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“Family. That is the heart of rehearsal dinners. Weddings celebrate a new marriage, a union of two individuals, while rehearsal dinners celebrate past, present, and future families. They are an exciting beginning and a bitter-sweet end; a last hurrah and a joining of families that happens over a table filled with food, anticipation, and love.” We couldn’t think of a more perfect introduction for today’s post, so we had to share with you the words of Meredith Speer, mastermind of today’s feature and creator behind Bristol Lane Florals.

Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
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Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner

The couple arrived to a gorgeous banner created by Whitney Farnsworth, a stunning table set up by Southern Social and a yard of their closest friends (including their sweet pup, Molly).

Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner

Meredith and her team worked to make this rehearsal look elegant and cozy with touches of pecans and bourbon, two of the couple’s favorite southern things. A chef brought in a slew of amazing dishes, including grits, pecan-planked figs, and roasted acorn squash with pecan-honey butter. Having the dinner in the bride’s parent’s backyard and bringing in a caterer allowed the family to fully focus on one another and celebrating the upcoming marriage of Sarah and Marshal.

Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner

Michelle Boyd Photography and Clayton Stringer Productions captured every sweet moment as the group mingled, ate, and toasted to the past and future of this amazing couple. It was a special and moving night. Instead of worrying about last minute details, there was an overwhelming peace and thankfulness as the family settled in for dinner. As the sun set, Sarah’s father welcomed Marshal into their family with a toast and open arms.

Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Blog Festive Autumn Rehearsal Dinner

Marshall + Sarah // A Styled Autumn Rehearsal Dinner from Stringer Productions on Vimeo.

Vendors: Photography: Michelle Boyd Photography // Videography: Stringer Productions // Florals: Meredith Speer of Bristol Lane Florals // Planning & Event Design: Southern Social // Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth // Venue: The Winfield Inn // Food Styling: Forage & Fodder // Chef Extraordinaire: Betty Kilpatrick // Cake & Pie Baker: Rebecca Hubert // Makeup and Hair Stylist: Makenzi Laine // Tables & Furniture Rentals: Birch & Brass // Bride’s Dress: Anthropologie // Dinnerware & Serving Utensils: West Elm, Crate & Barrel, & Vintage Candles & Holders: Everyday Occasions // Film Processing: PhotoVision

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Morgan wanted to keep her wedding very traditional, but there were SO many cute ideas that she LOVED, so when it came to planning the bridesmaid luncheon, Angela of Angela Marie Events decided a mini-soiree would be the perfect time to have tons of fun and pull out all the stops for an ultra glamorous event. Angela told us, “Her aunt and I decided that this would be a great chance to raid Morgan’s Pinterest account and incorporate all those cute pins she loved!”

Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
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Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

The luncheon fully sparkled from the glasses, to the runners, to the desserts. Angela also incorporated her grandmother’s china, which was a surprise! Each maid had a super cute bag from Wedding Chicks full of goodies from the bride. The coral peonies were gorgeous with David Austin roses, hydrangeas, and other beautiful pink florals!

Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon
Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

A gold fringe backdrop with hearts hung with gold twine was displayed behind the desserts, while tassels from Snooty Blooms hung in front of the drink table. The southern tradition of “cake pulls” were incorporated into the cake with a topper by Proper Prints that said, “Love my ladies” and the cake backdrop was full of homemade tissue flowers and paper poms. Each guest enjoyed a St. Germain cocktail for cocktail hour and then enjoyed a tasty cup of shrimp and corn soup, a choice of a salad, and many sweets to nibble on–perfect southern inspired treats for this southern bride.

Each girl was amazed at the details of the event and each kept saying “this luncheon is SOOOO Morgan!”

