it was really really nice.
no bow bouquets, so silly games, no awkwardness.
just good friends, awesome family and a lot of damn delicious food.
ben and I decided that we didn't want to ask for typical gift-type gifts twice (wedding and shower) so we asked everybody to bring a copy of their favorite book (or two. or three or four...). (we love books)
(we also threw some up on our wishpot registry for those who weren't avid readers and didn't have a favorite book. more on wishpot later. I have to sing it's praises. it's been fantastic.)
what we ended up with is pretty much our definition of bliss.
some really nice classics, a few old favorites (including a count of monte cristo (!) from my neighbor eileen. its apparently her favorite too. add that to the fact we share a birthday, and we both pretty much rock), my nanny gave us a set of books that my grandfather brought down from canada with him when he moved to connecticut, some books on gardening, cooking, drinking and architecture (all things we love), a couple of books on the history my hometown and, for good measure, some books on americana to remind us of our home country when we go back abroad.
some random snapshots of the day:
|Molly making her chocolate-covered strawberries.|
|the random dog that came to hang out before he went off again in search of his owners. for a second ben and I thought we just got the most awesomest wedding shower gift ever.|
bria was a rock star and made some for me.
|they looked pretty awesome.|
|ben and nanny!|
|the rain stopped for a bit, so we converged out on the deck.|
|keeping watch over the tasty snacks.|
|delicious chocolate cake (does my mom know me, or what?)|
|molly's incredible chocolate-covered strawberries.|
|the afore-mentioned book tower.|
this time with yardstick juxtaposition.
I had a few worries, based on previous bridal/wedding showers I had been to, but I should have know with my mom and amy at the helm (combined with molly, bria and our wicked awesome community of family, friends and neighbors) we had nothing to worry about.
it was a great party.