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Real Weddings Follow-Up: Morgan and Drew, Rehearsal Dinner

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Are you in love with Morgan and Andrew's wedding? I'm guessing you are, since we certainly were. Are you curious what they did the night before, with all their guests, in picturesque Maine? Thought so. Well, you're in luck. Thanks to their photographer, Mr. Haack, there are great snapshots from the celebration. Click through to see how the evening unfolded, and read on for the scoop on everything!

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After a brief rehearsal with the bridal party and family, which was led by the couple's event planner, Jesi Haack, the group went over to Beach Rose Farm House, which is adjacent to the wedding venue, French's Point. Embracing the location's beautiful terrace (complete with fire pit), the gathering was held al fresco. Everyone in the wedding party along with anyone staying at the Farm House or the cottage next door were invited to the cook out (which was pretty much everyone who was in town early for the weekend). The menu consisted of "backyard cook out" style food and guests enjoyed it while sitting at huge picnic tables. The only real formality was when the bride's brother said grace as everyone joined hands. In keeping with tradition, bridal party gifts were doled out, including knit ties for the ushers, zip-up hoodies with the word "Maine" on them and a few packs of stickers for the groomtots, monogrammed tie clips for the groomsmen, gold beaded necklaces for the bridesmaids, a tie clip for the father-of-the-bride (who was also treated to a custom summer hat), earrings for the mother-of-the-bride (who also later received a Kitchenaid mixer, which was a fitting gift for the baker and candy maker).

The bride and groom received a pair of presents of their own, from Jesi. She gave Morgan a heart clip which she immediately put in hair, and Andrew a wooden bow tie—which he also immediately put on! Perfect accessories for their ensembles! Morgan sported a one-shouldered Shoshanna dress with a blue jeweled accents, Dolce Vita platform sandals, and Vera Bradley sunglasses. Morgan donned Gant Rugger summer chinos, a Fred Perry button down shirt, Zara shoes, and a pair of Robert Marc shades.

The rehearsal dinner slowly turned into a bonfire party, complete with s'mores and Disney song sing-a-longs by the fire ("that's normal, right?" Morgan laughs). Family and friends partied into the night, relocating into the game room of the house, for card games and ping pong tournaments, while the bride-to-be skipped these late-night festivities and opted to go to bed "early" so she'd be well-rested for her big day.

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