It took a whole lot to get there (you can catch up on the full adventure here), but I finally made it home for my Bridal Shower.
My mother planned a lovely afternoon at Mesón Sabika in Naperville, Illinois. It’s a gorgeous former mansion turned delicious Spanish restaurant, and we had a beautiful room all to ourselves.
Greg didn’t stay for the shower, but he did come to help set up… and take this picture! Lucky Greg!
My mom did a wonderful job with the decor, carefully curating it to reflect the party’s theme: roses and flowers as a metaphor for Greg’s and my love blooming and growing. Insert an “awwwww” here!
She thought of everything, including these cute charms to make sure no one mixed up their champagne glasses!
My grandmas were the first to arrive…
…one of them even expertly coordinating with the decor!
My cousins Alexa and Kris were also in attendance.
As were my cousins Trisha and Erin and their mom, my Aunt Linda.
My newest “niece” also made an appearance!
(Oh and so did her mom, Amber, my close friend)!
It was my first time meeting little B, and clearly she was just as excited to see me as I was to see her!
And last but certainly not least, my friend Jenny attended as well, jumping in to help my mom whenever she could.
the champagne cork popped everyone arrived, the party officially started!
And my mom gave a touching toast.
We ate fabulous food and drank fabulous sangria, and when the meal was over the games began!
My cousin Kris won a travel game where guests had to guess which countries I’ve been to, which countries Greg’s been to, and which countries we’ve been to together. She credits her success to being an avid reader of Wanderlust in the City, which I fully support!
Then we moved on to Jeopardy, where the guests split up into two teams and answered questions about Greg and me, my favorite one being: “The thing Ashley and Greg want to try for the first time on their honeymoon.”
The answer is scuba diving, of course!
Why, what were you thinking?!
Afterwards, as we did at my NYC shower, I read through the cards that each guest wrote highlighting a favorite memory with me. They ranged from the sentimental (the first time my mom held me as a baby) to the hilarious (that time in high school when Kris took me to get my belly button pierced and we didn’t tell my mom – sorry, mom)!
Before everyone left there was one more activity: creating the favors.
My mom had arranged dozens of fresh-cut flower varieties next to empty glass vases, and guests were able to create their own bouquets to take home with them. Everyone seemed to love them and complimented my mom on such a clever idea!
I had such a wonderful afternoon, and loved having the chance to celebrate with some of my favorite people who I don’t get to see that often now that I’m living in New York City.
My mom truly outdid herself, and created a beautiful afternoon full of memories that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
Now I’m feeling a little bad about that belly button ring – ha!
Love you, mom!
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