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Tara Guérard

Owner/Creative Director

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading tastemakers, Tara Guérard has earned a widespread reputation for her exceptional ability to create spectacular settings celebrating life’s most anticipated occasions.

For over 15 years, clients across the United States – from “bright young things” to celebrity hostesses and CEOs – have turned to Tara for her southern-cum-contemporary affairs and impeccably executed events. With a core business in event design, Tara has expanded her brand to include furniture design for Frank and Lane, as well as custom invitation suites and printed pieces through Lettered Olive.

A noted style expert, Tara has been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Town & Country Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and on The Martha Stewart Show, The Nate Berkus Show and the Style Network, among other media outlets. Additionally, Tara is a regular on the blog and speaking circuits, dispensing tips and advice on an array of design related topics.

Tara’s debut book, Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South (Gibbs-Smith) was published to rave reviews in 2007, and her second volume, Weddings by Tara Guérard (Gibbs-Smith) premiered in early 2010, further establishing her as an authority on gracious entertaining. Looking ahead into 2014, Tara is working on several new projects including a product line, broadcast development and her third book.

Tara lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Russell, their sons, Aiken and Myers, daughter Lila and Springer Spaniel, Georgia. Please visit www.taraguerard.com to experience Tara’s work first hand.

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Meg Schreier

Event Coordinator

Meg is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Hospitality and Club Management. She spent four years working at The Cliffs Communities as a Special Events Manager before moving to Charleston in 2011. After her move she worked for a stationer and an off-premise caterer. In 2012, opportunity arose and she jumped at the chance to be Tara’s lead event coordinator. Meg handles all day-to-day planning operations and client relations at Soirée. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Halsey, and their golden retriever, Gatsby.

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Allie Horne

Project Manager

Born in Charlotte, NC, Allie moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston. She graduated with a degree in Corporate Communications and Business Administration. After interning with Lettered Olive and the team at Tara Guérard Soirée for a year she was offered the opportunity to join Lettered Olive as project manager. Her dedication and love for weddings, style and design make Allie a perfect fit for the Soirée team.

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Julia Shuman

Senior Graphic Designer

As the lead graphic designer for Lettered Olive, Julia brings with her a strong background in advertising and branding. Her eye for color and impeccable taste result in breathtaking invitations that reflect each client’s personal style. Julia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She resides in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Chris, their son, Sam, and daughter, Avery.

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Tarah Catalano

Junior Graphic Designer

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Tarah moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2008. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. During college, Tarah learned her craft interning with several design firms. Her passion for letterpress, hand calligraphy and innovative design gives Lettered Olive its creative edge.

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Anne T. Pope

Director of Marketing
and Business Development

A native of Charleston, Anne began her career in New York City with Random House/Clarkson Potter Publishers where she assisted with the editorial process for well-known lifestyle authors. She segued into the public relations industry and was involved with programs for corporate clients such as Neiman Marcus, The Horchow Collection, Swarovski Crystal and a variety of Kraft Foods brands including Cool Whip, Jello and Altoids Mints.

Anne returned to Charleston in 1997 and established Leapfrog Public Relations where she worked with a number of high profile businesses in Charleston and across the Southeast including Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, SEE Eyewear, Cynthia Rowley and Tara Guérard Soirée among others. Anne sold Leapfrog to her colleagues in 2009 (and the firm continues to be one of Charleston’s premier boutique PR agencies). She joined Tara Guérard, LLC in 2012 to oversee business development and marketing.

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Tara Guérard

Owner/Creative Director

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading tastemakers, Tara Guérard has earned a widespread reputation for her exceptional ability to create spectacular settings celebrating life’s most anticipated occasions.

For over 15 years, clients across the United States – from “bright young things” to celebrity hostesses and CEOs – have turned to Tara for her southern-cum-contemporary affairs and impeccably executed events. With a core business in event design, Tara has expanded her brand to include furniture design for Frank and Lane, as well as custom invitation suites and printed pieces through Lettered Olive.

A noted style expert, Tara has been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Town & Country Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and on The Martha Stewart Show, The Nate Berkus Show and the Style Network, among other media outlets. Additionally, Tara is a regular on the blog and speaking circuits, dispensing tips and advice on an array of design related topics.

Tara’s debut book, Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South (Gibbs-Smith) was published to rave reviews in 2007, and her second volume, Weddings by Tara Guérard (Gibbs-Smith) premiered in early 2010, further establishing her as an authority on gracious entertaining. Looking ahead into 2014, Tara is working on several new projects including a product line, broadcast development and her third book.

Tara lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Russell, their sons, Aiken and Myers, daughter Lila and Springer Spaniel, Georgia. Please visit www.taraguerard.com to experience Tara’s work first hand.

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Meg Schreier

Event Coordinator

Meg is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Hospitality and Club Management. She spent four years working at The Cliffs Communities as a Special Events Manager before moving to Charleston in 2011. After her move she worked for a stationer and an off-premise caterer. In 2012, opportunity arose and she jumped at the chance to be Tara’s lead event coordinator. Meg handles all day-to-day planning operations and client relations at Soirée. She lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Halsey, and their golden retriever, Gatsby.

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Allie Horne

Project Manager

Born in Charlotte, NC, Allie moved to Charleston to attend the College of Charleston. She graduated with a degree in Corporate Communications and Business Administration. After interning with Lettered Olive and the team at Tara Guérard Soirée for a year she was offered the opportunity to join Lettered Olive as project manager. Her dedication and love for weddings, style and design make Allie a perfect fit for the Soirée team.

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Julia Shuman

Senior Graphic Designer

As the lead graphic designer for Lettered Olive, Julia brings with her a strong background in advertising and branding. Her eye for color and impeccable taste result in breathtaking invitations that reflect each client’s personal style. Julia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She resides in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Chris, their son, Sam, and daughter, Avery.

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Tarah Catalano

Junior Graphic Designer

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Tarah moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2008. She attended Winthrop University and graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. During college, Tarah learned her craft interning with several design firms. Her passion for letterpress, hand calligraphy and innovative design gives Lettered Olive its creative edge.

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Anne T. Pope

Director of Marketing
and Business Development

A native of Charleston, Anne began her career in New York City with Random House/Clarkson Potter Publishers where she assisted with the editorial process for well-known lifestyle authors. She segued into the public relations industry and was involved with programs for corporate clients such as Neiman Marcus, The Horchow Collection, Swarovski Crystal and a variety of Kraft Foods brands including Cool Whip, Jello and Altoids Mints.

Anne returned to Charleston in 1997 and established Leapfrog Public Relations where she worked with a number of high profile businesses in Charleston and across the Southeast including Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, SEE Eyewear, Cynthia Rowley and Tara Guérard Soirée among others. Anne sold Leapfrog to her colleagues in 2009 (and the firm continues to be one of Charleston’s premier boutique PR agencies). She joined Tara Guérard, LLC in 2012 to oversee business development and marketing.

Owner Tara Guérard and her “Soirettes” organize every event from either their spacious studio in Charleston or their office in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Endless excitement and energy make Soirée one of the most sought-after event designers in the country.