August 2018

Aug 29, 2018


It’s about that time in wedding season where we start to see the color palettes become a bit richer, different materials are used in the designing, and flavors shift a little. This wedding was one of my favorites for all of those reasons. Everything including the ceremony took place at Lowndes Grove Plantation, which allows us to create different areas and designs based on historic architecture, tented courtyards, and glorious trees overlooking the Ashley River. Liz Banfield provides all of the lovely images.

printing-collageFor the lush and natural garden feel the bride wanted, Lettered Olive created a printed “nature” paper along with die cut patterns to use on the wedding invitations. Canvas garden totes made the perfect unexpected guest welcome bags. For an outdoor afternoon ceremony, ceremony programs doubled as fans.



A varied mixture of white and green florals provided lush texture and I loved how the bouquets incorporating both colors looked against the bridesmaids’ green dresses and the bride’s dress.

ceremony-collageHeel savers were provided so ladies could easily enjoy the ceremony on the lawn. Natural woven bags full of rose petals were provided for guests to toss at the bride and groom after they were married and coming back down the aisle.


Antique church pews mixed with rustic chairs overlook the greenery covered alter.



Guests were treated to cocktail hour bites and sips by Patrick Properties Hospitality Group. The seafood station was housed over ice blocks full of green leaves for added decor.


The couple met while on a Peace Corps tour in Africa, so we had African made fabrics brought in for different areas of decor, like these dinner escort cards.


Dinner took place in the oyster tabby tented with a clear view of the sky.


The African fabric brought a varied mix tied to the dinner chairs. Branches calligraphied with guests’ names provided the natural place cards.



Like life floral vines covered the wedding cake from Jim Smeal’s artistry.


The after dinner lounge and bar provided a perfect space for guests to retreat for dancing after dinner.


dessert-station dessert-collage

An after dinner dessert station featured individual treats full of fall flavor… Servers passed mini cones to guests on the dance floor need a little treat to call off…

couple-dancing couple-getaway

A vintage convertible in the perfect shade of green provides a photo worthy getaway for the bride and groom!

8.29.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 28, 2018

A Bryan Photo

We are definitely seeing a shift in the palettes for our fall weddings as we are diving into the design proposals, but we are loving the inspiration we are getting from new hues.  For a recent wedding, the girls wore shades of ochre. And, with the bouquets of greenery instead of blooms, I love this fresh fall look and how it makes total sense with out the long standing feel of traditional fall.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A new take on fall brights with a broad palette, these shades are balanced but unexpected.  Our bride, designer of Dee Hutton created custom gowns for her ladies and it couldn’t have been more perfect for this glamorous affair.  Think a trip to Mexico or Cuba as color inspiration here. photos by Liz Banfield and Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Grey doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, in fact we’re seeing more shades of it.  Here, a charcoal is balanced with sunset shades. The green grey gowns in center are balanced with fluffy dusty miller, and blooms in dessert shades. Grey suits are still a main alternatives to tuxedos. A pale grey suit works darker greys, navy, and the paler shades of lilac.  Darker greys are a surprising neutral that are working with all tones.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

I’m loving the moment that jewel tones are still having, but if you are looking for ways to brighten them, try offering a brighter balance of blush tones.

photos by Liz Banfield and Corbin Gurkin 

Lilac is still definitely having a moment. We’re seeing it done in ombre shades, everywhere from pastels, to the deeper jewel shades. The flowers acting as a counterpart- the lighter shades are complimented with deeper blooms, and the darker shades work well blended with greens, pales, and pops of plum.

8.28.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 27, 2018

Photo by Liz Banfield

Designing flowers for our fall weddings means incorporating different color palettes, and using different materials. Above, a traditional fall element of orange gets an update by contrasting it with pale tones and corals, along with grey. I love dusty miller this time of year, because it gives a velvet touch which is one of my favorite materials to use now, the berzillia berries gives a really pretty way to have grey in a bouquet.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

I like being able to get creative and come up with something a little unexpected, which for us lately means softer colors or bringing in a metallic like rose gold or copper. For the Maid of honor in this wedding, darker blooms in the same family as the pastels were added for an ombre feel but as a special nod.

Photo by Liz Banfield

Without seeing the same old idea of it, this bouquet really says “harvest” to me.  I love the blush and beige tones and the mix of different blooms. The succulent addition is a great and fun alternative for greenery.

Photos by Corbin Gurkin

For this grand fall fete, a bouquet to match the grandness of the bridal gown was in order. There was a lot of “old world” feel to this wedding, so I thought a formal but very simple long stemmed bouquet could carry it’s weight with the dress. Long stemmed roses, and natural greenery with a few berries speckled in tied off with vintage silk ribbon.. if it’s possible for these two words to go together I think it’s full of an airy heaviness indicative of fall in Charleston.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Photo by Liz Banfield

For both of these bouquets, textured looks was the dominate design element. Our bride’s bouquet add berries on the vine, wild clematis, and drapey greens gave a gathered from the garden look. The bridesmaids worn black gowns, so the shades of creams and beiges really popped. Flowers only available in this season like Anenomes and craspedia balls bring in a different look.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Deep wines and burgundies mixed with purple or pinks is one of my favorite color palettes… and I love the just gathered wild flower look that many people associate more with spring, but just as spectacular in fall.

Photos by Adrienne Page

For a bride that still may want a white bouquet in fall, anenomes and wax flower would give a rustic but still white feel. But, even adding in elements like cotton bolls, eucalyptus, or here wild yew give it a more seasonal feel.

8.27.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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