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Backyard Bridal Shower

At 28 years old, I’ve officially reached that stage of life where everyone I know is engaged. With plenty of weddings on the horizon, and consequently plenty of bachelorettes, showers and the like, I can’t help but be drawn to stunning events to pull inspiration. Events like this backyard bridal shower, that is so pretty I could cry. Unsurprising, since Jenny Bradley is at the helm. With photos from D’Arcy Benincosa, let’s get lost in the gallery.

From Jenny Bradley… When i got the news that one of my best friends Darya was engaged, i immediately jumped to the task of throwing her her first bridal shower. Darya loves beautiful things and details as much as i do so i knew this shower had to be special and reflect Darya’s simple, thought through style. It was decided that an evening outdoor party in the backyard of my childhood home was the answer, with its quaint cottage look, giant weeping willow trees, cinderblock walls crawling with ivy and expansive weathered deck, it was the perfect backdrop for the fresh, natural and rustic theme i wanted.

I collaborated with some amazing local talents that truly made the party and my vision come to life. I also gathered unique pieces from family and friends like mixed and matched sterling silver flatware, rustic wooden and brass bowls, and sterling silver trays to create a curated look. I crafted a little as well by making frayed linen dinner napkins. The guests were greeted by a self serve lemonade and limeade bar with slices of fruit and freshly cut mint leaves from the garden. The bride was admired in a delicate floral crown and ladies mingled amongst the yard before a delicious buffet style dinner on a table accented with luscious Eucalyptus and a stunning centerpiece full of berry blooms and greenery.

The night was perfect as we ate, laughed and celebrated a beautiful friend

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa | Floral Design: Tinge Floral | Cake: Le Loup | Invitations: The Write Image | Catering: Lori Tolbert | Caligraphy: T&S Craft | Design & Styling: Jenny Bradley

Lemon Paradise Cocktail

Happy friday friends!! For whatever reason, this week has felt particularly long. I’m not so secretly excited to sit back, relax and sip on an extra strong bevvy. If I had my choice, this lemon paradise cocktail would be it. I’ve yet to personally attempt it, but if I know MR Bartending at all, I know for a fact it will be perfect.

Lemon Paradise Cocktail
prep time
3 Minute/s
cook time
total time
3 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 2- Slices lemon
  • 4-6 raspberries
  • 1- Sprig rosemary
  • 1- Sprig mint
  • 1oz - Simple syrup
  • 1-1/4oz Spiced Rum
  • Coconut Water
  • Soda Water
  1. Muddle lemon, raspberry, rosemary, mint & simple syrup in shaker
  2. Add coconut water & rum, shake and strain into glass
  3. Add splash of soda water


Photography: Charla Storey | Floral Design: Wedfully Yours | Bartending Company: MR Bartending | Paper Goods: Bee’s Knee’s Custom Designs | Rentals: Shag Carpet Themed Events & Decor | Stylist: Jen Rios Design | Venue: 333 First Ave | Wedding Venue: 333 First Ave

Bohemian Garden Party

A hint of whimsy, a little spice, and a table full of the most delicious eats you ever did see. This bohemian inspired garden party is hitting the mark in all the right places. Jenni Kayne, popular fashion designer, teamed up with Eye Swoon and the results are loveliness embodied. With photos from Yayo Ahumanda, there’s a whole gallery that’s simply overloaded with more!

Designer and blogger, Jenni Kayne, came together with Eye Swoon’s Athena Calderone to create the perfect late-Spring Garden Party. The menu and decor combined to create the perfect event and design elements used from One King’s Lane provided incredible detail and overall fantastic results.

Folding tables were draped with a custom Rachel Craven flax linen tablecloth with gold stitching down the center, accented with a yellow washed linen tablecloth from Terrain on top. Bentwood chairs with white painted feet from Yeah! Rentals surrounded each table.

Variopinte enamel plates and bowls in white and mint and Jenni’s favorite mismatched antique flatware graced the table Liberty Print napkins, that we made using the fabric from the Jenni Kayne Pre-Fall Collection, added the perfect floral element.

One Kings Lane elements were also used on the table, including Villeroy & Boch glassware and Pinched Glass Decanters. Stemless Spanish wine glasses from Jenni Kayne Home in Montecito was always used.

On the serving table, several terracotta water pitchers from Bitters Co., and two rustic Best Before Baskets, to hold the silverware, were displayed.

Donned with floral wristlets, the guest list included Jessica de Ruiter, Lawren Howell, Liseanne Frankfurt, Nicole Simone, Kristen Caissie, Barrett Prendergast, and Shiva Rose, who’s calm and quiet backyard created the perfect setting for the luncheon.

Floral arrangements were created by Kristen of Moon Canyon Design, who made perfectly-themed centerpieces complete with wild blueberry, cafe au lait dahlias, white ball dahlias, astilbe, scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, sunflowers, blushing bride protea, peonies, and hosta leaves, with a low stone compote for the vessel.

Peonies, astilbe, and dahlias were displayed on the serving table inside vintage glass Belgian jars and on the serving table, placed bundles of variegated hydrangea in a Wicker Pool Basket from One Kings Lane.

The meal, by Barrett from Valleybrink Road contained perfectly seasonal elements including Farmers Market Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, savory Avocado Toast with Watermelon Radish and Chive, and for dessert, a scrumptious Nectarine, Peach, and Blueberry Crisp.

Photography: Yayo Ahumanda | Event Design: Eye Swoon | Event Design: Jenni Kayne | Baskets: Best Before Baskets | Bowls And Plates: Variopinte Bowls And Plates In White And Mist | Chairs: Bentwood Chairs With White Painted Feet | Decanturs: Pinched Glass Decanters | Floral Arrangements: Moon Canyon | Glassware: Villeroy & Boch Vintage Glassware | Ivory Tablecloth: Custom Rachel Craven Tablecloth | Meal: Valleybrink Road | Napkins: Jenni Kayne Liberty Print Napkins | Water Pitchers: Terracotta Water Pitchers From Biters Co. | Wicker Basket: White Wicker Pool Basket | Yellow Tablecloth: Washed Linen Tablecloth