Our Boston garden party brunch / bridal shower

bridal shower white lace dress

ASOS petites lace dress in sz US 1 (2 colors, runs small), M.Gemi heels (sold out, similar)
On Nick: J.Crew Ludlow blazer, Levi 508 jeans, Cole Haan shoes

We’re gradually getting photos back from our wedding-related festivities, and are excited to share some with you guys! Instead of a traditional bridal shower, my bridesmaids helped organize a coed garden party brunch of sorts, so that guests who had traveled early to Boston could join. We had it the day before our wedding which turned out to be hectic, but we were just happy to have time with our friends & family. Ladies were encouraged to wear their floral finest (I was amused by my grandma frantically iMessaging me all her outfit options from the 60’s) and make their own fresh flower crowns at brunch. The DIY activity was a hit and made for some great photos to boot! Per your requests, I’ve made a very easy tutorial that’s coming up.

bridal shower mimosa bar

Nick and his mom made these cute signs for all the food. The mini chalkboard selection at AC Moore is a dangerous place…I came out with more of ’em than I could ever need.

mimosa bar

Now about this dress…I was beyond excited that it got fully restocked, as I’ve gotten tons of questions about it. I’m wearing a size US 1 (usually size up when I see the word “bodycon”) and would say this runs about 2 sizes smaller than typical US brands. The material is lightweight and stretchy, and the dress is lined with an invisible zipper down the back. I see it’s available in black lace now too! Some of you have asked if the white version is OK to wear as a wedding guest – I don’t know what the rules are these days, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you aren’t the bride. Aside from bridal activities though, I’ve been wearing this to cocktail parties and out to dinner alike – it’s just an elegant and unique piece that is comfortable too. If you don’t see your size, check back in the mornings as they often restock due to returns (since sizing can be confusing for customers).

asos white lace dress bridal shower

bridal shower vintage suitcases welcome table

We borrowed several decor pieces from our wedding the next day. The adorable vintage suitcases are from one of my favorite places to browse, the SOWA vintage market. Nick and I love poking around there on Sundays and then grabbing lunch at the mass of food trucks down the street.


oysters bridal shower party

To be honest, we didn’t put too much thought into decor as we were much more interested in the food! Mini Maine lobster rolls, crabcakes, and oysters were a must – no visitors should have to leave Boston without a heavy dose of our yummy seafood!

mini lobster rolls bridal shower

corn meatballs

charcuterie boards

tuna tartare bridal shower

And what’s a dessert table without mini Boston cream pies…

bridal shower mini desserts creme brulee boston cream pie

Surprise surprise…Nick and my little brother Schuyler were never more than two feet away from the food table all morning:

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I don’t see too much resemblance, but I can’t count the number of times my own family members kept mistaking Wendy and I for each other throughout the wedding weekend! My aunts, grandpa, brother and even my dad (*shakes head*)…

bridal shower jean wendy

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flower crown materials

My grandparents mean the world to me, so seeing them in Boston having a blast made the stress of wedding planning worth it. Even my grandmother couldn’t resist making herself a little crown! Stay tuned for a tutorial post and a few more photos.


Photos by Katch Studios, Florist: Pollen Floral Design, Restaurant: Precinct

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  1. Just catching up now with your blog, Jean. Congratulations!!! You make a beautiful couple!

    Posted 10.8.15 Reply
  2. Vanessa wrote:

    Stunning photos~ What a beautiful bridal shower. You look gorgeous and happy! Thanks for sharing and congratulations~

    Love, V.

    Posted 8.11.15 Reply
  3. Gwen F wrote:

    That hubby of yours is one handsome guy. You two make a gorgeous couple. Congrats! And…that food looks scrumptious.

    Posted 8.10.15 Reply
  4. WOW you look so pretty and happy! Beautiful pictures!
    xoxo Lynda

    Posted 8.9.15 Reply
  5. HL wrote:

    So lovely~ everything looks simple yet elegant! Congrats Jean!

    Posted 8.9.15 Reply
  6. Hello Kuo wrote:

    looks like an amazing party/brunch! everything is so pretty; i love the combination of the pastel bouquets and the vintage props. and those chalkboards are so cute and clever. also the lobster rolls *drools*


    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  7. Suji Cha wrote:

    every single detail is so beautiful in all of these photos.
    the hard work & the planning definitely shows!
    thanks for sharing and congratulations 🙂

    x suji

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  8. Denise K wrote:

    Beautiful and artistic – love your style and sentiment!

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  9. Sanja wrote:

    Such a chic bridal shover! You look gorgeous!

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  10. Unknown wrote:

    where did you hold the brunch? venue?

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  11. Love your dress, and the garden party setting looks so pretty!


