There have been moments during our wedding planning process that have been emotional and trying. There have been bumps all over the place (they pop up no matter how hard you try to avoid them) and there have been passionate opinions that are just opposite from mine or his or ours. But we knew they would come, never in what shape or form, but that they were inevitable so we have tried to roll with any punches as best as possible and always just keep trekking forward staying excited for our big day.
Now, our events. Every. single. one we’ve celebrated I was left on cloud nine with tears of happiness pooling in my eyes. My family bridal shower hosted by our moms was no exception. I just smiled the whole entire day. Every joke was funny, every hug was filled with love and at the end of the day I still couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed myself.
The decor was simple. Basically an indoor garden party type of theme with greenery, florals and a little bit of sparkle. The dessert table had a beautiful purple and pink floral tablecloth that was sourced over a year ago and the focus to the entire decor scheme (from Homesense). Ironically, a Homesense tablecloth in beautiful blue hydrangeas was the starting and focal point to my little girl’s Baptism last year (which can be seen here). There is just something about a beautiful table cloth.
The backdrop was a sheer white backdrop with green garland that draped the back. A shiny BRIDE balloon banner brought in the wedding status and pretty purple flowers with greenery popped from the tablecloth. The desserts were equipped with little sparkly love signs and my mom chose a european cake from a local bakery in my favourite raspberry flavour. My mother in law made all the sweets on the table and they were very quickly all the rage (so much so that we have requested one of her famous sweets to be our wedding favours).
My dress was found a few weeks beforehand when I wasn’t even looking and was so perfect (and under $30!). Flowy, light and full of florals. My nails were painted a light purple to match. I wore the exact shoes during our engagement session (seen here) and plan to have them ready for the reception on our wedding night.
There never is a party at my home without labelled water bottles so I quickly just made these the night before to keep the tradition going. A cute little calligraphy font with the exact same watercolor floral image that was used on our invitations was all I added.
The gift opening station was so modern and so beautiful. Textured and shiny folding fans were used as the backdrop and ghost armchairs were used as seating with a blush shrug draped over the bride’s chair. I just love the simplictic but elegant flare this area brought to the party.
There were so many belly laughs at this event as you can see from some of the images. The witty humour from some of my guests is just top notch; including the explanation for this gift wrapped in garbage and recycling bags. Gosh, we had fun.
We entertained two games and both were a riot. One required a lot of guessing and when asked if my dress was modern or traditional there was a LOT of disagreements from those who had a sneak peak. The answer is MODERN but some begged to differ (last time I checked horsehair ruffled bottom was not traditional). The other game was an interactive prize game with wine up for grabs so this was a favourite, obviously. The guests really had a hoot so I’ll make a blog post just for these game ideas soon.
Next is the wedding and I can’t wait to share!