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Couple on the waterThis sweet seaside rehearsal dinner was the perfect kickoff to a gorgeous wedding weekend in Charleston. The couple celebrated with their guests at a private Yacht club overlooking Charleston Harbor. I love and always encourage clients to hire having their wedding photographer there for all of the events throughout the weekend so that you can have the whole story told afterwards.  Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for these photos.

Scenery Collage Party on the deck

Food CollageGuests enjoyed cocktails overlooking the Charleston Harbor and famous Battery, while enjoying live music from a local bluegrass favorite. Custom koozies with the wedding monogram designed by Lettered Olive were displayed on the bars, and shrimp cocktail is elevated with custom ice bowls.

dinner CollageKeeping in line with a gracious Southern supper, a family style table was designed for guests. A large mirror in the venue was put to good use by hand writing guests name in their seats around the table, and then each chair was tied off with a place card. A simple blue and white table top design kept the feel “nautical” but upscale.

tablescape Exterior at nightWhat a perfect spot for sunset views and celebrating into the evening.

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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We loved this seaside rehearsal dinner in downtown Newport, RI. It was the perfect compliment to the formal wedding held the next day, and a fantastic way to welcome guests in for the weekend. Held at a local restaurant, friends and family joined the couple for an intimate rehearsal dinner, followed by a dessert and dancing party for all guests. Corbin Gurkin captured all of the events of the weekend.

Rehearsal dinner Collage

Cocktail Hour CollageGuests enjoyed popular favorites like New England Clam Chowder and mini lobster rolls. Keeping in line with the sea colored palette, escort cards were nautical inspired flags displayed on a watercolored board.

044-2016_Stephanie_Peter_0094Keeping the decor natural and simple made the most sense for a nautical inspired feel. Table runners were of a french linen flour sack feel. Potted rosemary topiaries and simple hydrangea blooms dotted the length of the tables.

048-2016_Stephanie_Peter_0088One of my new favorite design elements are colored border linen dinner napkins. So simple but they lend such an elegant touch. And, how cute were these white nautical rope balls which we used to “anchor” the place cards. White ink on navy paper is an unexpected but pretty way to present the dinner menus.

scenery CollageNo seaside rehearsal dinner in New England would be complete without a lobster course.

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Spectacular views were offered as desserts and drinks were served to the tunes of a DJ so  the couple had many moments to enjoy chatting with guests before the big day…

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 23, 2018


Finally, it’s warming up outside and those warm spring and summer days by the water are right around the corner. A popular party theme this time of year are variations on the nautical or yachty theme. Today, we’re sharing a sweet nautical rehearsal party with tips and ideas.

scenery Collage

Of course, this is easier said than done, but try to sweat the weather. Threatening clouds loomed all day, and after an off shore shower, Corbin Gurkin caught this rainbow on film- you can’t pay for that kind of scenery!


One of our favorite nautical color palettes is blue and white with natural elements (i.e. sea grass, jute, twine, etc).  Lettered Olive designed a ship and map image, which we screen printed onto a large table runner at Spoonflower.  Lettered Olive also created a custom emblem of oars and life saver used for the invites and menus. Also, sometimes the littlest details like the oyster shell salt and pepper cellars can what guests notice the most.


One long table accommodated all of the guests for this intimate celebration. So, to keep the budget and decor simplified, clear glass containers wrapped with jute rope held easily planted succulents and different shapes and sizes gave the “centerpiece” depth and dimension. We varied simple candles as well between tapers and votives in complimentary clear glass holders.

Food Collage

You can also use your food and beverage selections as details. Simple cocktails like champagne and bourbon were elevated with printed rope and knot striped paper lined trays and printed cocktail napkins (a great place for more nautical notes). Being by the coast, we’re so lucky to be able to serve an abundance of seafood- often caught sustainably and locally. Ask what your locale is known for when planning your menu..Here, we served salmon sashimi rolls in ice “trays”. The ice sculpture was more of a tiered display of different sized trays for varying cold items. A great place to get printed cocktail napkins and stirrer sticks or other embellishments is ForYourParty.com


Lastly- enjoy friends and family, good conversation and company!

10.23.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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