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One of the best things about a wedding is that it gives so many opportunities for families and friends to come together and celebrate, from engagement parties to bridal showers to the rehearsal dinner! Today, we’re sharing some of the memories from Stephanie and Anton’s casual rehearsal dinner, complete with some really fun Argentinian traditions.

Read on for more from the bride about their unique rehearsal dinner:
“The rehearsal dinner was one hundred percent Argentine – from the food to the wine to the traditional “bite of the leg”….

The rehearsal took place at the groom’s parent’s estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. They live atop a mountain with spectacular views of the Blue Ridges. All though the area is very lush with greenery in September, the scenery from their home is tinted blue and purple. Drawing inspiration from this we decided to go decorate the tables with sprigs of rosemary and blue wildflowers.

It is traditional to have an Asado (an Argentine take on the classic barbecue) during times of celebration and get togethers with friends and family, so we delved into local meats, empanadas, and Provoleta. Anton wore traditional Argentine clothing, while I opted for a more boho chic white dress and a fishtail braid pinned into a messy bun.

The atmosphere was casual and laid-back, the perfect predecessor to a more formal evening to follow – the kids ran around and played in the pool while the adults mingled, visited the chicken coop and leisurely ate (for about 5 hours!). To finish the evening we partook in a traditional Argentine “bite of the leg,” in which the bride and groom take a bite out of the leg of the animal that was cooked during the Asado!”

Photography Gianny Campos | Bride’s Dress BHLDN | Rehearsal Dinner Venue  Groom’s parents’ home | Flowers Arranged by family members.

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Not every wedding guest list has to have every single one of your second cousins, their spouses and kids, and everyone from the neighborhood you grew up in. You might feel more at home with a very intimate wedding, maybe with just your siblings and parents. This styled photo shoot set at the beautiful Foxfire Mountain House in the Catskills, NY shows us how to host an intimate wedding with cosy, warm decor – it makes us want to curl up in front of that stone fireplace while sharing appetizers and cocktails, just like at a beautiful dinner party.

On the decor side, this welcoming table also shows us how to design with a warm, neutral color palette in an elegant way. Often neutral palettes feature cool tones – white and grey – so the soft caramel, wheat, and beeswax accents bring a different sense of depth to the tabletop. It’s very fitting with the stone fireplace and dark wood floors, and heightens the cosy feeling.

Read on for more from Jake Anderson, the photographer and workshop host (and Once Wed Premium Vendor!):
“The purpose of a workshop is not primarily to give attendees beautiful images, but rather to provide opportunities which allow for the attendees to define what is beautiful to them, and to give them situations in which to capture that definition. With the subdued sophistication of Foxfire Mountain house as our backdrop and inspiration, our stylist Lacy Geary went about creating an event full of rich colors, textures, and emotions that allow for such an opportunity. We choose to create a sense of elegance and class for this shoot to compliment the character and sophistication we felt from our environment. The florals from Kelly Lenard communicate a sweeping ease, yet grounded familiarity – a sense of establishment.”

Photography Jake Anderson | Stylist/Planner Lacy Geary | Floral Design Kelly Lenard | Dress Dreamers & Lovers | Venue Foxfire Mountain House | Paper Products  Plume Calligraphy |Ribbon Frou Frou Chic | Rings Susie Saltzman  | Film Lab Photovision  | Albums Heirloom

Public service announcement for any bride-to-be with a gypsy soul and a bohemian spirit: there’s a new bridal designer in town, and you’ll love their gowns. Lover’s Society is an expression of the modern-minded bride who wants the latest fashion while it’s happening. With a wanderlust heart and a defined style, the Lover’s Society bride knows who she is and what she wants. 

This newbie brand from Australia is committed to evolving with the changes that happen in fashion by regularly introducing new styles as ‘limited editions’. Debunking the standard ‘two markets a year’ bridal cadence, Lover’s Society has no timeline, and only evolves when brides want something new and unique.

The Lover’s Society launch collection is a perfect mix of bohemian, free-spirit flow and figure defining bridal gowns.  With interesting cuts and unique fabrics, a Lover’s Society bride can feel like herself, never a cookie-cutter version of ‘bridal’.  With stretch fabric and unique laces, a Lover’s Society bride can feel both comfortable and sexy, dancing into the hours of her wedding night.

Exclusive to Lovely Bride in the US, Lover’s Society strives for a deep engagement with brides, which is best achieved when working exclusively with one retailer, like Lovely.  All twelve Lovely Bride shops carry Lover’s Society, which can be found in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, Charleston, Phoenix, and Rochester NY.

Check out Lovely Bride and Lover’s Society on Instagram, for styling ideas and sneak peeks at the newest wedding gowns.

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