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Love Grows Rehearsal Dinner with a Bridal Pantsuit

Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Ideas

With a fashion-forward bride wearing a stunning bridal pantsuit and a “Love Grows” theme, this rehearsal dinner had us mistaken for a picture perfect wedding day. Kelly Hornberger captured both, and we’re head over heels for this stylish welcome dinner for the guests.

You won't believe this is JUST the rehearsal dinner! See more: https://ruffledblog.com/love-grows-rehearsal-dinner/ #rehearsaldinner #lovegrows #gardenwedding
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Clarence Chan Photography

www.clarencechanphoto.com

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life. It should be full of fun, laughter, and love; so should your photos. My goal is to capture beautiful moments by using a natural, artistic, and light photographic style. I’m passionate about story telling and I seek to document moments big and small—from the moment the bride walks down the aisle to laughter shared among friends—so that your photos will be cherished and shared for generations.

I have covered weddings across the United States and internationally and am a member of the esteemed Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) and Fearless Photographers.

In 2012, I married my inspirational, creative, and loving wife. When I’m not shooting a wedding and traveling, I’m often at home with my wife, playing with our rambunctious corgi.

Based in New York City and the Greater Washington D.C area. I also travel domestically and internationally.

Featured in: Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Knot, Borrowed & Blue, Be Minked, District Weddings, Artfully Wed, Bridal Musings, Intimate Weddings, United with Love

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English Garden Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinners

Photos by:

Injoy Imagery

It’s always a special treat when we get to share a rehearsal dinner, and this one is quite a beaut. The talented team of Injoy Imagery, Willow Rose Events, and Rose Mint Studio collaborated to put together an intimate yet striking event at The Hartman Gallery for Will and Marie, and filled the evening with lovely little details and a cake that will blow. you. away.

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From the event designers, Willow Rose Events: Will and Marie met years ago when Marie travelled to Canada. They met, kept in touch as friends. Years later, Will had by chance visited England and decided they should meet up. And the rest is history… that’s where their love story began. Will went to England to surprise Marie with a proposal. The ring is an antique ring – a combination of both their upbringing. The ring is made out of top part Canadian ring, and bottom English ring.

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Their rehearsal was especially intimate and special as that was the first time both families met before their wedding 2 days later. I wanted to style the rehearsal in ways to reflect both their easy going personality, love for vintage and Marie’s country upbringing in England. This inspired me to incorporate lots of soft pastel colours, florals, and ‘wild’ flowers in vintage vases and romantic style with calligraphy menus and place cards.

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Also, I wanted to have a moment that Marie will be able to treasure while getting her hair make up done. Since they both had a long distance relationship for so long, I had created a board where Will quoted all the things that he loves Marie, so she can read them while getting ready. It was meant to be a keepsake for her after the rehearsal as well.

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sugar flower wedding cake - photo by Injoy Imagery https://ruffledblog.com/english-garden-rehearsal-dinner

sugar flower wedding cake - photo by Injoy Imagery https://ruffledblog.com/english-garden-rehearsal-dinner

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Wedding Vendors

Photography

Injoy Imagery

Event Planning and Styling

Willow Rose Events

Florist

Rose Mint Studio

Venue and Rentals

The Hartman Gallery

Hair and Makeup

Arrowbow Beauty

Catering

O'Malley's Catering and Rentals

Cake

Sweetere

Stationery

Blush Paper Couture

Beaver Creek Rehearsal Dinner

Rustic Weddings

While we love being able to see and share wedding days aplenty, it’s so nice when we get to see other elements — such as one of our favorite traditions, the rehearsal dinner. It’s that last breath before the big day you get to spend with your closest family and friends, taking a moment to relax and soak it all in. Before we share Monica and Neil’s ah-mazing wedding from Carl Zoch, we’re so honored to share their early wedding festivities! Recognize that gorgeous bride? Monica is an actress of Lie to Me. You can picture how loud we squealed when she told us she took inspiration from our blog. Full wedding + story coming soon!


ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

ranch rehearsal dinner in colorado by carl zoch photography

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Wedding Vendors (Beaver Creek, CO):

Venue: Lazy J Ranch / Photographer: Carl Zoch

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ARTE DE VIE

Husband and wife wedding photographers based in New Orleans, Paris and destination locations.

It all starts with “Yes.” There was a feeling when you knew; that gut feeling that told you, your partner is the one. We won’t allow you to settle for anything else when choosing your photographer. Emotions, stories, and experiences power our photos. Let us document the best of yours.

“It doesn’t end with “I Do”. That feeling of forever will dance through your spirit as you relive those special moments with the photos captured by Arte De Vie.

A wedding isn’t a job for ADV, it’s a partnership in trust. We’re excited and ready to capture the magical nuances that make your love special!

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Thanksgiving Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Design

We’re heading out early to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, but we wanted to leave you with a rehearsal dinner concept perfect for this American holiday. I know many of you are getting married on a holiday weekend, and we couldn’t think of a better way to give thanks to all your guests than to invite them to dinner the day before the wedding. Thank you for Siegel Thurston Photography and Urban Style for sharing these images with us!


