Chances are someone is planning a bridal shower for you in the near future. So, either be bold and forward our next feature to them - or have your computer set to this page when your bestie comes over. You could even put a post it on the screen that says hint hint.
Luckily, Lil Hoot goes into full detail on how she planned this shower for her cousin Ashly, making it a little easier for your friends to whip something out like this for you. Ashly loves the beach and the seaside, so Sarah wanted the shower to incorporate the seaside without being too trite. She also isn't your typical bride and was not comfortable with the traditional shower concept. Instead, a "cocktail hour shower" announcing "one less lovely fish in the sea" was the theme of the day. How cute is that? We also have to mention that both Sarah and Ashly's dresses are so so cute. They both have scalloped edges to go with the whole mermaid theme. Read on for all the details from Lil Hoott and enjoy the pretty pictures from one of our favorite Hand Picked Photographers White Loft Studio, be sure to check out the White Loft Studio Hand Picked Page.
Chocolate Creative Design, created the beautiful invites. Lucinda illustrated a darling mermaid holding a cocktail which was then printed with gold foil on the invites, complimenting the pink, coral and aqua color scheme. The RSVP was to go to the "mermaid of honor". Envelopes were lined with an aqua and gold glittered scallop pattern.
The scallop pattern, bubbles and mermaids were to be found everywhere from the pattern of my mom's stone patio to the cocktail napkins. Lucinda created a custom stamp for the napkins with the mermaid from the invite and the don ho lyrics 'tiny bubbles in the wine, make me happy, make me feel fine". Guests were served pink champagne in aqua and blush champagne flutes with gold and pink pom pom swizzle sticks . . . and a gold 'holla' sign was the focal point of the bar.
Cast iron mermaid bottle openers served as favors with a pablo picasso quote - 'love is the greatest refreshment of all' These were hung from the chandelier above the bar. Of course we found out where she found this clever mermaid accessory. You can purchase them at Pottery Barn here.
The dessert table by Lil Hoot is simply dreamy!
The gurgling cod was used for the floral centerpiece, which was composed of coral charm peonies and other gorgeous blooms, also a gift to the bride to be. Florals designed by Petal Floral Design Vintage jadeite shell and cake stands to display pink champagne and mint macarons, the gold-dusted seashell and starfish cookies(made by Sugar On Top), very homemade cupcakes, and a delicate scalloped cake with a peony fondant topper also graced the table. Sequined linens gave a shimmery seaside effect on both the bar and and sweets table.
Steal Worthy Hostess Tip:
Sarah enlisted all of Ashly's actual wedding vendors to help with the shower. From White Loft Studio, Petal Floral Design and sugar on top to Chocolate Creative Design. A great tip when looking for vendors tot help out with the event.
There were multiple surprises in store for Ashly. Her best friend from DC flew in for the event - White Loft Studio of course captured the reaction of the elated bride perfectly. Which brings me to my next surprise- Heidi of White Loft Studio, herself! Ashly is thrilled to have her shoot her October wedding on Nantucket so her presence at the shower made her so happy, and even happier when we saw the pictures.
Photographer: White Loft Studio
Event Design: Lil Hoot
Dress Designer: BHLDN
Floral Design: Petal Floral Design
Stationery: Chocolate Creative Design
Macarons C. Crowell Confections
Cookies: Sugar On Top
Holla Sign:Oh Dier
Linens: La Tavola
Fondant Peony: Sugar & Stripes, Co.
mermaids sign:By The Seashore