Whether you’re dreaming of a rustic wedding reception, or looking for ideas for another event, Amanda and Philip’s lovely rehearsal dinner is just full of eye candy and inspiration…

From the groom’s family: “Amanda and Philip’s rehearsal dinner served as an ode to the couple’s love of nature. When we first gathered ideas for the evening, we kept referencing the couple’s love for hiking and kayaking through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspiration came from the beautiful trails that traverse this area of the country. Ferns, queen anne’s lace, and orchids were gathered to accent the natural interior. We found a beautiful french grain sack linen for the head table and paired it with family china.”

Escort cards were actually copper garden markers, “planted” in boxes of moss. Find similar markers from Gardener’s Supply Company.

Signature drinks were bourbon and Coke and Prosecco garnished with blackberries. Blackberries also made an appearance in the favors. From the groom’s family: “Wild blackberries grow on our hunting property, and every year, for as long as we can remember, we have picked blackberries and made the most delicious blackberry jam. Shortly after Amanda and Philip’s engagement, we picked the berries and canned 80 small jars of jam for guests to take as they left the dinner.”


See all of this rustic rehearsal dinner in the gallery.


Why did you choose this location for your wedding weekend?  The mountains around the Chattooga River are a special area to us and Long Creek is particularly special as it’s where Philip took me for our first Valentine’s Day. The views of the mountains from Kingwood Resort, located just outside of Long Creek in Clayton, Georgia, are gorgeous and it offered up a variety of things for our guests to do while they spent the weekend with us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the rehearsal dinner?  The toasts were my favorite part of the dinner! We have incredible family and friends who gave us really heartfelt toasts that night. It was unexpected and really wonderful.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To enjoy every moment of the wedding and rehearsal dinner and not stress about what may have gone a little wrong. The wedding weekend will go by in a blur, so don’t worry about the little things that no one else would even notice.

Photographer: Ashley Seawell / Event Planner, Floral Designer: Ashley Rhodes Events / Venue, Catering: The Lodge at Kingwood Country Club in Clayton, Georgia / Dress, Shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Stationery: Reaves Engraving / Rentals: All Star Tents and Events / Music: West End String Band / Cake: Holly’s Cakes / Stirrers: My Wedding Reception Ideas
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  1. Neus Cirera

    Amazing….! LOVE it…!

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  2. Sukey

    My newest obsession is copper for weddings – those place/escort cards are unbelievably great!

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  3. Ashley Seawell

    Thank you for the feature! Such a fun evening!

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