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Dec 06, 2017

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.


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.


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.


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.



12.06.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jul 18, 2014

CaboWhile we are so lucky to live in a city that people flock to for vacation, we can’t help but get excited when a quick to our favorite Mexico locale is on the horizon. I’ve been going to Cabo for years, and always stay in the One&Only Resort where I am completely pampered. I asked the Soirée to put together a list of what you should pack, wear and do on your next getaway and we’re so happy to share them here!

TARA’S PICKS: 1. Marysia Peplum Maillot, $337, Anthropologie; 2. Enza Costa Linen Wide Leg Pants, $124, Shopbop; 3. Seersucker Pajama Shirt and Pants, $58-118, Tink and Tiger; 4. Capella Pedregal Hotel; 5. Lemlem for J.Crew lilly scarf, $110, J.Crew; 6. K JACQUES ST TROPEZ Kirielle leather and cork wedge slides, $300, Net-a-Porter; 7. Flora Farms Cabo; 8. One&Only Palmilla Resort

MEG’S PICKS: 9. Mara Hoffman Cami Underwire Bikini Top, $140, Shopbop; 10. Lemlem ‘Breeze’ gauze patio dress, $245, Zoe; 11. Fouta Beach Towel – Aqua, $48, Serena & Lily; 12. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+, $38, Nordstrom; 13. TANTOWEL Self-Tan Towelette Full Body Application For Face & Body, $24, Sephora; 14. F1 Go Clean Bags, $18-30, Flight001; 15. Clara Sunglasses, $145, Warby Parker

ALLIE’S PICKS: 16. Bikini Pink S’well Water Bottle, $36, S’well; 17. evian Facial Spray Mineral Water Facial Spray, $18 Amazon; 18. Mara Hoffman Women’s Chiffon Tank Column Dress, $298, Amazon; 19. Christophe Sauvat Collection Party Tunic, $120, Shopbop; 20. TKEES Foundations Flip Flops, $50, Shopbop; 21. The Vacationers: A Novel, $17, Amazon; 22. NOEL STEWART Chiffon-Trim Panama Sun Hat, $259, Barneys New York

TARAH’S PICKS: 23. Crepe Shift Dress, Nordstrom; 24. Clustered Howlite Necklace, $250, Neiman Marcus; 25. MILLY Tote – Palmetto Perforated, $350, Bloomingdale’s; 26. Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, $253, Amazon; 27. BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Surf Spray, $26, Sephora

7.18.14   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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