What’s not to love about a low-key rehearsal dinner? Immediate family, out-of-town guests and of course, bridesmaids, groomsmen and flower girls or ring bearers gather after the ceremony run-through to eat, drink and toast to the future newlyweds. It’s quality time spend with those loved ones, who you most likely won’t have enough time to hold long conversations with during the reception and a way to mellow out any pre-wedding jitters you may have.
Kick off the weekend with our favorite summer cocktails and appetizers and end the outdoor picnic with one of these regional comfort foods below.
From the Photographer: Paige and John had the wedding of their dreams. The two were married in front of their closest family and friends at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN – named North America’s #1 Resort by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Paige and John are from Chicago and have family all over the country, so it was a southern destination wedding in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Paige and her mother, who helped with the design, have a beautiful and elegant style that comes through in all of the gorgeous details from Paige’s wedding. Starting with the venue, Blackberry Farm is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the Smoky Mountains with a fully functioning farm and 5 star dining facility with a philosophy dedicated to sustainable farming and farm to table cuisine. On the property Blackberry has llamas, horses, truffle dogs, sheep, among other animals and fish. Their amazing ceremony took place on the lawn of the main house, overlooking the mountains. The reception took place at Blackberry’s beautiful barn dining facility, and the details that Paige and John incorporated are almost too many to list. The wanted to stick with the feel of Blackberry Farm’s already beautiful, rustic atmosphere, but enhance it with touches of Paige and John’s taste. For the flowers, they enlisted the help of NYC-based florist Julio Jimenez, incorporating hydrangeas, peonies, orchids, roses, blooming pear branches, among many other spring blooms. To soften some of the barn textures, they added moss, tulip bulbs, votives, and many candles. All in all, Paige and John had an incredibly romantic wedding that involved all of their closest friends and family in a breathtaking place for an unforgettable weekend. ~ Natalie, Watson-Studios
Chevron is everywhere in home decor, and we’ve started seeing it for wedding decor on invitations, favors, and cakes. I love using this idea for a destination wedding, or summer rehearsal dinner. You can easily incorporate your wedding colors, or use a completely different color scheme that’s more vibrant and celebratory.