The Bridal Shower!

And just as quickly as it started, it seemed like it ended – we all had a load of fun. ¬†The food was amazing, the decor looked great and I was happy with the favors I doled out. ūüôā

Here are the photos as promised, that I said I would provide in order to make all my latest DIY posts make sense. ¬†Please feel free to email me if you’d like to know anything specific that I didn’t cover in the post. ¬†Enjoy!

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ITEMS SHOWN IN SLIDESHOW:

Handmade Paper Party Garlands, post from 3/29/12

Personalized Candy Favors, post from 3/24/12

Personalized Teacup Candle Favors, post from 3/11 & 3/14/12

Personalized Matchboxes, post from 3/17/12

Planted Moss & Succulent Table Centerpieces, post from 10/17/11

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Sister in-law’s wedding

In July we were part of the most beautiful Napa wedding, for one of my Sister in-laws. ¬†The whole thing was gorgeous, and it is always a party when your extended family can make it!! ¬†I volunteered to do the flowers for the event, and a day before the event I got to work on those in my garage. ¬†Each bouquet turned out gorgeous, though I must say I was most proud of the calla lily hand-tied bouquet she carried. ¬†It was simple and stunning, just like her! ¬†ūüôā ¬†Alas, I need to get better about taking my own photos of my own work. ¬†That way I could’ve shown you all how gorgeous the blue hydrangea-yellow-rose-baby’s breath creations were.

Funny story, well – no, no it wasn’t funny at the time at all. ¬†I devised that I could put the bouquets and boutonierres in clear plastic cups with a slight bit of water, inside a large cooler for transport and overnight storage. ¬†(side note, hydrangeas are high maintenence and need both alum and water or they will wilt immediately.) ¬†It worked brilliantly, until we got to the reception location which also served as the pre-ceremony get-ready spot. ¬†I had leftover flowers, and was greeted by some of the staff in an area that was for event prep. ¬†It housed three refrigerators and a few long tables. ¬†One of the staffers said to me “that fridge is empty, if you’d like to put the flowers there”. ¬†I thought, brilliant, let’s do that. ¬†I adjusted the shelf height, loaded them in, and was off to the rehearsal dinner! ¬†The next morning was interesting. ¬†A last minute bouquet for my oldest daughter/flower girl, a bouquet for the offering, and boutonierres were made right down to the wire. ¬†My parents were attending the wedding, so my mom helps me load stuff up. ¬†I’ll admit it was bright out, and the prep spot wasn’t well-lit. ¬†I load the cooler into the back of our truck, and pop it open to put extra floral tape in it – heyyy, why is that hydrangea looking a little dark? ¬†Open the cooler further and my mouth drops to my feet. ¬†Full panic attack – the plastic cups have ice in them. ¬†Try to remove a bouquet – and a circle of ICE pops out of the cup! ¬†The stems are frozen… breathe. ¬†BREATHE!! ¬†I immediately pull a cardinal sin and put all the flowers in full sun, hoping for a miracle. ¬†What? ¬†It’s time to leave?? ¬†But…. then it becomes crystal clear to me that the bouquet for my daughter and the boutonierres are fine since I made them an hour ago. ¬†I just need to focus on the bridesmaids bouquets. ¬†Fortunately the bride’s Callas look amazing, just like yesterday. ¬†So, I start hacking away at the blue hydrangeas that suffered the most damage with a pair of scissors. ¬†All while CURSING that staffer. ¬†I should have just left everything in the cooler like I planned. ¬†Oh well. ¬†Enter: arriving at the church. ¬†I pull the cooler to the front steps and dole out the boutonierres and bouquets, after I have literally reduced them by half and frankensteined them together in some cases. ¬†I believe I literally said to most of the other bridesmaids (yes, I was one), “this is the back of your bouquet – don’t turn it, ever.” ¬†This would be why there are very few flower shots of the bridesmaids. ¬†To top it all off, the wedding coordinator (who I found a little “off”) pinned every groomsman’s boutonierre crooked, and stuck the pin through the actual rose. ¬†Not through the stem like everyone else who attended a prom would have done. ¬†Including the grooms’. ¬†Are you kidding me? ¬†So the rose is really going to like that around 5pm… Almost every picture the flower is tilted sideways. ¬†I mean, I hounded that photographer… “can you just let me fix that please?” ¬†Kind of embarrassed. ¬†But, all in all it was fine. ¬†It was beautiful. ¬†Everything was gorgeous. ¬†Especially after the bar opened up.

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