My 1st Wedding Shower

I went home this weekend to Chicago to celebrate my first wedding shower and I just couldn't wait until "Wedding Wednesday" to share all the pictures.

Saturday morning, all of my bridesmaids - except for my sister Hannah who is living and working in Mexico right now - came over to my house for a glass of champagne before the shower.



I'll be honest, it was very surreal to be the bride at the shower - on the drive over I started to get really nervous, not sure what I was supposed to do, etc... but it all came together without a hitch.


The shower was hosted at a Country Club near my house in Chicago. I had actually looked at it as a possible venue for my actual wedding day, so it was nice to be able to incorporate the venue for the shower. The snow, fireplaces, and cozy interior made it the perfect location.



 The room that we had our lunch in was beautiful with passed appetizers, a bloody Mary bar, and lots of red and white wine to take away all of my nerves.


 The tables were decorated with DIY vases plastered with pictures of Joel and I throughout the years and the cutest jars filled with custom M&Ms.



 Lunch was served promptly at 12:30 - we had a salad course and an "Oscar Chicken" entree with a yummy sorbet dessert which was light, and girly, and I was thankful for the lack of cake temptation!


 After lunch, my bridesmaids and I sat in front of the room to open all of the generous gifts that my guests brought for Joel and I. Since we requested that most gifts be shipped directly to California, I was able to get the gift opening done in only half an hour.

  I felt spoiled by everyone's love, generosity, and attention, and had a seriously spectacular shower.


  1. Ahhh! So much fun:) Love your black and white frock!

  2. Beautiful shower & beautiful bride to be!

  3. Yay! I felt the same at my shower. I hate being the center of attention.

  4. So glad you had a lovely shower!

  5. looks like it was a great shower! i remember feeling kind of weird about being "the bride" at my shower too...it was all very surreal. i think it'll be even more surreal when i'm "the mom-to-be" at my baby shower in a couple months!

    glad you got to see some snow while you were home too! lucky for you, you got to leave the winter weather behind while the rest of us deal with it!

  6. You look beautiful and it looks like you guys had a great time!

  7. SO much fun! Those were definitely some of the best moments leading up to the wedding. :)

  8. Looks like a fun time with your girls! love the jars and all the cute touches.

  9. So incredibly happy for you sweet friend! You look beautiful.

  10. I cannot believe you had your first shower!! Wedding day is going to be here SO SOON!! I can't believe it.

    It looks like SUCH a beautiful shower. The details are incredible and you look SO beautiful.

  11. The shower looks like so much fun!