groom the happiest of anniversaries.

 

 

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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These two, aren’t they just the cutest? It’s been 6 years since we traveled to Arkansas to do the December wedding for this couple. While the groom was running for public office, the bride was in her second year of law school and planning her wedding! She was graceful under pressure and both she and her family were a joy to work with. And her dress- a perfectly pleated silk faille Carolina Herrera masterpiece paired with a vintage fur wrap for the chillier moments.

printing-collage

Influenced by classic blue and white china, complimentary patterns were paired together throughout the printed pieces. Lettered Olive designed a custom monogram featuring a lion head door knocker, that the bride wanted to incorporate throughout.  We had custom velvet shoe bags made to use as the guest welcome bags. Full of champagne, local sparkling water, and snacks, guests had everything they would need for a pre wedding celebration.

ceremony-collage

Pieces of the perfect blue and white fabric we found to use throughout the wedding decor, made the perfect bouquet wrap. The bride’s dress had a row of covered buttons, so we added that little detail for her on her flowers. Simple all white flowers (peonies and roses) were just the thing for this winter wedding.

The reception took place at Marlsgate Plantation just outside of Little Rock.  The couple did do a “first sight” at the plantation house before the ceremony. This worked so well for this event, since the sun sets a bit earlier this time of year. Liz Banfield was also able to steal the couple away to capture some amazing private moments before the sunset.

We scored a vintage lion’s head door knocker while out sourcing that we knew we had to snag to use somewhere- like the fabric covered escort card and “sign in” board.

Shades of blue in the ceiling upped the look of the all white dining room. Antique wrought iron chandeliers with pillar candles became amazing statement pieces.

dinner-collage

Special little touches like golden pillar candles, white velvet linens lined with thick blue piping, and lush white carpeting made for a warm, glowing, and breathtaking dining room.

The 5 tier cake was hand painted with each different pattern used throughout the wedding printing and decor and was the centerpiece of the dining room.

A 40 foot bar anchored the lounge tent with shelving to create a focal point for the blue votives.

6102-02a-2011-02-lizbanfield

To give guests a different feel for dancing, we darkened up the lounge with navy blue and gold tones.

getaway-collageRice produced by the bride’s family’s business was packaged in custom stamped muslin pouches to toss during the couple’s getaway…Wishing our bride and groom the happiest of anniversaries.

 

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

I could not think of a more perfect way to spend New Year’s than at a lovely dinner party followed by dancing- i.e. you are close friends or family and someone is having their wedding or rehearsal dinner and you’re invited!  You get to dress up, go celebrate with loved ones, and not spend a dime, pretty perfect, don’t you think?  This sweet couple celebrated New Year’s at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas on the eve of their wedding with a fabulous three course dinner followed by dancing in the ballroom decked out for a New Year’s bash. Thank you to Liz Banfield for the photos.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Dinner menus were etched on clear acrylic cards placed at each seat. Sometimes working with the already in place hotel decor can be somewhat challenging but with a black, white, silver, and gold New Year’s theme, it worked out!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Place cards were attached to each chair so that the acrylic menus took front and center at each place setting. Tying them with festive silver fringe added to the New Year’s theme!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

I loved the killer silver fringe chandeliers we made for the occasion. They made for a perfect twinkling touch inside a hotel ballroom. Which, did have this intricate and lovely latticework on the walls and ceiling which was so unique, we lucked out with that design element!

Tara Guerard Soiree by liz Banfield

Of course, Veuve was flowing throughout the night, and all of the proper accoutrements were supplied in the party colors; everyone was decked out in New Year’s gear for the midnight countdown.

Tara Guerard SoireeThe couple rang in the New Year that would bring them a new start as husband and wife, a new home together, and many other personal accomplishments. I’d say that’s a great way to kick off a wedding weekend and a New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone and may 2016 bring a year full of health and happiness.

7.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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