#WeddingWednesday : My Wine Tasting Bridal Shower

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This past weekend I was treated to the most wonderful, thoughtful and generous bridal shower by my family friends. They opened their beautiful home to a great group of guests, and treated us all to my idea of a good time – a wine tasting themed bridal shower. No typical girly baking party for me; the way to my heart is a glass of rosé and a cheese plate. Scroll through and you can see the delicious spread, from their famed pesto pasta to a bruschetta bar to the most beautiful and delicious lemon cake. Everyone decorated their own wine glass with glass pens, and took home favors of wine wipes (for your teeth!) and Napa themed bar towels. It was truly an amazing day and I was fortunate to have such great friends and family join in on the celebration.

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The picture above cracks me up because that’s my mom and I laughing and making the exact same face! What a trip to see generational similarities like this-I’m sure there will be many more to come as the wedding gets closer.

We had an amazing time, and I can’t wait to see everyone again at my wedding. If you like my dress, check back in tomorrow to see where it came from!

Navy & Yellow Bridal Shower

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This past weekend I had the pleasure to co-host a Bridal Shower for one of my best friends, Erin. The other host, Ashley, came up with a great idea for a paper crafts theme, since the Bride is known for making amazing handmade cards for all of her friends. We decided on a Navy and yellow color scheme, with pops of gold and silver metallics. Ashley did such an amazing job with the food; latin inspired- with cotija covered corn and steak with chimichurri sauce. My favorite was the appetizers of mini open-faced cuban sandwiches- they were easy to eat and so full of flavor! For the decorations we used ornately decorated paper for runners and to cover mason jars scattered throughout the patio. Guests were asked to bring the bride a small crafting tool or accessory, in order to make cards for Erin during the shower. On the back of the cards the guests were asked to write a short note or piece of marriage advice to Erin and her fiance. When the cards were finished, we strung them together with twine to make a tapestry that Erin can hang in her house as a keepsake of her special day.

What do you think?

New Year’s Eve 2012

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Usually on NYE I am next to a fire in Tahoe watching Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest brave the brutal Times Square winter to watch the ball drop. Last year was similar but I added wine, bananagrams and good friends to the equation. While I missed being cozy by the fire this year, nothing compares to glamming it up for a NYE wedding celebration. There are few times in our post-prom lives that we get to wear a long dress and genuinely be pretty… so I relished the opportunity.

Remember this post? From concept to creation.

Dress: My Own Design. Shoes: Chinese Laundry. Jewelry: Banana Republic, H&M, Forever21

Photos by Liza Lee