This is your time to be a star. You get to be the center of attention at every shower, party, and pre-wedding festivity. Staring inside your closet worrying about what to wear shouldn’t be on your list of to-do’s.
I have been waiting for this weekend for what has felt like months! After all of the planning and Pinteresting that has gone into this, I can’t believe it has actually arrived! I must admit, it was difficult not being there in person to view and meet with the venue, but the Ice Cream Sundae ‘maids and mom did an absolutely wonderful job. I couldn’t have done it better myself, that’s for sure!
Originally, while in the planning stages, I hoped to have more of a hand in the planning of the bridal shower. I wanted to decide on the theme, pick out the decor, bake the dessert, make the favors, and plan the menu. The ICS ‘maids really tried to urge me not to have such a say, because they wanted to make the day special by planning several surprises. So, we came to a compromise. I told them that I really wanted to do the derby theme, because Mr. ICS is from Kentucky and I wanted him to be a part of it in some way. I also really wanted to bake the dessert and make the favors. The compromise was that they could take care of the rest. For me, that was a BIG compromise. Let me tell you, in the long run I was SO thankful for that. Looking back, there’s absolutely NO way that I could’ve gone shopping for flowers, decor, and odds and ends while being halfway across the country. It was all that I could do to fit some small incidentals in my suitcase for the wedding. I can only imagine what it would’ve been like or cost to ship everything!
Fast forward now to last weekend. I was absolutely blown away when I stepped into the restaurant. It looked like something out of a magazine. I couldn’t believe what a spectacular job they did. I tried my best to take pictures so that I could have them to show you, hive, but these photos just don’t do it justice.
The girls put together a candy bar, a beautiful floral arrangement, and some adorable signage! I was blown away by this display. The flowers were absolutely breathtaking, the signage was too cute for words, and the candy bar blew me away!
For me, one of my favorite parts of wedding festivities are all the fun events that happen right before the big day itself. Even when I was a little kid, I loved attending people’s wedding and baby showers with my mom and grandmothers. I love the games (I’m super competitive), and drinking the fancy punch and eating little finger sandwiches always made me feel so elegant and grown up! I also love shopping for other people, so as I came into my teenage and college years, it was always so fun for me to pick out shower gifts for friends and family.
My nanna generously offered to host my bridal shower with my great aunt and MOH K as co-hostesses. We’re in the South and tradition still reigns supreme, so massive showers haven’t really made their way to my circle of friends yet. Only those ladies who are closest to the bride are invited to a small shower, and in my case, this included my grandmothers, mom, aunts, female cousins, and bridesmaids.
My shower hosts laid out a beautiful spread of cucumber finger sandwiches, a cheese ball and crackers, a fruit tray, chicken quiche and chicken salad stuffed celery, and petite fours. Nanna also made her famous red punch for that beautiful punch bowl! And, of course, she had a Frozen crown for me because I’m her only granddaughter and I’m rotten (and I still love Disney princesses).
Hello, hive! I apologize for the prolonged absence. All I can say is life, man. I’m happy to be back and diving into recaps.
I’m going to rewind a bit and quickly recap our pre-wedding events before I dive into the big stuff.
My bridesmaids asked if I had wanted a bridal shower, and I excitedly said yes. They threw me a tea party shower with lots of delicious tea and food (including the best homemade broccoli and cheese tarts and tea sandwiches) about a month before the wedding. It was an amazing day, and I’m so grateful to have such wonderful friends.
My awesome friend made me a lovely fascinator. / Source: personal
A few Saturdays ago I celebrated our upcoming nuptials with a bridal shower hosted by my aunty (mom’s sister). It was hosted at a local Japanese buffet restaurant and it was a great time all around. It was wonderful being surrounded by family and friends.
My favorite part of a shower is always the games and my cousin planned some great ones.
I am super excited to write this post because I just purchased my derby hat for my upcoming Syracuse bridal shower. I knew that I wanted a derby theme for quite some time because Mr. Ice Cream Sundae is from Kentucky. I’ve never been to the Kentucky Derby, but we’ve made a tradition out of watching the festivities on TV since we’ve been together. I sincerely hope to be able to travel to Kentucky in the near future to watch, while hopefully donning my newly purchased hat!
So I was finally able to decide on which hat to buy because I believe I’ve finally decided on my dress. After searching for what felt like months for the perfect dress, I am pretty sure I’ve found it. I’ve searched high and low at stores like White House Black Market, Loft, Ann Taylor, Limited, Macy’s, Nordstrom, BCBG, and Target. Unfortunately, I came up short each time. Here’s the dress that I was in search of:
In recent years, tassel bunting garland has become a staple in the craft and decor world. This classic garland style is especially wonderful for adding a charming rustic vibe to any event or party. If you’re looking for decor that is inexpensive and easy to transport, consider whipping up your very own triangle bunting garland. This project is simple, sweet, and ideal for beginner and expert crafters alike. It also provides another way to incorporate your wedding’s colors and themes into the celebration. Fabric scraps from past projects or existing wedding decor can also be used for this DIY, which can be made as long or as short as necessary. Once finished, hang it along chairs at the ceremony or above tables at the reception. It would look especially darling draped over a fence, deck, or set of stairs. The possibilities are endless with this one!
