Happy Wednesday! It’s starting to get soo cold and dark and I am NOT here for it (as I’m writing this it’s flurrying outside)! Today for wedding Wednesday I’m sharing our rehearsal dinner photos and all the details of our welcome reception!
Why We Chose Newport Vineyards
The majority of our guests were travelling from out of town, so it was important for us to welcome our friends and family on Friday night before our wedding the next day. One of the challenges to hosting a wedding “in season” in Newport is almost every hotel has a two night minimum. We knew our guests were going above and beyond in making the trip so we wanted to go above and beyond for them! As soon as we visited Newport Vineyards, we knew it was the perfect spot to host our guests! Sean and I’s first date ever was to a vineyard, so it definitely felt like the right fit!
The rustic elegance of Newport Vineyards made for the perfect scene for a late summer’s night event! Our intention in picking the location for the rehearsal was to provide a completely different scene from our waterfront wedding! Even better-the wine is phenomenal! If our guests were not wine drinkers, the vineyard also served local beers and cocktails. If you’re ever in the Newport area I highly suggest stopping in at the vineyard for a tasting!
Our Rehearsal Dinner Style + Decor
The venue really speaks for itself in terms of its rustic style and needed very minimal additional decor. My florist Giti of Botanica Wedding put together beautiful fall centerpieces in rustic wood box centerpieces flocked by glass pillar votives. The centerpieces included statement flowers like burgundy dahlias, peach garden roses, and ranunculus (my favorite)! Giti also made me the most stunning bouquet made for our sunset photo shoot!
What we Wore:
My vision for this rehearsal dinner shoot was for it to feel romantic, relaxed and a touch whimsical. This dress is one of my favorite dresses of all time! Seriously. I ordered it last minute the week before our wedding and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one! I found a great dupe of my dress for under $50!
These sandals are slightly lower than the pair I usually wear for dressy occassions. The wavy strap give them a more elevated feel than a classic strap. Finally, I wore Loren Hope earrings-the brand originates in Newport!
Sean wore a slim-fit striped shirt (on sale under $35) paired with a Theory sport coat. Similar sport coat linked here that is on sale and under $200. I absolutely love this shade of blue for men! We decided on blazer and slim fit chinos instead of a suit for a more relaxed vibe. I bought him these dress shoes last year and just love how polished and timeless they look-and he never complains about comfort so you KNOW they’re a good pair!
Order of Events:
Guests were transported to Newport Vineyards by trolley. Our wedding party arrived first after our sail in Newport harbor, and we had cocktail hour followed by dinner and a welcome speech by the father of the groom. Our dinner menu was carving stations of lamb and fish, plus risotto and grilled vegetables.
Around 8pm the rest of our wedding guests began to arrive for cocktail with passed hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Hors d’oeuvres included seared beef tenderloin, lobster cheese puffs, tuna wonton, and grilled flatbreads. Desserts were mini creme brulee and seasonal mini pies. We had a live music trio for entertainment which definitely made the night fun and lively. I highly recommend live music for any important event because it is so engaging and fun for the crowd! I love that both my bands (wedding and rehearsal) played for the crowd based on the dance floor and energy level in the room from certain songs/genres!
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