Category Archives: Rehearsal Dinner

Dec 11, 2018


We love love love when our clients hire us and the photographer (in this case, Corbin Gurkin) for all or most of the wedding weekend events. I feel that it really gets to tell the full story, and we can cultivate a complimentary and corresponding look and feel that guests can experience all weekend. For this wedding, recently featured in Charleston Weddings, the rehearsal dinner was a fabulously fun wedding eve at the William Aiken House.


Al fresco lounge seating was set on the lawn for guests to leisurely enjoy their first night in Charleston.  Local blooms like camelias offered a bright pop to the navy, white, and green evening.


The William Aiken House has sweeping porches perfect for lounging and cocktails. Guests get a prime view of King Street, which anchors Charleston’s most popular entertainment district.


Calligraphied seating cards were perched atop mini lawns of rye grass. When hosting an event at this venue, we really like to utilize as many of the rooms as possible so that guests get to see detail of the historic restoration. People really enjoy getting to feel as if they are a guest in one of Charleston grande old homes.


White blooms and greenery made for an lovely and elegant tabletop design.  Small details like embroidered cocktail napkins and cut crystal candles and glassware formalize the affair.


It’s always fun to see the groom’s personality reflected in a cake! Of course Jim Smeal can make every request look incredible!


I thought this Needle & Thread dress was so elegant and unexpected for a rehearsal dinner… I’m really into long sleeves when they work for the occasion and season.

12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Dec 11, 2018

One of our favorite Southern venues is Sea Island, GA… it’s full of rich history, classic architecture, and fantastic service! And not to be overshadowed by weddings, sometimes the wedding welcome parties can be just as fun… The couple is usually more relaxed and are seeing many guests for the first time in a while.  We are sharing this perfectly pleasant little party at Frederica Golf Club, before a wedding we can’t wait to share with you soon… All photos by Corbin Gurkin.

With the bride clad in a custom Dee Hutton party dress, the event started with cocktails in a lounge on the lawn, followed by a sit down dinner and toasting inside. 

The venue has the most darling vintage boats that can be taken out for slow ride around the water… And the position on the bluff was prime real estate for the lounge seating.

Since the wedding featured shades of pink and coral, we wanted to give a little nod to that with the flowers this evening. We love how they made for a cheery pop of color agains the navy awning stripes. Custom cocktail napkins and koozies by Lettered Olive accented the bar.

Sweet seating viognettes offered guests a place to gather and with a prime view of the waterfront scenery.

We built our escort card table using tailored boxes with fresh rye grass elements and anchored by a large and lovely citrus sherbert colored arrangement.  Even though the rehearsal party is traditionally hosted by the grooms family, it’s still a wedding celebration, so flowers have their place!

Guests enjoyed a traditional southern supper (complete with help yourself biscuits), and toasting the couple into the late evening!


12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Since Friday evenings going into a weekend are traditionally celebrated with the “rehearsal dinner” part of the weekend, today we’re sharing a super cute one with lots of DIY tips you can take away for any planning you may be doing this year! Liz Banfield shot these lovely images for us.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Choose a “theme” or color palette for your event. Having a cohesive look with details like your printing materials, flowers, linen colors, will easily help give your event a custom feel. Even if you purchase some great stock paper buy enough for the invitations, menu cards, and dinner menus. There are so many programs and options for designing professional printing items and having them printed, so the splurge here would be the paper – look for kinds with design details already done.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Here, an inexpensive but bountiful mix of flowers (bought from a local wholesaler or farm) in a pretty color palette is so easy and lovely! We added details like gluing a dual layer of nice sturdy ribbon in complimentary color to dress up clear glass vases.  Wooden trays similar to these can be purchased at a craft store, and painted to match any color you can dream up.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We talked on Wednesday about how we sometimes use random ordinary elements in our designs- lining the trays with bulk bought millet to add some color and anchor the tented seating cards. Other items we’ve used are dried split peas (for green), and dried orange lentils.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

This rehearsal dinner after party was held at Hibernian Hall in Charleston. An after party is a great way to cut costs, but include all of your guests. After a smaller dinner with immediate family and wedding party, this couple invited all of their wedding guests to join them in a larger space for cocktails and dessert.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

We welcomed guests in the foyer by relocating a large table that was already on site in the venue. We covered it in glass cylinders with the same yellow millet and candles, colored vases with single stems, and smaller vases with monochromatic flower clusters, the mixture and slight variation made for a big impact.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

Dress up (and give new life) to those inexpensive paper lanterns that everyone has in the garage!  We hung ribbon streamers with live flower heads affixed to them – so easy!!!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Liz Banfield

12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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