“Dinner and a Movie” Rehearsal Dinner

Wedding Design

What we love most about this photoshoot brilliantly styled by Erin Taylor of Bustle Events is how incredibly simple it would be to translate it into almost any other wedding celebration element — a laidback reception, a shower for the couple, or the cutest rehearsal dinner. I love the idea of having mason jars full of different toppings for your popcorn, and adore the popcorn boxes!

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rustic rehearsal dinner shoot

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From the event stylist, Erin: I was recently inspired by images of Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection which has been described as Bohemian Prep. As I began to play around with how this might translate into wedding design, Rustic Prep came to mind and the ideas began to flow from there.

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To keep in line with a preppy color palette, I chose to focus on navy, cream, mustard, apple green, with just a touch of red. Because of my love for old movies, I thought it’d be cool to somehow incorporate it into a shoot. That’s when the concept for a rehearsal dinner themed “Dinner & A Movie” was born.

rustic rehearsal dinner shoot

In my head I knew of the perfect location to pull this off. I wanted the setting to be rustic and a bit unusual. A local dairy provided the perfect backdrop for the evening’s festivities. The idea was the guests would arrive and enjoy a dinner al fresco with the hills of the dairy farm and the sunset in the background. Following dinner, guests were invited to create their own sweet or savory popcorn with toppings that included sea salt, caramel, rosemary infused olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. With popcorn and refreshments in hand they cuddle up with blankets and pillows under the stars to watch an old 8mm movie.

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rustic rehearsal dinner shoot

Rustic Prep details of the day included a table built from a vintage door, old cafe chairs upholstered in navy and cream stripes, a popcorn buffet set atop a vintage dresser adorned with bunting and antlers taken straight from the dairy, a plaid invitation and striped menu, placecards printed on kraft tags, and a vintage ladder which held blankets and pillows encouraging guests to cuddle up during the movie. This concept could easily translate into a couple’s shower, next-day brunch, or rehearsal dinner.

rustic rehearsal dinner shoot

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Wedding Vendors (San Francisco Bay Area):

Styling: Bustle Events / Vintage Rentals: Heritage & Craft / Photography: Prokopets Studio / Floral: Floral Theory / Paper: Bustle Events / Models: David DeMers, Aaron DeMers, Tanya Delahaye, Kaitlyn Purdy, Shelby Newell, Joshua Cox



16 comments
  1. tanya

    This was such a fun photoshoot! The idea & the people who pulled it together were such talented people.

  2. la Belle Bride

    beautiful use of blue accents

  3. Aleah + Nick Valley

    Now this is perfection! It’s incredibly sweet, totally doable, and reminiscent of warm spring nights! Loving this. {A}

  4. Chelsea Patricia

    How absolutely fabulous!
    Incredible planning, attention to details, and creativity!

  5. jacin {lovely little details}

    very cool!

  6. Candace Prokopets

    Thank you so much for sharing! This was such a fun photo shoot to be a part of. I hope your readers are truly inspired!

  7. Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New

    Love the bright colors and vintage look of this shoot! Great inspiration!

  8. Kasey Loftin

    I absolutely love these photos. The colors look great and the lighting is perfect. Kudos! I especially love that the men got into the styling of the event.

  9. Erin Taylor @ Bustle

    Thank you so much for posting this shoots I loved styling it and I adore your blog. Also thank you everyone for your super sweet comments.

  10. Brian Kraft

    Very well done! Love it!

  11. Yasmin @ Floral Theory

    Thanks to Ruffled for posting our shoot. Love that we are showing bright/bold colors – something different – and everyone’s responding well to the design. Thanks to all who have commented – really means a ton!

    xo yasmin

  12. Jenny

    Love those red flowers! What are they?

  13. Fri @ Wedding Nouveau

    What a charming and romantic idea. Great ot.

  14. Samuel Burns

    Love the styling

  15. Zachariah Ishmael

    Love the colors!

  16. yasmin {floral theory}

    The red flowers are ranunculus. :)

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