Wedding — the rehearsal

February 13, 2022


What a joyful winter wedding we had with our son and new daughter-in-law. Abbie and Harrison were married in Georgia on February 5th on a cold yet beautiful day. There's so much to tell, I'll start here with the rehearsal dinner then later will post photos from the wedding day. 

These galvanized buckets of all sizes and shapes were filled with goodies for the groomsmen, who stayed with my brother at The Old Smyrna Firehouse. The gang arrived two days early so they had time to hang out and have a little party. They're all so healthy, I filled the containers with things like protein bars, healthy shakes, nuts, granola clusters, and the predictably forgotten combs, shaving cream, razors, mints and toothbrushes. 

The wedding was in John's Creek and Roswell, so technically, all I needed to do as the groom's out-of-town mother was pick up the phone and find a restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. But come now . . . let's be serious, what Southern mother doesn't want to add a little "personalization" to the evening? 

Harrison has grown up eating my secret family recipe for decorated cookies, so it was a given they would be on the tables. I made a Jeep themed cookie as a nod to the couple's favorite vehicle in which they've traveled many happy miles.

I designed the Jeep logo and had it reproduced as a sugar transfer. (Etsy). This was the first time I had used an edible transfer, and honestly, it looked adorable, but I think it took away from the texture and flavor of the cookie. To make up for it, I also made smaller heart shaped cookies with a green leaf theme to match the wedding invitations and a "T" monogram. The hearts were placed on beautiful silver trays (thank you Rachel), where guests picked up their seating cards. 

Jeep cookie for wedding - Leslie Anne Tarabella

The ribbon for the cookies said, "Tarabella" or "Abbie and Harrison." The toy diamond ring tied to a quote from the bride provided some silly fun. Sure enough, everyone was soon sporting big "diamonds."  I stacked photo cubes around the flowers and everyone had fun looking at the couple through the years. Some guests even traded cubes with other tables so they could see new pictures.  - a big thanks to the "cube team," Barbara, Anna, Mimi and Karyn for helping me assemble the cubes. They turned a chore into fun.

This photo is from the rehearsal at the church. One son was the groom, the other Best Man. 

I had eaten at The Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell years ago and knew their food was outstanding, and I'm happy to report it still is. There was a slight bobble with the table set-up, but the staff quickly corrected the problem and the rest of the night flowed without a hitch. My husband led us in prayer and made a short speech on behalf of the Groom's family, then as dessert was served (Hummingbird Cake- the best I've ever tasted), other relatives and members of the wedding party said a few words. It was freezing cold outside, but a warm, warm evening inside. 

And wait until you see the actual wedding and reception (I'm awaiting permission to use the photos) it was absolutely beautiful and so romantic!  

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