When Adrienne Page sent me these photos, I could not wait to share them with you! Not only did Sallie Gray and Jason’s September wedding take place in a gorgeous location, but it was designed by Tara Guerard of Soiree. It was a day full of Southern tradition and special details – many of them inspired by the bride’s eyelet dress – and Adrienne captured them all beautifully.

 Guests received pails of goodies, including bottled water and cookies, in their hotel rooms. The guests favors, delicate hand-blown drinking glasses, were also packaged in these personalized pails.

 Sallie Gray wore an eyelet dress by Carolina Herrera, her bouquet was wrapped in eyelet, and even her shoes echoed the eyelet motif.

 For the ceremony, Sallie Gray wore her sister’s veil – something borrowed. Umbrellas were made available for guests in case of rain – or shine!

 To continue the motif, votives were wrapped in eyelet fabric.

 In lieu of a guest book, guests could write on notecards that matched the rest of the wedding stationery, and pin them onto a white bulletin board. Each tier of the cake was a different flavor: butter cake with raspberry filling, lemon cake with lemon curd, orange cake with triple sec, and butter cake with pistachio.



Photographer: Adrienne Page / Venue: Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina / Planning, Design: Tara Guérard Soiree / Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera / Stationery, Welcome Gifts: The Lettered Olive / Cake: Jim Smeal / Gospel Choir: Voices of Deliverance / Band: Right On Band

  • Preppy Charleston Wedding by Tara Guérard

    11 October 2008
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    Hi all! I’m so sorry for such a late post today – I’m totally behind on all kinds of work, and feeling generally uninspired. Or at least under inspired. Anyway, this board isn’t quite what I want it to be, but I just felt like tree peonies today. I just love their ruffly petals and yellow centers…

    Mood: sunny, romantic
    Palette: yellow, white

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    Top row from left: photo from Brides, bouquet from Soiree, cake and tent both from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 2: photo accordion by Paper + Cup from Martha Stewart Weddings, lemonade via Party Perfect, earrings photo by Gemma Comas, tree peonies
    Row 3: dress photo by Jen Huang, bouquet by Designers Co-op, church photo by Mark Staff, outdoor table from Outstanding in the Field
    Row 4: photo by Ashley Garmon, invitation photo by Stephanie Colgan, bridesmaids from Martha Stewart Weddings

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    I know that so many of you are probably tired of brown as an accent color, but what about when it’s accenting an array of bright, fun colors? Often, a multi-colored palette can seem garish, or silly, or any number of unflattering things, but there are ways to make it work. I hope that this inspiration board proves that!

    Mood: playful, bright
    Palette: espresso, aqua, lemon, orange, fuchsia

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    Top row from left: jumping attendants photo by Christine Farah, ceremony decor from Todd Events, hydrangea bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 2: pom pom drink stirrers from Martha Stewart, bouquet from Ink & Peat, dress photo by Jude Mooney, lollipop seating cards from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 3: lemon centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, boutonniere photo by Jennifer Dery, yellow shoes photo by Jonathan Canlas, orchid chair by Beautiful Blooms via The Bride’s Cafe
    Row 4: ribboned book from Pauseability’s flickr, bouquet photo by Anna Kuperberg, truffle cake by April Reed, invitation by Linda & Harriett

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    Hi all! Sorry for the late post – I’m moving a little slowly this morning. Today I wanted to share with you the inspiration board I made for Virginia, the winner of the Snippet & Ink Nie Nie Auction. She is planning a June wedding in her mother’s New England garden, using plum and other shades of purple that will be in bloom at that time. She is going for a look that is romantic and beautiful with vintage touches, but not fussy. Using her guidelines, along with some pieces that she has already decided on (such as her dress and shoes), here is what I came up with…

    Mood: simple garden elegance
    Palette: plum, violet, pink, green

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    Top row from left: hair pins by Jennifer Behr, ice cream in tea cups, lilac mason jar centerpiece photo by Punam Bean via Style Me Pretty, copper mailbox from Smith & Hawken via {frolic!}
    Row 2: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, dress by Morgane le Fay, table by Blomma Flicka, place setting by Fete NY
    Row 3: vodka gimlet from Martha Stewart Weddings, purple shoes, seating chart photo by Red Photo Co., arrangement by Farmer Julie
    Row 4: sparklers photo by One Love Photo, violet and pansy nosegay by Artfool, table number photo by Leigh Miller, ceremony photo by Elizabeth Messina

    Please remember that you can still give to the Nielson family by making a donation to their PayPal fund. Read updates about Stephanie and Christian’s condition at C Jane, Stephanie’s sister’s blog. My heart goes out to this incredible family, who continues to inspired me.

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    Oh, I love red when it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Cherry red. Poppy red. Paired with cream and a few touches of the palest pink, red is playful and cheerful, rather than overly dramatic. I imagined a winter wedding when creating this inspiration board, but I think this palette could easily be translated into a spring or summer wedding. The yarn-wrapped vase by Paul Lowe is a simple detail that adds so much texture and interest, and I think a yarn-wrapped bouquet stem would work here, too. A variety of fun patterns adds to the playfulness of this look.

    Mood: whimsical, bright
    Palette: poppy red, cream, touches of pale pink

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    Top row from left: calligraphy by Linea Carta via Brooklyn Bride, flower veil by Ellen Christine Millinery via Little Winter Bride, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, getaway car photo by Drew B via The City Sage
    Row 2: yarn-wrapped vase from Sweet Paul, photo by Whitebox Weddings, red table setting from Martha Stewart Weddings via Once Wed
    Row 3: Lara Helene dress from Brides, milk and cookies favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, ring pillow by Twigs & Honey, boutonniere via Brooklyn Bride
    Row 4: flowers by Custom Event Group, stationery by Poppies for Grace, chihuahua and striped skirt, bouquet by Chelsea Fuss via Once Wed

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