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.
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 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.
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.