Category Archives: Bridal Style

Jan 14, 2020

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!

1.14.20   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Jan 07, 2020

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We have some of the most gorgeous brides, don’t we? We love doing this recap post every year and thanking our brides for an amazing year… Ready to hit the ground running in 2020 with two weddings already in January! Keyton got married in her summer vacation destination of Watercolor, Florida… She wore a strapless ballgown by Monique Lhuillier.

photo by Ryan Ray

Lauren was our fun loving, have a great time, and dance all night long bride. Married here in Charleston, she is a SC girl and we loved creating a spring time formal fete for her at Runnymede. Lauren’s mermaid sheath is by Oscar de la Renta.

photo by Sylvie Gil

Hannah and Tyler were married over the summer at “the end of the world”- Montauk, New York. Our bride elevated the typical beach wedding look with a lace covered off the shoulder gown by Anna Maier.

photo by Jose Villa

Caroline and her fiancé chose an urbane getaway upstate NY getaway- Troutbeck  for their wedding weekend. For the most part, the guests all stayed on site and were able to spend the entire weekend enjoying the amenities and events. Her simple but chic sheath is by Carolina Herrera.

 photo by Corbin Gurkin

Kimbrell married at her family home in upstate, SC… we were lucky enough to initially get to know her while planning her older sister’s wedding several years ago. Although, we had an unexpected tropical storm blow through that day, the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and everyone partied like it was a lovely day. Kimbrell chose a gorgeous lace Mira Zwellinger gown that couldn’t have been more perfect on her.

photo by Anne Rhett Photography

To marry her love overlooking the sea where she spent so much time with her family growing up (and having lost her beloved father) was of the utmost importance to our bride, which is why she chose Round Hill in Jamaica.  She chose a Cucculelli Shaheen gown with a cape that was beyond fabulous…

1.07.20   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Nov 19, 2019

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

It’s not just for the ring boxes anymore. We can’t sing our love of velvet enough…As far as we’re concerned we use it on linens, tent/wall draping, even wrapping bouquets!  Velvet is hot hot hot in wedding design right now, so we wanted to show you have we have used it in the past! 

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

One simple but sweet way to use velvet is on the bouquet wrap. I’ve had great luck finding beautiful velvet options at my favorite vintage ribbon shop in New York.  For the wedding on the right, we even had the wedding’s custom monogram embroidered on her ribbon.

photo by Liz Banfield

One of our first forays into velvet was this collaboration with Velvet Raptor. For an early spring wedding with rich earth hued tones complimented with a pop of pastel, ombre menu booklets were finished with etched bronze name plates. Guests all kept their menus from this one!

photos by Corbin Gurkin (1,2) and Liz Banfield (3)

Our sister printing company, Lettered Olive, has had the opportunity to design paper goods using velvet elements.  Our menu books are so luxurious! For a December wedding, embossed velvet ribbon was an unexpected belly band on the invitation suite. And for another holiday season wedding, and slight hint of velvet on the reply envelopes offer a soft surprise.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a couple’s wedding welcome bags, we custom made velvet travel shoe bags so guests would actually want to take them home. And of course, stuffed with all sorts of goodies and treats for comfortable hotel staying.

Photos by Corbin Gurkin (1,2) and Liz Banfield (3)

And of course, one of our favorite areas for velvet and then more velvet is in the wedding design itself. A giant reception bar was covered in velvet fabric matching the custom built velvet seating. We found super perfect green velvet couches at our local rental company (Snyder Events) to create our reception lounge. And, for a glittering New Years eve wedding and special touch for our couple, we made velvet chair covers embroidered with their names…

11.19.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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