July 27, 2009

{Happy Shower Day!}

July 27, 2009
{My Bridal Shower}

So I promised you that now since our wedding is just around the corner... that I would start sharing a little more of our wedding planning journey. In addition to that, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of our pre wedding celebrations!

This past Saturday was my bridal shower! Planned & coordinated by my sister (and matron of honor) Lauren... My bridal shower was truly a special and memorable day! I was absolutely spoiled! The gifts just kept on coming! More importantly, I felt overwhelmed with love! I truly have the best friends a girl could ask for and the best family ever! So here is a little sneak peek into my journey as a bride!

Here are some pictures from my shower this past Saturday..

Here I am with my friend Jackie...

And here are some of my bridesmaids!

Early on I decided to have just one shower instead having one where I just invited friends & another where I just invited family. I just think it made it a lot of fun this way! There is just something absolutely fun & special about seeing so many generations in one room! Here is a picture of my family doing what we do best....eating, drinking & socializing!

Here is a picture of me and my friend Abigail!

And here is another picture of my bridal party!

After we mingled & nibbled on some food it was time for the games to begin! I had so much playing this game and it's safe to say that my guests did too! We had a lot of laughs! It was tough to find a picture from this shower where I was not smiling!

There was just so much love was in the room! I have the best friends & family!
The Shower Games!
Lauren had asked Brad & I some very specific questions about our dating history, about our relationship about the things we like- and our goal was to match our answers. To add some extra fun, the shower guests were asked to try to predict whether or not I was going to match Brad's answers! I'm happy to say that we matched on most of our answers. Although there were a few that we did miss :) Which of course made the game all the more fun.

And the gifts! Oh the gifts! I was honestly truly blown away by how much I got spoiled! I felt like the gifts just kept on coming! I'll spare you all of the pictures of me holding up my kitchen gadgets! But ...I just had to show you these plates! It's part of an entire outdoor collection! Perfect for summer picnics and BBQ's... I cannot wait to make use of these! And of course I absolutely love the colors!

Here are a couple more pictures of me with my bridal party!

My sister Lauren is in pink! She is the matron of honor & also the one responsible for throwing me such a beautiful bridal shower! I'm in the polka dots!

Here is a picture of the food table! Look at how beautiful it all was! There was definitely no shortage of food! Everyone absolutely raved about all of the good food.

Lauren truly out did herself by creating a special dessert buffet! Keylime cupcakes, buckeyes, chocolate covered strawberries and banana cream cake! Plus check out the adorable candy bar!

Want to see how it all came together? Here are some pre- bridal shower pics as well as some pictures of the shower decor! ♥

This is my mom and my sister at Costco the day before the shower! Lauren ordered specialty flowers from Costco and decided to create all of the centerpieces herself!

Check out this close up of the flowers! She chose pink & white roses, white hydrangea & green mums. Lauren is also holding a piece of the fabric that they used to make handmade table runners. Did I mention that I come from a family of crafty women?

The colors of the flowers were absolutely gorgeous!

Lauren decided to set up an entry table at my shower. My sister displayed two photos of Brad & I plus she had name tags made up in the color palette of the shower! Underneath each name there was a description (For example: mine said Chrissy- Bride-to-be, and my mom's said Dean- Mother of the Bride) This added touch made it nice because it was easy for everyone to know who was who and how they were related to me!

Along with the name tags Lauren also displayed the bridal shower favors. Each guest was invited to take home two homemade soaps. One in the scent of Oatmeal Milk & Honey & the other in the scent of Sage & Lemongrass.

Where did Lauren get the soaps? She made them by hand of course! She's so crafty & creative.
She ordered all of the ingredients online & then purchased some lovely packaging that matched the overall look of the shower. {more pictures & details to come}

And here is a close up of some of the name tags!

The picture frames were absolutely beautiful. And I think it made it special to have a couple of framed pictures of us together.

And here is Lauren as she started making the flower arrangments.

Can you believe that she made this arragement! Isn't it incredible! This one was placed on the main buffet table! Oh how I love those colors!!!! So feminine and summery!

And didn't those table runners turn out absolutely perfect? My sister found some fabric at the store and had my mom make handmade table runners! Talk about attention to detail!

I absolutley love the paisley pattern! So pretty & perfect for a bridal shower!

Here is a close up of the flower arrangements. Lauren even added some crystals here and there to add a bit of bridal bling! Such a beautiful touch!

And these are some more pictures of the main table- before the food had come out! Lauren used mostly white dishes with the exception of some crystals serving platters & a green dish.

Lauren even got some special votive candles to light during the shower! Aren't they the perfect color!

And here is another close up of the table runners that my mom made.

So as you can see...I had an incredibly special shower day! {Stay tuned for more photos! I will be posting the homemade invitations that Lauren made for my shower & some more info on the homemade favors she made}


Ashley said...

Looks like tons of fun! Love the colors.

Miss Adventure said...

How cute! You certainly are a lucky girl!

umama said...

So exciting!!! I love the dessert station! Everything came out gorge! Kudos to your sis!

My Dream Ring said...

Love the decor colors. Looks like a great time was had!

Heather Martin said...

Really pretty & chic!

Bridechka said...

So pretty! Looks like a great time!

Heather said...

So pretty! It sounds like you had fun!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Oh wow. Your shower was so feminine and beautiful. You looked so pretty! :) I love the flowers and all the details, especially your sister and mom being so crafty and making this such a special day for you! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more!

Molly Lou Gifts said...

What a great time. I hope you loved it and it was just what you were hoping for. It looks fantastic and something you will remember always!

Pretty Personal Gifts said...

Beautiful photos! You are going to be a gorgeous bride!

Kudos to all who helped. Especially mom and sister! Talent galore.

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

OK, first of all..., you look lovely!

second, the pics of your bridal party on the stairs are fantastic...

third..., the pics of your fam in Costco? Priceless!!!

You are loved. It's evident!

And those plates rock!!!! (where are they from?)

Jessica said...

I LOVE the colors!

I also love your blog so I posted a link to it on mine :)

K @ Blog Goggles said...

These look so wonderful! Congrats on getting close to the big day :)

P.S. I love your dress!

Sassy Scribbles said...

aaww...you have such amazing friends and family! You all looked gorgeous and havi'n a great time. 'can't wait to see your post on the BIG day!

Mahmood said...

So pretty! Your blog is very nice. The images are very beautiful. God is Great. Best wishes.


Kristin said...

Those table runners are sooooooooo gorgeous!

JandM said...

so exciting! congrats chrissy! the flowers were beautiful!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Enjoyed your blog and all your great pictures....will be back to read more...

Kathy G said...

Looks like everyone had a great time. The colors are simply gorgeous, and your sister had a lot of great details and special touches.

Carly said...

your shower looked lovely! Your sister did a great job with the flowers :]