• 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*)…

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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


    53 thoughts on “Our Boston garden party brunch / bridal shower

    • Hilary Young August 6, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Wow Looks amazing! thanks for sharing you look stunning!


    • Dorigamii August 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm

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

      Dori | dorigamii

    • Yun Cai August 6, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      The groom is handsome!

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    • Colleen August 6, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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


    • Anonymous August 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

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

    • Halfrunner75 August 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Absolutely gorgeous!!

    • Elaine Atkins August 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      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!)

    • prettypleese August 6, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      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

    • Anonymous August 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Looks amazing! Was this at Precinct?

    • Rebecca Chung August 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Stunning! ❤

    • Veronika August 6, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      You look beautiful!

    • Sarah August 6, 2015 at 11:06 pm

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


    • Kirsten August 6, 2015 at 11:21 pm

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

    • Amadea Kristani August 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      The food looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

      amadea | heyamadea.com

    • Michelle Lu August 6, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      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!

    • Trang Do August 7, 2015 at 12:09 am

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

    • Diana August 7, 2015 at 12:36 am

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

    • smallyetbeloved August 7, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Wonderfully done! Love the pic with your sweet grandparents!

    • Sasa Zoe August 7, 2015 at 7:51 am

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

      Shall We Sasa

    • Mlle Coconath August 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

      The pictures are beautiful!
      Great post!
      Mademoiselle Coconath

    • Julia Mazzucato August 7, 2015 at 9:37 am

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

    • Angela Bonanza August 7, 2015 at 10:50 am

      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

    • Angela Bonanza August 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

      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

    • Julie Hiller August 7, 2015 at 10:58 am

      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! 🙂

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    • Dee August 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

      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.

    • Anna D Kart August 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

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

      Happy Medley

    • pardecar August 7, 2015 at 11:54 am

      What a beautiful post! Congratulations!

    • Petite-ish August 7, 2015 at 2:24 pm

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

    • Anonymous August 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm

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

    • Keri H August 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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

      Enclothed Cognition

    • Paige Ma August 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm

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

    • Midori August 7, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      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!

    • Jenny Wei August 7, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      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!

    • MissLilly August 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      you look stunning!!! gorgeous!

    • Erica Kato August 7, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      You look so stunning! Love the dress.

      xo | The Fashion Forecast

    • Olyvia August 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      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!

    • Michelle Kimberly August 7, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      This is so beautiful! Lovely couple.

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    • mayeya August 8, 2015 at 2:40 am

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

    • mayeya August 8, 2015 at 2:59 am

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

    • tellmeyblog.com August 8, 2015 at 3:58 am

      Love your dress, and the garden party setting looks so pretty!


    • Unknown August 8, 2015 at 5:17 am

      where did you hold the brunch? venue?

    • Sanja August 8, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Such a chic bridal shover! You look gorgeous!

    • Denise K August 8, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Beautiful and artistic – love your style and sentiment!

    • Suji Cha August 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      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

    • Hello Kuo August 8, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      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*


    • HL August 9, 2015 at 12:57 am

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

    • Fashion Petite August 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      WOW you look so pretty and happy! Beautiful pictures!
      xoxo Lynda

    • Gwen F August 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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

    • Vanessa August 11, 2015 at 9:30 am

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

      Love, V.

    • Emily Morales October 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

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

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