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Rehearsal Dinner at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

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This gorgeous "upscale fiesta" rehearsal dinner is one of my favorite events to date. The event took place in the motor-court of Sitting Bull, the original lodge on the Hummingbird Nest Ranch property. The old brick building with it's tiled roofs surrounded the cobbled-drive of the motor-court, and three long tables were set up in a "u" shape to facilitate a family-style feel to the plated meal. I used brightly colored florals in reds, yellows, oranges and pinks, with lots of saturated greens including dahlias, anemones, zinnias, kangaroo paw, celosia and decorative chili peppers. Each table featured a variety of arrangements at different heights, as well as pillar candles and a runner of fresh greens and florals. As the sun began to set, the candles and strung festival lights glowed, creating a soft and inviting ambiance.

The party went on late into the night, and as I worked about a half mile up the road, designing the pieces for the next day's wedding reception, I could hear the happy voices and much laughter. It seemed like an absolutely idyllic evening. If only all wedding rehearsal dinners could be such fun!

CREDITS | Photography: Brittany Rene | Planning and Design: Chic Celebrations | Floral Design & Styling: Lauryl Lane | Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Catering: Contemporary Catering and Sunseri’s Beverage Catering | Rentals: Town and Country | Linens: La Tavola

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