    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  12. mayeya wrote:

    Bellissima muy linda reunion familiar, gracias por compartir!!!

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  13. mayeya wrote:

    Wow , estas guapisima, thats for sharing!!! 😉

    Posted 8.8.15 Reply
  14. This is so beautiful! Lovely couple.

    Instagram – @stylemysummer

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  15. Olyvia wrote:

    you look glowing in these pics! could feel the love surrounding you with your family and friends! wish i was there for the Boston theme food! ymmm!

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  16. Erica Kato wrote:

    You look so stunning! Love the dress.

    xo | The Fashion Forecast

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  17. MissLilly wrote:

    you look stunning!!! gorgeous!

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  18. Jenny Wei wrote:

    Jean, you look so beatiful. I will travel paris tomorrow. would you please recommend two LV handbags for me? If not Lv, any other brand handbags are okay.Thanks!

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  19. Midori wrote:

    jean, i don't even know you really but i am illogically and unreasonably enraged that i wasn't there because that means i couldn't eat any of that amazing looking food!

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  20. Paige Ma wrote:

    What a lovely party! Hats off to you all for such amazing details. I am literally drooling over the food right now. 😉

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  21. Keri H wrote:

    Such gorgeous pictures! I love your hair accessory! So chic <3

    Enclothed Cognition

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Co-ed brunch is a lovely idea! The puns on the little chalk boards are absolutely adorable.

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  23. Petite-ish wrote:

    Wow, everything looks delicious and stunning. Especially you, Jean 😉 Congratulations again!

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  24. pardecar wrote:

    What a beautiful post! Congratulations!

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  25. You look stunning! I love the idea of DIY floral crowns – so cute and easy. Plus gives ladies something to do:)

    Happy Medley

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  26. Dee wrote:

    Bellissima!!! Your lovely photos always brighten my day (and lighten my wallet half the time too, lol!). Thanks for sharing your special wedding memories with us.

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  27. Gorgeous pictures, thanks so much for sharing! That dress is just stunning on you. The flower crown idea is really cute. Also I didn't know you and Wendy were such good friends! The blogging world is a small world, it turns out! 🙂

    lifestyle by joules

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  28. But I can't believe even your family mistook you for Wendy haha! I guess it's because you're both very petite and have similarly styled hair (…?) haha

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  29. Aw, this was such a sweet post with beautiful photos and descriptions! Thank you so much for sharing – all of the food and decor was so tasteful but fun. I loved the punny signs! And your grandparents are so cute <3 <3 <3

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  30. You look beautiful! What a wonderful shower. I love your flower garland in your hair!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  31. The pictures are beautiful!
    Great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  32. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    OH my, you look gorgeous! Love the family photo! XO

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  33. Wonderfully done! Love the pic with your sweet grandparents!

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  34. Diana wrote:

    Beautiful photos!!
    || D I A N A ||

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  35. Trang Do wrote:

    Ohh, You are Gorgeous!! Hope you had great fun!!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 8.7.15 Reply
  36. What a well curated and beautifully decorate event! Your amazing style shines through in everything you do. Congrats to you both and please keep sharing pics!

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  37. The food looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

    amadea | heyamadea.com

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  38. Kirsten wrote:

    Your grandpa's high waisted pants, omg <3 You all look incredible.

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  39. Sarah wrote:

    Love that! And precinct has such great mini lobstah sliders!


    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  40. Veronika wrote:

    You look beautiful!

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  41. Stunning! ❤

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Looks amazing! Was this at Precinct?

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  43. You look beautiful as always! Your happiness shines through! I love your outfits, and all the food pics are making my mouth water, especially the mini Maine lobster rolls… Yum! All the pictures are lovely, and I wish you and Nick a happy marriage!

    Phyllis | http://www.prettypleese.com

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  44. What a great idea with the DIY flower crowns! Looks like such a beautiful shower – and very brave of you to have it the day before your wedding! So glad you had a great time Jean – you and Nick look fantastic! (and I'm drooling at the food!)

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  45. Absolutely gorgeous!!

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  46. Anonymous wrote:

    Beautiful bridal shower! Love how Wendy is in it too. I like the floral hairdo bohemian style http://www.kblossoms.etsy.com

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  47. Colleen wrote:

    Your grandparents are adorable! I think a co-ed brunch is so much more fun than having a bridal shower. What an amazing idea!


    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  48. Yun Cai wrote:

    The groom is handsome!

    Love, http://www.artweddings.co.uk/

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  49. Dorigamii wrote:

    Wow, this is the nicest bridal shower I've ever seen! Hope you had fun 🙂

    Dori | dorigamii

    Posted 8.6.15 Reply
  50. Wow Looks amazing! thanks for sharing you look stunning!


    Posted 8.6.15 Reply

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