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Dendy and Devon by Gayle Brooker

Summerville, SC is a town steeped in Southern tradition and history. After moving to Manhattan, and becoming celebrity dermatologist and skin care consultant for Elizabeth Arden, Dr. Oz, People Magazine, etc Dr. Dendy Engleman met her dream man. He popped the question, and they headed South where she wanted to share her hometown with her nearest and dearest. Thank you Gayle Brooker for the gorgeous photos.

Church exterior/Tara Guerard Soiree/Gayle Brooker Photography

The ceremony took place at her childhood congregation, a classic Episcopalian church outside the Historic district.

Orchid Boutoinerres by Tara Guerard Soiree

The bride really wanted to bring in a modern perspective representing her life in New York to play against the traditional feel typically seen growing up in Summerville. A bold green and warm chocolate color palette was selected and lots of natural elements like greenery, branches, dried lentils, mosses, and berries were used throughout.

Orchid bouquets by Tara Guerard Soiree

Orchids in the greens and browns used throughout compliment the bridal bouquet cascading and lush with branches, berries, and orchids in different varietals.

Cocktail seating on the lawn by Tara Guerard Soiree

Simple potted phalenopsis orchids in moss covered pots were the perfect centerpieces for the cocktail tables covered in green and chocolate silk scattered amongst the lawn.


Signature drink for a couple living in New York but marrying in South Carolina?  Manhattans, obvi.

Monogram wedding cake (Jim Smeal); tent design by Tara Guerard Soiree

The wedding cake by Jim Smeal was a stunning centerpiece in the tent. The tiers were accented by hand made samples of lace from the bride’s dress, and a custom icing monogram designed by Soiree and Lettered Olive.

Wedding lounge by Tara Guerard Soiree

The dance tent and lounge were modeled after some of the couples favorite Manhattan clubs, but with wedding elegance of course! My favorite is a clear top tent which allows the space to feel bigger and more open but the temperature has to be just right (can you say greenhouse chic??)

Wedding bar by Tara Guerard Soiree

Had to make one of our signature bars, of course. Tops were custom wood to keep in line with the fall design and the couples monogram designed by Lettered Olive was used on banners to decorate large spaces like this bar, pillows in the lounge, printed items, and the cake. The most important thing though is that it’s accessible from many angles for many people- NO LINES!

The Woodlands wedding reception by Tara Guerard Soiree

The Woodlands Resort was a classically elegant 5 star resort with amazing architecture and equally amazing food (it’s since closed and become a private home).  We added some draping and lighting to the exterior for some drama which kinda ended up being a scene stealer.

Bride and Groom send off

The knockout couple ended their evening (after a quick change by the bride into a going away shortie dress) with a traditional rice toss before heading off into married life together.

1.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jan 19, 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This wedding was too fun and perfect for a fall wedding Wednesday, that we just had to pull it out of the archives. The weather could not have been more perfect for this warm fall afternoon ceremony overlooking the Kiawah River at the River Course on Kiawah Island, SC. Thank you to Liz Banfield for the images.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The perfect golf course green grass was the perfect backdrop for the green, orange, and brown harvest color palette we used for the wedding decor all based on graphic designer bride’s paper suite.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Fluffy Dahlias, snowberries, and star of bethlehem make up the bride’s bouquet.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

