September 7, 2017
I need to preface this post by saying that a.) it’s a long one and b.) this was NOT your ordinary Couple’s Shower. This was a blend of two cultures with many surprises, lots of drinking, and even more dancing. Eddie and I could not be more grateful for the love we received the weekend of our Couple’s Shower and how utterly spoiled we were by friends and family alike. I’ve got such a huge grin on my face as I’m writing this post and reliving these memories.
To be completely honest, I was incredibly nervous for our Couple’s Shower. It initially began as a Bridal Shower and then I insisted that Eddie attend as I was petrified to scrap together my rusty Spanish and string together conversations with strangers and family friends. Little did I know that I’d get champagne-courage to deliver a toast in Spanish before our meal! (Who’da thunk!) I needed Eddie there for moral support, and before you know it, it turned into a Couple’s Shower. The only real difference being that additional men were in attendance at the event instead of a typical all-female party. I absolutely loved this! Eddie’s best man was there along with a few other male guests who just made the day that much more relaxed (and, of course, were total eye candy for all the ladies!)
Did I mention that in Venezuela (where a lot of Eddie’s family is from), or in any other Spanish/Hispanic country, they don’t have Bridal Showers? Eddie struggled for a while to explain what it was to his mum – as she graciously hosted for us. Knowing that the majority of the guests at our party had never been to an event like this made me even more nervous!
The day began with a few of us enjoying a delicious brunch at Threefold Cafe (you can read my post here) and then heading to my future mother-in-law’s house in Coral Gables for the special day. Us girls had an outfit change (of course) whilst guests started to arrive. Unlike traditional parties, there was no concrete theme to our Couple’s Shower (with the exception of a few French flairs here and there as a nod to our French wedding next year). The decorations, food, games, party favours, set-up, etc. were all handled by my mum, mother-in-law, and friends. I couldn’t believe the work they put in to make this such a spectacular party.
Let me take you through the day.
The champagne was flowing and that was all I needed as a happy bride-to-be! Topped with some fresh raspberries or pomegranate and I was in champagne heaven.
Here I am with my bridesmaids at the beginning of the party.
A few of our guests with Eddie and me. Greeting familiar faces and meeting (lots) of new guests was a ball and far less intimidating than I thought it would be. Eddie’s family always makes me feel so incredibly welcome.
Most Bridal Showers have games for the guests to play. I knew I wanted something at our Couple’s Shower but wasn’t sure what. My bridesmaids took care of everything, of course, and created the perfect game for our guests. I was nervous that no-one from Eddie’s side of the family would play, and I was absolutely proven wrong. Eddie’s aunt (pictured below) was on a mission to win the game (which she did) and was absolutely the life of the party! So, I learned that just because cultures are different, they absolutely can blend seamlessly – even in the silliest of occasions such as a Couple’s Shower. There is a lot of pressure on the bride and groom to ensure guests have a wonderful time, and playing to two very different cultures makes that even harder. I could not be more grateful for how well the day turned out!
Let me take you through the food for the party. What an array of different flavours and nibblies we had for our guests! My mum made this lavender lemonade which was perfectly refreshing for the outrageously hot summer’s day in Miami.
This was the best ceviche I’ve ever had in my life!
My future mother-in-law has an obsession with cheese and charcuterie boards and I was not complaining about the spread we had! Yummy.
Soon to come in the blog: my homemade bread that I learned from my dad. He baked a couple of loaves for the Couple’s Shower and they disappeared in minutes!
Testing out our future wedding cake! There is a bakery in Miami that makes the best Cuban rum cake. We’re currently trying to figure out a way to get that for our wedding… in France… don’t ask me how.
After food, the dancing commenced and Did. Not. Stop. Truly. I hadn’t danced so much in a long time! There was a DJ (!) set up in the breakfast nook who played the best music including my favourite song.
Present time. We were absolutely spoiled rotten. Two very lucky ducks.
We couldn’t leave the mums out! Enjoying their ‘thank you’ presents.
And then… a conga line formed out of nowhere! What a blast! I think it’s safe to say every guest had a smile plastered on their faces for hours.
If I could relive this day again, I absolutely would. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped set up, cook, craft, disassemble, and make this day the most special day we could have asked for.
I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into our day. I’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments section.