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Sep 19, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Today we are sharing a  Big Greek wedding  from about 12 years ago.  I love this sweet bride and I just bumped into her recently in New York, which reminded me to share her big day. Margaret Anne Florence, an actress (she has been on everything from Inside Amy Schumer, to 30 Rock, to Guiding Light, and most recently CMT’s Sun Records), married fellow South Carolinian, Peter Saichos in a traditional Greek celebration! We don’t have the opportunity to do too many Greek weddings, so we had a lot of fun with this one!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We do have a Greek Orthodox Cathedral here in Charleston, which in and of itself has some beautiful architctural details. Margaret chose a purple and bronze color palette, so we brought in orchids and lilies (favorites of the brides’) which also helped lend to that color palette.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The bride’s bouquet was an arrangement of white Casablanca lilies and purple dendrobium orchids blended for a pop of color.

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Jim Smeal provided a perfectly lovely cake in the palette used throughout the wedding.

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In addition to the wedding cake, we of course had to serve traditional Greek wedding desserts like homemade Baklava, and the Almond Pear (Amigthalota) which are a staple of the wedding celebration. Get the recipe here.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

To dress up the tradition of Ouzo shots- we made a large display with shot glasses chilling in crushed ice. Then, we froze the ouzo bottles in ice with orchids frozen inside for a wedding design element.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests lounged on lavendar fabric benches by candlelight in glowing orchid filled cylinders.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests left with personal boxes of Jordan Almonds, and we prepacked rose petals in the wedding colors for guests on their way out to properly send off the bride and groom.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

A classic T Bird adorned in strands and strands of the orchids made for a perfect getaway for this couple- classic and fun loving…  Thank you to Liz Banfield for the photography.

9.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Sep 19, 2018

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Today we are throwing it back to our Tyler, Texas wedding shot by Liz Banfield.  This was our glamour girl bride, and you know in Texas they go big! So there were lots of flowers and lots of luxe details (think sequin linens, golden antlers, etc).  The bride’s wore a custom gown by Nardos Imam.

Printing Collage

I was really pleased with how her lovely printed materials turned out. Lettered Olive created a custom monogram using antlers and lace from the bride’s gown. I love the two opposing masculine and feminine elements together. An idea for you to steal- the tags on the guest welcome bags (which were actually canvas shoe bags for guests to take home), doubled as “do not disturb” signs for the hotel rooms.

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Our bride’s colorful bouquet full of an array of blooms was hand tied with the most lovely and sweet vintage ribbon. Really gave it that special finishing touch.

Wedding party Collage

As you’ll see in more details, Lettered Olive also created the custom floral print that we had turned into fabric at Spoonflower to use throughout the wedding design- here we made custom little flower girl pouches.

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Our couple didn’t do a first sight moment, so I found this such a touching moment of the mother being with the bride before walking down the aisle. And, that bow!!!!!!

Church Collage

The alter was overflowing with large cement urns full of flowers in the wedding colors. We got lucky with the alter cloth being so lovely and in line with our decor.

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There are so many arrays of churches and decor out there. We love when the churches allow us a bit more freedom to decorate. We laid down a white carpet aisle runner to soften all of the dark in the space, and lined the aisle with boughs of greenery, candle lit lanterns with rose petals, and mini bouquets tied with bows to accent the bride’s gown. After the church ceremony, guests made their way to a private club for the seated dinner and dancing reception.

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We didn’t want a huge emphasis on boozy drinks, so for cocktail hour we dressed up water with different combinations- here fresh strawberries and mint.  And, the gold foil printed coasters announcing the new husband and wife were a big hit!

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It has always seemed so strange to me to have this big white tent that is plain and plasticy on the outside but when you walk in, it’s this other world beautiful sight. So, for this wedding, we made a custom “carpet” with the antler logo, and fabric awning with our floral printed fabric and edging from Boutique Tents.

Dinner Collage

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Inside was a fabric draped, rosey lit knockout space. We carpeted the tent in pale pink. The pale pink sequined linens were so pretty with the bold colorful centerpiece. Gold antlers and a mixture of candles added to the tablescapes. Custom embroidered logo napkins were an unexpected touch.  And the tent in the center housed the wedding cake for a focal point to break up all of the tables.

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The 5 tiered floral cake looked as if was supported by urns overflowing with matching blooms.

Dessert Collage

A coordinating dessert station offered guests more sweet treats.

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Surrounding the dance floor, were seating nooks and cozy cabana tents where guests could enjoy cocktails and conversation.

Bar Collage

Wine decanted with calligraphied tags, and a handwritten menu offer a much prettier bar design than displaying the not as attractive bottles on top of the bar! And, if budget only allows for basic label offerings- this is a lovely way to let guests know the varieties you are serving without mentioning the makers.

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Servers in custom embroidered aprons presented guests late night offering on the dance floor- such a treat to have little sips and nibbles brought to you while boogying.

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In true Texas Rose fashion, a big floral display adorned the fabulous getaway vehicle!

9.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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This wedding… Oh, this wedding. Full of so much prettiness and personal vibes. Flowers were the main focus and we used them for so many little details. Sara and Dominic decided that a destination wedding in Charleston would be the perfect option for their NYC guests (and its where the mother of the bride lives), and Lowndes Grove Plantation was the spot they landed on, and we certainly know why.  Liz Banfield captured all of the gorgeous shots.

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After the teal and gray color palette was set, Lettered Olive created a sweet scroll design used throughout all of the wedding printed materials.

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Charleston Maptotes were stuffed with custom water bottles, a local Rewind candle and printed matches, and many snacks and sweets.

FLoral Collage

For the gray, white, and teal color scheme, tulips, roses, ranunculus, orchids, and luxe lamb’s ear made pretty bouquets and boutonierres.

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The bride’s lush bouquet was hand tied with a monogramed vintage ribbon.

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One of the sweetest moments of the day, was watching the Mother of the Bride walk her daughter down the aisle and “give her away”.

Scenery Collage

For the ceremony, the Ashley River provided a gorgeous backdrop to the orchid draped chuppa. Outdoor lounges were set up for guests to watch the sunset over the river later in the evening.

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Champagne Collage

One of our favorite special decor tricks is using food safe flowers like dendrobium orchid blooms added to champagne- it just elevates the already elegant cocktail.

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Wanting the pop of color, but not wanting to obstruct the view through the clear topped dinner tent- teal fabric boxes were created to then hang the chandelier. 3 extra long tables set up in rows made the tent feel much more like guests were having dinner in an elegant dining room then a sea of tables in a tent.

Dinner Collage

Orchid strands provided a special standout for the bride and groom chairs. Gray taper candles from Creative Candles, mixed with gray porcelain votive holders gave a more thoughtful look than just white. And dinner menus were housed in silver boxes with hand written name cards serving as place cards.

Cake Collage

Instead of one large traditional cake, Jim Smeal made individual tiers in different flavors guests could chose from- the flowers on top dictated the difference. We built a special tiered display with the cakes already plated and easily self served.

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A large printed bar flanked the exterior of the lounge tent allowing guests sweeping views of the river and a place to grab a drink with fellow guests

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After a quick change into a sparkling shorty stunner, the bride and groom departed in a vintage convertible to sparklers… I know we’ve seen sparklers over and over, but they really do make gorgeous photos, don’t they?

9.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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