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Aug 20, 2018


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.


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.


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…


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…


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.


A tent set under the oaks was the perfect dinner spot


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.


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.


Pretty lounge seating viognettes lined the dance floor.


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.


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

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

September and early October can be a transition period for floral selection. We are huge fans of decorating with greenery due to it’s heartiness in decorating in advance and the ability to go far on impact and less on cost. Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This chuppa fashioned from magnolia leaves and simple fern fronds could easily be replicated on a smaller scale by gathering greenery available in your neighbor’s or you yard. Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We used a stem with waxy leaves as both a place card and a natural decor element to liven up the table settings. Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

In bouquets greenery like geranium leaves, mint leaves, hypericum berries, etc. can all add depth and dimension without coming off like a filler. It creates such a lush and full bouquet and again, a little goes a long away and doesn’t cost as much as blooms. Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This labor of love took the rustic cakes to the next level. The linen was covered in galax leaves hand glued over a couple of days, but it was well worth it! Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

I love the idea of using leaves (these are monstera leaves) instead of doilies to hold food items into place. Also makes for unique presentation. Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Just a simple swag on the back of the bride and groom chairs, or even the head table can bring in a natural element that can be so lovely up against stark wooden chairs and lots of tables. Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

So simple and easy, yet looks so thoughtful once it’s executed. Using many different types of leaves (aspidistra, fern, monstera) for decorating passed hors d’eouvres and cocktails is a favorite of mine. Liz Banfield photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

This wedding took place at a very old school yacht club… The building itself has some good points and some rough points you’d want to dress up a bit, but the scenery is breathtaking. We took lemon leaf easily available in large quantities and wove them into the old fireplace screens. Corbin Gurkin photo

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

This same venue has a very old school swing set for members’ children to play on, but not the most sightly and unmoveable item for a wedding. So, let’s make it pretty and maybe something the children will want to play on, or even some of the guests can escape with a cocktail and look out over the water…  Corbin Gurkin photo

8.20.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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