Bridal Showers; these are the things girl’s dreams are made of. One of the most anticipated events aside from the wedding itself, bridal showers epitomize all things feminine, sweet and dare I even say sassy? That was the inspiration behind our LBD inspired bridal shower. Searching for chic, fabulous and fresh bridal shower ideas we threw all rustic and vintage notions to the wind. And in lieu of the traditional Sunday morning, English tea party themed get together we spiced things up a bit. Bright and fresh florals, a flirty LBD dress code and a pick your own hairpiece “Babe Bar” put a fresh new spin on celebrating the lucky bride to be. I could go on and on but for now let’s soak in some seriously gorgeous photos from Amy Carroll.
The entire production took place outside on the property of downtown’s Grand Rapids Art Musuem. If you’re looking for a rad, modern and hip place to get married at in Grand Rapids, this is the spot my friends! The clean lines of the architecture, the simple landscaping that compliments the structure of the building and the proximity to everything fun downtown makes this place a winner in my books. Oh and that waterfall backdrop where ceremonies are frequently done, doesn’t hurt either :)
Amy, myself and Daisy Rizzo from Pixel and Hank came up with the idea over wine in January to put together this shoot so of course we needed a fab way to show off all of Daisy’s darling hair pieces. The “Babe Bar” also used for mimosas did just that as it was the perfect way for guests to pretty up their locks and take home a token of thanks. Daisy created ten hairpieces for every girl to wear in colours and embellishments that would compliment the shoot decor, making sure to create a special black and white piece for the guest of honor to be presented with. Daisy’s your girl if you need something gorgeous for your locks!
I had the pleasure of doing the florals myself and couldn’t have thought up a better way to spend my birthday this past May :) The goal was to create overly lush and gorgeous centerpieces with lots of colour, texture and spunk. I used many stems of peonies, various shades of both garden roses and regular roses, ranunculus and mums in the mix to provide the bulk of the pieces. Then smaller details like various types of succulents, astilbe, bupleurm and even a few lemons brought in some unique touches. I could nearly burst just waiting to share more floral goodness with you when Hey Gorgeous relaunches this winter!
Those gold sparkle chargers and Lucite candlebras were hands down my fave details of the entire shoot. I want to eat my eggos off of those glittery babies. And have at least one candleabra on every surface in my home. Both items were rented from the ladies at Events by I Candy (along with the vases, Lucite chairs, faux boxwood trees, gold tray and cake stand). The orange geometric linen and pink napkins were rented through La Tavola. I’d also like to drape any one of their products across my bed at night. Love. And the paper and chain back drop was made out of a labor of love by myself and my sweet friend Michaela. If I ever produce offspring they’ll never know the pleasure of paper chain making :) That’s all I have to say about that, friends.
The cake was a masterpiece made no other than by Kelly at A Piece o’ Cake. I gave her a few ideas and she ran with it, making this cake look like nothing else I’ve ever seen. The cake pedestal and cocktail table height stand made the cake shine all on it’s own and was simply put, stunning (plus, Kelly brought some cupcakes and macarons to the shoot, which were devoured in no less than 10 minutes). The dresses on all of the girls, and all of the accessories (minus the hair pieces) were generously provided by Spring Sweet in Holland, Michigan. If you haven’t been to her cute little store you’re missing out. Spring has some absolutely adorable items from flirty frocks to vintage settees and fresh cut flowers to delicately packaged candles.
Hair styling was done by Jennifer Grace of Tonic Salon. And she did a killer job making each girl’s hair different from the next without losing sight of the hip, sassy and playful look I was after. I’m smitten with Jennifer’s hair (the bride) and kind of wish Jen could come do my locks like this every morning. Magen Dye from I Dun Salon did an absolutely gorgeous job on all of the girl’s make up. The girls who modeled so graciously for us are gorgeous to begin with but Magen really complimented the work Jennifer did on everyone’s hair and made the girls look like they were ready for a night out on the town.
Last but not least, all of the paper products were done by Ashley of Lemon and Lavender. From all the way in Africa, she worked tirelessly to create a paper look that reflected the remainder of the shoot, and I’m ever so thankful to not only have her as a colleague but as a friend. This girl does some amazing stuff and has untapped potential. The idea to incorporate the paper into a way for the bride to ask her girlfriends to be bridesmaids really came to life when we thought of stuffing sweet little notes wrapped in ribbon into confetti filled balloons. You’ll have to watch the video below to see this in action!
Spekaing of which here it is! Paul and Vanessa Filan of Future Focus Media are simply put; the sweetest most hard working vendors I know in the state. If you need a videographer for something, for anything, they are it. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with them multiple times before and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know them over the past year and beyond. Thank you two for being a part! Enjoy this fun little video full of the rad memories we all made that day. My heart is so full xoxo
P.S. Check out the feature Green Wedding Shoes did on this shoot. Thanks so much, Jen! xoxo
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Photography: Amy Carroll Photography / Venue: The Grand Rapids Art Museum / Floral design and styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Videographer: Future Focus Media / Hair styling: Jennifer Grace of Tonic Salon / Make-up: Magen Dye of I Dun Salon / Dresses and jewelry: Spring Sweet, Holland, Michigan / Hair accessories: Pixel and Hank / Cake: A Piece o’ Cake / Rentals: Events by I Candy / Paper goods: Lemon and Lavender / Linens + napkins: La Tavola Linen / Models: (real life babes!) Jennifer Doornbos, Spring Sweet, Emily Newhof, Lydia Newhof, Karri Whitney and Kalee Verstrate