Saturday, May 02, 2009

Alaskan Bridal Shower

Merry sharing part of my devotional, she made an amazingly intricate shawl that took one year to put together! I am honored to be the one receiving something so special Merry! Thank you!

Janeen (on left) is putting together our wedding slideshow for the reception :) She's my tech guru assistant!

Our shower curtain with "Advice for Ben" notes all over it :)

When I was home for spring break the first week of April Sarah Brown (my matron of honor) along with Aimy, Carrie (bridesmaids) and several other friends put on my first bridal shower. This was where the rubber hit the road for me so to speak. Up to that point "wedding" was just something far off that Ben and I were planning and taking about but still kind of a dream. Having a shower solidified that it IS actually coming!

So the night was amazing. Sarah oversaw the night but as I mentioned several people helped out. There were about 80 woman there to celebrate with me. I have to say it was a night of tremendous blessing. I was also humbled to have so many friends who love me (and Ben) and want the very best for both of us as we start this new chapter together.

Two highlights from the night, Merry Done made several different veils that were placed strategically at the head of each table with a reserved seat for me. The purpose was for me to move from table to table throughout the night changing veils and making sure I had an opportunity to talk with friends at each table. GREAT idea, I loved it and the veils were a super fun and cute touch! Thanks too Heidi D. for helping create some unique veil styles. :)

The second highlight was my devotion. Most showers I have been to, all in fact I think have one special friend or family member that does a devotion for the bride. Sarah went above and beyond with a creative idea she saw somewhere and had eight women take part in my devotion. Each woman came up and added something (i.e. kitchen utensil, journal, book, etc.) to a big basket of things to remember in our marriage. The women that shared were friends and mentors that have played key roles throughout my life. These women were Tonya Jones, Amanda Bacon, Aimy Eller, Sarah Brown, Merry Doner, Karen Schindler (via Karen Spear), Trisha Mitchell, and my mom.

I was showered with gifts, hugs, words of encouragement and advice. It was a sweet blessing and time of celebration. Thanks to all the friends and family that helped make the night special!


Beth said...

I want to see some highlights of the "adivce for ben" wall

Robynmama said...

Your pictures made me cry -- I miss my church family and wish I could have been there for the beginning of Ben and Anita's Excellent Adventure.

With love to you and YOURS,
The big sister you never had (or got to abuse enough),