Last weekend Mr. Ice Cream Sundae’s mom came out to visit. We had such a wonderful time with her and were sad to see her go. Thankfully, we were able to get some wedding planning in while she was here, though! She is very thoughtfully throwing us a couple’s shower back in Mr. Sundae’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
We immediately got on Pinterest and started pinning away. We found the most adorable invitations, and I volunteered to attempt to recreate them. Here’s what the original pin looked like:
Bees, I seriously have the most incredible people on my team. Last weekend was my bridal shower/bachelorette party, or as Bridesmaid Fresnel has named it…”Miss Dreamcatcher’s Bridal Bonanza!” It takes a village, but my mom, aunts, grandma, sisters-in-law, and bridesmaids all came together to throw me the most incredible weekend anyone could ask for. Words can’t even begin to cover how grateful I am for all the work everyone put into making sure I had an amazing time at my garden themed bridal shower. GAH. I am one blessed bee.
The fun started on Wednesday when Bridesmaid Fresnel and I road tripped it from NYC back to my hometown. Bridesmaid Ravenclaw joined us on Thursday, and then Cue and Meyer tagged in Friday afternoon. Having my amazing ladies in the house I grew up in gave me so many fuzzy feelings I felt like exploding. After all the last minute tasks were done, the food prepared, and our cars loaded, we took Friday night to just sit in my living room and laugh. I believe the topic of vajazzling was discussed. 😛 We managed to get to bed at a decent hour, which was good because I woke up at 6:00 AM. Note to future Miss Dreamcatcher, a sleep aid the night before the wedding isn’t the worst idea.
It was a rainy Saturday morning, but we made it work! There were some hiccups, but we all managed to get to the venue and set up before the guests started arriving. Mama Dreamcatcher and my sisters-in-law went with a colorful garden brunch theme, and I think it turned out beautifully!
All photos taken by Bridesmaid Fresnel
Mama Dreamcatcher collected teapots and flowers for months.
After the guests took their seats, Mama Dreamcatcher said grace and we all dug into the delicious food prepared by my army of champions!
Egg, chicken, and ham salad sandwiches, fresh fruit, mini quiche, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, a waffle bar, Jello salad, and more!
Everything tasted amazing. The chocolate fountain (adorable arrangements by Bridesmaid Meyer) was a HUGE hit!
With our bellies full, we played some fun games. Bridesmaid Ravenclaw made these adorable men in tuxes, and pasted a celebrity head on each of them. One lucky guest opened the envelope with Mr. Dreamcatcher and won the prize. I didn’t win, but I was pretty excited about who I got.
Ravenclaw knows me so well. I have a thing for Steve Harvey. Don’t ask.
We also played the always fun “left/right” game. Each table had three prizes that were passed around the table as I read a story that had the words “left” and “right” in it a bunch of times. The guests that were holding the prizes at the end got to keep them. For those planning a shower, this was a HUGE hit. Everyone was laughing so hard. If you’d like the text of the story, PM me and I’ll be sure you get a copy! The last games were the classic “how much candy in the jar?” and a “guess the age of the bride” games.
My sisters-in-law surprised me with this DELICIOUS cake. It was filled with banana and strawberry cream. I maaaay have had like six slices of this over the next few days…
Lastly, the gifts were opened. I can’t believe how amazingly generous my guests were. Everyone was so kind, and I loved every single thing I received. You can tell because I’m making this face:
Ravenclaw, Coaster, and Microscope went in on a standing mixer for me!
I got a few silly gifts as well.
Long story that involves the final wedding scene in The Hangover, but Bridesmaid Cue got me about 534,634,573 lollipops. LOL.
Mr. Dreamcatcher showed up about midway through presents with some beautiful flowers for me. He’s a keeper. <3
The favors were little succulents in teacups and marigold seed packets. Confession, the succulents were my idea. Mr. Dreamcatcher’s grandmother had given my mom a little container with a few of these “chicks and hens.” My mom transplanted them, and soon enough she had a two giant planters full! I was going to use them as wedding favors, but decided it fit the shower theme better. The little tag explains their origin, and how I love the symbolism that our families are growing together. The seeds came from my sister-in-law’s garden, and she packaged them in the adorable packets!
The “guestbook” was a platter made by my grandmother, and I’m honored she took the time to make it for me.
By the end there was a lovely rainbow of signatures! 😀
I had a marvelous time at my shower!! Everyone worked so hard to make it special for me, and my heart is bursting at the seams with gratitude. Broken record here, but these people are seriously incredible human beings. I haven’t ever felt this loved in my entire life. So, my dear friends and family, thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Coaster, Ravenclaw, me, Cue, Meyer, and Fresnel! The dream team!! <3
Next up, a tiny glimpse into the Dreamcatcher bachelorette party!
First, I would like to thank every wonderful lady who came to my shower. It was more than I could ever imagine, and I enjoyed it so much. From the games to the food, it was so wonderful. I’m so happy they took the time out of their day to spend a couple of hours celebrating this amazing journey with me. I couldn’t ask for a better group of women to be surrounded by.
I never thought I would have a shower. I was planning an intimate destination wedding, and I’ve always heard I wasn’t allowed to invite anyone not invited to the wedding. I actually had people asking if they could come to the shower, and I learned that there are always exceptions to the rules. Since we had an intimate wedding, it was OK to invite outside the guest list, because they knew the wedding was family only.
My mom’s friend and my cousin, who both work at my mom’s salon, threw one for me. It was held in my mom’s salon. I was so excited when I received the invitation my cousin made in the mail. It was lovely.