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Our Rehearsal Dinner at Farmstead

AllisonDan000016Continuing with this week’s wedding theme, I wanted to share our “rehearsal” dinner photos with you all, if you don’t mind. I’m putting rehearsal in quotes because, as I mentioned yesterday, we didn’t actually have a rehearsal, plus we invited all our guests, so technically it was more of a welcome dinner.  Semantics! We’re going to call it a rehearsal dinner, because I said so.

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Seeing it set up for the first time

One tip I want to share for destination brides that I forgot to mention here is to have your photographer at your rehearsal dinner, if possible. Since our photographer isn’t Chicago-based, we hadn’t met her in person (and didn’t do engagement photos) before the wedding. So, to get used to getting our photos taken, and to get to know Michele better, we had her at the dinner. I am so happy we did! Now we have all these amazing photos to remember the night by. Also, planning the rehearsal dinner along with the wedding and a full time job was a little much, so after picking the venue and general direction, we decided to work with a planner to ensure the set up, rentals, etc. were taken care of. This ended up to be a fantastic decision and we ended up having her for day-of coordination on our wedding day to help with everything. Erin lives in Napa and knows everything about the area and was an amazing person to have helping out. Thanks Erin! All photos by Michele M. Waite (more pics here).

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The fire pit for roasting s’mores

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My pretty friends

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Listening to Dan’s dad’s toast

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The food was so delicious – if you are in the area you must go there! xoxo



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