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Candlelit Dinner Wedding


After the dinner party wedding I went to a few weeks ago, my mind has been spinning with ideas for a low key, family-only, intimate dinner reception. I took some inspiration from this picture of my icon, Jacqueline Kennedy, preparing for one of her infamous dinners to put this inspiration board together–doesn’t she look like she could be a bride in that shot? I’m imagining a sentimental private ceremony, the bride changing into a sassy dress for pictures with her groom, and then a dramatic, slightly-rustic dinner party late in the evening. Plenty of candles, dark linens, letterpressed menus on black paper, and unique dishes served family style would all be a must!

{Jacqueline Kennedy: In The Kennedy Style by Letitia Baldrige, photographed by Orlando Suero| Letterpressed invitations: via Once Wed| Silverware tied with lace: Lauren Ross Photography via Style Me Pretty| Bay leaf chandelier: via Food Gal| Blackberry Red Wine Chocolate Cake: via Love & Olive Oil| Olive spread:via Seventeendoors| Stylish shoes: Polly Alexandre Photography via Style Me Pretty| Peonies: via The Real Flower Company}

So what do you think–would an intimate dinner cut it, or would you miss the dancing and traditions too much? I’m definitely leaning toward the latter, but that doesn’t mean I can’t admire the former! :)

Love, Lisa






  1. Aelish says:

    i want to be at this party!

  2. Dana says:

    id still want the dancing; “wannabe” doesnst seem like appropriate dinner party music! but for a different kind of bride, this would be perfect! very intimate!

  3. Oooh, I love this so much! We had a really intimate wedding w/ more of a dinner party feel, so weddings like this always hold a special place in my heart!:) {But, I love to dance, too, so I think maybe for a vow renewal we’ll do a big, blow-out!}:) xoxo

  4. Rhiannon says:

    This is EXACTLY how I want our vow renewal to be :) Perfectly cozy with amazing food, and close friends and family. I’ll have to book mark this special little post of yours, Lise!

  5. Kristen says:

    ooohhh. classy. classy all the way. i like. i could mix this with my party atmosphere ;D


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