Carl + Vanessa: Rehearsal Dinner

When you hear about any kind of adventure, you always want to know… how did it all begin? What were the moments that lead up to this incredible story with such a perfect happily ever after? In the adventure that is marriage, Carl + Vanessa started out with the makings of something simply incredible. It was a celebration they, along with 300 of their closest family and friends, will never forget.

I  need to confess now that I tried my best to condense their rehearsal dinner and wedding into one post as to not keep you waiting for a part 2, but I was concerned that having to scroll down as much as would be needed would certainly cause carpal tunnel so, here we are, with a gorgeous part 1…. a rehearsal dinner to remember.

Carl + Vanessa’s wedding was held at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. The night before, their family and wedding party gathered for a run through of the ceremony and a kick off of a full weekend of wedded fun!

It was clear to see that our bride had all of her greatest cheerleaders and loving support team ready to stand by her side.

You could tell the adorable ring bearer, Carl’s nephew, was excited for his big moment!

Even on a practice run, there’s nothing like watching a loving father’s excitement on their way down the aisle.

Once practice made perfect, it was time to change and head to the rehearsal dinner. When Vanessa walked out in her red Maria Elena Bishop gown, you couldn’t help but be stopped in your tracks.

I love the excitement on both of their faces as they realized they were officially kicking off a weekend to remember and at the end, they would officially be husband and wife.

The ocean breeze blowing through this stunning scene completed the beachy, relaxed vibe…

As the sun set, the glow of the lights set a warm, magical tone…

So many of their family members and friends spoke words of encouragement and excitement for Vanessa + Carl.

The minute the band began to play, you couldn’t keep this crowd from celebrating like it was 1999! I love these images of Vanessa and her dad on the dance floor together. You can tell this wasn’t their first time twirling together…

When there’s an ice-cream truck with a bike attached and 300 guests having a ball, that is always the makings for a great photo!

As you can imagine, leaving this event the night BEFORE the wedding, we were more than excited to see what they had planned for their wedding day!

The incredible team who made the amazing night possible!


Planning, Design and Production Services (including rentals and lighting): Van Wyck & Van Wyck

Venue / Catering – The Breakers Hotel Ocean Lawn

Invitations: M Hopple & Co

Entertainment: Vali Band

Bride’s Gown: Maria Elena Bishop, Romantic Creations Bridal

Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka


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