October 2018

Tara Guerard Soiree

Now that it’s finally citrus season, one of my favorite DIY decor tips for entertaining at home are my orange votives! These are killer votives for Halloween (think instead of carving pumpkins) get togethers and perfect additions to your Thanksgiving tables, or just any given dinner party. First step is to assemble everything you need- a sharp knife, a good strong spoon or scoop, and your oranges of course. If it’s your first round, get a bag to allow for any Oops!

Tara Guerard Soiree

Slice a thinnish piece off the bottom (and an even thinner part off the opposite side just of the peel, not any of the inside so that it has a steady platform for where you plan to set it down). Use your spoon to hollow out all of the pulp, juices, etc. I like to keep them all to use for smoothies or juicing.

Tara Guerard Soiree

We make sure to use the candle drop ins that have the plastic bases0 they are deeper and don’t get as hot as the aluminum based ones; they also look nicer!

Tara Guerard Soiree

It’s also a good idea to zest or shave a bit of the peel off of the sides so that the candles are able to really glow through. Of course, they are wonderfully fragrant as well!

10.30.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Flashing back this Friday to US Women’s Soccer Team alumni, Kate Sobrero’s Halloween wedding.  This intimate affair took place at Hibernian Hall, a historic venue in downtown Charleston, SC. Since it was over Halloween weekend, we wanted to offer a fun yet still sophisticated and special evening for the guests. Escort cards for dinner were placed on individual mini pumpkins, and surrounded what would later become a take home candy bar.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Guests dined at 12 top rectangle tables, I like the set up of those as it makes it much easier than round tables to fit more into a space. And much easier for guests to enjoy conversations with multiple people.  Candles were everywhere filling the room with warmth.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

The tables were dressed in deep red crushed velvet linens with simple pillar candles, and rustic wrought iron candlesticks topped with rose balls of Black Magic and Gospel Dark red roses.  The glow bouncing off the deep hues made you want to sidle up with your glass of red wine and settle in.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Since calla lilies were the main flower used for the wedding party, a burgundy calla lily adorned each guests place setting.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Again, dark burgundy calla lilies filled the bridesmaids’ bouquets and were perfect against their black dresses.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Calla lilies provided a deep red pop of color to the all white wedding cake.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

A scoop your own candy bar made for a fun send off at the end of the evening.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Fragrant seeded eucalyptus paired with the dark red roses gave a festive look to the horse drawn carriage the bride and groom took from their church ceremony to the reception venue.

10.29.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Oct 24, 2018

This wedding was such a stunner, that we had to share some of our own favorite details in addition to the feature in the new Charleston Weddings Magazine. Our couple married at Kiawah Island Resort, with an indoor ceremony in a ballroom we transformed, followed by an evening of dinner, dancing, and details. The bride is Mexican, so were able to use a lot of beautiful details as a nod to her heritage, and incorporate glamorous design that represent the couple’s taste. Corbin Gurkin captured all of the lovely images. Wedding papers by Lettered Olive featured gilded paper and inks, a custom monogram and velvet touches. The save the dates were acrylic thumb drives of a styled video the couple made featuring Kiawah Island to get guests excited for the big day.

The bride wore a gown from Kleinfeld Bridal by Pnina Tornai and shoes by Christian Louboutin. We created her bouquet using shades of blushes and white with opulant orchids, garden roses, and lily of the valley hand tied with an embroidered velvet ribbon. Custom cuff links for the groom were engraved with the wedding date.

Classic black tuxedos complimented the bridesmaids lace and silk full length gowns- by Kate McDonald Bridal. I love seeing sleeves for the bridesmaids!


We transformed one of the ballrooms at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island by laying white carpet and bring the outdoors in… We covered golden branches with orchids, and lined the aisle with greenery boxes, and hung white sheer fabric for a beautiful photo backdrop.

A floral covered monogram added pretty detail to the hotel space. Members of the family who couldn’t be there where there in spirit with a remembrance table at the ceremony. In addition to the Virtuosi orchestra at the ceremony, a bagpiper, and Mariachi band provided a variety of music.

Perfectly timed, a confetti cannon went off just as the couple sealed their vows with a kiss.

Cocktail hour featured a salsa and taco station… Covered in greenery, a hotel chandelier makes for a great escort card station. Acrylic cards calligraphied by Penned by Palmer were hung by ribbon.

For this bride, typical chivari chairs just wouldn’t cut it. So, white fabric was woven throughout to give a frilly and extravagant feel.  A centerpiece of the dining room was a large fixture we covered in greenery and draped orchid strands from.

Perfectly piped linens (one of our signatures) provided tailored tabletops with rows of lush floral centerpieces. Delicate glass candlesticks offered a mixture of height. Place cards were embroidered satin ribbons tied to the napkins at each place setting.

Jim Smeal created a modern and elegant cake using two of the main design elements- marble and gold gilding.

Perfectly positioned lounge seating and tables provided guests a place to perch when not dancing.
Marble was an element that kept popping up in the bride’s inspiration photos, so we created a marbleized dance floor as a stand out focal point of the room.

Since it’s seen in so many of the photos, the band’s stage can stick out like a sore thumb, or blend in perfectly. Fabric draped curtains and custom edging create a showcase for the band that show the extra thought that goes into designing the space.

As a send off, the guests were showered by orchids, and departed in a vintage car with the prettiest of petals making the final look as special as the first. Congrats Gaby and Ward!

10.24.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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