A Year of Firsts: Bridal Shower Gift


Fall is increasingly becoming a popular time for weddings. In fact, the hubs and I are preparing for four weddings this season, one of which will be celebrating the union of his youngest brother and our soon to be sister-in-law. Admittedly, I often struggle with the (bridal or wedding) shower gift registry because the sentimental side of me seeks a more personal gift. There was no exception to this for my sweet, soon to be sis-in-law's bridal shower.


For me, every year of marriage is my favorite; yet, there was something so extra special about the first. I was originally inspired by the champagne glasses on the couple's registry and planned to combine them with a nice bottle of champagne to use for celebrating their first wedding anniversary. While exploring the idea with my trusted friend, Google, I stumbled upon another - a "basket of wine for those special moments in time".


I inquired with the groom-to-be about the couple's wine preferences and combined their favorites with hand lettered tags for a variety of "first" experiences as husband and wife. I also hand lettered little messages about each experience on the back of the tags.


Coincidentally, the couple registered for storage baskets; so, I purchased one for their gift and added the above mentioned champagne glasses with a wine accessory from their registry. I completed the gift with a little reusable slate plaque, reading "A Year of Firsts" and attached it to the basket.


Looking for gift ideas this wedding season? I find it helpful to not only purchase from the registry but to get inspired by it. And if all else fails, here's an idea that is sure to please both the groom and bride-to-be! For a nonalcoholic version, try substituting the wine bottles with candles for a similar effect.

Get: basket from Target here // slate plaque from Michaels here // tags from Amazon here

Seven Twelve

Today, my husband and I celebrate three years of marriage. This year is by far vastly different from our first - we are now a family of three and blessed with a beautiful, loving daughter.

As much as I love the life we have created now, I'm just as equally grateful for the time we had together, just the two of us, during our first year. So I'm taking a little trip down memory lane to our first anniversary, where our season as husband and wife was so beautifully captured by Jodi & Kurt Photography.

We share our anniversary with my parents so this day is beyond special to me for many reasons. Prior to meeting my husband, I lost my father in a tragic accident and the time during our engagement was a little bittersweet as I ultimately knew I would not get the father/daughter dance so many brides experience.

We picked July 12th for our big day - we knew we wanted to marry in the summer and it was the day that seemed to work best with the church, venue and everyone's schedule. Caught up in the rush and details of wedding planning, I initially did not realize it was the same day my parents were married (only 34 years before). Once my mother reminded me, I felt comforted by the notion that my father would in a way be part of our day.

July 12th will forever be special to me and I knew for our first anniversary I wanted to pay tribute to it. To document all the love this day brings my life. To honor not only our marriage, but also my parents. We celebrated by spending time at one of the most beautiful gardens nearby, The Hermitage Museum & Gardens. We sat by the water, sharing cake and champagne.

I included sentimental details to honor both wedding days, from the original Polaroid photos of my parent's big day to the ribbon streamer/garland we used for ours.

Our first would have been my parents' 35th anniversary. The traditional gift for that year is coral and so we were inspired by the color. My favorite detail however, was my mother's wedding dress. It is a simple summer dress and yet one of my most prized possessions. 

This past year hasn't been without it's challenges - more specifically learning to balance our roles as parents with our relationship as husband and wife. I appreciate more than ever now having documented our first year to look back on as it is a beautiful reminder to continue making time for just the two of us.

Photography: Jodi & Kurt Photography // Coordination: Just Dandy Events // Venue: The Hermitage Museum & Gardens // Florals: Roost Flowers // Rentals: Bluebird's Garage // Signs: Water's Edge Design // Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Cake: Everything Emma