I know, I know...a month turn-around time for an event blog post is pretty terrible. But I was busy traveling the Mexican Riviera! Cut me some slack! Without further ado, I would like to showcase the lovely bridal shower that transpired on April 15th. When we first started brainstorming, bride Faith had lots of ideas about her Scottsdale, AZ, bridal shower and had a clear vision of what she wanted. She was also very determined to plan the entire thing single-handedly from her home in Michigan. As her wedding planner, I informed her of the help and service I could provide so that she could feel truly "showered" at her party. Faith is detail-oriented and loves having total control (much like myself, which is probably why we have been best friends for 12 years), but she allowed herself to loosen the reigns and see what I could come up with.
Faith's garden brunch vision was full of elegance, bright colors, and clean, modern details. So that's exactly what I created for her. From the gorgeous peach and yellow florals to the gold hand-calligraphy champagne place cards, this shower took the cake! Setting it overlooking the golf course on a crisp, green lawn with tables covered in coconut linens, Faith's vision had come to life.
As guests entered, they were immediately welcomed by a giant custom poster complete with bright florals and gold glitter. They were instructed to leave their gift on the ivy-lined gift table and sign their names on a bottle of sparkling champagne. They found their seats by searching for their name on a gold hand-calligraphy place card sitting on the rim of their champagne flute for the day. With glass in hand, they journeyed to the mimosa bar where they could choose from a variety of juices and fruity garnishments. Hand-passed hors d'oeuvres satisfied guests' hunger until they were seated for a plated brunch at 11:30. A shimmer card stock, custom menu offered guests a selection of various sandwiches and salads complete with a delectable chocolate cake dessert. Laughter and whispers filled the warm Arizona breeze as guests completed the "How Well Do You Know the Bride?" game cards. Bridesmaids occasionally snuck off to take photos against the gorgeous and colorful backdrop of trees, flowers, and greenery. Everyone was then invited to move to the gift-opening arena by way of the dessert table, featuring individually packaged French macaron favors in various colors and homemade baklava, courtesy of the bride's lovely mother. Guests enjoyed another round of mimosas as they watched the bride adorn her ivory rose crown and open her many dazzling gifts.
The staff at the Westin were absolutely stellar and made every hiccup or obstacle seem almost premeditated. Working against unforgiving elements such as sunlight and wind was not an easy task, but was no match for myself and the awesome Westin team. A special thanks to Sally who was a dream to work with and made coordinating everything smooth and fun. And in the words of the beautiful bride-to-be, "At my shower, dreams that I didn't even know I had came true."
Venue and catering: Brittlebush Bar and Grill, The Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, AZ
Planner: The Wedding Therapist LLC
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Favors: Le Macaron French Pastries, Scottsdale, AZ
Canvas: Easy Canvas Prints
Place cards: Everthine Designs
Entry sign: Aquarius Graphics and Web Design
Menu, banners, additional signage, floral crown: The Wedding Therapist LLC
Florals: Trader Joe's
Baklava: Mother of the Bride