Here are pictures from the rehearsal dinner that Courtney and I did the decor for. Jamie's mom, Sue, had been at the shower that Courtney and I threw for Molly, loved our work, and asked us to come to do the table decor and placecards for the rehearsal dinner in Augusta.
We threw our hearts into it, knowing how much we were helping out Sue and, of course, how special it was to honor Jamie and Molly. Because the rehearsal dinner was thrown by the groom's parents, because so much of the pre-wedding events revolve around girly bridal things, because of the venue being very earthy and masculine, and to tie in with Jamie's career in real estate, we went with an architectural/salvage theme.
All of the table decor used old drawers from vintage furniture, salvaged pieces we picked up at Hudgins & Co., (an amazing salvage yard where Jim, the owner, allowed us to snoop around and salvage to our little hearts' content), maidenhair ferns, magnolia leaves, and baby's breath. Sue's choice of black tablecloths and brown napkins worked perfectly with the colors in our arrangements.
When Sue mentioned that she wanted to do something for the napkins, we came up with these rings. My dad had sent me (along with the tons of skeleton keys) a coffee table book of architectural brickwork. We cut strips from the book's illustrations, folded them to make a triangular overlap, then secured them with vintage buttons, all different. The look had the masculine feel of a tie and a shirt cuff.
For the placecards, Courtney handwrote everyone's names on tea-stained mailing tags (she even used a quill pen), and then each tag had a vintage key (a keepsake for each guest). On the back of the tag was a picture of Molly and Jamie in an activity that corresponded to a picture in each table's centerpiece, telling each guest which table to sit at. We hung the tags on an old screen door, complete with an old mailbox filled with magnolia leaves and baby's breath.
All pictures but the last four courtesy of Skip Hopkins Photography.