Sweet Summertime Soiree

Guest blog post by Tara Guerard

 

Well, you can safely assume this pretty party took place pre pandemic. The father of the bride is my children’s pediatrician, and since the wedding was held right here in our backyard, it was special to me for many reasons. You may also recognize Lowndes Grove (the reception venue) from the Netflix show, Outer Banks. Corbin Gurkin took all of the gorgeous photos. 

The bride chose a Guipure lace covered gown by Vollaro available through Madison Row here in Charleston, SC. In order to bring a traditional Southern bride, we chose to monogram her satin bouquet wrap in her favorite “something blue “color.

Being that it was a summer wedding, hearty boutonierres were best. And, since the bride’s family owns an angling store, locally made Brackish Bowties made perfect sense with their classic tuxedos. For the mothers and grandmothers, who didn’t want to carry any flowers or pin anything onto their lovely dresses, we made floral bracelets for them to wear… Kind of our version of a corsage!

The wedding ceremony took place at the church that the bride grew up attending, St. Philip’s (which also happens to be my church).  An illustration of the historic steeple graced the cover of the classic ceremony programs.

Afterwards, the bride and groom received guests at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Since the couple are true Southern sports fans, we flew flags for both alma maters- Clemson University, and The Citadel. And, custom cornhole boards for both schools graced the front lawn for those wanting to squeeze in a quick round during cocktail hour. 

 

Charleston’s “haint” blue, also the bride’s favorite color, was chosen as the palette. Luckily the perfect dresses were available at Bella Bridesmaids.
Each bridesmaid carried a custom monogramed bouquet.
 

Guests enjoyed classic favorites like prosciutto wrapped melon and tasteful sips at cocktail hour.
Where else can you enjoy a lawn party than a glorious home overlooking the river banks than Charleston?  A hanging swing bed allowed guests a fun take on al fresco seating…

We designed an entire “garden” tent for our bride, featuring greenery swags, twinkle lights, potted centerpieces, and a fountain (which served an over the top shrimp cocktail). 

 

Jim Smeal’s sweet cake was perfectly pretty for a Southern garden with gum paste flowers and an elevated basketweave…Of course displayed on a garden table with fresh greenery.

Since this wedding was more of a Southern stations style vs a seated dinner, it gave us plenty of room to set up sitting vignettes and lounge seating.. This included lots of nooks and large “bars” for service, so that no one had to stand in line.
Even as the sunset, Lowndes Grove sparkled at night… With fairy lights on the lawn lighting the way for the send off… I love this sweet pic of the bride visiting with her grandparents at the reception.
The bride and groom were sent off with glowing sparklers and departed in a classic Rolls Royce that we dressed up with ribboned greenery…

Guest post by Tara Guerard Soiree