Keynote Speaker


Robert Leleux (President) is the former editor of domino magazine, and the former managing editor of Lonny. His essays and articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and The Huffington Post. He is also the author of three books—The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy, The Living End, and the forthcoming Southern Style Now™ .




Recognized as one of the nation’s leading tastemakers, Tara Guérard has earned a widespread reputation for her exceptional ability to create spectacular settings celebrating life’s most anticipated occasions.

For over 15 years, clients across the United States – from “bright young things” to celebrity hostesses and CEOs – have turned to Tara for her southern-cum-contemporary affairs and impeccably executed events. With a core business in event design, Tara has expanded her brand to include furniture design for Frank and Lane, as well as custom invitation suites and printed pieces through Lettered Olive. A noted style expert, Tara has been featured

in Food & Wine, InStyle, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Town & Country Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings and on The Martha Stewart Show, The Nate Berkus Show and the Style Network, among other media outlets. Additionally, Tara is a regular on the blog and speaking circuits, dispensing tips and advice on an array of design related topics.

Tara’s debut book, Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South (Gibbs-Smith) was published to rave reviews in 2007, and her second volume, Weddings by Tara Guérard (Gibbs-Smith) premiered in early 2010, further establishing her as an authority on gracious entertaining. Looking ahead into 2014, Tara is working on several new projects including a product line, broadcast development and her third book.

Tara lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Russell, their sons, Aiken and Myers, daughter Lila and Springer Spaniel, Georgia. Please visit to experience Tara’s work first hand.

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