Wedding Blog Glam Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Vendors: Photography: Ashleigh Jayne Photography // Styling, Planning, Coordinating, Florals: Angela Marie Events // Invitation, menu cards, place cards, welcome sign: The First Snow // Calligraphy on invitation envelope, wine bottle, signage for dessert table, place cards, drink hearts, cake topper: Proper Prints // Cookies: Silly Gilly Desserts // Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Adorn Cake Designs // Custom Bags: Wedding Chicks // Cakes, Petite 4, Macaroons: Ambrosia Bakery // Venue: Bistro Byronz // Paper Tassels: Snooty Blooms

If there’s anything we know about southern women, it’s their flair for hospitality! This bridal shower is no exception! We love the idea of the bride herself inviting her attendants-to-be out for an intimate luncheon to celebrate friendship. Asking your bests to be in the bridal party is a perfect chance to toast them all (and how cute are those sweet gifts, with paper goods by Ink Nashville)! This fete at Riverwood Mansion, shot by Photographix and styled by Commerce Street Events is as summery as it gets, set in the garden and decorated with pops of red thanks to flowers by Brocade Designs. Bright ideas from Catering & Events by Suzette include a seasonal menu, and fresh strawberry popsicles served in champagne that make for a festive affair! We are absolutely in love with this idea! Anyone else think they would consider hosting a mini luncheon for your bridesmaids-to-be so you can ask them in style???

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Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

Wedding Blog Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon

 

Vendors: Photography: Photographix // Event Styling and Production: Commerce Street Events // Venue: Riverwood Mansion Nashville, Tennessee // Florals: Brocade Designs // Catering: Catering & Events by Suzette // Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids of Nashville // Rentals: Music City Tents & Events // Vintage Rentals: Stockroom Vintage // Paper Goods: Ink Nashville // Runners: La Tavola Fine Linen

Rehearsal dinners are one of our favorite parts of the wedding tradition! If you are having a wedding any bigger than 20 or so people, a rehearsal dinner is the opportunity for you to invite your very nearest and dearest–family and bridal party–to an intimate gathering where toasts and conversation is the aim of the day! It embodies the anticipation of the big day, while allowing the couple to relax in the moment! Today, we are so excited to share Jayme and Josh’s rehearsal dinner at Lycan Conservatory. The couple decided to bring together just twelve guests  a week before the wedding for an extra special event. These images are thanks to Something Gold Photography,  Lindsay Gibson Events and Poppy Lane Design.

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory
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Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Wedding Blog Jayme and Joshs Rehearsal Dinner at Lycan Conservatory

Vendors: Photography: Something Gold Photography // Venue: Lycan Conservatory // Styling and Creative Direction: Lindsay Gibson // Floral Styling: Poppy Lane Design // Catering: Abbey Road Catering // Rentals: Marianne’s Rentals for Special Events // Hair and Makeup: Chelsey Ann Artistry // Bride’s dress: BHLDN // Invitation/placecards: Chirps and Cheers

 

Jessica of A Vintage Affair wanted to do something very feminine with vivid colors for Caitlin’s bridal shower. A garden party seemed to be a perfect fit. The inspiration for the whole party started with the quote: Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” The invitation set the tone with a watercolor floral border, a honeycomb patterned envelope liner, and a bright pink envelope and Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Design combined a cheerful mixture of peach, ivory and pink Peonies, blush Garden Roses, Lilac and Clematis to create a fun pastel garden-fresh palette.

A special detail, the adorable floral wristlets that greeted each guest with a Ranunculus bloom attached to the most beautiful pink ribbon. The splendid pink striped bar provided the perfect spot to gather and sip champagne. For a sweet treat, guests nibbled on colorful macaroon favors. The scrumptious waffle bar was the perfect choice for this brunch party (and what fun to include Pop Tarts in the buffet! Guests also loved the “Pin the Lips on Ryan Gosling” game! And the bride won! It turned out to be the perfect spring party that the bride wanted.

The whole party was captured on film by the talented Connie Dai.

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Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

Wedding Blog Garden Party Bridal Shower by A Vintage Affair

 

Vendors: Photography: Connie Dai Photography // Event Design and Styling: A Vintage Affair Events // Floral: Violet Floral Design // Invitations: dear jane // Rentals: Allwell Rents // Poptarts & Scones: Sugar Bakeshop // Prettiest Girls Sign: The First Snow