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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vineyard Rehearsal Dinner

First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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We just returned from a trip to Paso Robles, California where we attended the wedding of the son of very dear friends.  I took lots of pictures, and today, I wanted to share some shots of the rehearsal dinner celebration.  This wedding was all about the wine country; the rehearsal dinner was held at Still Waters Vineyards.  Earlier in the day, it had been blazing hot, but as dusk sauntered in, the temperatures dropped and it was a pleasant evening for an al fresco cocktail reception and dinner.  Minimal comments...I don't really know anything about the elements used for the tablescapes.  I just thought that you'd enjoy the lovely settings and the glorious vistas.


Overlooking miles of lush and verdant wine vineyards...



...the cocktail welcoming reception was staged in the middle of a glorious olive orchard.

After cocktails, we meandered toward sun-kissed tables set for 150 guests..... 









...in the midst of glorious wine country... 




...and as evening draped her cloak around us, the glow of candlelight created a magical setting for our dinner.

Sweet Mister and I had a glorious time!  In the next few weeks, I look forward to sharing the wedding reception and our day at The Hearst Castle.

Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "TABLESCAPE THURSDAY."   Hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 10:00 AM on Thursdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of August, I think windows of opportunity to travel to new spots.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there!



Wednesday evening is the twenty-second edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH"...a Summer Fun Challenge.  So excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun!



You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  KC has just released her 5th studio CD project, "The Tag Hollow Sessions".  The sold out CD release concert was this past weekend.  "The Tag Hollow Sessions" is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!  




                                                              


33 comments:

Tulika M. said...

Hi Cherry Kay,

What wonderful pictures of a beautiful evening and event.. but I just popped in quickly to say that you look lovely and so elegant in the last photograph, love it!! Looking forward to more pictures and lots of tablescapes.
Thanks sharing all your hard work and creativity with us.

podso said...

What an amazing venue for a rehearsal dinner! And not a small one either! Looks like you all made wonderful memories! The table settings are beautiful.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh, this is glorious! A wonderful and beautiful rehersal dinner! Thank you for sharing and you look so pretty too, Cherry Kay. I can't wait to see the wedding date.
FABBY

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Cherry Kay,
What an incredibly gorgeous setting. The table is magnificent. I can't imagine having an event like that and not having to worry about rain! Loved the clusters of trees to shelter from the sun. AND that is the MOST BEAUTIFUL picture of you. One to frame! Hubby must have fallen in love with you ALL OVER again...
Big Hugs,
Donna

Meredith said...

What a gorgeous setting!!

kitty said...

What a gorgeous setting, Cherry Kay! You and Sweet Mister make a cute couple. I love the fresh herbs on all the napkins. What an aromatic and visual delight!!

Gina said...

What a wonderful rehearsal dinner! The outdoor setting made the event even more beautiful. Love the long tables, simple yet so pretty.

Texas Tea Party said...

The perfect setting for the dinner was the Still Water Vineyards. How fortunate to experience a lovely place and the photos of from the sunset to the evening time are gorgeous. I hope you enjoyed the wonderful event.

Thnaks, Pam

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

My Goodness -- it just doesn't get any more gorgeous than that! What a beautiful beginning to a new life as husband and wife. Looks like you had a wonderful time too!

Linda said...

Hi Cherry Kay, Wow, the setting is gorgeous! The tables are wonderful wit the fresh herbs... I think your photos are great and it looks like you really enjoyed yourselves.

Pondside said...

What a festive evening that must have been, Cherry Kay.....and what a lovely photo of you! I know that area, as I have family who have a horse operation in SLO, not far away. I have never been there in summertime, but can tell you that springtime is wonderful!

Marigene said...

What an amazing place for a celebration!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I was hoping there might be wedding pics to share! These are really lovely tables in such a relaxing setting. I especially love the close-up of the purple centerpiece.

designchic said...

Wow...what a beautiful rehearsal dinner. Love the setting in the vineyard and the flowers are gorgeous!!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Wow...what a lovely event! and such a beautiful setting. I love how the tables were set, and the herbs on the napkins were such a great idea! Just the view itself would make me happy to be there! Weren't you lucky to have attended such a happy event!

The Tablescaper said...

What an amazing and magical night! I can't believe they had that many for a rehearsal dinner!

- The Tablescaper

Elaine said...

How beautiful, and what an amazing event! I love the simple place settings, and the flowers are so pretty. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to Hearst Castle!!!

xinex said...

What a lovely setting, Cherry Kay. It is so beautiful there as I experienced it first hand last month. I love the table setting, love the natural elements used. You look so pretty! I had listened to KC a while back and she sure has a lovely voice but I'll go visit her again to hear the new music....Christine

Sarah said...

Oh, my! The setting is glorious. The CA wine country is full of beauty. What a wonderful setting for the events around a wedding. Thanks for sharing the images from this dinner. I'll be eager to see more photos of the wedding festivities. ~ Sarah

Alycia Nichols said...

I want to kiss a hundred times infinity whoever designed the table set up. This is exactly my idea of what a set up should be!!! I am so in love with the l-o-n-g tables that go on for miles!!! They make such a dramatic statement and offer such great opportunities for repeated elements. Oh, I love this! Looking forward to seeing the other photos!!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

What a glorious and romantic setting for a wedding!! The tables are beautifully designed and set and it must be wonderful to sit in the evening air with the lights overhead and on the table! And you are absolutely beautiful! It must have been a memorable event. Thanks for sharing it with us. Linda

Tanya@takesix said...

What a beautiful spot for a wedding. The tables are so pretty, and by candlelight they turn magical.

Visiting from Let's Dish #40

Barbara said...

Absolutely lovely in every way. What a setting! I love this whole set up. Despite the number of people, it seems intimate and the lighting is magical. I am so happy to have seen this!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

GORGEOUS!!!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Thanks for stopping by and telling me about the glass plates for my tablecloth -- awesome idea!! Why didn't I think of that?
Randee

Infuse With Liz said...

Oh my Cherry! What a wonderful celebration! All those tables set up like that outdoors looks incredible!
And this is just the rehearsal dinner?? I bet the rest is going to be amazing!!

Marlis said...

OOH I just love those tables and chairs.. I know can you believe I picked up on those? Love that stripe runner too. OOh what a magical setting . A truly lovely photo of both of you!! Thank you for sharing this, I got quite a few good ideas! xo marlis

Debbiedoo's said...

Oh that is just breathtaking. What a gorgeous setting!

AshTreeCottage said...

Such an exquisite setting and the perfect tables to match. You all must have been swept away by such a magical event!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

SavannahGranny said...

What a tablescape, WOW! What a beautiful venue for a Rehearsal Dinner. So glad you didn't have to set the table or worse yet...do the dishes.
Your pictures are great. That is a beautiful area of the country and you captured it so well.
Can't wait to see Hearst Castle. I have never been there.
Hugs Ginger

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! I have never seen such a big rehearsal dinner!
Can't wait to see the wedding!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a gorgeous setting; and the centerpieces are just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful images.

Mary said...

What a breathtaking setting & venue! Gorgeous table dotted with the birch wrapped bouquets and flower sprays on the napkins!