Thanksgiving wedding rehearsal dinner

Thanksgiving wedding rehearsal dinner

Thanksgiving wedding rehearsal dinner

Thanksgiving wedding rehearsal dinner

Thanksgiving wedding rehearsal dinner

Thanksgiving wedding rehearsal dinner

Thanksgiving wedding rehearsal dinner

 

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Wedding Vendors:

Styling & Coordination: Urban Style / Floral & Decor: Camellia Wedding Flowers / Restaurant: Sessions Public / Menus, Tags, Invitations: Paper Scissors Print / White Flower Headpiece: Tessa Kim / Photographer: Siegel Thurston Photography / Hair: Amanda Moore / Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals / Dessert Table: Tailored Sweets / Chargers, Napkins, Candle Sticks: White Wedding Day Events / Shoes Worn by Bride to Be: Disco Toes / All Jewelry on women: Mimi & Lu / Brown Cocktail Dress worn by Bride to Be: The Bridesmaid Boutique / Bags: Cady Briar Handbags / Videography: Classic Filmworks

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Tinggly

Tinggly is the ultimate wedding gift for couples that love to travel and try new things.

With 100s of incredible experiences to be tried around the world, and an easy-to-use gift voucher system, the only limit is the imagination. 

From cage-diving with sharks and cookery lessons from local chefs, to pampering spa retreats and skip-the-line entry to renowned cultural attractions, Tinggly is all about giving the gift of choice. 

Tinggly gift vouchers can be sent either in a stylish presentation box or via email, and can be redeemed against whatever activity takes the couple’s interest. With over two years to use the voucher, and a whole world of inspiring adventures available, it makes the perfect wedding gift for any couple. 

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1940s Rehearsal Dinner Shoot

Wedding Design

When Erin of EE Photography sent this styled shoot our way, we just knew we needed to jump on it! Every single image just oozes Southern charm and vintage appeal, with dreamy decor, weather, and models running rampant. Looking at these pictures makes me desperately wish I had a wooden boat to crawl into and paddle away… Thank you for sharing, Erin!

vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

From the stylist, Shelbi: We began the styling of this photo shoot with a Pearl Harbor theme in mind and gravitated towards an upscale rustic rehearsal dinner. We wanted to incorporate 1940s fashion with a modern flair and incorporate that design into the tablescape, decor and invitation/sign design as well. The use of a fishing net, boat, poles and anchor helped to set the scene for a romantic dinner by the water. At the same time, we used a crisp white tablecloth and natural colors to create a simple and modern setting as well as hints of gold and silver to add a touch of opulence to an otherwise outdoor setting.

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vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

In keeping with the 1940s theme we used typefaces with vintage flair and spiced them up with a unique color palettes. The pop of bright gold was used in the invitation and the signs to unify the event but also to make it stand out. I found the succulents at Calloway’s for $5 a piece in plastic pots and wrapped the pots in rope from Walmart to better fit with the design of the table. These were so easy and inexpensive to make but added such personality to the place settings! I included a step-by-step photo tutorial to show how I wrapped the pots. The hanging clear bottles were empty cream soda bottles used as vases for bunches of baby’s breath.

vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

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vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

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vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

The benches around the table were handmade by my husband who used stumps as support for two old boards. We also used slices of tree stumps to create a chalkboard menu, direction signs and coasters for the table.

vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

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vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

I looked everywhere for the perfect fishing net and found one in the most unexpected place! As my husband was gathering wood for to make the benches he discovered a large net lying in the field behind my aunt and uncle’s house. In the midst of creating a fort, we have speculated that one of my cousins somehow acquired and later abandoned a batting cage net and thus we found our centerpiece!

vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

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vintage 1940s rehearsal dinner shoot

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Wedding vendors (Texas):

Event venue: Five Chimney Inn / Photography: Erin Woolsey of EE Photography / Event Design: Shelbi Rampy of Events by Shelbi Rene / Paper Products, Custom signs, and Styling: Three by The Quill Pen / Dessert Design: Kendra Heard of Skunk and Bee / Fishing Boat: Patrick Drew

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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“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

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Dart Collective

DJs • Bands • Party Down

Started as a California-based DJ collective in 2013, Dart has now grown to include numerous live musicians and performers, all with the same simple goal of offering a more customized and personal approach to music curation at weddings and special events.

At Dart, we are all working DJs and musicians. Music is our passion and we want to share it with you and your guests—whether that means digging through vinyl crates for that one song you have to have, or customizing a repertoire list for one of our bands to flawlessly execute, our main goal here is to elevate and personalize your event so that it uniquely represents you.

Despite our attention to detail, we are not elitists and we do not take ourselves too seriously. These events are supposed to be fun, inclusive experiences and we want to only enhance that feeling by playing the best music we can. Whether it’s getting down to LCD Soundsystem or setting the mood with Paul Simon, we want to offer something a little different that will still connect with you and your guests.

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