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Real Wedding Follow-Up: Rachel and Larry

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Yesterday I showed you Rachel and Larry's Idaho wedding. Today, as promised, have a look at their rehearsal dinner (thanks again to photographer Craig Wolfrom). But first, a snapshot of the wedding day's morning group activity...

Many of the wedding's 51 guests joined the bride and groom for a morning hike, at the photographer's suggestion. Craig, an Idaho native, hand picked a trail for the group, and the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch packed the hikers a bagged lunch (including a still-warm cookie!).

And now, the rehearsal dinner...

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Following a morning spent jumping off cliffs into nearby Redfish Lake, guests headed back to the ranch for some lemonade on the porch. The boys played football on the lawn and the girls chatted while taking in the scenery.

After a short break from the afternoon’s events, guests reconvened at the lodge for the rehearsal dinner. Local music fixture Muzzie Braun and two of his brothers played bluegrass music while guests threw horseshoes, drank cider and local beer, and ate duck taquitos and homemade chips with guacamole and salsa.

Then it was time to ring the bell and line up at the enormous smoker, where Chef Andrew had brisket, chicken, local fish, and veggie kabobs to choose from. Corn muffins, coleslaw, and their special BBQ sauce rounded out the menu. The ranch’s enormous picnic tables were set with linens and glassware, and the ranch staff wore their Western gear as they served Idaho wine. Rachel surprised Larry by having his favorite Brooklyn pickles on each table.

For dessert, guests moved into the ranch’s main room, where friends shared toasts. Then it was time for the ranch’s famous “cowboy cake,” a gooey chocolate cake with a hint of espresso. After some digesting, more music, and drinking, it was time for the next activity on the agenda: a moonlit dip in the ranch’s natural hot spring pool. With no lights other than the stars (“the whole galaxy” according to Rachel), everyone relaxed in the 90-degree water. Then, back at the ranch, a roaring fire crackled and mini brisket “leftover” sandwiches on homemade rolls were served before guests retreated to their cabins.

Didn't catch their wedding? You can see it all here!

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