Monday, July 25, 2022

Carson & Mallory's Rehearsal Dinner

"Love is a flower which turns into a fruit at marriage." ~ Finnish Proverb

I am so behind in posting on the blog but wanted to share memories from the wedding weekend of Carson & Mallory. They married in June of 2021 at Cypress Lake Farms, and we held the rehearsal dinner in the venue's outdoor pavilion on the eve of the ceremony.

My brother, Nathan Prichard, was our photographer for the event, and I asked him to steal away with the couple for a few photos between the rehearsal and dinner.

We enjoyed a catered meal from one of our favorite Birmingham restaurants, Bellinis Ristorante, and used a mix of traditional and disposable tableware for ease of entertaining outdoors. A small investment that I wanted to make was purchasing sixty Godinger Dublin iced beverage glasses. I keep a dozen in our china cabinet for regular use, and the remaining sets rest in stemware storage cases, ready to be called into service for a larger gathering.

This is my favorite shot of Carson & Mallory from their session with Nathan.

For ease of cleanup, we used Occasions disposable plates in the blue-and-gold Imperial pattern and wrapped Supernal silverware in linen-like BloominGoods napkins. The cutlery was obviously plastic but had a nice gold color and hammered-look finish. I was most pleased with the plates and napkins.

We took advantage of the long hours of daylight to savor our time with loved ones. We gathered with the wedding party in early evening for the rehearsal. As the sun was beginning to set, we joined extended family at the pavilion for dinner, and we ended our festivities under the stars.

Printable watercolor place cards from BelleHanahPaperie added a lovely grace note that coordinated with the floral centerpieces arranged by friend of the bride Brittney Gilbert, DMD. Brittney did all of the flowers for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, wedding party, and reception and did an amazing job carrying out Mallory's vision for the festivities. 

Carson & Mallory's rehearsal dinner offered hours of golden memories that we will always treasure!

"Life was intended to be lived in twos ... . Would the bird sing half as sweetly did he not have his mate listening to him? A man's life is only half lived till he finds his mate to listen to his song of love." ~ Etta Merrick Graves

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