Fun Distillery Rehearsal Dinner

sean money and elizbeth fay photography

Since rehearsal dinners are often thought of as the aesthetically boring yet necessary “other half” of the wedding celebration. Our next inspirational shoot breaks that misconception and showcases an event that acts more as a balancing counterpart to the wedding. Instead of it’s dull pre-show.

See this fun distillery rehearsal dinner in its entirety in the full gallery here, captured by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay. One thing we know you will love is the entire shoot uses only local Charleston vendors and products. Love that!

striped pig distillery venue

wedding rehearsal fashion

movable hands and wine bottle centerpieces

metal meets floral decor

Words from The Vendors

This Styled Shoot planned and designed by Party.Love.Birds and shot by Sean Money and Elizabeth Fay Photography is the first shoot in Charleston to showcase one of our new distilleries The Striped Pig as a bridal event space in addition to using only local vendors and products. As you will see it is an extremely detailed shoot full of DIY projects that not only offer a very personalized element it also makes this event a very affordable one to reproduce and customize. The venue is an operational distillery so it naturally contributed a very industrial feel with it’s fantastic mixed metals and large “bare canvas” spaces. I wanted to find a way to embrace those elements while bringing in some warmth, color, and whimsy. In order to do that we brought in a midnight blue, coraly orange, teal, and mint color palette fused with a typography design theme, which naturally added black and white to our spectrum as well.

see you tomorrow sign

modern centerpiece decor

me and you mirror shard letters

EventHaus played up the industrial feel of the warehouse while bringing in a modern touch with an Edison Bulb lighting installation over the bar and the Bronze Radial Chandelier hung above the hops wrapped wine barrel table topped with a cake shaped structure composed of delicious doughnuts from Glazed Gourmet. In order to balance the very colorful palette, whimsy decor, and soft floral choices we focused on bringing in a harder yet neutral element in our rental pieces. EventHaus provided an excellent selection with their leather lounge pieces, reclaimed wood tables, wine barrel pieces, and metal accent tables and chairs.

random numbers and letters cornhole board

modern cornhole games

Starting off our many notable DIY projects JLV Creative installed an amazing black and white stripe draped entrance piece along with 16ft long ribbon wall panels that were hung from the rafters to serve as a non-traditional dual functioning backdrop that both provided decor and coverage of the Striped Pig’s work spaces. Party.Love.Birds added unique DIY touches to this scene as well with a hand bent copper wire balls and cake topper, paint dipped concrete coasters, homemade oil cloth pillows, napkin wraps and geo shape table decor from newspaper, nightlight canvas signage, and sheet metal runners that served as the menu for the dinner. Inspired by Italian marketplaces with flower bunches hung from the ceiling, Tiger Lily Weddings installed floral chandeliers with groupings of wildflowers suspended with decorative wire balls from copper toned dried vine lamp shades.

woven branches and floral chandelier

rustic and modern rehearsal dinner idea

print wrapped gifts

modern place settings

menu as a table runner


Steal worthy idea

To the tunes of the Big John Belly band Fresh Foods Market Catering served a 32 course menu that was modeled after a very popular culinary trend that consists of a dinner composed of a seemingly endless amount of mini dishes that consist of 1 or 2 bites each. This type of service not only went along swimmingly with our out-of-the-box style and whimsy theme, but would be an excellent idea for a real rehearsal dinner since that type of event is usually more of a “meet & greet” setting and in it’s nature it is quite the conversation starter.

veggies and dip

wedding rehearsal dinner food

donut tower

Event Designer & Coordinator: Party.Love.Birds

Photography: Sean Money & Elizabeth Fay
Venue: Striped Pig Distillery
Flowers: Tiger Lily Weddings
Cake: Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts
Hair: Patrick Navarro for Elysium Salon
Makeup: Pamela Rouge Airbrush Makeup
Jewelry: Moon & Lola
Lighting & Rentals: EventHaus
Band: Big John Belly
Clothing Stylist: Madison Jill Miller
Custom Cornhole: Holy City Games
Draping & Decor: JLV Creative
Decor Props: Old Road Mercantile
Caterer: Fresh Foods Market Catering

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  1. -100. @OldNewBorrowedB says:

    #Wedding #Bride #Reception Fun Distillery Rehearsal Dinner

  2. -100. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Wedding Chicks!! Thank you so much for sharing this shoot with your readers! We had way too much fun shooting this and feel so fortunate to be surrounded by so much talent in our town.

    Thank you!
    Sean + Elizabeth

  3. -100. @BHJewelers says:

    Super Fun Distillery Rehearsal Dinner –

  4. -100. Intertwined Events says:

    We love this! We’re always looking for fun inspiration and unique spaces for events, this is a great example! And, of course, congrats to the lucky couple!

    The Ladies of Intertwined

  5. -100. @SmokyHollowCA says:

    We are not only the perfect #weddingvenue we are also perfect for a #rehearsaldinner! Inspiration from @weddingchicks

  6. -100. @weddingchicks says:

    Fun Distillery Rehearsal Dinner

  7. -100. @ChsWedding says:

    So fun! A lot of great ideas! RT @CoastalBride: Love this distillery rehearsal dinner on @weddingchicks at @DstillD

  8. -100. @DstillD says:

    RT @SMEFphoto: Super fun styled rehearsal dinner by #partylovebirds at @DstillD on @weddingchicks today!…

  9. -100. @tigerlilyweds says:

    Styled Shoot is finally up for all to enjoy! Wohoo!

  10. -100. @cher_riesLe says:

    RT @tigerlilyweds: Styled Shoot is finally up for all to enjoy! Wohoo!

  11. -100. abigail reeder says:

    Great idea! The scenery is so beautiful and fun that there doesn’t have to be too much decorating. I love that

  12. -100. @SMEFphoto says:

    Donuts, barrels, and hops! Yes please! @glazedgourmet @Event_Haus @tigerlilyweds @DstillD

  13. -100. @SMEFphoto says:

    Yum yum in our tum! @Newtonfarmfoods Styling @madisonjill @RedRoseVintage

  14. -100. @glazedgourmet says:

    RT @SMEFphoto: Donuts, barrels, and hops! Yes please! @glazedgourmet @Event_Haus @tigerlilyweds @DstillD…

  15. -100. @Newtonfarmfoods says:

    RT @SMEFphoto: Yum yum in our tum! @Newtonfarmfoods Styling @madisonjill @RedRoseVintage

  16. -100. @DstillD says:

    RT @SMEFphoto: Donuts, barrels, and hops! Yes please! @glazedgourmet @Event_Haus @tigerlilyweds @DstillD…

  17. -100. @Event_Haus says:

    RT @SMEFphoto: Donuts, barrels, and hops! Yes please! @glazedgourmet @Event_Haus @tigerlilyweds @DstillD…

  18. -100. @CPRLosAngeles says:

    Looking for a unique place for your rehearsal? How about a distillery?

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