Tuesday, June 07, 2011

a bridal shower

{ photos by Caleb Condit, final detail photo by EB }

My friend Rosie is getting married later this month and a few weeks ago her bridal party and I hosted a shower for her and her fiancé James at my house in Bucktown. For the decor, we kept things simple with kraft paper details and white, lavender, and green toned flowers in vintage milk bottles, mason jars, and bud vases. Abra Berens, a chef known for her farm-to-table approach to cooking, came in from her farm in Northern Michigan to cater the celebration. She prepared the most delicious selection of gourmet finger foods. Figs with crème fraiche and candied walnuts, home roast beef with horseradish cream and pickled beets on sourdough, and lavender lemonade were just a few of our many favorites from her menu. Kelcey from Fox & Obel was in charge of desserts and made apple tarts, a variety of chocolate and espresso cake bites, and more. Yum! Sticking with the lavender theme from the invitations (which we designed and printed at home on Luxe Cream paper from Paper Source), we gave homemade lavender salt scrub in small glass jars as favors for the guests. A big thank you to my co-hosts, to Abra and Kelcey for their culinary expertise, to Caleb for his beautiful documentation of the afternoon, and to all the lovely ladies who made it out for the occasion.

P.S. In case anybody is curious, Rosie is wearing a custom, one-of-a-kind EB piece that she commissioned for the shower. It is a fitted organic cotton pencil skirt with hand sewn layers of bias-cut silk organza. I am wearing the Lewis Dress made out of a woven cotton that I bought at a fabric store in Montana a couple summers ago.