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Bridal Collage

Looking back on this spring wedding really has us excited about designing for all of our upcoming Spring events. Married years ago at Runnymede Plantation outside of Charleston, our couple married under the live oaks overlooking the Ashley River and celebrated with friends and family afterwards with dinner, dancing, and a special guest!  All photos by Liz Banfield Photography.

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We kept the ceremony design simple but stunning.  The natural beauty of the surroundings were enough with some unexpected touches, like linen ottomans accented with blooms, and a gospel choir serenading during the recessional.

The bridesmaids wore full length Amsale dresses in the teal wedding color. Colorful and textured bouquets of garden roses, sweet peas, hypericum, geranium, and ranunculus gave a sunny disposition.

Printing Collage

The natural notes used in the printing items by Lettered Olive were glammed up by letterpressing elegant patterns on the wood grain paper, and using items like velvet covered menus, and copper tags throughout the printing.

After the river front ceremony, guests headed to a cocktail hour that included a huge printed fabric bar highlighted with draped garlands and al fresco lounge seating with prime views.

Cocktail Collage

Favorites like our Soiree signature Lowcountry Lemonade, rose bubbly, and Virginia Ham biscuits were just some of the offerings at cocktail hour.

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calligraphy Collage

Copper garden tags “planted” in live grass boxes served as the escort cards for dinner.  In lieu of a guest book, guests signed a magnum of the couple’s favorite bottles.

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The dinner tent was highlighted by seagrass flooring and a basketweave greenery topper. Our own Frank and Lane chairs were custom painted the wedding teal. Long tables topped with ostrich leather and pastel skirts alternated with square wooden farm tables. Dunes and Duchess spindle lamps with burlap shades blended perfectly with teal Creative Candles tapers

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A mixture of “just picked” florals added to the elevated garden ambience. Varying shades of menu booklets by Velvet Raptor had engraved copper name tags serving as the place cards.

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The 3 wedding cakes by Jim Smeal rested atop a lush greenery tablecloth we fashioned by gluing hundreds of galax leaves onto. Adorable custom “doggie bags” were created for guests to take home extra cake slices. The photo inside was of the couples two Australian Shepards, happy to be included!

 

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b&w Collage

After dancing their first dance as husband and wife to band, Party on the Moon, the bride changed into an amazing feathered and sequined party dress. Special guest, Tone Loc, performed several hits to get the party started.

going away Collage

At the end of the evening, the guests enjoyed a fireworks show, and the happy couple departed in a vintage ford pick up with sparklers glowing.

 

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Cakes, Charleston, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Food and Drink, Parties, Reception, Stationery, Invitations and Pretty Papers, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>
Jul 15, 2018

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Today we are sharing one of our most published weddings full of Fall details like lush greenery, seasonal blooms, and wooden elements. This ceremony and reception took place at the Montage Palmetto Bluff resort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and was photographed by Corbin Gurkin.  The bride was a producer for the Dr. Oz show and based in New York… after searching many local and destination venues, they settled on Palmetto Bluff not only for the beauty and service the property offers, but also for the fact that all of the guests can stay together on property and enjoy all of the amenities.

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Light showers began as the couple was saying their vows on a bridge overlooking one of the marshy creeks, luckily there were umbrellas on hand to protect guests and the bride and groom making their way down the aisle. The same Rabbi that did the groom’s bar mitzvah officiated the wedding ceremony, I love when couples are able to incorporate such special elements.

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A simple and classic bouquet of Lily of the Valley was the bride’s hope and luckily we were able to get it for her considering the time of year! The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta mermaid style gown…

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Palmetto Bluff and Lettered Olive worked together to create the wedding day baskets full of freshly baked biscuits and homemade jam delivered to each of the guests…

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Cocktail hour followed the ceremony on the grounds surrounding the old house ruins. A champagne tower gives a nod to the easy formality of the event.

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A tent set under the oaks was the perfect dinner spot

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Long tables were anchored with wooden Dunes and Duchess lamps with burlap shades, providing a complimentary glow to candlelight.  Clusters of blooms in a mix of cement pots and silver vases provide depth and texture. The place settings were kept simple with colored linen napkins (that the bride and groom were able to keep for their home collection) and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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The head table was encased in an iron garden conservatory as greenery garland swags were draped throughout the tent. A grand piano was brought in for live dinner music. A “firewood” wall was created for the backdrop to the bar.

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Pretty lounge seating viognettes lined the dance floor.

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The couple’s precious pup, Einstein was a guest at the affair.  We always try to hide all of the messy band cables and equipment with a stage partition, which as you can see makes a big difference in the photos! This one we capped with greenery and florals.

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The couple ended the evening with an after party dessert reception where the cake was cut and guests danced late into the wee hours.

7.15.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Event Design, Event Planning, New York, Photographers, Reception, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | 1 Comment