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I can’t believe we finally get to share this Fall Fenwick Plantation wedding with you, now that the new Charleston Weddings Magazine is out on newsstands.  This is the 3rd daughter from a family that we have done all three weddings for, which I love because they were all so different and fun to design. This one is full of soft and feminine touches but using lots for rustic and natural elements. Thank you to Corbin Gurkin for all of the photos. Lettered Olive created a landscape scene reminiscent of the grounds at Fenwick Plantation (currently on the market if anyone is interested!), which was printed as the envelope liner on the classic letterpress invitations. Canvas “baskets” were printed with a handdrawn map of Charleston, with all of the weekend festivity locations noted. A custom printed puzzle also gave guests more information about the weekend events. Local snacks and treats filled the basket, including the groom’s favorite fortune cookies, but more on that later…

The bride wore a lace mermaid style gown by Eddy K with a keyhole back and a veil from BHLDN.

Bridesmaids wore gowns from BHLD, and the groom’s suit is from H Stockton in Atlanta.

Letterpress programs were fashioned into fans for the outdoor ceremony, luckily we had a warm beautiful day! After walking down a petal lined aisle with oversized magnolia pieces, the couple married under a magnolia and floral arch.

Cocktail immediately followed in the garden, where guests were greeted with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails named by the couple.  Going with the garden theme, a “planted” escort card display was designed. Galvanized metal tags were calligraphied with guests names and planed in a moss covered box. Dinner under the clear top tent featured a lovely head table with the palest pink linen, and curated tabletop of flowers, differing candles, and elements like antlers and other curios.

Afterwards in the lounge tent, both the wedding cake and a grooms cake were cut. The bride chose a chocolate covered confection by Jim Smeal displayed with a custom monogramed linen… Due the groom’s love of Chinese food, Jim also created a to go box cake with gum paste fortune cookies on top.

The after dinner lounge featured several different seating arrangements for guests to gather… In addition to our traditional bar setup, we built a beer tap wall for the guys… Loved this new addition and it was a big hit with guests… Featuring 4 of the couple’s favorite selections. 

After a night of dancing and mingling with friends, the couple departed to a sparkler send off, in a vintage British convertible.  Congrats Mary and Reid!

12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Dec 11, 2018

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( all photos by Southern Living/Laurey W. Glenn)

This Thanksgiving table scape photo shoot that we did with Southern Living Magazine a few years back is one of my favorites. I host Thanksgiving every year at our family’s cottage at Flat Rock in the NC Mountains so it was even more special this year as my family got to enjoy our photo shoot set up! I pulled some of my favorite shots, but you can see all of the details on Southern Living. The china is from my husband’s family so I went somewhat unexpectedly with the pink and gold color theme from the china’s pattern.

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I had a yummy suede linen made to fit our dining room table with a large cabled piping in the pale pink.  And these “petal pink” taper candles from Creative Candles were the perfect added touch of color to offset not having any flowers in the centerpiece.

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There are fabulous antique markets and thrift stores up in the Hendersonville/Asheville area near where we are in Flat Rock. I found old clear glass candlesticks and painted them gold with craft paint.  The apples are fall harvest NC apples that were so lovely on their own, I hated to paint them, but they sure did turn out beautifully. All SO easy to DIY and inexpensive!

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I love my etched glassware, which doubles as a perfect place card and surcie.  I also believe you can never have enough embroidered napkins! These are from Lettered Olive and Elizabeth Joyce Monograms.

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Because it happens to work well in our space, and makes it easier for me as the hostess finishing up a large dinner, I always set up a self serve bar. I stock it with the cocktails, proper glassware needed, and cocktail napkins or any other tools needed to properly mix and serve.

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Another inexpensive DIY trick that we did here,  is to get affordable cotton cocktail napkins (like these from CB2.com) and iron on monogram letters (available online and at most fabric and craft stores).

12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Dec 11, 2018

photo by Nicki Stone

If you are reading this post, we hope you share the same love for cheese at parties as we do.. We love serving cheese in many different ways, displaying it creatively, or just having it as a snack!  It’s the perfect party food from black tie wedding to after school play date, and we are going to share with you the versatility that we have found with it. One of our favorites, above, was for a Bastille Day dinner party we did at a client’s home. We moved a side board under utilized inside, outside, and set up a bountiful self serve display.  Appetizer sized plates were offered in case someone wanted to make a plate, but we love the idea of refashioning an already existing piece into a new purpose.

photo by Corbin Gurki

We loved the idea of old fashioned cheese service so much that we built custom cheese carts- complete with marble tops and skirting that we can sew custom for each event. Having servers push these during cocktail hour or in the after dinner reception (here with a gorgeously aged Port Wine) is such an unexpected and elegant touch. Of course  elements like custom designed flags add decor elements. Flags by Lettered Olive.

photo by Tec Petaja

Here, our cheese carts were stationed near a bar in the reception tent, and guests were served by request. Little accompaniments like dried fruits,  and jams and vinegars made this another food station essentially.

photo by Adrienne Page

For this cocktail hour display, punched up cheese items added to a lovely antipasta display… By Cru Catering

photo by Adrienne Page

Finally for this wedding, composed cheese plates were served at the table, family style, for guests to enjoy along with dessert.  Fresh local berries were added to round out this sweet treat.  Let us know if you have any favorite varietals or ways of serving cheese at your parties.

12.11.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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