In the weeks that lead up to my brothers wedding, I wanted to share the bridal shower my family and I put together over the summer for our soon to be bride, Sierra. This shower wasn’t just your ordinary celebration. We celebrated a beautiful young woman that my family has had the privilege of knowing for many years as she, my brother and I all grew up together in our small town of Paradise. More importantly we’ve watched her gracefully triumph an incredible battle the past year…so making her bridal shower dreams come true was at the top of our list because the word deserving doesn’t even skim the surface for this special little lady.
Last Fall, Sierra was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 27 shortly after her and my brother started dating. It was incredible to watch them conquer this challenging life event and come out even stronger and engaged at the end of it. She was diagnosed just two days before Thanksgiving. I find it kind of meaningful that the last tablescape post I did was that Thanksgiving were we got to have her and her family join us so that we all could be together. (You can find that post here)
It’s crazy the way life works sometimes…it certainly works in mysterious ways. I’ve love that the very next tablescape post I’m doing is in celebration of her and how far they have come together. A home filled with her family and friends to shower her with tons of love and happiness. It’s as if things have come full circle in a way.
We knew our bride wanted a dreamy, blush pink, terra cotta, succulent filled shower so we were determined to make this happen. Dream catchers were made by hand with back stock of lace, ribbon, and fabric. Terra cotta pots were gold leafed, spray painted and planted with succulents galore. Fresh flowers were delivered the morning of and my family and I cut grapefruits in half for a fun pop of color for the tables.
In preparation for the wedding, my family and I have all been saving up wine bottles to use as the water pitchers for the tables so we decided to do a trail run at the bridal shower by filling up an old rusted wheel barrel from our property with blossoms from my Mom’s garden frozen into ice cubes for a beautiful and colorful feminine touch.
The father of the bride and his wife live in Arizona where my brother and sister in law have enjoyed traveling there together to visit them. She fell in love in the rose quartz and packed my brother’s luggage full of it to the point where he was searched at the airport on their way back to California haha. The idea of my brother being searched by TSA because of crystals makes me die laughing.
It’s sweet and endearing though to watch him do things for her because he knows it makes her happy. He enjoys buying her her favorite slabs of agate and she teaches him different names of crystals…and he listens! He’ll later ramble off the names of different crystals to me at random times and I just stare at him in disbelief. Luckily these rose quartz have come in great use. She used them for place settings at the engagement party as well as here at the bridal shower and is using them again at the wedding.
The bride picked which games she wanted played at the shower and also picked the cutest little winning prizes that fell perfectly in line with the theme of the shower that will make your cactus and macrame dreams come true. She topped them off with the most adorable “I’m A Winner” tags attached to them.
All the ladies in my family have been loving how macramé has come back into style. My mom had some vintage pieces as well as found some at the local thrift store to garnish the tabletops with. My mom and aunt’s used to make macrame as little girls. My sister in law and I are planning on having them teach us how to make some pieces here soon. I’m dying to make a strap for my camera and a yoga mat carrier.
A few months back my mom had picked up this old window pane from her friend’s garage sale and I thought it would be a pretty cool piece to welcome guests into our home by decorating it with pictures of their family and their wedding date. My aunt had a vintage birdcage that we had our guests address their envelopes and drop them into for the bride to write Thank You notes to. I framed a couple of the backs of the bridal shower invitation because they had the cutest succulent print on them that I thought they should be displayed throughout the shower.
It took my sister in law and brother awhile to come up with a wedding hashtag and ultimately it was my brother that thought of the one pictured above. It makes my entire family laugh because we are all slightly a little crazy and we know it and we’re okay with it. So a girl as wonderful as my soon to be sister in law being willing to join the craziness is pretty great. She’s “Down to be a Brown,” Brown being our last name for anyone reading that may not be familiar. We (The Brown’s) couldn’t be happier.
Those who know the bride know how special she is and the gifts she was given followed suit. Her mom had a wooden box engraved for her and my brother with their wedding date on it to collect cards and our childhood friends made her the most amazing tiered herb garden. (Pictured above)
It’s been a special life event for my entire family to see these two conquer many challenges together as a team. Myself and my other brother, my father and mother, have all watched Cody in the past year and half turn into an incredible man in the way he loves Sierra so so much. I can speak on behalf of my entire family that we’ve never been prouder of the man that he has become and we couldn’t love his bride anymore than we already do.