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Charleston's celebrity appeal continues to grow

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Charleston has always held a special place in the hearts of locals. But now the world and specifically Hollywood's A-list celebs are taking notice.

Sofia Vegara from Modern Family visited the Lowcountry over Easter weekend. Actress Brooke Shields has been in town on occasion guest starring on Army Wives.

R&B singer and actress Ashanti was in town also appearing on Army Wives this season. Taylor Swift popped up shopping on King Street last year, while Bette Midler was spotted in town last fall and took a tour of Boeing.

Nationally known, Charleston event planner Tara Guerard knows a thing or two about celebrities and their love for our special city.

Guerard has been designing some of the most lavish weddings and events around the country and has a reason or two as to why the celebrities keep popping up in our fabulous city. 

"When you have a backdrop that looks as perfect as ours, the rest is not hard at all as a sale," Guerard said.

In addition to Charleston's beautiful backdrop, Guerard says for years the Holy City has maintained a reputation in some of the most notable magazines like Conde Nast.

Conde Nast ranked Charleston as the number one City in the world in 2012.

" I think they are figuring out how wonderful our city really is," Guerard said. Guerard has done weddings for several celebrity couples.

In the fall of 2012, she planned the wedding for Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds at Boone Hall. Guerard also worked with CNN's Medical Correspondent Dr. Sonjay Gupta for his wedding in 2004 in downtown Charleston.

"There is always some little tie that brings them here and I think almost everyone who has gotten married here came here and fell in love," Guerard said.

Star sightings are common for Jonathan Kish at 82 Queen. Kish has seen dance legend Debbie Allen and regulars like NFL great Dan Marino, and they all love Charleston's restaurant scene.

"I think Charleston's a wonderful city and the cuisine of Charleston is the allure," Kish said.

On The Isle of Palms at the Wild Dunes Resort, Steve Migliara says celebrities like our great beaches.

"Its like two vacations in one. That's why it's so appealing to so many folks," Migliara said.

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