Good Morning! After a frantic couple of days in Seattle in which I ran around like a headless chicken picking up last minute items for the wedding, returning impulse purchases, crafting, mailing, packing, etc, etc. I am finally in Calistoga! I planned for my summer internship to end a week before the wedding so I would have an entire week to relax and finish up wedding details in Calistoga before the big day. I can be a bit high strung. I actually cried every year I went to prom because something little would go wrong or wouldn’t work out and it threw me into a bit of a panic. However, I am determined not to allow something little to take away the joy from my wedding day. Combatting control issues and/or anxiety is not an easy process but I know that by allowing myself to enjoy a few laid back days prior to the rush of family, friends, and activity I am more likely to be in the right mental state to combat any hiccups.
Today I want to share photos from my bridal shower on July 15th. My Mom hosted the most lovely pool party for the fabulous ladies in my life and my maid of honor (& best friend) Nicole surprised me by hiring Madeleine to come and take photos at the shower. I planned the date of the shower back in February and crossed my fingers that Washington weather would comply so we could have a pool party. Well, Washington-you delivered! The day of my bridal shower was 90 degrees and sunny. Though I am normally someone who prefers to be poolside rather than in the pool, even I had to jump in (a few times, actually!)
My Mom and friends worked so hard to give me a beautiful shower. I actually think the shower was great practice for the wedding day because it made me realize how awkward I am as the center of attention. I was so happy to see friends that are making the trek down to Napa Valley for the wedding, as well as family members who sadly are not able to make it.
I wore a dress I picked up from BHLDN several months back. I loved the delicate blue ribbons, subtle girly-pattern and and pearl buttons up the back. Very bridal am I right? Sadly, my exact dress is no longer available but there are so many cute little white dresses (on SALE) at BHLDN for any other brides to be.
My bikini seems is totally a summer blogger-classic. I didn’t branch out or invent the wheel here! I eyed the white scalloped piece for a few months before deciding my bachelorette and bridal shower were the perfect excuse to pull the trigger. I personally love that the bottoms provide a little bit more coverage than my average bikini (perfect for when you’re frolicking around the yard in front of your Grandma and future mother-in-law). Since the bikini top & bottom are sold as separates you can mix and match different scalloped styles to cater to your individual body type and preferences. I personally also LOVE this top and this one piece by the same designer.
One of my favorite portions of the bridal shower, was a game organized by my maid of honor in which all the guests wrote a piece of marriage advice on a slip of paper and I picked my favorite. I loved taking a moment to read everyone’s tips and tricks. Some of the advice was silly, most of it was heartfelt and some of it was a little dirty, ha! I saved every scrap of advice and plan to save it to look back on and remember the wise women in my life.
I am so grateful for my friends and family for throwing me such a fun backyard bridal shower. The day was the perfect summer party filled with yummy drinks, good people and even a photoshoot.
Wish me luck over the next week, hopefully, I’ll be lying in the sun reading a few trashy gossip mags and relaxing with my cousin Genevieve until guests start to arrive in Calistoga.