Rustic Winery Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal dinners are such a special opportunity to welcome out-of-town guests and hang out with family and friends in a more low-key setting than your wedding reception. Here, a rustic and romantic rehearsal dinner from photographer Bret Cole:

Says Tina, “We chose Truett Hurst because we loved the informal yet modern sensibility of the venue, the different spaces it offered and the contrast to the formal black-tie wedding venue on the following day.”

From Tina and Bentley:  “We are foodies from New York City and chose to have our wedding in Sonoma because of its natural beauty, locally farmed ingredients and Truett Hurst’s sustainable approach to its business. Truett Hurst gave us a chance to shape our rehearsal dinner without the constraints of a restaurant space. The creekside area also inspired us to invite our guests to enjoy the natural beauty of Sonoma during cocktail hour.”

Looks like everyone enjoyed cocktails by the creek!

The menu took its inspiration from casual barbecue fare – all with locally grown ingredients – to match the laid-back setting.


Salads: Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil Pesto and Golden Balsamic Drizzle / Wild Rice and Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Scallions and Truett Hurst Zinfandel-Poached Cherries // Entrees: Grilled Vegetable Skewers with Balsamic Glaze / Grilled Ginger Cod with Ponzu Vinaigrette / Grilled New York Roast with Marinated Olive Relish // Wine: Passalacqua Chardonnay / Truett Hurst 2006 Three Vineyards Zinfandel



Photography: Bret Cole / Venue: Truett Hurst Winery in Healdsburg, California / Planner: Stephanie Beer, Covenant Coordinating / Floral design: Maria Philbin / Rentals, Catering: Grapevine Catering Company


  • Li Mei says:

    I assume the wedding photos will folloow suit, yes? Thanks for sharing these :)

  • Christina says:

    I love love love Truett Hurst! We considered them as a wedding venue and are using one of their zins as our wedding wine. It’s a wonderful, casual winery.

  • Oh dear, this is making me want to plan our rehearsal dinner with escort cards, florals and all other lovely things just like a wedding! Must remind myself to reserve all energies for the big day…

  • Zsuzsa says:

    Hi! I am from Hungary, and have a question.What is the point of reherseal dinners? What is it exatly? In our culture it does not exist. And I find it a little bit odd and strange (sorry for it): a wedding is expensive, it costs a lot, it is a huge lust on a family, takes all the savings for years and so on….so why another event, whic costs a lot too????

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