Q. Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella?
Speaking of rain - a special kind of April shower came through this year that brought together my friends and family...and by shower I mean my bridal shower! I have to give a huge shoutout (holla!) at my maid of honor, Molly, who hosted this beautiful and unforgettable brunch for our crew of 30. To say she knows the way to my heart, like any great best friend does, is an understatement. Our party kicked off with a mimosa bar (heck yes), an assortment of delicious egg bakes, caprese bites (in theme with the honeymoon plans to go to Italy), and concluded with ring-styled mini donuts and homemade cake balls for dessert.
It wouldn't be complete though without opening the thoughtful gifts from important women in my life and then making them partake in classic party games like making wedding dresses out of toilet paper! Watch out fashion industry, they're comin' for ya with their fresh styles.
The day was perfect and I couldn't stop smiling from ear to ear. Thanks again to all of you incredible women who came to shower me with love. I can't wait for more celebrations to come as we countdown to June 23! Ben and I are so blessed by your company, your support, and your prayers in this time of preparation for marriage.
Donuts for brunch? Sure has a nice ring to it ;)
The cake balls were courtesy of her little sister Katie whose baking skills are, no joke, out.of.this.world!
"These cake balls were LITERALLY the most amazing food ever created." - Chris Traeger, Parks and Rec. Okay he didn't actually say that because there were no boys allowed...BUT if he were allowed to come that's exactly the kind of response he would have.
Each guest wrote out a date night idea for me and Ben.
My favorite was my baby cousin Abby's response: "Come play with me!"
When your best friend creates a Snapchat geotag for your day <3
Gift opening time!
Following the meal came gift opening. While it is a gift itself to simply have these incredible women in my life, I am so grateful for the thoughtful gifts they gave to help Ben and me make our future home and future experiences together special.
The competition got heated in a classic round of toilet paper wedding dress. Three teams wrapped their representative in toilet paper for the most bride-like attire they could muster until the timer ran out. And the winner was *drumroll*.......
My future mother-in-law's team (middle) for their creativity and vintage throwback with puffy sleeves and a toilet paper flower attached to a headpiece. Now, if I had to actually choose one of the final dresses to wear, it would definitely be my friend Hannah's (right) for its modern, classic and traditional style that is more reflective of my personality. I would definitely wear the veil of my Aunt Dianne (left) to complete the look.
Leah was on babysitting duty for her ADORABLE niece and anyone who loves balloons is welcome to party with us. So Avery definitely made the cut.
I'm so thankful for the women who lead me closer to Christ
and made me the woman I am today.
Mama T (left) and my future mother-in-law Mama N (right).
T-minus 2 months until I am officially a Nelson! Let the celebrations continue!!