wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers.

I wasn’t sold on the idea of bridal showers. I understood the purpose. but was never much for the games. or sitting in front of the crowd opening gifts for hours. after being a bride + having two thrown for me, I have a completely different perspective.

6 reasons you need to have a bridal shower.

 1] you feel an overwhelming amount of love // both from the people who spent the time + money to plan your shower and those who took the time to be there with you.

2] all of your favorite people are in one place // you just want to take a time-out for a gigantic group hug. but don’t. or do, it’s up to you.

3] it’s a part of the wedding you just get to show up & enjoy // you don’t have to send out the invites, or stress about the planning + execution. you just arrive. it’s amazing!

4] you get to see your new last name up in lights // I don’t know about you, but I tend to get so caught up in the itty bitty details of the wedding, that sometimes I forget after all of this is said + done, I will be mrs. [J]. I love seeing it.

5] scrumptious food + cocktails // no explanation needed.

6] it’s often times the last hoorah before the wedding // as we hugged our friends + family goodbye at our last shower, we said “see you at the wedding”. we knew after that, we were ARE in the homestretch.

did I mention the overwhelming amount of love?

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o   wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o

now it’s only ..

27 days til “I do”.

we are in full-blown crunch time now. this is when a procrastinator thrives.

happy monday all.

our weekend in des moines.

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend.

[J] & I got home late sunday night from iowa. and were so exhausted, I was functioning at about 60% all day monday. but am happy to say ..I’m now recovered.

we left friday morning, to join our friends for their pre-wedding festivities [couples shower, bachelor/ette parties]. in des moines, IA.

[I anticipated this photo the entire two hours it took us to get to the iowa border. my expectations were higher, but it turned out ok – for being in a moving car, going 75mph].

the couple’s shower was a casual backyard party; complete with a margarita station, the groom’s home-brewed beer [which was delicious], a scrumptious italian buffet, a game of bags/”cornhole”, and re-purposed wine bottle lanterns as centerpieces. everyone had a blast and I loved catching up with friends I haven’t seen in awhile!

then came saturday..

the boys left mid-morning, destination: only God knows, for the bachelor party. it’s still a mystery to me. but I had more important things on my mind – like changing into my black & gold and heading off to a bar to watch the iowa hawkeyes. which I did, with my Aunt! the weather was gorgeous, so we sat outside – ate, drank, & watched iowa beat minnesota.

[classy ladies – i think. the purse on the left, I got my aunt on hautelook. love!]

then came the bachelorette festivities… which began with a sushi & hibachi dinner.

always guaranteed to be a great time. but this place did something I have never experienced at a hibachi restaurant …

the chef shot SAKE at us. and you had two options: take it like a champ OR pay the consequences [being drenched in sake].

[the bride!!]

my first turn: he got sake in my eye, so I turned away [natural reaction] ..well he kept on shooting sake at the side of my head. I got drenched. my second turn: I took the bottle right out of his hands, helped myself, and didn’t spill a drop.

[all the gals].

[J] & I had so much fun – we can’t wait for the wedding at the end of the month!!

on our way home, I conveniently needed coffee as we were approaching Iowa City.  we were there once last year for one day. and I miss it. we both have a lot of memories in that small town – including it being where we met, six years ago. so we took a joy ride through town. then stopped in the middle for [J] to ..

clean the windshield.

while I took photos …

then we were back on the road …

[a picture I took in the car ..#nofilter – just a gorgeous night].

until next time IOWA …

happy tuesday.

[I can’t believe it’s october already].