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photo by Corbin Gurkin

Many times we focus so much on our brides and bridesmaids’ fashion pieces that the Mothers of the Brides and Grooms can get overlooked… After recently scouring through our photos from the past year or two of weddings we realized that we have some pretty knock out stylish “moms” as well, so we wanted to share a little glimpse of the other fashionable wedding day ladies.  The mother of the bride above went with a stunning cape sleeved sheath gown from Oscar de la Renta for her daughters’ winter lowcountry wedding.

photo by Perry Vaile

For a spring time affair at Palmetto Bluff, this mother of the bride complimented the bridesmaids’ gowns with a hand painted ball skirt gown from Kate McDonald.

photo by Adrienne Page

Here the mother of the groom awaits her escort down the aisle, in a fabulous blue gown not quite off the shoulders and gorgeously tailored.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this Charleston wedding, our mother of the bride chose a strapless gown by Oscar de le Renta, but with a matching wrap. Perfect for a church ceremony if modesty is a concern, and for the unpredictable evening temps here in the Spring… This brides’ color palette was a pale pink and green, so I love the brighter pink as a nod to that palette.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

At the rehearsal for our Newport, RI wedding, the mother of the groom waits and watches looking (like Meryl Streep, don’t you think) effortlessly chic before the rehearsal diner.

photo by Liz Banfield

I love this bold color choice by Romona Keveza (styled by Julie Sabatino) worn by our mother of the groom for a summertime Charleston fete.  Love the new movement for mothers wearing color, it’s a celebration, and when appropriate can be a perfectly stunning selection.

As far as flowers or “corsages” go for our clients, we’ve found that many don’t wish to pin something onto their Couture gowns… So, we have been either crafting miniature bouquets for them to carry, or flowers that can attach to a clutch, or ones even affixed to ribbon that can be tied onto their wrists as an accessory.

1.29.18   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 04, 2016

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Happy Monday! We are back in the office after Spring Break here in S.C. and wrapping up a Gala for a non profit near and dear to our hearts, The Charleston Animal Society. Starting to wrap our heads around the final details of our spring weddings has me thinking about flowers and looks for bridesmaids.  We always like to add a special touch from the bride or maybe it’s just the Southern in us, but a monogram on the bouquet wrap is always a nice detail!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Perry Vaile

photo by Perry Vaile

We are still seeing long and most often coordinating dresses still a popular choice for brides and their wedding parties. The neutral pale palettes still reign supreme which I love because the flowers can perfectly pop!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Adrienne Page

photo by Velvet Raptor

A mixture of styles and colors in one designers line is still a popular way for brides to offer their maids a choice reflecting their personal style, and it does really make for pretty photos.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkinphoto by Corbin Gurkin

I love the brides who aren’t afraid of something different or fashion forward. Hearing a bride want gold metallic dresses could sound alarming, but when done as glamorous as these by Kate McDonald the look really pays off!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Stephen Karlisch

photo by Stephen Karlisch

When a bolder color choice is used, I love to keep the flowers light and complimentary- all white and natural greens is always classic and isn’t reserved just for the bride.

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

image by Corbin Gurkin

We’re seeing lots of brides coming up with great alternatives when not able to find exactly what they have in mind.. Here, little white Lula Kate dresses turned into tops when a long ballgown was fitted over them. Love that the girls will have something else to wear after the wedding!

Tara Guerard Soiree by Corbin Gurkin

image by Corbin Gurkin

Navy has always been a preference for me over black for maids… it’s still classic and formal, but also lighter and airier in photos… works great in both afternoon and evening settings and I love how many different colors really work with it.

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Mar 17, 2016

drink menu

Congratulations to Kate McDonald Bridal on the debut of her new collection.  A cocktail hour kicked off the show which was hosted by the William Aiken House.

WAH gates

Gates were welcoming with draping and pretty little oyster shell wreaths- love the nod to Charleston and the fact that Katherine has kept her design operation local from the beginning.


What a lovely runway!

Lounge on lawn

Guests could enjoy pre show conversations in the lawn lounge…

jewel tones

Jewel tones reigned over the LulaKate bridesmaids collection.

pastel palette

pastel bridal

Pastel palettes are still popular… The Kate McDonald bridesmaids and bridal collections were both full of ethereal lines and lightweight fabrics.

Stripe dress

Of course, the famous Lula Kate stripe made an updated appearance with a halter top.

bridal 1

Another trend that was represented was the two piece dress.

blue thulle skirt

This was our favorite piece of the collection, the blue tulle overlay… one of our recent brides wore a Kate McDonald dress with a tulle skirt overlay she wore for the ceremony and then removed for the reception.

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