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Oct 24, 2018

This wedding was such a stunner, that we had to share some of our own favorite details in addition to the feature in the new Charleston Weddings Magazine. Our couple married at Kiawah Island Resort, with an indoor ceremony in a ballroom we transformed, followed by an evening of dinner, dancing, and details. The bride is Mexican, so were able to use a lot of beautiful details as a nod to her heritage, and incorporate glamorous design that represent the couple’s taste. Corbin Gurkin captured all of the lovely images. Wedding papers by Lettered Olive featured gilded paper and inks, a custom monogram and velvet touches. The save the dates were acrylic thumb drives of a styled video the couple made featuring Kiawah Island to get guests excited for the big day.

The bride wore a gown from Kleinfeld Bridal by Pnina Tornai and shoes by Christian Louboutin. We created her bouquet using shades of blushes and white with opulant orchids, garden roses, and lily of the valley hand tied with an embroidered velvet ribbon. Custom cuff links for the groom were engraved with the wedding date.

Classic black tuxedos complimented the bridesmaids lace and silk full length gowns- by Kate McDonald Bridal. I love seeing sleeves for the bridesmaids!


We transformed one of the ballrooms at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island by laying white carpet and bring the outdoors in… We covered golden branches with orchids, and lined the aisle with greenery boxes, and hung white sheer fabric for a beautiful photo backdrop.

A floral covered monogram added pretty detail to the hotel space. Members of the family who couldn’t be there where there in spirit with a remembrance table at the ceremony. In addition to the Virtuosi orchestra at the ceremony, a bagpiper, and Mariachi band provided a variety of music.

Perfectly timed, a confetti cannon went off just as the couple sealed their vows with a kiss.

Cocktail hour featured a salsa and taco station… Covered in greenery, a hotel chandelier makes for a great escort card station. Acrylic cards calligraphied by Penned by Palmer were hung by ribbon.

For this bride, typical chivari chairs just wouldn’t cut it. So, white fabric was woven throughout to give a frilly and extravagant feel.  A centerpiece of the dining room was a large fixture we covered in greenery and draped orchid strands from.

Perfectly piped linens (one of our signatures) provided tailored tabletops with rows of lush floral centerpieces. Delicate glass candlesticks offered a mixture of height. Place cards were embroidered satin ribbons tied to the napkins at each place setting.

Jim Smeal created a modern and elegant cake using two of the main design elements- marble and gold gilding.

Perfectly positioned lounge seating and tables provided guests a place to perch when not dancing.
Marble was an element that kept popping up in the bride’s inspiration photos, so we created a marbleized dance floor as a stand out focal point of the room.

Since it’s seen in so many of the photos, the band’s stage can stick out like a sore thumb, or blend in perfectly. Fabric draped curtains and custom edging create a showcase for the band that show the extra thought that goes into designing the space.

As a send off, the guests were showered by orchids, and departed in a vintage car with the prettiest of petals making the final look as special as the first. Congrats Gaby and Ward!

10.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Fresh off of our Wedding Wednesday post on Gaby and Ward’s Glam wedding day, we’re sharing the highlight video from Siegel Films… The bride, Gaby worked closely with Adam Siegel to design a video truly capturing their style together as a couple.

11.20.17   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jun 29, 2016


We’re celebrating Wedding Wednesday with this ocean side soiree on Kiawah Island. Our bride loved Pinterest,  so a lot of the inspiration for her wedding came from lots of her long hours of Pinning. Sweet, vintage, and romantic touches were the main focus, and the bride wanted to incorporate items she had been collecting into the wedding decor. Thank you to Virgil Bunao for the lovely imagery.


A garden trellis draped in fabric helped frame the scenery for the ceremony. Stepping stones painted with “Bride” and “Groom” and all of the wedding party names were laid out for all of the attendants to stand on during the ceremony.

Details Collage

Bountiful bouquets of roses (the bride’s favorite) and dahlias were hand tied with vintage lace. Flower girls adorned tulle fairy dresses, and the bride fashioned a custom birdcage veil.

Ceremony Collage

Groomsmen flowers were tied off with pieces of complimentary lace as well. Bridesmaids’ bouquets were presented in antique hatboxes.


Lace was a design element that Lettered Olive took notes from for the invitation suite. Pearlized paper was letterpressed with an image mimicking a vintage picture frame.

Cocktail Collage

During cocktail hour on the lawn of the Ocean Course, guests were served “Lowcountry Lemonade” out of apothecary bottles tied with lace; the bride collected bits of lace and vintage fabric that was used on trays and tables throughout the food stations. Handkerchiefs were repurposed into cocktail napkins.


An antique baker’s rack was used to house the champagne station. Fresh fruit and purees were available for guests to turn their champagne into cocktails like Bellinis.


Cakes were framed in a fabric covered trellis and a custom made ruffled linen was created just for this girly bride.

Cake Collage

The groom is a musician in a local band, so the bride commissioned a resemblance cake topper from Etsy; Tie backs made from fresh roses softened the structure.  Cakes by Jim Smeal.

Lounge Collage

Photos of other brides and family members were displayed in the lounge. Centerpieces for sideboards and other tables throughout were the bride’s bits of lace and bowls of dinner plate dahlias in the perfect dulce de leche shade.


Guests partied into the wee hours to “Who’s Bad” a Michael Jackson cover band.

Car Collage

There is a gentleman on Kiawah Island that offers his antique car and services to drive couples to their accommodations at the end of the party, and who could resist this??? The vehicle and it’s owner are pure perfection!

6.29.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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