“Despite historical context, this kind of driveway is absolutely gorgeous!” I said to Hannah Rull as we bumped down the worn, oak tree lined gravel driveway leading up to Starrsville Plantation in Covington, Georgia. Hannah is the owner and founder of Your Best Guest, a wedding and event consultancy in Athens, Georgia. On this day, I was helping her execute what proved to be quite the rehearsal dinner.
I’d never been on a plantation before, so it was kind of unnerving going to work on the same grounds that my ancestors had for centuries. I held my head high though, because I think they’d be proud of what Hannah and I ended up putting together.
The venue was a rustic barn that, from the outside, looked like it hadn’t been touched in hundreds of years, but on the inside, it was quaint and clean. String lights, concrete floors and wooden tables and chairs were all we had to work with. We had just about an hour to transform this…
…Into a Tuscan dinner party! Hannah picked all the floral arrangements and garlands, so staging was my main duty there. Tablescaping came next, with each placement consisting of an olive-green napkin, a mock-wood plate chargers, a mini-menu (designed by Hannah) and a sprig of rosemary. Accenting the garlands were votive candles, olive oils and a basket of rosemary bread at each table.
Next up was the favor table. The family had purchased eight different small favors that guests could take home. The party favors included a hand-picked Italian herb blend, premium Italian olive oil, the softest scarves, custom labelled soaps, water bottles and bags of popcorn!
To showcase all the goodies, we continued the rustic look of the barn itself with wooden crates, metal pails and of course pictures of the bride and groom to tie it all together:
If the decor and favors haven’t won you over yet, let’s get to the reason guests were even there at all: the dinner. Six different kinds of pizza, two types of salad, lasagna, spaghetti, cannoli and baklava. Oh, and who could forget the expansive antipasto board!
This berry and cream naked Chantilly cake was the cherry on top for the night. Hannah and I worked very hard to pull this dinner off. The client was overjoyed that we were able to bring their vision to life, and the family thoroughly enjoyed themselves too.
I wish Rebekah and Joey the very best in the newly wed adventures and hope that the married life treats them splendidly.
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