Rehearsal Dinner | 255 Milledge
You’ve already met Ashley and Andrew on my blog, but today we’re diving into their rehearsal dinner at 255 Milledge! I don’t get invited to many rehearsal dinners, but this one was full of charm and unique moments. I loved it!
When couples add on rehearsal dinner coverage, I feel like I grow to know them, their family, and their wedding party even more. With the pressure being “off,” as a photographer I get glimpses into who these special people in their lives are. The added bonus for my clients is that I then know which interactions and moments to look for and capture during the wedding the next day. Definitely consider adding on rehearsal dinner to your package when we talk!
This venue is located right in the heart of Athens on Greek Row. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and they handled all of these stunning floral arrangements. Giant windows letting in copious amounts of gorgeous sunlight? You can’t beat it. Ashley and Andrew even “buried the bourbon” to ensure good weather. I would say it worked!
At most weddings, the wedding cake steals the show. I love that Ashley and Andrew allowed the Groom’s Cake (by Classic City Confections) to be the star of the rehearsal dinner. This allowed them to practice cutting the cake and created a moment for each statement piece.
Another thing that they chose to do is to have their family speeches and toasts during the rehearsal dinner. They knew they wanted their dance floor to be an uninterrupted party and this allowed for much more time during the reception! I’ve also been told by more than few wedding party members that they prefer giving these toasts during the rehearsal dinner as the setting is less formal, there are smaller audiences, and they generally know everyone they’re speaking to.
So keep scrolling to check out a sneak peak of some of my favorites of this wonderful evening. I’ll be sharing my favorites from the wedding next week, so definitely come back then, too!
2024 Dates Are Booking Fast
For all my future brides who have been looking into my work, I did want to let you know that my 2024 dates are booking fast. I know that planning a wedding during our current economy can feel extra daunting. One thing to remember is that your photographs will be one of the longest lasting keepsakes from this day that you’ll ever have. Make sure that you connect with your chosen photographer’s portfolio. Go beyond their curated Instagram feed (follow me if you don’t) and check out their actual galleries and blogs. They are still curated, but will give you a broader scope of what they’re bringing to your table. If you see a photographer’s work that captures the magic you’re desiring for your day? Don’t settle for less.
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