MY HUSBAND’S ELDEST SISTER suggested early on that I put away my camera.
But how could I, with no other camera in sight, set aside my Canon and simply allow the events of the afternoon to imprint upon my memory only?
Guests fill the living room and spill into the dining room for my daughter’s Saturday afternoon bridal shower.
I needed to visually capture these moments in which my eldest daughter, Amber, was showered with gifts and love at her bridal shower.
When I look back now on these images, I remember the laughter, the emotions, the excitement, the joy, the delight that comes in knowing your daughter has grown in to this incredible young woman who is head-over-heels in love…
White lace and white bows.
My floral designer sister Lanae created these bouquets, which include blooms that will be among the wedding flowers.
Flowers and chocolate and “fu fu.”
The most emotional moment of the afternoon came when Amber opened linens hand embroidered by her future husband’s maternal grandmother, Beatrice (who died decades ago). The linens were to be gifted someday to Beatrice’s grandson’s bride-to-be. And this was the day when my daughter’s future mother-in-law delivered the precious packages. The embroidered hues of the flowers are the wedding couple’s colors, making this gift even more remarkable as Grandma Beatrice could not have known this.
Linens, a legacy of love and tears.
The gift of a clothes hamper prompted me to share that 30-plus years ago, the aunts on my father’s side always gifted brides-to-be with a hamper and a bathroom scale. After much laughter, the group consensus was that a scale would not be a welcome gift. Times have changed. I still have my brown hamper, which looks quite similar to my daughter’s, but not the scale. That broke years ago.
Pots and pans and knives. A hamper for their clothes. The tools to create their new home.
Her husband-to-be’s favorite recipes handwritten by his mother, Lynn, who flew in from California for the bridal shower.
Hugs and well wishes.
And lovely words to read.
She was gifted with towels and a personalized bag bearing her new last name of Schmidt.
Soon Amber Helbling will become Amber Schmidt.
Amber and Marc
My daughter. My sweet girl. All grown up. And, oh, so in love with Marc.
The wonderful family and friends who gathered at my sister-in-law Joanne’s house for the bridal shower.
As always, my floral designer sister created a beautiful gift package.
The delicious food, especially the dessert on the right made by my husband’s eldest sister. That’s my 81-year-old mom to the right. She traveled several hours from southwestern Minnesota to attend her granddaughter’s shower.
© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling