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Real Weddings Follow-Up: Lara and Oliver's Pre-Wedding Activities

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Yesterday you got to check out Lara and Oliver's wedding, which was inspired by The Secret Garden. Today, you'll get to see how the couple entertained their guests before and after the big day.

First up, the rehearsal dinner the night before at The Village Pub. A gallery of images (many by Aneta Mak) follows.

Rehearsal dinners are not a tradition in England, so many guests weren't sure what to expect. But regardless, it was a great way to break the ice, particularly with help of a pub quiz. "People mingled and then created teams for each table. It was outrageously funny for me and Oliver to observe," Lara said.

The couple kicked things off with an authentic meal of fish & chips, with fresh strawberries & cream for dessert. Lara wore a 1950s French lace dress from The Vintage Wedding Company, which she personalized with a bit of velvet ribbon and a brooch from her father. Tables were decorated with fern centerpieces, which were re-purposed for the wedding reception (love that idea).

As for the quiz, questions covered a variety of subjects and included: What did Lara try for the first time in Amsterdam, and become addicted to? (bicycling). What is ‘toad in the hole’? And how many times has Lara had it? (sausage in yorkshire pudding; 3). What did both Oliver & Lara’s maternal grandfathers do for a living? (printers). What foodstuff did Oliver once have a phobia about? (tinned tomatoes).

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The morning of the wedding, guests went on a wellie walk (a casual stroll through the countryside), and the next day everyone gathered for a game of wiffle ball (Brits vs. Americans of course)! Older guests went on a tour of the gardens, and then the couple had an Open House farewell at their flat in London that lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Then they headed off on their honeymoon (more on that tomorrow)!

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The Wellie Walk

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The start of wiffle ball.

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The bride at bat.

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The groom as pitcher.

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The Brits huddle.

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