So, I am, as Coco says, a “literary nut.” I love books, and I had tried to incorporate them into the wedding, but wistfully decided against the book theme. I guess that didn’t go unnoticed by my wonderful MOH Wino, because she planned a beautiful, fun, book-tastic bridal shower for me held at my parents’ house! I had such fun and felt so loved that my friends and family made time to go out to my house in the boonies and celebrate our impending nuptials. I asked Coco to be the photographer for this event, and I am so glad I did. It allowed everyone to have a good time, and no one had to think about grabbing their camera for a funny moment (except Coco, of course). And I have so many great images that I grouped them together in grids so that this post will load before your bedtime.
All images are courtesy of Coco McKown Photography.
I was greeted by fabulous decor. Look at that wreath and the bunting! The suitcase held everyone’s favorite novels for the white elephant book exchange. I brought four books unwrapped (oops!), and Bestie D kindly wrapped them for me.
This was only a meager sampling of the food and drinks. My mother has no idea what a small plate menu means. She was late because she brought my favorite fried chicken, beef curry, biryani, salad, and homemade egg rolls that my aunt made. I had to forgive her for that. My three older sisters provided pastries from favorite spots around the San Fernando Valley. And my aunts brought homemade samosas and meat patties. All this food was descended upon without a picture. Everyone got a take-home box for dinner. Seriously. All the drinks were provided by FMIL. The watermelon mojito was deelish! As was the champagne!
The games were set up by my fab bridesmaids, BM Sis, BM KK, and BM Pow. We weren’t allowed to say the words: wedding, bride, and Mr. Genie’s name. If we did, then our stickers were taken away, and the winner was the person with the most stickers at the end of the day. I totally lost, multiple times. We played “pass the bouquet,” a variation of “hot potato.” I had to guess everyone’s celebrity husband. Some of those girls stumped me! But kudos to Bestie D for choosing ScarJo, and giving me a freebie! And we played a game where we had to use a spoon to move cotton balls from one basket to the other, blindfolded. This game was filled with cheating, but was hilarious.
And of course, there was the book exchange, which got a little heated. But I have to tell you, I was so happy to see so many of my favorite books going to so many of my favorite people. It was fun to see the repeat titles: The Poisonwood Bible (my favorite!), The Secret Life of Bees, and The Namesake. All three of which I also brought. Seriously, you guys, sharing books is probably my favorite thing to do. And every person in the room was someone I had shared a book with before, so it seemed only appropriate, and was absolutely my favorite part of the day. I even ended up with a book I haven’t read! I can’t wait to dig into it! And everyone got to take home their books in these great book bags that Bestie D made.
“I like big books and I cannot lie.”
Besides the books, the bridal shower meant a lot to me because it meant that almost all the women I love most in the world would be in one place together. I am a girl’s girl. It was great to see all the best girls in my life interacting with one another. On the wedding day, there was a lot going on, and I was trying to hang out with Mr. Genie as much as possible. That didn’t leave a lot of opportunity for individual girl time. The shower really offered me that experience, and I am glad I have it all captured on film.
Friends, sisters, cousins, moms, nieces, bridesmaids, aunts”¦girls, girls, girls!
Girls also give the best gifts. Cue my awkward gift-opening face.
I really need that tea kettle that whistles. Really. Being the center of attention as I opened gifts made me feel awkward, but I was really grateful for what everyone brought. I feel so much more prepared going into this wife business with the presents I was given. Margarita glasses? Check. Star Wars Visual Dictionary? Check.
Besides the book exchange, the best part of the shower for me was seeing all the smiles all over the house.
The last game we played was the toilet-paper wedding dress game. My nieces served as the models, so I couldn’t leave without sharing this picture!
Yeah, basically, the cutest girls ever! RP wouldn’t put her arms down for fear of ruining her dress. Haha! And our little flower girl wasn’t originally a model for the game, but when she saw her older sister and cousin all dressed up, she requested a gown of her own. Hence her big smile!
These ladies made me feel so loved. And I feel like I had the best shower ever.Truly, I am a lucky girl.
If you are contemplating having photography for your pre-wedding events, I highly recommend it. I was able to get so many great pictures, all from one person, and no guests had to worry about their cameras. These pictures are so great that I might order a photo book just for this party alone!
I hope you had as much fun at your shower as I did at mine. Or, if yours is coming up, I hope you have a ton of fun and feel all the love that I did!
Have you ever planned a bridal shower? What games did you play? Did you have a specific theme, or was the bride the theme?