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Columbia welcomes Tara Guérard!

A steady chorus of buzzing was in the air nearly a month ago at Wavering Place Plantation – from busy bumblebees to the lively conversations of Columbia’s Wedding Professionals to our staff preparing a full day of cuisine. Everyone was waiting in anticipation for Tara Guérard, Charleston’s elite wedding planner and designer, to share her insight into creating and executing the perfect wedding.

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The morning started off with a light breakfast that consisted of Salted Pistachios with Vanilla Yogurt Parfaits and Warm Sweet Potato with Honey, Butter & Blueberry Lavender Jam perfectly complimented the gorgeous Southern Spring weather!

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After a few educational sessions, the attendees took a short break to mingle with one another over our mimosa bar containing an assortment of fresh fruit, mint leaves, and the most refreshing champagne! It was the perfect addition to the idyllic backdrop of the historic plantation home.

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The champagne reception and networking session ended up being a great taste of the meal to come, seeing as everyone worked up quite an appetite for lunch! We had the pleasure of serving lunch on the front porch of the plantation home as Tara Guérard eloquently spoke to the crowd. Tara spoke about how she started her business, Soirée, and how she’s continued to maintain its energy and impeccable reputation as everyone in attendance enjoyed our Shrimp over Parmesan Chive Grit Cakes Topped with Corn, Tomatoes & Fried Leeks.

It was truly an honor and privilege to work alongside such wonderful sponsors and serve bridal consultants from across the South as we gained valuable knowledge from Emily McCollin of Angel Biz Consulting, Bill Grant of Cinema Couture, Kevin Roberts of Vow, and Tara Guérard of Soirée. Thank you to Randy Harp for the photography.

We’re Hiring!

SWC_Hiring-300x300We’re excited to announce that we have an opening for a new team member. If you identify with the following characteristics – email jbullard@thesouthernway.com your cover letter & resume.

Position Title: Event Sales Coordinator

  • Personable and approachable.
  • Detailed oriented with a passion for getting everything right the first time.
  • Can work flexible hours.
  • Works well under pressure and time restraints.
  • Can improvise and make adjustments quickly if necessary
  • Has sales experience in the hospitality or food service industry.
  • 2 year associates degree (preferable hospitality type or related) or higher.
  • Excited to learn and teachable.

Romantic Southern Wedding in SC

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We were so thrilled when we heard the news about one of our weddings featured on Ruffled Blog (an inspiration go-to for our team here).

Key words to note from this hometown wedding:
Elegant • Farm Tables • Whimsical

Now let’s talk food. We took the classic family table serving style up a notch after pairing elegant china plates and wild flower escort cards in petite glass vases. After a pre-set salad was served a “pass me the butter” atmosphere was created encouraging guests to pass community dishes down the table to the next guest.

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“My husband and I both agreed that we liked the idea of a Spring wedding with an elegant yet whimsical vibe. We pictured a large open tent with rows of farm tables, lounge areas for guests, and the incorporation of personal items and favorites of ours.”

— The Bride, Samantha

See the whole feature.

Vendor Information: Wedding Location: Florence, SC / Photographer: Courtney Dox Photography / Day-Of Coordination and Catering: The Southern Way / Florist: A&B Florist / Venue: Private residence / Wedding Dress: J Major’s / Hair and Makeup: CarteAy / Wedding Cake: Buttercream Bakehouse / Band: Still Cruzin’ / Rentals: Party Reflections

Photo credit: Ruffled Blog.


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