From Miss Deco: The guys had played golf, the girls had gotten their pedicures and the out of town guests were arriving … everything was set to kick off our wedding weekend celebration!

Since we were going a non-traditional route we didn’t need to hold a rehearsal in a church. Instead, we had a few members of the wedding party, my father and our ‘minister’ (a buddy living in NYC who got ordained online) check our the ceremony area at the Durham to get a feel of the venue and how things would be laid out.

After the Durham we headed to Lucile’s in the Old Market (where Mr. Deco’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner) to help setup for the evening. Mr. Deco and I had several decoration ideas that we needed help with and really appreciated all the help from both families to make our eclectic and vintage visions come true.

For the table centerpieces we created Picture Wreathes made up of the wedding photos of our family members and wedding party. We collected the photos and Mr. Deco scanned and printed out tons of pictures and my mother and a family friend assembled them. They were the foundation of our centerpieces and they prompted several laughs and really opened up conversations for those that hadn’t met yet. Next, we had our thrift store love title books that Mr. Deco glued together. On top of those were votive candles, mini wine bottles with fresh flowers (which matched our large wine bottles for the reception centerpiece) along with the paper flowers I made and glittered white mini pumpkins his mother made. Mr Deco setup our ipod with their sound system so we had the music for the evening ready to go.

After everything was setup at Lucile’s, Mr. Deco and I snuck off for a quick drink at a nearby pub for our last moment alone before the festivities really started. I highly recommend to do this if given the chance.

Once the guests arrived at Lucile’s, passed canapes began and the bar was open. We gathered the wedding party for a quick run-through of what the ceremony was going to be. With no children and a small wedding party that were all married themselves, it was pretty self explanatory leaving more time to enjoy cocktail hour. Dinner was a plated steak with grilled vegetables, roasted rosemary potatoes and a candied walnut fresh salad with vinaigrette followed by creme brulee for dessert. The food was great, drinks were refreshing and the company even better! After dinner, we did toasts and handed out gifts to our wedding party.

The party continued in the courtyard, where the weather was perfect for cigars and drinks. Lucille’s courtyard is wonderfully landscaped and sets the perfect atmosphere to stretch your legs after a hearty dinner and laugh with family and friends. The night was perfect and really captured our vision of our wedding weekend celebration!

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