A Rustic Bridal Shower in the Garden

Gathering under the August skies.

Adding a single mop head hydrangea to a simple ball jar.  Our theme for the day and for the rustic wedding will be Burlap and Lace.

A simple basket placed aside the favors is filled with pre addressed wedding invitations.  Guests can bring their invitation home and the bride and groom save on postage.  Twisted pines grace the table (the name of the future bride and grooms lovely home).  Handmade pumpkin spice soaps, made and decorated by the grooms mother and little tags painted by opendoorstudio, rest on a tiered silver stand.

A hand embroidered burlap runner is adorned by the "Twisted Pines".  The bride and grooms initials and wedding date have also been incorporated.  The archway was covered in lace and burlap for a
romantic and rustic feel.

The bar was set including refreshments for all who attended, Fresh cucumber water, home made sangria and spiced tea are served in glass pitchers.

The garden blooms were plenty for the shower day.

Guests arrived through the secret garden arbor, while the old wolf dress form was the perfect fit for the grooms mothers 1979 wedding gown.

Reclaimed tables and chairs were clothed in ecru cloths with a burlap rectangle on top.  Glass plates were created with lace accents on the bottom.  Atop the plates sat a simple ball jar with a single stem hydrangea.  Simplicity ruled the day.  The white tent was the perfect space for the bride and groom to gather.
The table was set to receive the gifts.  To the left you find a vintage table covered in lace and an old rustic cart tucked underneath for a place to place gifts.  The matching white folding chairs have "rest" and "relax" painted on the back.  The spot where the bride and groom will sit to open their gifts.

Wil and Kristin opening their gifts under the tent.
(hint… lace sticks to the velcro on the tent!!! bonus time saver)

"Aunties" enjoying the beautiful garden.

The lovely bride to be.

Adirondack chairs were a castoff from a friend.  Tony, my husband, painted them the bright yellow we used on our shutters.  They lent a bright pop in the front yard amongst the flowers, trees and pond.
All day long butterflies and hummingbirds were flitting about in the garden… reminding us of those who had passed before and were able to attend in spirit.

The pond flowers bloomed for the first time on shower day… even the pond flowers loved the day!

Bridesmaids, moms and aunts lent a hand.  Everyone brought their favorite appetizer and a recipe card for the bride and groom so that they can prepare them at their own gatherings in the future!

Geli made this delicious Black Forest cake! Perfection… right down to the sprinkle shimmer hearts.

Under the lights in the garden the night before. 
We often gather with others in the front yard to celebrate birthdays, graduations and more.  We were so happy to have had the chance to host the Bridal shower for my nephew and his wife to be.
What a lovely day!

Congratulations to my nephew and his beautiful "bride to be" … on their upcoming wedding!

For more…check out instagram #wilkristin2014 and #twistedpines for more of the wedding day (in the future)   #opendoorstudio

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