For this unique shower, bridesmaid and videographer Kaylyn of Pulley Productions recruited some of her favorite Oklahoma vendors to throw a gorgeous rustic barn bridal shower for best friend Kasee. My favorite unique touch was the mobile boutique, Cargo Room, that Kaylyn brought out for the day. When the guests arrived, they were ushered into the shop to find their look for the event, each choosing a gorgeous lace purple or navy dress to wear for the shower. The result was some pretty stunning pictures taken in the fields surrounding McGranahan Barn. A beautiful handmade wood farm table was set with vintage china and the guests enjoyed a picture-perfect spread of treats, including mini blackberry pies and chocolate-dipped macaroons. With a copper Moscow mule mug in hand, the ladies also crafted flower crowns to complete their outfits. I can’t get over all the stunning little details in this shower, gorgeously captured by Alex Dugan Photography. Check out the full list of fabulous vendors below.
Terrain garden shop in Glen Mills, PA, has gained quite a reputation as the perfect wedding or party venue for the rustic vintage bride. A restored antique greenhouse and lodge are the epitome of modern farmhouse decor: raw barnwood interiors, weathered industrial furnishings, sparkling patio lights and plenty of gorgeous florals in vintage fixtures. At this rustic vintage bridal shower, white china vessels were filled with vibrant greens and white blooms for the perfect fresh bridal look. Guests enjoyed a local seasonal menu including flower pot bread, vegetable crepes and warm fruit hand pies while photographer Brittani Elizabeth was there to capture every detail.
Photography: Brittani Elizabeth Photography | Venue: Terrain
A well-done party theme has the power to transport you, say, from the streets of Toronto to the French countryside. And this chic styled shoot is the perfect example, as a group of talented vendors created the feeling of wandering through the flower and antique markets in Paris. The keys to this effect are the abundance of spring blooms and the thoughtfully selected vintage pieces that add character and charm to the space. Soft seasonal colors take center stage with bouquets of tulips, hydrangea and garden roses spilling out of silver urns and an amazing orchid display filling a wrought-iron birdcage. The showstopping floral work on the cake seamlessly blends into the garden setting—the petals practically look real!
One of the defining moments in my relationship with my boyfriend, Andrew, was a trip we took to Iceland after only a few months of dating. From exploring glaciers and hiking by waterfalls to almost stranding our rental car on the black sand beach, the adventure brought us close together. So when I saw this Adventure Awaits travel bridal shower captured by photographer and the bride’s future sister-in-law Aly Carroll, I was immediately smitten. Bride Natalie’s bridesmaids and family rummaged through their houses for vintage suitcases, cameras and globes to set the world-traveling mood. Each table centerpiece included a tag marking a milestone or special memory in the couple’s relationship, from their first date to running a triathlon together in Lima, Peru. Guests enjoyed a yogurt and treat bar complete with berry baskets and a nude cake from The Bake Shoppe (love this trend, by the way—down with fondant!). Even the games had an international theme, as guests were challenged to translate different words and phrases based on the theme of “love.” Me encanta!
Photography: Aly Carroll Photography | Invitations: BeyondDigital | Florals and Event Design: Shelly Sarver Designs | Cupcakes: Mama CT’s Cupcakes | Cake: The Bake Shoppe | Venue: Evangelical Covenant Church, Des Moines | Decor: Target, Hobby Lobby, vintage items from family and friends
Channeling a time when cocktails and fancy dress went hand in hand, this happy hour shower is both glamorous and intimate all at once. The inspiration for this vintage bridal shower’s blush and metallic color palette and midcentury vibe came from bride Lauren’s collection of gilded vintage glassware, as well as her striking vintage V-back dress. Lauren’s business partner and friend, Rachel of Sweet Root Village, lined the fireplace with tall mirrored vases overstuffed with soft coral, pale pink and fuchsia roses. Guests at this “little black dress gathering” were greeted with a hand-lettered name tag for their glass of honey green tea fizz or raspberry wine zinger. Rachel explains how the shower’s showstopper—Lauren’s stunning oversized corsage—came to be.
“Lauren bought this beautiful vintage dress that for a time she planned to use as her wedding gown. She had it altered to have more of a cap sleeve, with a low back and a pencil-skirt bottom. The style was very old-fashioned and classy and corsages were all the rage back in the day. Corsages were definitely a bit larger in the past, so we tried to go in that direction but even more so, creating a cross between a typical corsage and a flower crown. Lauren built it herself and we attached it carefully to her dress.” –Rachel, Sweet Root Village
Some things just make you smile. Like grilled cheese…from a food truck…in your backyard. Which happened at this kitschy-cute 50s housewife bridal shower in sunny Miami, Florida. MOH Jessica chose shades of tiffany blue and rose red to tie the retro chic theme together, from the stunning cake display by Sugar Me Knot to the checkered aprons given out as shower game prizes. Guests enjoyed nostalgic treats at the candy bar before ordering up custom grilled cheese sandwiches from the Ms. Cheezious food truck. Bride Melissa is positively glowing in these snaps captured by bridesmaid Amanda from Lovely Bee Creative.
It’s all about old-fashioned charm at this tea party shower for bride Brianna in San Juan Capistrano, California. Each guest picked out a colorful hat to get in the spirit and enjoyed tea and cakes at the Tea House on Los Rios surrounded by kitschy-cute floral wallpaper straight out of your grandmother’s living room. The feeling is old-timey cool and oh-so cozy. The photography by Michelle at MK Studios adds to the vibe as the warm yellow lighting evokes vintage photographs. (My favorite detail: the literal shower going on in the clawfoot bathtub outside. Love it!)