After being in a few weddings I’ve realized how quickly the time goes once the wedding day arrives. You’re being whisked around by photographers and makeup artists and visiting with guests you haven’t seen in years. And before you know it, you’re on the way home with a little confetti in your hair and wondering what just happened. It was for this reason my mother and I wanted to create a little girl time during the day before the rehearsal dinner.
I sent out invitations and gifts for the bridal luncheon a few months before, along with a little itinerary for each of my bridesmaids. We met early Friday morning for coffee and my mom treated the bridesmaids, my aunt, and I to mani-pedi’s at the tiny Twilight Nails in Palm Beach. After we were primped (OPI’s “Bubble Bath” on nails and toes) we came back to The Breakers for our bridal luncheon with J’s family at The Beach Club.
It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with these women who are such a big part of my life. I chose this time to give my gifts to everyone since I knew it would be more quiet and intimate than during the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. I had written little notes from Sugar Paper L.A. that I tucked into their gifts, thanking each woman for being there and letting them know how much they mean to me.
For the moms, John and I had custom buttery leather bound books made from our engagement photos. We designed them in conjunction with our photographer and GraphiStudio, who made them come to life. I added a mini Laura Mercier hand lotion and a custom handkerchief to hold on the wedding day.
I gave my new sisters and my aunt little Mariposa trinket trays with “The Breakers” engraved inside; a little memento for our weekend in the sun. GraphiStudio also created these tiny little flip books of our engagement shoot we tucked into their bags.
I gave the bridesmaids these classic-looking gold-toned Nadri earrings and necklaces to wear to the wedding. I was thrilled to find these Swarovski-embellished flip flops for the girls to wear the next day in the wedding suite and for their tired feet for dancing at the wedding! I also tucked in my favorite Laura Mercier hand lotions and a monogrammed handkerchief for them to carry on the wedding day.
Post-tea, we headed out to the surf and sand. Sea spray and salty air whipped in the wind, with a little less sunshine than usual. The unseasonably windy Florida weather made us a bit nervous for tomorrow’s festivities but we would soon find out we would be blessed with a beautiful sunny wedding day.
There’s nothing I love more than being near the ocean and I just soaked in the moments with my favorite women in the world. I knew the chances of us being in once place like this again were so slim, so I wanted to enjoy it while I lasted.