A Lovely Southern Rehearsal Dinner at a Country Club in Houston, Texas

Rebecca Linville and William Payne

Photographed by: Chris Bailey PhotographyLocation: Houston, Texas, United States

On the eve of their wedding, Rebecca Linville and William Payne were joined by 40 loved ones for a stunning rehearsal dinner in Houston, Texas, planned by Ann Whittington Events. Held at the country club the groom grew up attending with his family, William was overjoyed to create one more memory at the site with his spouse-to-be and the people they love most. 

Prior to joining their family and friends for a night of heartfelt speeches and delicious fare, the bride and groom were joined by their bridal party to carry out a very special tradition. “It’s good luck for your wedding-day weather if you bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at the place of your ceremony one month before the wedding,” explains Rebecca. “After the rehearsal and on our way to the rehearsal dinner, we dug up our bottle with our wedding party and everyone took a sip for good luck!” 

Hosted by the groom’s parents, the Southern soirée showcased a beautiful rustic palette complemented by white florals and wooden accents. Lovely floral arrangements lined the center of each table, and the cream-colored blooms were further paired with lush greenery that perfectly complemented the dark wooden tones of the tables and the gorgeous wooden chairs. Illuminated by the warm, soft candlelight that filled each tablescape, guest place settings were further topped off with a sweet dinner napkin monogrammed with the newlyweds' initials that loved ones were able to take home with them. “These thoughtful napkins are a constant reminder of the special night each time we use them,” admits the bride. 

With a great love and knowledge of wine, the father of the groom personally selected a series of wines to serve that were special to him in order to beautifully complement the vibe of the romantic evening. In addition to the delicious courses and libations, the evening included memorable speeches from loved ones that the newlyweds will forever hold near and dear to their hearts. Sharing her most cherished moment of the evening, the bride notes the letter read aloud written by the parents of the groom. “In the letter, [his mother] talked about how she had prayed for me as William was growing up,” explains Rebecca. “Whenever she would pray for William, such as on the first day of school, she would also pray for his future wife.” 

As dinner concluded and more loved ones joined in on the festivities, guests gathered on the dance floor for live music, dancing, and revelry. From the beautifully decorated dinner to fun photos complete with a bucking bull, the couple’s pre-wedding celebration is one they’ll never forget.