An Alfresco Wedding in the Lowcountry by Tara Guérard Soirée

An intimate wedding ceremony is set up in Charleston, SC designed by Tara Guérard Soirée and captured by KT Merry
Photography: KT Merry | Designer + Coordinator: Tara Guérard Soirée

For over 20 years, Tara Guérard of Tara Guérard Soirée has been creating ultra-elegant and spectacular settings for celebrations worldwide. Her exquisite eye for detail and classic style, infused with Southern hospitality, has recognized her as one of the most sought after in the country. Soak up this charming and luxurious Lowcountry wedding thoughtfully planned and beautifully executed by Tara Guérard Soirée and expertly captured by KT Merry, a global luxury destination wedding and editorial photographer. She is nationally recognized for her exclusive destination weddings and fashion editorials for some of the most renowned designers in the bridal industry and beyond. With a pair like these two professionals, a work-of-art wedding is created and captured with adventure, purpose and soul.

The alfresco celebration took place on a sunny day in Charleston, South Carolina, on the sparkling Kiawah River, looking like it could have come out of the pages of a classic Nicholas Sparks novel. Spanish moss elegantly drapes the branches of ancient oak trees, creating a lush canopy above the serene ceremony space decorated with whimsical white flowers that lined a sun-dappled aisle leading to a flower-bedecked arch behind the grassy altar, framing the flowing river beyond. Vintage church pews were placed on either side, bringing the feeling of sitting in a vintage chapel to the lively outdoor environment. One of Tara’s favorite parts about working in Charleston is the Lowcountry. “Our marshes, our live oaks, and our Spanish moss. No where else like it in the world!!” says Tara.

As the sunset, an orchestra played, and guests drank crisp sparkling wine in coupe glasses while lounging under the winding branches of the oaks. Delectable hors d’oeuvres inspired by Charleston’s nautical culture were served, including cold and tangy oysters, fresh shrimp cocktails and seared scallops. The reception took place under a romantic tent tucked within the marsh, the interior ceiling lined with lush vines of greenery and romantic white flowers that flawlessly trailed their way around the golden chandeliers that glimmered above the fine china set amongst the family-style tables. One of Tara’s highlights from designing this wedding was working with the bride. “She is a friend, past client and I loved seeing her this happy and in love. That was my favorite part!” says Tara.

Keep scrolling to immerse yourself in this dreamy alfresco wedding in the Lowcountry and see the feature in Weddings in Houston magazine, available on newsstands now.

A rainbow peaks through lush trees in a marsh in Charleston, SC captured by KT Merry.

A flat-lay for a wedding in Charleston, SC planned and designed by Tara Guérard Soirée

An all white bridal bouquet with a white ribbon tied around the base.

All white boutonnières for a wedding in the Lowcountry.

An all white bridal bouquet with white flowers for an alfresco wedding in the Lowcountry.

An alfresco ceremony in the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC. Planning and Designing by Tara Guérard Soirée

A man is holding a tray of white wedding booklets for guests.

An orchestra plays outside in an alfresco wedding in the Lowcountry planned and executed by Tara Guérard Soirée.

An alfresco wedding in the Lowcountry in Charleston, SC with white couches surrounding a bar under a canopy of Oak tree branches.

A bucket of Veuve Cliquot champagne for an alfresco wedding in the Lowcountry.

A champagne table at an alfresco wedding in the Lowcountry designed by Tara Géurard Soirée.

A platter of scallops for wedding guests.

An outdoor wedding reception under in tent in Charleston, SC designed and executed by Tara Géurard Soirée

Details on a reception table including a floral centerpiece with greenery and white flowers and a table marker.

A coupe champagne glass with a peach cocktail in it on a silver tray.

A table setting for a wedding in the Lowcountry planned and executed by Tara Guérard Soirée.

Under a wedding reception tent outside in Charleston, SC with greenery on the ceiling and in the middle of the tables. Mauve seats are set around the tables.

Fresh oysters are placed over ice with mini Tabasco hot sauce bottles for wedding guests.

An orchestra plays under the tent for a wedding reception in the Lowcountry. The dinner tables are set with candles and white flowers and greenery in the middle of the tables.

A four-tier white wedding cake with white sugar flowers artfully places on each tier.

“An Alfresco Wedding in the Lowcountry by Tara Guérard Soirée”

Contributing Vendors: Photography: KT Merry / Designer + Coordinator: Tara Guerard Soiree / Venue: Kiawah River / Rentals: Snyder Events / Cake: Nine Cakes / Orchestra: The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

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