May 2018

Dec 11, 2018

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As you’ve heard me say plenty before, weddings at home are truly some of my favorite. So, in honor of our couple’s upcoming anniversary, we are taking you South of Broad here in Charleston for a wedding at the Bride’s childhood church, and then reception for over 400 at the bride’s family home. Corbin Gurkin captured the details of the day for us, and you can see more of this wedding in Charleston Weddings Magazine.

Venue Collage

The classic home in black and white laid the perfect color play for our pink and white palette. Wanting to be respectful of their surroundings, neighbors received care packages of chamomile tea, ear plugs, and handwritten notes thanking everyone for their understanding.

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Keeping in line with the traditional feel of the home wedding, simple and elegant black and white letterpressed save the dates, followed by engraved invitations set the tone for the wedding weekend.

Bridal Collage

The bride wore an Amsale mermaid gown which had sheer sleeves added and metallic Jimmy Choo wedges.  Mother and bride carried embroidered handkerchiefs.

Bridesmaids Collage

Bridesmaids wore LulaKate pink ball skirts over little white dresses (which they donned after the ceremony) and Ivanka Trump floral heels.  Bridesmaids received crystal necklaces and Plum Pretty Sugar robes as a gift from the bride.

Getting ready Collage

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After getting ready at home, the bride headed to her first sight moment in a classic white Rolls Royce.

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The bride carried a hand tied bouquet of pink garden roses and white calla lilies.

Photos Collage

House Collage

When hosting a wedding at home, we really encourage the family to open their home to guests and use it. We created seating vignettes inside so guests could enjoy a cocktail, and we brought in a classical piano player as a special touch.

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The formal dining room also made for a lovely backdrop for the all white wedding cake by Jim Smeal.

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Garden Collage

A full scale garden party was set on the grounds. Guests enjoyed a bourbon bar, passed rose champagne, local seafood served on ice, and hors d’eouvres by Cru Catering served on the family silver.  Custom matches were placed at the bars for guests to grab and takeaway.

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Before they danced their first dance as husband and wife, the couple stole away to a special sweetheart table stashed on the second floor porch. They got to spend moments together discussing the emotions of the day and had a birds eye view of the party as it was happening.

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After covering the pool with the dance floor, the only thing left to do was hope for amazing weather which we were blessed with!

Going away Collage

After a quick change into a classic Armani getaway suit and birdseed toss, the bride and groom departed by Golf Cart – which is how they also first met.

12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Dec 11, 2018

Lowcountry Lemonade; Tara Guerard Soiree; Elizabeth Messina

photo by Elizabeth Messina

Now that we are finally having some of that sit outside with a cocktail and enjoy weather, I’m sharing one of my favorite spring/summertime cocktail recipes- Lowcountry Lemonade. Often a signature drink at many of our weddings, here is a version you can make at home

Lowcountry Lemonade (Adult version; serves 4-6)

3/4 cup sugar

5 lemons

2 oz peach schnapps for every 6 oz of lemonade

one bunch of mint, rinsed and dried

1. To make a pitcher to share with friends, you should first make the simple syrup (heat 3/4 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a small saucepan until sugar is completely dissolved). Add the juice of five lemons and add both to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups (to taste) of cold water (therefore, 8 to 10 ounces peach schnapps). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint leaf.

bar display

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Dec 11, 2018

Happy Memorial Day. Just a quick post for you today… We were honored to be asked for our thoughts on floral decor by industry professional group, The Society of American Florists.

12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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