Laird and Ross’s Festive Rehearsal Dinner With a Southern Buffet
Laird and Ross
In 2008, Laird, an event planner, and Ross, a financial analyst, met while watching a University of Virginia football game at a local bar in New York City's West Village. The Virginia natives tied the knot three years later on Sea Island, Georgia. The affair included a weekend full of events, and a festive, casual, and Southern rehearsal dinner, on Friday, August 12, 2011.
The couple welcomed all 100 guests to their rehearsal dinner at the Boathouse of the private residential and golf community of Frederica on Sea Island.
A Surprise Voyage
The pair and their bridal party went on an hour-long excursion prior to guests' arrival and enjoyed cocktails and quality downtime together.
Rocking the Dock
"There's nothing but around but water and nature surrounding the boathouse. The view is really serene," Laird said. Attendees were privy to this stunning lake view all evening long.
Sips and Seats
The Dining Room
A calligraphed menu sat at each seat.
A bluegrass band entertained guests, who mingled outside before heading in for the seated dinner.
Following a the first course of Caesar salad, guests went to the adjacent covered porch to load their plates with food from a Southern buffet. It included chicken fried steak, shrimp and grits, slow-cooked beef brisket, marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, creamy horseradish coleslaw, red bliss potato salad, green beans with almonds, and corn muffins. For dessert, a caramel cake was served. Laird often ate this sweet on her August birthday.