Alyssa and James rehearsal dinner was held at The Architect – Bar and Social House in downtown Raleigh back in August. It was the first time I had been in the venue and it definitely did not disappoint. The space features gorgeous hardwood floors, brick walls and windows that run against the back wall. The space has been staged with unique furniture as well. They selected high wooden tables and one of a kind rustic stools to go along the back wall and then on the other side of the space there are low tables with chairs that have off white cushions and tufted inlays with benches for extra seating.
One of the neat aspects about a rehearsal dinner is that it can really be super formal or very laid back depending on the personality and style of the couple. They can also be super intimate with just the wedding party and close friends or larger depending on the size of the wedding party and their family. One of my favorite parts of a rehearsal dinner is that it gives the wedding party and family time to get to know each other before the wedding day. For me it is kind of like Christmas Eve, except you don’t have rehearsal dinners every year, but there is a lot of anticipation of what the next day will bring and memories that get to be made with friends that are basically family and your actually family.
When I met with Alyssa to discuss ideas with her for the dinner she wanted flowers that would complement the space and had some color to them since she was using a blush and neutral color palette in her wedding design the next day. After looking at images of the venue I discussed with her the idea of using red and white flowers in the design. I described that using this simple color palette would help highlight the simplistic but elegant nature of the venue space while also adding drama to the decorations so they would stand out. This was also a great color palette choice for Alyssa and James because they are both NC State Grads so we really couldn’t go wrong with the color choice. The flowers were placed in wooden boxes, that Alyssa found at Hobby Lobby, to help highlight the wood features of the venue and keep the texture elements of the space cohesive. In addition to the flowers we added images from James and Alyssa’s childhood and relationship on the front table so that when guests arrive they could view the images.
Alyssa and James are great friends of ours and it was such an amazing wedding and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!