Instead of trying to top this morning's gorgeous Canadian affair, we thought we would change gears and share a completely swoon worthy bridal shower sent to us by Lani Elizabeth, the floral and event designers responsible for all this pretty. The bride-to-be met her future husband while abroad in Australia so naturally, the gals behind Lani Elizabeth wanted to incorporate a vintage Australia theme for the shower, complete with boomerangs and yummy Australian wine. All of the fun details were captured by Blaine Photography and each and every picture boasts insanely creative styling filled with TONS of inspiration even if you aren't marrying an Australian lad. You can catch more from the shower and its fabulous Aussie style in the gallery.
From Lani Elizabeth:
As floral designers, getting to design and implement a shower for a dear friend was a ball! Elizabeth has been friends with Katherine, the bride-to-be, for nearly 20 years, so naturally we went all out! Katherine met her fiance abroad in Australia, so we knew we had to do something that incorporated an Aussie travel theme. We have a vast collection of vintage suitcases, so that was fun to bring out, as well as some of our more interesting green glass vessels for a display of tropical and subtropical blooms one might find in Australia. We selected a gorgeous knobby burlap colored linen for the tables, which added to the Aussie feel.
After scouring the fabric stores, we amassed quite a stack of retro inspired prints to create kookaburras and other birds in flight that were hung all over the space. In addition, we sewed dozens of fabric pouches to hold the favors, which were "Tim Tams," a popular Australian cookie. As a final touch, we dug up an old Atlas from the 50s that we used to cut out a flock of birds that we carefully shaped and secured to the main wall to seemingly fly across the venue.
Working closely with Blaine Design Group, we designed a custom invitation that suited the event perfectly. Elizabeth sketched the Sydney skyline for the invite with the Opera House as a prominent focal point, as that is where the couple met for the first time, and the registry information was secured on a tag to the invite with retro inspired twine-like string.
Katherine looked just stunning in her 60s inspired vibrant turquoise dress, which complimented the exotic and colorful decor just perfectly. After enjoying some Australian beer, wine, and soda, we had a few laughs with our Aussie slang quiz and gobbled up the delectable homemade Pavlova and Lamingtons, two of the most famous Australian desserts. At the end of the day, all the wonderful women in attendance truly felt as though they had experienced a bit of "Down Under!"
Photography: Blaine Photography / Flowers, Event Design and Planning: Lani Elizabeth / Invitations: Lani Elizabeth with Blaine Design Group / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens / Chairs and Table Rental: A Party Place / Dress: David Meister