style   //   October 16, 2013

WEDDING WEDNESDAY: MY REHEARSAL DINNER

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Finally. I’m sure that’s what some of you are saying right now. It’s been five months since my wedding, and I know that some of you all were wondering if I was ever going to post pictures from the big day. I promised you all I would. To be completely honest with you all, the only reason it took this long (besides the fact that I didn’t actually receive my wedding photos back from my photographer until late August) is because I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to share them on the blog. My wedding was the most special and important day of my life, and as public as I am on Luella & June, there are some things that I want to keep private. It’s not that I don’t want to share them with you all (I do! I do!), I just want to make sure I do it in such a way that I keep a few of the special moments to myself.

With that said, I’m so excited to start sharing these photos with you all! I’m bringing back a few Wedding Wednesdays – except this time, they’ll be focused on my own wedding. I’m kicking it off today with my rehearsal dinner. While the wedding itself was so incredibly special, the night before was truly one of the best parts. We spent the night celebrating and toasting with all of our closest friends and family . The dinner was held at The Camp House at The Arboretum. Since our wedding festivities were mainly set inside, we wanted our rehearsal to be outdoors. Thankfully, the weather held and we were able to do just that. The set-up and decór – which was coordinated by Jackson Durham and Perch – was so perfect.  They managed to create an evening that was intimate and felt like the ideal combination of my husband and me. There were two long tables (one of my favorite parts) set up to overlook the water – and the gorgeous sunset that came later. The tables were topped off with the most beautiful peonies. Those peonies. I’ve told you all before that there isn’t a flower I love more than the peony. It’s part of the reason I chose to get married in the month of May.

After enjoying a round of cocktails (the margaritas were a hit), dinner began. Catered by my favorite team at Cassandra, the dinner was simple and delicious. They covered our favorite dishes (including their signature and over-the-top delicious mini grilled cheeses for  hors d’oeuvres), and it was the best night-before meal I could have asked for. After wrapping up dinner and toasts, a mariachi band came out with trays full of tequila shots for everyone. It’s a tradition in my husband’s family to top off a night with a tequila shot, so that’s what we did.

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Dress: Stella McCartney Catering: Cassandra Floral Design: Jackson Durham Furniture Rental: Perch Tabletop Rentals: POSH Photography: Steve Wrubel