August 31, 2010

Scenes from a Bridal Shower


My bridal shower was this weekend and it was such fun! It is rare that I get to be with all my female relatives at once and the chance to unite them with Chris's lady loved ones made me even more happy. Although things weren't logistically perfect (parking was an issue because of a nearby street festival we weren't informed about; the seating arrangements were disorganized due to an overwhelmed staff; and the service was slow because the space gave us one fewer server than we were promised for our number of guests) I had an amazing time and felt emotional overwhelm because of all the love and support in the room.


It was thrilling to be surrounded by so many women I adore and their generosity, enthusiasm, and love floored me. I don't know how to adequately let them know how meaningful the day was for me but I hope (as I draft the many thank you notes that I am excited to write) my gratitude was as evident in the moment as it will be in my follow-up correspondence. As an aside, I just love hand written thank you notes. It surprises me that they are becoming such a rarity, with many people opting instead to print canned text onto photo cards. The ghost of Emily Post must be rolling...


I was especially impressed by my little sister who is my Maid of Honor. We are ten years apart and I joked for years when she would ask "when are you getting married?" that I couldn't do so until she was mature enough to execute a shower as my maid of honor. It seemed like she took my gentle ribbing seriously because she was so incredibly organized and poised. Her decision to follow in the footsteps of my very creative and thoughtful schoolteacher mother comes as no surprise. She will make a wonderful teacher just as my mom has! Every time I went home to visit her and my folks, both of them would tell me with such excitement about where they were in the planning process. Although I am used to my mom's ability to execute a party, I am astounded by the woman my sister has become and I couldn't be more proud of her. 


By the time Chris arrived, I was tearing up (for the second time... I full on cried at least once and maybe twice. It is a bit of a blur haha!) and he hugged me reassuringly. My bridal attendant friend Rachel (who originally introduced us!) told us to take a funny photo with the canvas picture of ourselves.


As you can see I wore an Anthropologie ensemble. Bold Boutonnière with Cartography Cardigan. I decided to wear some purple satin flats since my color is purple. The no cut cake was so delicious. I love Bethel Bakery!! And although the service issues at the restaurant produced some challenges, I thought the food was very good. All in all, it was a great time and I am reminded again of how fortunate I am. I have so much to be grateful for and a lot to look forward to. This song plays on a continual loop as I think about all this.
No wonder I get overwhelmed and cry more often now...

16 comments:

Cat said...

Everything looks absolutely lovely! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. I could feel the emotion in the post. Congrats!! And, wow, your sister and you look just alike.

Cat said...

Everything looks absolutely lovely! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. I could feel the emotion in the post. Congrats!! And, wow, your sister and you look just alike.

Cat said...

Everything looks absolutely lovely! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. I could feel the emotion in the post. Congrats!! And, wow, your sister and you look just alike.

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

Your ensemble looks beautiful! I'm so glad you're enjoying this special time!

I agree with Cat - you are your sister look so much alike! I knew immediately that's who it was even before reading your post!

Tien said...

Aww, what a beautiful event. It's wonderful that you didn't let all the things that were not planned interfere with your enjoyment of the event.

Your family look beautiful, you look beautiful. Actually, you're positively radiant. The Bold B. (I can't remember how to spell it right now) looks phenomenal on you, and I don't think I'd ever get sick of seeing you in it.

Congrats, Jess! I've been waiting to see your wedding dress for months now!

Heather said...

What a beautiful event! It looks you had a wonderful time and your sister sounds so nice. Very happy for you!

goldenmeans said...

Oh, your shower looks like it was lovely Jess. Yay for your sister for putting together something so nice. She must be so excited -- I remember I was so overwhelmed with happiness and energy at my own brother's wedding :) And the picture with you and your mother and her is wonderful! (And I love your mother's dress ;)).

gee said...

you two are so cute. everything looked wonderful!!! i love your outfit you picked out.
i was married on Oct 11th 2008.. :)
xoox

DiamondsandTulle said...

Looks like a great time and I love what you wrote about your sister. My sister is 8 yrs younger and we're BFF's. Love your ensemble!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Kim said...

It looks like your shower was just lovely Jess - I'm so happy for you!
It's so wonderful that you felt such love and support from all the women there- how truly special! I'm so glad you're enjoying the whole wedding process. Congrats again!

robina said...

Your thoughts about your little sis made me tear up! I am so glad you had a lovely day.

You will not be surprised to not Objects of my Affection is a total post-Wren song for me. :)

Dea said...

You look so happy and loved, so so nice that everyone was able to attend for your special day. Congrats on the upcoming event and I love what you wore for the bridal shower! Oh, and you and Chris are so cute together!

A Stylized Hysteria said...

Awww, adorable! You're turning me into a sappy romantic with all your wedding talk! It looks (and sounds) like it was great fun, and the photo of your mother, your sister, and you is really beautiful. Your mom is so classy and chic!

It sucks that the staff there wasn't as helpful as they should have been. My parents have run a catering company for years and when I think of the work that they put into accommodating every desire and need of the customers (and the extra work they do), it pisses me off that other companies don't work as hard for people's special occasions.

Desert Flower said...

Jess, you look beautiful :)

Desert Flower said...

Jess, you look beautiful :)

Allie said...

You look amazing. Glowing!

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