It's about time I show you some of the amazing photos taken by La Luz Photography for our wedding and share some details, don't ya think? I'm only 3+ months late from the actual wedding. I thought the rehearsal dinner would be a good place to start. My parents rented a home up at Suncadia, where we got married, so we decided to host the dinner there, since it had a beautiful mountain lodge feel to it.
We rented a couple of extra tables, some chairs, and the table cloths from the same company that did our wedding rentals, and we found a local catering company that could handle our group size (there's not much up in the mountains to pick from) and put together an incredible buffet. To save money, we brought in our own beer and wine (thank goodness for Costco) and my aunt made all of the cookies and brownies and fudge for dessert. We also utilized a lot of the decorations from my bridal showers, as they all had incorporated gold, which helped us spruce up the house for the entire weekend.
I wanted to keep with the lodge-y feeling, so we went with traditional plaid table cloths and then gold & white everywhere else - centerpieces, napkins, and all other decor. It was a fun way to incorporate some pieces of the wedding without going too glam.
The rehearsal dinner really felt like the kick-off for the weekend, especially since we kept it small and limited it just to immediate family and the wedding party (+ their S.O.s). We had some small gifts for our bridesmaids and groomsmen, officiant, and parents, which we presented after dinner. It was a really nice way for us to say thank you for all that they had did - not just in our friendships, but also in the wedding prep; bridal showers, bachelor and bachelorette weekends, and last-minute errands. For the girls, we got them their matching furs, plaid sleep shirts to get ready in, earrings for the ceremony, champagne, and cute little tote bags. For the guys, it was a travel toiletry bag that included their tie and socks for the wedding, a bottle of booze, and of course their matching cardigans.
We got our officiant some engraved whisky glasses, and for Trav's dad, a 50 years of Bond DVD set. My parents' reaction to their gift is my favorite photo from the night: we got them a night away, including a very fancy tasting menu, at a restaurant and resort they'd been wanting to try.
I absolutely adore the dress I found to wear (similar?), and I loved that Travis was in one of my favorite shirts of his. It guaranteed we felt like us and got to relax with our loved ones before the big day.
Anything else you're interested in knowing about our rehearsal dinner? Leave a comment and I'll make sure to answer it! Up next week: getting ready & the ceremony, followed by the reception & all of the decor the following week.