Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Our Rehearsal Dinner

On the eve of our wedding day, we celebrated our rehearsal dinner with our close friends and family. After a morning spent with my girlfriends and a surreal run-through of our ceremony at the church, it was so wonderful to spend some moments with our bridal party, friends and family to officially kick off what was the best weekend of my life up to this point.

Stephen and I got married in Wallace, North Carolina, which is a small town with not a ton of venue varieties. Fortunately, River Landing offers quite a few venues in one. Our reception was in the entirety of the clubhouse, but for our rehearsal dinner, we opted for the River Room, which was the perfect lakeside setting for our 70 guests. 

My mother-in-law put together beautiful golf-themed centerpieces which were perfect since Stephen is an avid golfer. One Belle Bakery created a stunning groom's cake that was also centered around Stephen's love of golf and it was definitely a hit!

Not long after we got engaged, I asked my mom if I could redesign her wedding dress into a rehearsal dress and she said yes! Her wedding gown was a two piece design with a high neck top and pleated floor-length skirt. I knew I wanted something short and something with a low back, so a few months before the wedding, we took it to our seamstress and she slowly made my vision come to life. We opened up the back, cut the skirt, and made the front into a lower-v. When we opened up the neck and back, the top lost a little bit of its structure, so I purchased this gorgeous belt to add as a little detail. I wore my wedding shoes with the ensemble and loved every second of being in my mom's wedding dress. 

Though I of course loved our wedding reception, I loved our rehearsal dinner as well. It gave us time with our immediate family and friends, and I was overwhelmed by the love we felt after the speeches given by our family and friends. I'm so glad we had those moments, as the weekend flies by so quickly. I remember looking around at Stephen and our friends and family and feeling so in awe that this was truly the start of a wonderful weekend.

Dress: Custom Vintage
Shoes: Louboutin 
Venue: River Room at River Landing
Catering: River Landing
Photos: Meredith Horne
Signage & Decor: Provision Design Methods
Floral Design: Vance Street Market Flower Shoppe


  1. How special that you redesigned your mom's wedding dress - it turned out stunning! I love the theme behind the rehearsal dinner and love that you were able to spend some more 1:1 time with your guests! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. You look gorgeous! Love that dress. Looks like it was the perfect evening leading up to your big day.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  3. Sounds like such a special evening! I just came from a wedding in Wilmington... so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I wanted to do this so badly with my Mama's dress - what a fabulous idea! You looked stunning - as always!

  5. That is so special that you wore your mom's dress! It looks like the perfect start to the wedding festivities. Jess at Just Jess

  6. How fun is that cake! And your dress is absolutely stunning! Even more special that you were able to re-design your mom's wedding dress <3
    Green Fashionista

  7. LOVE love love that this was your mom's dress! So special and beyond beautiful!

  8. I love that you re-imagined your mom's wedding dress and wore it to your rehearsal, what a special piece!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  9. congratulations on your wedding!! and by the way I think it was a beautiful detail to have your mom's dress redesigned!
    The Color Palette

  10. That groom's cake is precious! I love the golf theme, and it looks like a beautiful venue. Congrats girl!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  11. What a special event! You guys look so cute together and love all the photos! Congrats!

  12. This looks like so much fun! You look amazing! So exciting!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  13. What a beautiful rehearsal dinner and I love how you redesigned your mom's dress!!

    xo, Kristina

  14. Congratulations on your Wedding! That cake looks amazing and I love your dress!!
    XO - Beth


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