This past weekend my little brother was married in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
My parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at the historic Hotel Hale – a bathhouse on Central Avenue turned hotel and restaurant.
As someone who loves planning events, I leaned in to help my mom create a thoughtful night with a beautiful ambiance in Hotel Hale’s Eden restaurant. The original glass-ceiling filled the room with light and we transformed the intimate venue into a garden.
When planning, we started with imagining the tablescape and place settings.
I have worked with the mother-daughter pair, Carrie and Seash, for our hand-painted Christmas cards, birth announcements, stationery, and more so we went back to them for my brother’s rehearsal dinner to design the invitations, menus, and place cards.
For the invitations, they painted the venue at the top, which helped to communicate the beauty and historic significance of the venue.
The primary invitation envelope was lined with the florals we intended to use for the event and we included a matching RSVP card and envelope with a custom wedding crest stamp, so the entire suite coordinated.
For the actual event, Carrie & Seash created hand-painted place cards and menus, all of which related back to the initial rehearsal dinner invitation. I LOVE the way they adorned the menu with hand-painted illustrations of the food guests would receive. The back of the menu was just painted with the rose and greenery pattern that guests first saw on the invitations.
Finally, we wanted guests to feel cared for with a personalized and coordinated dinner napkin. I was SO impressed that Kate & Co. was able to work with Carrie & Seash to translate the wedding crest to embroidery, customized with each guest’s initials. This extra touch got a lot of attention that evening and every guest took their napkin home as a memory of the night.
For florals, we decided on a garden theme and chose to focus on greenery, which made for a nice transition into the wedding where the bride chose pastel flowers.
Upon entering the venue, guests enjoyed passed beverages and enjoyed a picture movie of the bride and groom from birth to now. To begin the evening, the Mayor of Hot Springs came and welcomed the couple and wished them well and during dessert we all toasted the couple and shared memories and well wishes.
Be sure to check my instagram stories “wedding” to watch the video of the night!