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Picnic-Style Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal dinners are kind of like the calm before the (big, beautiful) storm. They’re a chance to celebrate on a more intimate level, which is exactly why The Southern TableSplendor Films and Ben Q. set out to inspire brides everywhere. With a picnic-style dinner plus perfectly planned details for as far as the eye can see, there’s no reason not to stop and swoon every last bit.

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Fall
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Outdoor

From The Southern Table… Warm, golden hues to welcome fall were the inspiration for the floral accents to this Rehearsal Dinner. Touches of peach from dahlias, garden roses, and fresh apricots contrast against the darker elements of the geranium, gold amaranthus, and artichokes. Pops of orange from the ranunculus, rosehip, and safflower provide rich color and depth. We used vintage amber glass helped create a comfortable, yet elegant atmosphere, perfect for fall celebrations. Mixing in wooden elements, like the menu sign on a wood slice and placecards painted gold, help keep the event relaxed. We loved the overall effect of these combinations of color and texture, a Rehearsal Dinner truly Southern styled!

From Ben Q. Photography… Sometimes I think rehearsal dinners get overlooked so we wanted to do an inspiration shoot to show off the potential to incorporate gorgeous floral and beautifully styled food. Most of our couples really love the outdoor sun-kissed look so we shot at golden hour at one of our favorite new venues, 3825 S. Bowen in Arlington. This shoot was shot entirely in film because we love the colors and beautiful, authentic grain. Shag Rentals provided a rustic farm table for the couple and their wedding party to sit comfortably at. The “almost-weds” had special floral made by The Southern Table including a lush bouquet and matching boutonniere.

The tablescape included warm colored arrangements in amber glass and since the theme was a natural feel fresh apricots and artichokes were part of the decor. The party was served a late summer menu by Oliver’s Fine Foods of grilled rosemary chicken with fresh blackberries, grilled asparagus, green salad with avocados and flaked fish and roasted potatoes. Tracy Melton made each girl including the guest of honor look incredible and the behind the scene video by Splendor Films is a must-see!

Photography: Ben Q. Photography | Caterer: Oliver's Fine Foods | Farm Table and Benches: Shag Carpet Prop Rentals | Floral: The Southern Table | Hair/Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry | Venue: 3825 S. Bowen | Video: Splendor Films

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Arlington Wedding by Allison Davis Photography

We have just the wedding to help get your Monday off to a pretty start! After you scroll through this, I am sure you will agree – It’s just pretty as can be and perfectly purple. Allison Davis Photography was there to capture all of the darling details that made this wedding one of a kind, including the seriously gorgeous florals that seemed to be around every corner by The Blooming Bride. So go ahead and get aquatinted with the full gallery of images this Monday morning, your week will thank you.

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From Allison Davis PhotographyKaitlin and Sam did an amazing job designing their spring wedding decor. They had two beautiful white tents and strung white, purple and orange lanterns from the tents. I loved the purple table linens with the peach chair linens. Their florist did an amazing job with the unique floral design and I loved how each table was just a little bit different. They also created fun games for their guests to play throughout the night including a Wedding Mad Lib and a Word Search. I loved watching the guests play the games and laugh throughout the night.

I loved being a part of Kaitlin & Sam’s wedding day. They are such sweet and amazing people. I’m so happy for their marriage and all of the joy they’ll share together throughout the years ahead. They had a sweet ceremony that expressed their passion and joy for marriage. I had two favorite parts of their wedding day: they had been worried about crying before the ceremony during their first look, but they held everything together. They held in their tears and emotion until just after the ceremony when they exited. They both turned toward each other and sweet tears of joy they burst from them both. My second favorite part of their wedding day was hearing the speeches from their best man and maid of honor. The maid of honor’s speech was very touching because she also vowed to support and encourage their marriage in any way. It’s encouraging to see friendships like that in the world and it was a blessing to be a part of their celebration.

Photography: Allison Davis Photography / Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: The Sanford House Inn & Spa / Wedding Dress: Casablanca via Lasting Bridal Couture of Addison / Accessories: Etsy / Floral Design: The Blooming Bride / Wedding Cake: Crème de la Crème Cake Company / Groom’s Cake: The Sanford House Inn & Spa / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / DJ: Chad Alan Events