you’re just a product of loveliness

As my sister’s Matron of Honor, I had the wonderful privilege of planning her bridal shower. Luckily, I could assume I would be her Matron of Honor before she even asked because the minute I found out that BK popped the big question, I immediately started plans for the shower. I just couldn’t help myself.

The idea for a theme came to me instantly and it was perfect. When you have a perfect theme in mind, it’s hard not to get too themey, so hopefully I didn’t go overboard.

The shower was in Brooklyn, where ALL of their wedding planning has been based. Her bridesmaid Jess graciously hosted us at her home and it was the perfect setting. I think all the girls enjoyed themselves, and I know Lisa did. But I don’t know if they had as much fun attending as I had planning the whole thing!

My planning all started with the theme: Pride and Prejudice

This theme was perfect in multiple ways. The book is Lisa’s favorite and is published by Penguin – her employer since she’s lived in New York. Lisa’s always loved books and works with them everyday, so why not have a book theme? PLUS Jane Austen is classic feminine, romantic literature, and you gotta have LOVE center stage when it comes to weddings. Pride and Prejudice is beautiful, yet smart—just like my sister.

First, I started with designing and mailing the invitations.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

I also had a little fun in Photoshop turning a picture of Lisa into a Jane Austen book cover. It provided for a few good laughs at the shower.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Here are some of the details of the decor and gifts. (Etsy was very helpful in this department.)

The letterpress card I gave Lisa (from Pearl & Marmalade):

Lisa's Bridal Shower

A Christmas ornament to adorn her gift (from Brookish Handmade Goods):

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Another card that all the girls signed as a guestbook (A Jane Austen quote AND bunting!) from A Darling Day:

Lisa's Bridal Shower

And as part of the centerpiece, a framed print of a Pride and Prejudice quote (also from Brookish):

Lisa's Bridal Shower

I printed a bunch of pictures of Lisa and BK, mixed in some pictures from the movie and some quotes from the book, and strung them on a clothesline across Jess’s fireplace and above her sofa.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

My mom took care of the food and put together a lovely spread of roasted shrimp, bruschetta, arugula salad, fruit salad, and two types of quiches.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

The gorgeous coconut cake was courtesy of Katie, one of Lisa’s bridesmaids and long-time friend.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

After mingling and eating, it was time for a game! I put together a little quiz about Lisa with some movie quotes mixed in for fun. The movie quotes ended up being a bit harder than I thought!

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Katie was the winner of the prize – a copy of Pride and Prejudice, a mug bearing a P&P quote (from Caffe Tempo), and some English tea.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Then it was time for some gifts!

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

As Lisa opened each gift, her friend would ask her a question that BK had to answer and she had to guess what BK’s answer was. Some were quite funny.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Part of my gift to Lisa was a personalized copy of Pride and Prejudice. Penguin.com lets you upload a picture and customize a note to be added inside the front cover of some of their classic books.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

We ended the day with Katie’s coconut cake and a group shot.

Lisa's Bridal Shower

Lisa's Bridal Shower

I had so much fun putting everything together and spending the day with Lisa and her friends. It was a quick trip to New York, but I’ll be back again in a few weeks for Lisa’s bachelorette party, and then a few weeks after that for the wedding! It’s coming fast!

See the rest of my pictures from the shower on Flickr.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson

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me and my cousins and you and your cousins

Over 4th of July weekend, we drove down to Missouri to see Drew’s relatives and to celebrate two upcoming weddings in the family – Aaron (Drew’s cousin) and Chrissy and Kari and Brett – by having a joint wedding shower at his uncle’s house. It gave us a chance to see a lot of family – aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins’ babies. Yes, there are a lot of babies. Actually more toddlers than babies. Three were born within 3 weeks of each other last year, so they’ve all just turned 1! And boy are they cute!

Layne

Avery

Molly

We watched some fireworks launched by the neighbors, which looked more like a big city production than backyard firecrackers.

Played some shuffleboard…

On the 4th, we got together for the wedding shower. Had some great food and played a game. We broke into teams to answer trivia questions about the couples. Of course our team won after answering most questions right. Since we won, Drew and I had to go head to head against Kari and Brett to see which couple could tear open a pack of powdered donuts with our teeth and eat all 4 donuts the fastest – all while having our hands tied behind our backs! By the time Drew and I teared open the package, I looked over at Kari and Brett and they already had all 4 donuts in their mouths. They were serious competitors.

The bride (right) and her Matron of Honor (and cousin) Annie

The soon-to-be-wed couple

Then it was time for the couples to open presents!

All the while, the kids were running around the yard and helping open presents. They had fun playing on a new toy – an airplane teeter-totter. Even the “big kids” got in on the fun!

We had a blast with everyone and it was a great way to continue a busy, but fun summer. We’re looking forward to Aaron and Chrissy’s wedding in KC in August, and then Kari and Brett’s in IL in September! See the rest of my pictures of the weekend on Flickr.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Cousins” by Vampire Weekend

maybe the sun will shine today

Last weekend I traveled down to Effingham for my friend Stefanie’s bridal shower. The shower was hosted by her soon-to-be mother-in-law and was mostly for Adam’s side of the family. My friend Michelle and I went since we missed her first shower up here in the ‘burbs. Her sister (and maid of honor) Jessica went as well. The four of us girls drove down together in a horrible storm that followed us the entire way. We got to the hotel at about 11pm after driving through rain and major lightning.

But the next morning was a clear spring day and the shower was lovely! Adam has a very large family, so there were just a few aunts and cousins and friends at the shower. Not sure where Adam and Stef are going to put all their gifts in their Chicago apartment. I’ve been in the same predicament – I’m still trying to consolidate boxes from my wedding two years ago.

Nothing fun to report from this Memorial Day weekend – I spent all weekend doing homework. So I’m actually pretty glad this weekend is wrapping up and I have a 4 day week that will hopefully go by quickly. Three more weeks of school folks! Plus, I’m looking forward to celebrating my 2-year wedding anniversary!