My Cousin’s Bridal Shower Weekend

Is it just me, or did this weekend go by way too quickly? We finally had some nice weather, and I’m slowly starting to put away the boots and transition into wedges and sandals. Here’s a little recap of my weekend.

Saturday was my cousin Monica’s bridal shower. I’m so honored to be a part of her wedding (first-time bridesmaid over here!) and it was great to see all of the hard work come together at the shower. It included beautiful weather, a nice Italian spread of food and more presents that I have ever seen in my life. It was nice to finally get to meet all of her friends from school and work and to celebrate her engagement and upcoming wedding.

After the shower, we headed over to a local brewery for some drinks, food and more sunshine. And a miracle happened- after being on my feet for 12 hours in 4″ wedges, I came out unscathed! Sure, my feet hurt a bit, but I was blister-free. Karma must be a real thing.

gerbera daisiesThe bride’s favorite flower was our centerpieces

bridal party

The bride-to-be (center is the yellow dress) and all her bridesmaids


This is only about half of the her gifts

bridal shower recipe book

Everyone brought their favorite recipe and we made a cute scrapbook for the bride


Monica with herΒ bouquetΒ made from all the ribbons and bows from her gifts

bridal7Pretty flowers outside of the venue

bridal shower

My cousin Nicole and I

Things I forgot to photograph:

  • the bride-to-be opening her gifts (I was doing work on helping starting to unwrap and organize the gifts so I couldn’t snap photos)
  • the cute favors (heart-shaped whisks)
  • the yummy and creative cake pops


  1. Aw, looks like it was such a nice bridal shower!! Loving that recipe book – so cute. You both look fabulous! xo, Julie

  2. This weekend went by WAY too fast. I am seriously depressed right now πŸ˜‰ Like how is it already time to be at the office working again πŸ™ Anyway, looks super fun! I LOVE the bride to be’s dress and that cookbook idea is so cute! You look gorgeous in that lace dress!

  3. Both of your dresses are so pretty! Looks like a fun shower and I agree that the weekend flew by!

  4. Rachel thanks you so much for posting this! I have been looking at the pictures over and over lol. This will be such a nice memory for me to look back on. Whenever anyone asked me where I found my dress I pointed to you and said “My cousin has a fashion blog and she introduced me to this awesome website modcloth!” Lol. I’m so glad you had a good time Saturday, I thought it was a perfect shower day!

  5. The recipe scrapbook is such a great idea! I did the sort of the same thing at a friend’s baby shower.. words of wisdom for the new mom! Best wishes to the new bride to be!

      1. We did a “Bun in the Oven” theme, so we put out decorated recipe cards (index) that said “Recipes for a Great Mother”. It was a HIT!!

  6. Aw, you all looked so pretty! I love all the bright spring-y dresses and the whole shower looks like it was adorable! So fun being part of a bridal party!

  7. Look at all you pretty ladies!!!! And that recipe book is the cutest idea. She is going to treasure that for years to come!!

  8. When I saw your instagram photo last night I was hoping you would post the details of that fabulous dress! You look great, so nice you were part of a special day for your cousin

  9. I LOVE the idea of that recipe scrapbook! It’s such a great idea. Looks like so much fun, girl!

  10. Congrats on being a bridesmaid! It’s such a fun bonding experience with all the girls and the bride! You girls all look gorgeous!

  11. You look like you had a great weekend! Don’t think I am following you yet, I am now on Bloglovin!

  12. What a fun weekend! You and the bride to be look gorgeous – perfect spring dresses! I seriously love weddings, which is one of the reasons why I love summer so much. I will definitely miss being a wedding photographer this year and getting to creep on everyone’s weddings, ha!

  13. I was JUST about to ask you about your dress before I saw where it was from. So cute!!! Bridal showers are my favorite and this looks like it was a great one. Love those gerber daisies!

  14. What a beautiful event! And you look so cute!

    It must be wedding season because I know several different people who attended bridal showers this past weekend.

  15. How fun! Congrats to your cousin Monica! I love bridal showers and weddings:)! So cool that this is your first time as a bridesmaid! You all looked beautiful!

  16. The recipe book is such a brilliant and thoughtful gift idea!! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Congrats to your cousin!

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