[this is the first installment of the Barkman/Yoder wedding
(not my own but my sister),
beginning with a bridal shower done splendidly by the maid of honor
[also my sister, Claudia].
i don’t like to say things are my favorite, because every party is unique and special.
however, hypothetically, if i were to have favorites, this one would be it.]

It was absolute perfect fairytale-ish evening, and i must begin with this.
Two evenings before the beautiful wedding,
the bride was relaxed enough to simply be and enjoy a dinner in her honor.
Most brides would be stressed with an evening event so close to the wedding;
not Ervina.
‘Stress’ was not even a word experienced the entire wedding week.
The loveliness of this evening was only a foretaste of the beauty and peace to come.

Might I show you a glimpse of

The Garden Party

[words written by the bride, Ervina]

Once upon a time, not very long ago,
the best maid of honor in the world threw a splendid party for her bride-to-be sister.

Some of the bride’s dearest friends were there, the ones that live so much of life with her.

And everyone wore lace, because lace is very party-ish.

The party was full of bright colors.
There were jelly beans in vintage glass bowls.

And homemade popsicles with real fruit that the maid of honor had experimented with
for weeks to get just perfect.
And delicious food fresh off the grill.
A friend made her famous scones, just for that night.
Chocolate chip scones, with icing.

Coffee was served in glass mugs (the bride’s favorite).
For dessert, they ate gelato with pretty spoons,
because everything is better with pretty spoons.
Somehow in the middle of things, a boy slipped in. B
ut that was ok, because everyone positively adored him.
So among doily banners and strung lights and sunlight peeking through the trees,
they soaked in the warm summer evening and laughed and talked and celebrated.
It really was too lovely for words.
And the bride-to-be felt like the luckiest woman in the world.
Because she was.
And that is only a beginning of so much loveliness to come… :)

19 thoughts on “There was Once a Garden Party…

  1. oneblessedwoman

    O yay, I am almost giddy:). This is so lovely and wow for her to be so organized. I tried that at my wedding, and enjoyed it but sadly I am beginning believe that there where a few things that didnt get done because of it:):(.

  2. inanorchard

    Absolutely perfection!! All the beautiful details, each made with the bride in mind, so fresh and colorful and “party-ish” :) And the menu!! It’s not really a prefect party if the food isn’t good… food is important! So much loveliness I can’t wait to see “the rest of the story”.

    Clarita? Do you think you and your sisters would adopt me? Think over. You girls can get back to me…

    And that boy… he really is something special

  3. inanorchard

    Oh! One more thing, do you think your friend would mind sharing her chocolate chip scone recipe? I have a best friend who would LOVE those!

  4. redladybug18

    I love it, love it, love it! You guys look so gorgeous and I love your outfits! (can I just borrow your closets for awhile? :) Can’t wait to see more of the party!

  5. Richgem

    Oh, so beautiful…the party, the girlies, the baby, the Bride-to-Be!!!……I do declare, I saw the photo of the silverware wrapped in napkin-tied with aqua ribbon on Pinterest! What a sweet event; I wish I had energy to do things like that.

  6. twofus_1

    absolutely beautiful! The popsicles reminded me of some I saw in Better Homes and Gardens. Aah, I could learn from Claudia perfecting the recipe over two weeks. I am such a last minute person, and sometimes I have to really scramble to make the attempts fit together. All her planning certainly paid off. The best part of all is the atmosphere you described. What a wonderful memory for you all to treasure.

  7. twofus_1

    Oh, and I don’t remember if I commented on your last few posts. In case I didn’t, know that I adore your darling baby! :)

  8. grace_to_be

    like everything you seem to do, it’s beautiful. gracious. and classy!
    love all the little detail and thought put behind it.
    and that baby boy. well.. he would be an added bonus to any party!! :)
    what an absolute doll he is.

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