venue & catering: Reluctant Panther Inn, Manchester VT
I hope everyone had a fabulous Turkey Day. Not to mention Black Friday and Cyber Monday. How many things have I checked off my holiday list? Zero. Oh well. Instead I’ve been hard at work catching up on posting photos from this summer!
Today I’m sharing photos from Brian and Mary’s rehearsal dinner at the Reluctant Panther Inn in Manchester Vermont. The rehearsal took place the evening before the big day. It was a cozy evening put on by Brian’s parents and it couldn’t have been more perfect.
I lived in Manchester, VT for a year and it’s also where my husband grew up. The year I lived there I trained for Burlington’s Vermont City Marathon and I pretty much ran loops around the whole town all winter. The Panther was one of those places I used to run by and want to go inside. It always looked so cozy! I love the fun purple panther details.
The evening started downstairs in the Inn’s basement tavern. So swanky…
Brian and Mary invited just the wedding party and family for a little pre-dinner gathering. They very sweetly toasted all of their attendants individually and graciously thanked their parents.
The group moved upstairs to meet the rest of the evening’s guests for hors d’oeuvres and dinner. The Inn is super cute in the back too.
Tasty treats and a sun drenched cozy patio.
Brian’s father gave a great roast- I mean toast for Brian. He had the crowd doubled over.
Brian’s Mom was so much fun too.
A few speeches from friends were equally funny…and finally ended a long standing mystery of a hole in the wall that happened while Brian was growing up.
It was a great evening and wonderful warm-up for the wedding. More to come!