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We were so stunned by this bridal portrait shoot Jose Villa did with our beyond gorgeous bride, Caroline, we just had to share.. There are so many benefits to doing a bridal portrait session prior to your wedding and with your actual wedding photographer. We use them as a hair and make up run through, a dress fitting (and learning how you will move around  in the dress,or if tweaks are needed prior to wedding), and an intimate time getting to know your photographer so that that level of comfort comes through in the actual wedding photos.

Caroline chose a dress by Carolina Herrera. The Whitby Hotel in New York City was chosen as the shoot location-  the couple would marry upstate at Troutbeck.  We also like to use the portrait day as a test for the bouquet.

8.06.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Beauty, Bridal, Bridal Style, New York, Photographers, Weddings | Comments >>
Jul 16, 2019

As many of you know we also have an office in New York, which we just celebrated the 10 year anniversary of… Recently when a larger corner space on our current floor opened up, we jumped at the chance to move in, and had my BFF, Nicki Clendening help with sprucing up the space for us. Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for the pics of the space.

Many of the items have been sourced via flea markets, antique booths, and favorite hidden gem spots over the past years, but we love the thought Nicki had to paint the walls a version of our “Soiree” signature orange…

Standard wooden kitchen cabinets get a complete face lift with marbleized fronts and new brass hardware…

Of course, no spot is complete without being able to entertain clients or vendors when needed… We hope you’ll come by and see us!

7.16.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Sep 26, 2018

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Today we are sharing one of our most published weddings full of Fall details like lush greenery, seasonal blooms, and wooden elements. This ceremony and reception took place at the Montage Palmetto Bluff resort in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and was photographed by Corbin Gurkin.  The bride was a producer for the Dr. Oz show and based in New York… after searching many local and destination venues, they settled on Palmetto Bluff not only for the beauty and service the property offers, but also for the fact that all of the guests can stay together on property and enjoy all of the amenities.

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Light showers began as the couple was saying their vows on a bridge overlooking one of the marshy creeks, luckily there were umbrellas on hand to protect guests and the bride and groom making their way down the aisle. The same Rabbi that did the groom’s bar mitzvah officiated the wedding ceremony, I love when couples are able to incorporate such special elements.

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A simple and classic bouquet of Lily of the Valley was the bride’s hope and luckily we were able to get it for her considering the time of year! The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta mermaid style gown…

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Palmetto Bluff and Lettered Olive worked together to create the wedding day baskets full of freshly baked biscuits and homemade jam delivered to each of the guests…

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Cocktail hour followed the ceremony on the grounds surrounding the old house ruins. A champagne tower gives a nod to the easy formality of the event.

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A tent set under the oaks was the perfect dinner spot

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Long tables were anchored with wooden Dunes and Duchess lamps with burlap shades, providing a complimentary glow to candlelight.  Clusters of blooms in a mix of cement pots and silver vases provide depth and texture. The place settings were kept simple with colored linen napkins (that the bride and groom were able to keep for their home collection) and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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The head table was encased in an iron garden conservatory as greenery garland swags were draped throughout the tent. A grand piano was brought in for live dinner music. A “firewood” wall was created for the backdrop to the bar.

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Pretty lounge seating viognettes lined the dance floor.

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The couple’s precious pup, Einstein was a guest at the affair.  We always try to hide all of the messy band cables and equipment with a stage partition, which as you can see makes a big difference in the photos! This one we capped with greenery and florals.

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The couple ended the evening with an after party dessert reception where the cake was cut and guests danced late into the wee hours.

9.26.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Event Design, Event Planning, New York, Photographers, Reception, The Lettered Olive, Uncategorized, Weddings | 1 Comment