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photo by Christian Oth Studio

In light of our new feature on design site, Charish, we thought we could post some of the ways we have designed our dinner tabletops with a touch or two of vintage pieces. One of the easiest ways to bring in some touch of vintage is through the china, glassware, or flatware in some way.  Even when working with a budget, even if you chose just one of these elements, you can still achieve lovely results. Above, antique gold rimmed chargers set the stage and then a lovely vintage styled ribbon tied around the napkins completed the look.

photos by Liz Banfield

For this tabletop decor, we went with a collection of vintage candle holders to add a vintage feel.  The key to this look is to create a gathering several different versions but that all work together of course… mercury glass paired with the taller cut crystal holders add a subtle antique design.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Often times we can create a special tabletop for the head table or the bride and groom table. Antique silver goblets were used as water glasses, and the bride’s wedding china was used for the place settings.  Of course, we cleaned and packaged them to return afterwards.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This vintage tabletop combined many elements to create a cultivated look by using china, glassware, embroidered napkins, and antique candle holders.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

 

4.09.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Charleston, Entertaining, Event Design, Event Planning, Flowers, Interior Design, Parties, Photographers, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>

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We love revisiting some of our past weddings… Today, pretty pastels and pattern play were the name of the design game here, with photos so pretty from Corbin Gurkin.  Bridesmaids dresses in the lovliest shade of not quite lavender and not quite violet from Jenny Yoo at Bella Bridesmaid.

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The bride wore a Monique Lhullier gown and elegant flats from Dolce and Gabbana.

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Our beautiful bride carried a cascade of phalenopsis orchids, roses, and fern fronds. We were overjoyed when we found the perfect blue and white bird themed fabric at fabric.com, we used it as a photo wall back drop, to make pillows, and cover the bar.

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The blue and white papers designed by Lettered Olive made a statement with colored stock, pattern, die cut shapes, and letterpressed motifs.  Our wedding welcome bags were filled with local cheese biscuits, handmade chocolate, and wine all in a custom Charleston map tote featuring all of the weekend locations noted.

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The ceremony was held at one of my truly favorite local churches, the French Huguenot Church.

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After the ceremony, guests tossed rose petals on the couple exiting the church, all to the tune of a local gospel choir.

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Playing off of the cascading orchid bridal bouquet, the bridesmaids carried a fluffy and colorful mix of roses, orchids, and lilacs.

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I always advise my clients when developing our timelines, to allow themselves to steal away some private time with the photographer, in order to capture images like these.

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Long tables were dressed in custom linens with patterned toppers, while the smaller squares were dressed in all blue and white. I love that our bride let us play with all of these patterns and colors!

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The flowering cake by Jim Smeal, resting atop a bed of greens made for a drop dead centerpiece in the after dinner lounge.

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The after dinner lounge had a glamorous and feminine feel, and lots of thoughtful touches- one of my favorites was the phone charging station designed with the wedding hashtag signage. Oh, and the sliders on pretzel rolls by PPHG, were a HUGE hit!

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After a quick change and pretty sparkler send off, the couple departed by a vintage Rolls Royce ready to “Skip Down the Aisle” Together…

You can see more of this wedding on  Charleston Weddings

3.12.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Wedding party pics have come a loooooooooong way since weddings became the thing… They used to be super posed with the church alter in the background (you know, back in the olden days). But, now both the photographers and clients are collaborating to come up with custom and interesting ways to capture the day and and friends in fun and new ways.  It’s kind of like that trend where couples surprised their guests with a coordinated dance! We’re hoping today gives you some food for thought while coordinating your day with your photographer.

photo by Perry Vaile and Corbin Gurkin

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Sometimes just switching it up a little bit can make for a totally different look… This bride and her business partner own fashion house Dee Hutton, so styling the girls in different but complimentary gowns for the day and then capturing them together (sans bouquets) in something less than a stiff posted position can grant a photo magazine worthy.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We’re also seeing a new little moment that we are liking- the bride and her girls in different variations during the getting ready part of the day… Often times the girls are gifted matching pj’s or robes (like these from Plum Pretty Sugar) and the photos of them together other than just in their gowns are always a hit! And, you’ve heard of the first look between the bride and the groom, but on the right are the bridesmaids are getting their first look at the bride in her gown…

photo by Liz Banfield

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For those traditionalists still at heart, sometimes just a change of scenery like getting outside or interesting background or styling of the set up makes for a modern update still perfect for gracing the pages of the wedding album.

2.19.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
Bridal, Bridal Style, Charleston, Fashion, Photographers, Uncategorized, Weddings | Comments >>