Couple’s Shower

Couple’s Shower


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.

Guests
Couple's Shower sign
Couple's Shower

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.

Couple's Shower champagne

Couple's Shower bride and maid of honor
Couple's Shower grandma

Here I am with my bridesmaids at the beginning of the party.

Couple's Shower bridesmaids

Outfit Details:

Dress (and similar here), Shoes, Earrings, Rings (similar here)

 

Couple's Shower groom
Couple's Shower mother of the bride

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.

Couple's Shower guests

Couple's Shower guests

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!

Couple's Shower games

Food

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.

Couple's Shower lavender lemonade

This was the best ceviche I’ve ever had in my life!

Couple's Shower ceviche
Couple's Shower cheese platter

My future mother-in-law has an obsession with cheese and charcuterie boards and I was not complaining about the spread we had! Yummy.

Couple's Shower cheese platter

Couple's Shower lavender lemonade
Couple's Shower fois gras

Couple's Shower cheese

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!

Couple's Shower bread
Couple's Shower tuna

Couple's Shower rice

Couple's Shower table
Couple's Shower table

Couple's Shower umbrellas

Couple's Shower table
Couple's Shower sign

Couple's Shower guests

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.

Couple's Shower cake

Couple's Shower desserts
Couple's Shower dessert table

Couple's Shower desserts

Couple's Shower cake cutting
Couple's Shower cake cutting

Couple's Shower desserts

Couple's Shower ring
Couple's Shower groom
Dancing

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.

Couple's Shower dancing

Couple's Shower dancing
Couple's Shower drinks

Present time. We were absolutely spoiled rotten. Two very lucky ducks.

Couple's Shower gifts

We couldn’t leave the mums out! Enjoying their ‘thank you’ presents.

Couple's Shower gifts
Couple's Shower gifts

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.

Couple's Shower conga line

Couple's Shower conga line

Couple's Shower guests

Couple's Shower guests

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.

Love,

Saffy

x

6 Comments

  • NightNocturne
    September 7, 2017

    Looks like it was a beautiful day <3 <3 so happy for you guys!!

    • simplysaffy
      September 7, 2017

      Thank you, Akira! It was very lovely. Bummed you couldn’t make it, but SO glad you’re focusing hard on your studies! You’re going to kill it! xxx

  • Libby
    September 7, 2017

    Absolutely stunning photos capturing your fabulous day! So much love and happiness. <3 xo

    • simplysaffy
      September 7, 2017

      :* Thank you!!!!! <3

  • Dani
    September 7, 2017

    Congrats to the amazing, totally adorable future Mr & Mrs to be! A beautiful day and cannot wait for the encore in France!! XX

    • simplysaffy
      September 7, 2017

      Thank you!! Cannot wait for France! Eek! xxx

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