It’s time for Bridal Shower: Camera Edition!
My MOH JJ lives in Pittsburgh, where I am from. She has been planning my shower and bachelorette party from 600 miles away, having never been to Charlotte, which cannot have been an easy task. She started asking me about it in January and has not stopped since. JJ is very detail oriented—exactly what you want in a matron of honor.
She and Bridesmaid Twerk flew down from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, respectively, on Friday afternoon. Mama Camera, not one to miss out on wedding activities for her only daughter, drove down from Pittsburgh the same day. The four of us ladies, and Cam, went out to dinner on Friday night to the Hickory Tavern which has an awesome view of the city:
(all photos personal)
Me & Mama Camera
BM Twerk, me, and MOH JJ
After dinner, it was time to say goodbye to Cam for the weekend because my bridesmaids had booked hotel rooms for the weekend at the Omni! BM Twerk, MOH JJ, and I headed over to check in, and spent the evening doing our nails and watching Bride Day on TLC. I even performed a little white dress fashion show because I still could not decide which to wear the next day for my bridal shower.
BM Twerk and MOH JJ were exhausted from traveling all day, and were fast asleep by 10:30 PM. I could not sleep to save my life.
Note to self: Bring some sort of sleep aid for the night before the wedding.
Bright and early Saturday morning, we were up and getting ready to head to 300 East in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte for my bridal shower! I stopped by Folicle salon to see my stylist/friend Caroline (I feel like I talk about her more than I talk about Cam!) who gave me a blowout for the occasion.
When I walked into the restaurant, to a little upstairs loft room where the event was taking place, I suddenly got overwhelmed. I’ve been a bridesmaid nine times and I’ve been to my fair share of bridal showers—but this one was for me. It was a bizarre feeling. I had bridesmaid instincts kick in and I wanted to help set the space up, but MOH JJ shooed me away and told me to mingle with my guests.
I’ve been very lucky to have met a group of lovely girls, most of which are girlfriends/fiancees/wives of Cam’s fraternity brothers. Forced friendship? Maybe at the start, but the fact that they all came on a Saturday morning was proof positive that it was no longer forced. I am so grateful to them.
It was a nautical-themed shower, because, well, I love me a good anchor! MOH JJ has made fun of my anchor obsession for years, and then I attended my shower, and it could not have been more perfect. She knows me so well.
The amazing tablescape designed by MOH JJ
Ham and Gruyere quiche, cheese grits, fruit, and a lemon blueberry cornbread muffin. Southern heaven.
Lemon cupcakes made by yours truly! MOH JJ asked where she could get cupcakes and I offered to do it for her…it was the least I could do!
I was taking it all in, saying hello to all of my friends, when Mama Camera said, “You have a guest that just arrived!”
I turned toward the stairs and saw my aunt and cousin who live in Boston. I haven’t seen them in three years. I had no idea they were coming. And I was the only one.
BM Twerk caught it on camera:
Cousin K all grown up!
It was an amazing moment. I admit—I cried a little bit. It got a little emotional. I’m glad I had a mimosa to help me through it!
We ate, drank, and played a few shower games, and then it was time to open gifts!
It was a whirlwind of a day.
Me and BM Twerk
BM Twerk caught this little gem. I think I look lost, she thinks it looks like Victoria’s Secret hair. You decide.
Best MOH ever award
Aunt J, Cousin E, me, and Mama Camera
Cousin K, me, Aunt C, Mama Camera
Me and Bridesmaid Rainbow Brite
Just a sampling of the lovely ladies! BM Mom, Friend C, Friend L, me, BM YerWelcome, and BM Rainbow Brite!
Favorite photo, all Instagram’ed up! Me, MOH JJ, and BM Twerk. Love.
Cam arrived at the end of the festivities to collect the gifts, but refused to take a picture with me because he was wearing “gross clothes.” Boys.
He shuttled all of our boxes home, where they now sit as a lovely addition to our living room:
And with that, we were headed back to the hotel to hang by the pool until it was time for dinner and my bachelorette party!
Did you have any surprise guests at your bridal shower? Did you feel overwhelmed like me? Did your animals play a marathon game of tag around all the boxes of your new gifts? Oh, just mine?