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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Femme De Bridal Shower

Hello again lovelies! 

I am so excited to share some photos from my bridal shower two weeks ago because I love them so much and I love how it all came together! It was everything I wanted and much more! Every moment was wonderful and I really felt so absolutely loved and cherished afterwords. I really could not ask for better human beings in my life and I feel so grateful. 

First off...a  HUGE thanks to my talented friend Angela for taking photos for me! It gave me peace of mind knowing that I could enjoy without worrying I have to capture all the entire day. Some of you insta peeps may know her as @themanysidesofang but her business profile is @jugonphotography so make sure to check it out for more gorgeous photography! 

So I know technically other people plan a shower for you and to an extent my mom did that...however, my control issues and the vision I had for the theme led me to do a little more than I probably needed to for the shower. Honestly though I enjoyed EVERY minute of the planning, especially when it came to the decor, so I have no regrets! My only regret is my anxiety prior to the event, which was a quite unnecessary and led to my first bridezilla moment -_- I guess it was bound to happen at some point but ugh! Melanie! I have since forgiven myself and so have my bridesmaids/anyone else who was in the crossfire and I am hoping that another moment does not occur between now and August 26th =P 

So the theme...Paris! Of course...because I'm FEMME de bloom! I chose this theme because I adore french desserts (macarons! eclairs!), the eiffel tower, french music (Edith Piaf! Serge Gainsbourg!Jacques Brel!), french writers/philosophers (Jacques Derrida! Victor Hugo!) and much MORE! I even had a ridiculous obsession with Jacques Cousteau as a child because of my marine life preoccupation. So duh, this theme was a no brainer. 

First, decor photos!

For the centerpieces, I chose these gorgeous gold Eiffel tower statues from Amazon.com paired with flowers arranged by one of my two maids of honor, Suzette! Suzette is super talented and will be helping me with the centerpieces for my wedding as well. For any of my fellow Lula Roe fans, you should check out Suzette and her sisters LulaRoe FB page here!
                      Eiffel Tower Centerpieces: Amazon                 
Flowers: Costco and Albertons :)
White lace planter: Oriental Trading

Advice for the bride jar that my other maid of honor Jade got me as a gift last year!

Of COURSE the photo backdrop had to match the theme! My only regret is not getting a large backdrop or doubling it because it did not fit fully in a picture. Oh well, what can ya do?
Lace backdrop: Joann's
Paper fans: Michael's
"She Said Oui" Banner: Party Perfect Boutique on Etsy 

My bubbly bar! I love it so much! We had champagne and three different types of juice and fruit to mix it with. Mimosa heaven!

Bubbly bar banner: UrEnvitedToo on Etsy 

I love these swizzle sticks so much! Another Amazon find available here.

Close up of the mimosa bar!

 Cups and straws also from Amazon! I have no self-control and prime shipping so it's a bad combo.

Now for the lunch menu!

 No French themed party is complete with croissants!
Yummy veggie platter brought by one of my bridesmaids Jamie and the fruit salad was made by my future mother-in-law! I need to learn how to do this watermelon thing cause y'all know they are my fave!!

And on to dessert!

Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes my bff Jade and I made with strawberry frosting! I had cupcake toppers that were so cute but I think someone forgot to put them out and I was having too much fun to notice! ha ha!

Chocolate covered strawberries made by my beautiful mother!

Macaron and French pastry heaven thanks to my future sister-in-law Sylvia!

The dessert table!

Tablecloth, banner and cupcake holder: Amazon
Trays: Daiso Japan
Lollipops: Party City

We put together a little station in front of the photo backdrop so people could take polaroids and tape them into the guest book and write a little note.
Guest book: Amazon

One of the several games we played at the shower! Guessing the ages of me and my fiancée. This had a couple hiccups because I wrote down the wrong ages for some and everyone started debating! But I had a blast either way! This was designed by one of my super talented bridesmaids Mayra!
Now...on to the guests..and my OOTD of course!

Bein' cute with a photo prop =P

I was sooooo excited to wear this dress!
Dress: Vera Wang for David's Bridal
Bride Idiom Bangle: Kate Spade

Me in my true form
First and foremost, my most important bridal shower guest and the wonderful human who hosted the party: my MOM. This woman is my best friend, my role model, and literally one of the most beautiful people I know. She was so amazing throughout the process of planning the shower and is still helping me so much with wedding plans! I love her to death!!!!!

My bridesmaids! Minus my beauty Shaudi who lives in New York and was not able to make it! I almost considered photoshopping her in because it was not the same without her! But you'll see her very soon on the blog because we have the bachelorette party coming up, woo!
I am so thankful to these bee bees for coming early to help me set up and for helping pack up after the party was over. I am so lucky to be surrounded by so much LOVE. Also can we talk about how good looking my friends are? Sorry, NOT SORRY!
From left: Roxy, Jamie, Mayra, Jade, Suzette, Gilda, and Ashley!

 Because this is how we roll

 My maid and matron of honor, Jade and Suzette. So thankful to these beauties for their hard work and support!
If it wasn't for my Etsy shop and Instagram, I never would have met the lovely ladies in this picture. Thanks to our shared love for Disney (and so much more) I have made some amazing, wonderful, extremely supportive friends who I am so thankful for!
Top from left: Christina (@nerdpoppins), Patty (@iamtheampersand), Amanda (@mandapete), April (@la_velvet_belle), Kitty (@kittypackard)
Bottom from left: Lydia (@bluelydia), Jasmine (@sugarsweetswing) and Angela the photographer extraordinaire! (@themanysidesofang)

I had to make a collage of these photos because it really captures how much friggin FUN I had! Also Patty's dress :) Paris yessss!

More perfect pics taken by Angela! (@jugonphotography)
Of course, a photo with my galentine Tisha (@teamsparkle) whose friendship and support I am so thankful for! She's a pink pastel QUEEN.

Friends & family!
Top left: my cousin and 2nd cousin Bahareh and Hasti
Top Right: One of my four wonderful aunts on my dad's side of the family
Bottom Left: Two of my gorgeous and brilliant friends from school Liz and Carissa
Bottom Right: My maid of honor and her sister Lexus, Lexus's daughter Delaney and Suzette's mom Martina, who I have known since high school and they are like family to me!
A couple more with friends & family!
Top left: with Camellia who I have been friends with for years!
Top right: Jilla or aka Jilla "Joon" :) , who I've known my entire life and I consider one of my aunts! She is also the mom of one of my bridesmaid's, Shaudi!
Bottom left: the beautiful Juliette, who I consider my cousin because I have know HER her entire life =P and she's an honorary bridesmaid he he!
Bottom right: Hoda and Shirin, also like family! I have known them my entire life as well and Shirin and I grew up together!
There are so many pictures I'm missing so if anyone reading this attended the shower and has some SEND THEM OVER PLEASE I LOVE YOU!
Thank you so much for reading this ridiculously long post - I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed putting this post together!
<3 Until next time!

1 comment:

  1. First of all congratulations girl! your pictures turned out really nice and you look beautiful. but that centerpiece though, it really stole the show! Good luck!