Sharon and Francis’s delightful rehearsal dinner took place at The Olde Farm in Bristol, a town that straddles the Virginia/Tennessee border, and Sharon’s hometown. Photos by Gertrude & Mabel.

 Sharon wore a dress by Miu Miu and shoes by Sigerson Morrison.

   The evening was planned in the spirit of “cheap and cheerful.” Red bandannas used for napkins were purchased from Oriental Trading. Red geraniums from a local garden center were placed in basket from the Texas Basket Company as living centerpieces.

 Sharon and Francis thought it would be fun to treat their out-of-town guests to some Southern food and music – barbecue and bluegrass! Dinner was catered by The Olde Farm, and included Southern favorites like pulled pork, barbecue chicken, baked beans, and slaw. Beer was kept cold in big galvanized tubs full of ice, with vintage bottle openers hanging from ribbons tied to the handles. Strawberry shortcake was served in red- and white-checked paper trays. There was also homemade ice cream in a variety of regional flavors such as peach and Southern Comfort pecan.

The large barn was decorated with custom papel picado banners from Mexican Sugar Skull. To make the huge barn seem more intimate, they “lowered” the ceiling by hanging the paper banners and strings of round party lights.

The piñata in Sharon and Francis’ initials was a huge hit. It was filled with all kinds of adult-appropriate goodies, like mini liquor bottle chocolates, candy cigarettes, fake engagement rings, little metal bird and bug pins from Silver Crow Creations, and old fashioned candy from Economy Candy in New York. The pins and rings were wrapped in small glassine bags, sealed with red dot stickers from Staples.

 Sharon designed the paper napkins, wooden spoons, and s’mores baggies to match a motif on the invitations (she is a graphic designer at Yours Etcetera).

The evening ended with a big bonfire and s’mores – graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate were in little bags nearby, along with sticks for marshmallow roasting.

For even more inspiration, check out Sharon and Francis’ beautiful wedding, featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.

  • Barbecue Rehearsal Dinner in Tennessee

    14 February 2009
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    The sweetest labels, via {frolic!}.

    I can’t resist these invitations, via The Bridal Wishlist.

    And thank you to The Bride’s Guide and Punam Bean for the shout outs!

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    Top row from left: sorbet via Cannelle et Vanille, shoes from J.Crew, program photo by Liz Banfield, bridesmaids from Martha Stewart Weddings
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    Row 3: ribbon curtain by Rebecca Thuss, poppies via Happy Cavalier, groomsmen from Martha Stewart Weddings

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    Palette: navy blue, lavender, white

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