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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (December 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941711935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941711937
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South

By Tara P. Guérard

Photography by Liz Banfield

In Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South, the region's premiere wedding designer, Tara Guérard, brings to light her native culture's centuries-old reputation for celebrating one of life's most important occasions with her own twenty-first-century spin.

Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South places you on the coveted guest list to Guérard's most spectacular events, and takes you behind the scenes for an insider's look at how her glamorous affairs come to be. With secrets, tips, practical how-tos and advice galore paired with stunning photography, Southern Weddings is the guide for brides who wish to capture the entertaining traditions of the Old South with a decidedly modern flair.

Through ten of Guérard's favorite weddings, she shares the tools-and tricks-of the trade she's learned from over a decade of working in the service industry. Every chapter imparts fresh information as each wedding-from a seaside soirée to country club chic-represents a different style, different challenges, and a different focus. With Southern Weddings, the consummate entertainer-slash-hostess shows readers how they can follow suit with a range of topics including choosing a venue and vendors, selecting colors, and set-dressing your way to a truly memorable celebration. Finally, an extensive resource section provides information about caterers, cake makers, wedding dresses, flowers and design details.

As they embark on their own wedding planning adventure, Southern Weddings gives readers glamorous inspiration and a peek behind the curtain that allows them to feel that Guérard's weddings are happily within their grasp.

tara guérard

The Southeast's premier event designer, Tara Guérard raises the entertaining bar in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, and beyond. Impeccably chic while remaining true to tradition, Tara's weddings and events have become the highlights of the region's social swirl since she opened the doors of Soirée, Inc., her company, in 1997. From rustic weddings in plantation settings to sleek affairs in downtown mansions, Tara creates personal occasions that celebrate the moments revealed when people gather together.

Her work has been featured in the pages of leading publications including InStyle Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Bride, Grace Ormond Wedding Style, Southern Accents, Southern Living Weddings, Charleston Weddings, and Charleston Magazine. Additionally, she was honored with the Best Event Production award by her professional peers at the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) in 2002.

More recently, Tara was tapped (along with Vera Wang and Wolfgang Puck) as one of Modern Bride magazine's Top 25 Trendsetters and was the focus of an entertaining profile for the June 2005 Food & Wine magazine. The Fine Living Network featured Tara in a televised wedding special (July 2005).

Tara lives in the historic district of Charleston with her husband, Russell, and their Springer Spaniel, Georgia.

liz banfield

Liz Banfield is a nationally recognized wedding and commercial photographer featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Weddings, Elegant Bride, Town & Country, Parenting, People, Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, and Better Homes & Gardens. Banfield has traveled the globe shooting weddings-from France to Turkey and the Bahamas to Charleston, Liz has successfully captured the joyous moments that are synonymous with weddings.

She avidly photographs her family and enjoys documenting the life of her new son, Grier.

About the Author

Tara Guérard is the Southeast’s premier event designer. Her company, Soiree, Inc., has been featured in InStyle Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Bride, and Southern Living Weddings. She was picked by Modern Bride magazine as a Top 25 Trendsetter.



Liz Banfield is a nationally recognized wedding and commercial photographer featured in publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle Weddings, Elegant Bride, Town & Country, Parenting, People, Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, and Better Homes & Gardens.


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The pictures in this book are beautiful.
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You can get so many ideas for an elegant wedding from this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Thompson on December 28, 2006
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I purchased this book not because I'm in the wedding planning business or have a wedding in my future, but because I live in Charleston and love to entertain. I felt this book would give me ideas I could generalize to other types of events. I was not disappointed. By paying attention to the featured weddings, I could see recurrent themes in the way that Ms. Guerard operates - selecting a theme that is expressed in many ways throughout the event, draping, tenting, the importance of color, etc. An example is the common use of banquettes in the reception space. I'll bet that Ms. Guerard has this down to a science - a carpenter who can knock these out quickly and a seamstress who, using blocks of foam, can drape these with fabric, creating something elegant from relatively inexpensive materials. This is not a how-to book, though each featured wedding has instructions for creating something dramatic used in that wedding. I know there are plenty of handbooks on the market; this is an idea book with beautiful settings and photography.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Finlayson on March 13, 2007
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As a northerner, I find the south fascinating and unfamiliar, and this book does nothing to dispel that notion - it only adds "gorgeous" to my description. I was particularly struck by the photography - the lush details that were captured, and the timeless look that would make any bride proud to display such photos for years to come. It even made me troll over to the photographer's website to see more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Hollender on January 3, 2007
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This book displays the extraordinary ideas by Tara Guerard. Tara's ideas are truly one of a kind. This book is a great addition to your collection and a fantastic inspiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Lewis on March 13, 2007
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fabulous book. Must have. The pictures alone are inspirational and if you're already married - you'll want to get married all over again! Applause to author and photographer.

Liz Lewis

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Lewis on March 13, 2007
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There are a lot of attractive wedding books available but this is by far the most gorgeous one I've seen. The photos are spectacular. You can get so many ideas for an elegant wedding from this book. Beautiful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie D. on May 17, 2007
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The pictures in this book are beautiful. It's wonderful to read each couple's story. The attention to detail is what makes each of these wedding special. A truly helpful guide to planning your perfect wedding celebration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cailla Fleming on January 27, 2010
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The book has super ideas all which obviously had tons of thought behind them...BUT, the majority of the weddings in the book are SUPER DUPER HIGH END & EXPENSIVE (trust me, I am from and I am in the process of getting married in Charleston, SC where fyi, all of these featured weddings are). The real life weddings featured in the book are fun to look at, but just seem a little overly glamorous (aka expensive) for the average Southern girl...not to mention half the weddings are Northern weddings or North meets South weddings...enough said. Anyway, the photos are exquisite and Tara's ideas & decoration are most definitely BEYOND amazing talent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Hillenburg on December 21, 2009
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This is a great book for the pictures, but most of the weddings in there are very elaborate. Cool book to look through, but maybe check it out at the library before purchasing.
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