Woooowhee, it's been a busy summer! In the past three months I have spent 20 days in 3 states other than my own, traveled to 4 countries, and photographed 7 weddings. But now I have a few weekends with no new weddings in preparation for my best friend Kristen's wedding. I couldn't be more thrilled! One, for the break. :P And two, because it's my best friend's wedding! It's crazy! And so exciting. And really happening.
This past weekend my fellow bridesmaids and I threw Kristen a bridal shower at my home in Maryland. I'm so happy with how it turned out so I thought I'd give it a little feature on my blog. I will be the first to say that organizing and administrating an event is NOT my strength. I'm an artistic type B, "hand me a paint brush and no deadline" type of girl. Thank the Lord Jesus for bridesmaid and close friend Becca who split the load with me. She helped me come up with an inspiration board and happily took over the invite process and anything involving food. My other bestie Courtney was also so helpful, especially within the last week. And fellow bridesmaids Julie, Elizabeth, Abbie, and Katie the day of!
Kristen's wedding is going to be a bundle of color and fun so I wanted her bridal shower to mirror that without straight up mimicking it. Becca and I decided on a few core colors which quickly turned into juust about any color under or around the sun! But looking back I'm ok with that. It kept me from having to worry about matching everything and also definitely kept things from looking boring.
The wall design was my favorite design element of the shower. It was also hands down my favorite to make! Inspired by a Phillips Collection piece created for Extreme Makeover I fashioned this baby from every piece of colored paper I had (and didn't have…thanks Michaels). I finished the blue/green in just two hours. The red was a headache but mostly because I'm a sucker for interesting negative space and the right wall is so darn bare. In the end, I'm awfully happy with it. I can't wait to use the idea again in my future home and not be so constrained by time and space.
The single color candlesticks were inspired by a Martha Stewart photo I saw on Pinterest. I hunted around for candlestick holders at various antique and thrift shops, even stumbled across a sterling silver pair mismarked for 75 cents! (Don't worry I didn't paint over those) After that, I went to Walmart and bought spray paint that corresponded with Kristen's favorite colors. Then I hit up 7 different stores in search of brightly colored taper candles before hitting jackpot at the Hallmark store. I still can't believe how perfectly the colors match!