To designate an “alter” in such an expansive setting we took an ordinary brown linen and adorned it with orange mums. Orange mums were also secured into the grass as pew markers. Hand blown glass vases full of green peas topped with flowers offered a colorful and wind resistant design element.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Golden mums and olive greenery make up the wedding party flowers. The little girls carried posies that complimented their fab floral crowns. The ring bearer carried a miniature bird’s nest full of moss.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The bride, owner of  Oscar and Emma Designs designed all of the paper pieces. Wood paper liners encased the letterpressed ceremony programs.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Lowcountry Lemonade served with drink flags embellished with button mums in the color palette.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Dinner seating cards designed by Oscar and Emma had a precious copper leaf for each guest. We created a tree for the cards to hang from, creating a focal point for decor.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Moss green crushed velvet linens made the brightly hued florals and menus really pop but also allowed for the candles to create a warmth later into the evening.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Roasted pumpkin soup was served in hollowed mini pumpkins.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The cake by Jim Smeal featured all of the designs found on the wedding papers.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The couple, from Ohio, had to have a Grater’s ice cream station, couldn’t be a more perfect accompaniment to the cake.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The guest welcome favors served in a fall orchard basket featured all gourmet treats from their hometown.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Oscar and Emma designed tags topped off the caramel popcorn favors guests received at the end of the evening.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests enjoying cocktail hour by the warm glow of the sun setting over the Kiawah River.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The cozy after dinner lounge flanked by the espresso leather furniture and seagrass carpeting made the perfect spot to curl up with some bourbon and enjoy the festivities.

1.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jan 19, 2018

Because we clearly have Spring fever, and we are working on a new and exciting project that the mother of this bride is helping with, (our You Tube channel, stay tuned), today we are sharing this sweet and lovely wedding. The reception was at one of Charleston’s hidden gems, and there was definitely elegance but also graceful casualness that only hometown Charlestonians can offer.  Photos are by both Gayle Brooker and Corbin Gurkin.


Traditional engraved invitations were accented with vintage sailing stamps as a nod to the yacht club where the reception was to be held.

Bridal Collage

A family heirloom locket held photos of the groom, so the bride could “see” him before seeing him at the church. While a mostly pale blue and green palette was chosen to reflect the water and surroundings, the bride wanted some sweet pastel colors brought in to brighten things. White tulips, perfect in Spring make happy boutonierres.

The bridesmaids wore varying pastel silk gowns by Lula Kate (available through Bella Bridesmaid),and carried perfectly plush bouquets of peonies, sweat peas, and tulips.

The bride and her maids got ready in her childhood home, which was a perfect backdrop for pre ceremony photos, especially with the family pup. The bride wore a custom gown by Carol Hannah.

Wedding party Collage

Being a proper 6pm church ceremony, the gentlemen were in white tie and tails. All of the couples’ special little friends were honored as flower girls and ring bearers.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom rode separately to the reception (about 45 minutes outside of town) together to have time to reflect on the ceremony and the day. I love when couples can take some private time together.


Out of town guests were treated to the best of Charleston. The bride, who works for the Charleston CVB included locally made tea and sweet tea vodka minis. Along with cheddar biscuits her mother makes, and Charleston Benne Seed wafers.


Guests were treated to one of the best kept secrets with a reception at the Sea Island Yacht Club in the tiny coastal village of Rockville, SC.

Scenery Collage

The scenery here is hard to beat, river views, coastal marshland, and ancient live oaks.


A coastal map of the Lowcountry served as the couple’s guest book. Guests could sign well wishes, and the map is now framed and hanging in the couple’s home.

Greenery Collage

Bright greenery was used to cheer up the floral arrangements, as well as some of the quirky parts of the old yacht club. The mantles were such a great focal point, but obviously in warm months we didn’t need a fire, so we covered in lush greenery for more decor.

Food Collage

This cocktail reception offered local favorites like Crab cakes, mini chicken tarts, and a nod to the couples Mexican favorites- mini margaritas and tuna tacos.

station Collage

Not being a seated dinner, displaying the food needs to be as thoughtful and elegant as the food itself. Stations on the grand porch had marsh views, and were tailored with lamplight and handmade signage. Our shadowbox bars were filled with gardenias, which all of the ladies just loved!


Cake Collage

A floral cake by Jim Smeal was a show stopping centerpiece accented with family silver vessels of different spring flowers.

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As the sun set, guests enjoyed the party both inside and out.

Wishing lanterns were released over the water as the couple left off of the dock by boat.

1.19.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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