Friday, April 3, 2009

Tricia Huddas & Co. Real Weddings - Low Country Boil Rehearsal Dinner

I have been working with Roya, JB and their mothers - Soraya and Kimey - for the past year. We have spent many hours on the phone and sent/received more emails then I can count, but the results were absolutely spectacular - even if we had one of the worse spring storms in the six years I've been living in Savannah roll through!

I took these images of the Rehearsal Dinner/Welcome Reception. JB's parents threw a Low Country Boil, catered by Creative Catering and Whitemarsh Beverage, at the Harper Fowlkes House - a casual but elegant affair!

If you recall our recent post on welcome bags , the featured burlap bag was for this wedding, and they chose the burlap to tie in with the rehearsal dinner decor. Ainsley and I are both huge fans of burlap table linens, which they chose to give the rehearsal dinner a clean, rustic look. The simple yellow and white Gerber daisy flower arrangements by Harvey Designs were in Mason Jars - which the bride and groom use for drinking glasses at home.

Since all of their guests were from out-of-town, serving a low country boil was the perfect way to welcome them to Savannah. If you are not familiar with the meal, it is a kin to y'all yankees' clam bake. Wild Georgia shrimp (and sometimes oysters) are simply boiled with potatoes, onions and sausage. It's a great, casual meal that serves as the perfect contrast to the heavier and more formal fare that you may be serving at your reception.

Creative Catering did an amazing job preparing this traditional southern fare for Roya and JB's 100 guests, but if you wanted to throw a more casual rehearsal dinner in your own back yard, a low country boil is a super simple way to cook for a large group.

The night was a wonderful display of the love shared not only by the couple, but by all of their guests! A slide show of the couple and a few speeches (or roasts) were topped off with the most touching toast from the groom to his bride-to-be, featuring excerpts from letters that they wrote to each other over their 5 year courtship.

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