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Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Showering the bride-to-be (my daughter) with gifts & love August 6, 2013

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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 filled the living room and spilled into the dining room for my daughter's Saturday afternoon bridal shower.

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.

The bride-to-be opens gits.

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…

Shower, gift

White lace and white bows.

My floral designer sister Lanae created these bouquets, which include flowers that will be among the wedding flowers.

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 shower came when Amber opened linens hand embroidered by her future husband's maternal grandmother, who died in 1992. She embroidered the linens to be gifted to her grandson's future bride.

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.

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.

Shower, recipe

Her husband-to-be’s favorite recipes handwritten by his mother, Lynn, who flew in from California for the bridal shower.

Personal messages written from the heart inside cards.

Hugs and well wishes.

Wishes shared...and read.

And lovely words to read.

She was gifted with a personalized bag bearing her new last name of Schmidt.

She was gifted with towels and a personalized bag bearing her new last name of Schmidt.

Soon Amber Helbling will become Amber Schmidt.

The bride-to-be with her soon-to-be husband.

Amber and Marc

My daughter. My sweet girl. All grown up. And, oh, so in love with Marc.

BONUS PHOTOS:

The wonderful family and friends who gathered at my sister-in-law Joanne's house for the bridal shower.

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.

As always, my floral designer sister created a beautiful gift package.

The delicious food, especially the dessert on the right. That's my 81-year-old mom to the right. She traveled several hours to attend her granddaughter's shower.

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

 

31 Responses to “Showering the bride-to-be (my daughter) with gifts & love”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I am sure you still enjoyed the day even though you took photos. And we are glad that you did. They are beautiful and I absolutely love Amber’s dress—-what a perfect choice for her. The day looked perfect in every way—so happy for the sweet and happy couple. Blessings to all!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I did enjoy the afternoon. I love taking photos and am happy I did not tuck away my camera. Amber was asking to see my pix within hours of my arrival home.

      I, too, love her dress. It’s gorgeous on her tiny frame.

      Except for the metro traffic and road construction for the guests (and mom and sister) driving to the shower, all was perfect. But we all managed to get there to celebrate with Amber.

      • Beth Ann Says:

        Oh the construction is driving me nuts. When I went to pick Chris up at the airport a couple weeks ago I just could not get there. I knew where I needed to go but could not get to it!!! So frustrating. My early arrival ended up being a late arrival but it all worked out…gave him time to make some post flight calls. Though I was a tad frazzled. 🙂

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Is there construction near/at the airport? Good thing to know as we will be taking the son there in 22 days.

      • Beth Ann Says:

        We usually go 77 and I think both ramps to it are closed. Check the MDOT site and they should have it updated. I ended up figuring out the back way from the other terminal to get to the main terminal. Not well marked but I managed. A bunch of stuff closed down around the Mall of America so maybe by the time you go it will be open….fingers crossed.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Oh, great. MOA would be on the route there. We typically do check the MN DOT site whenever we travel. Good that I am aware in advance. Thank you.

      • Beth Ann Says:

        You are welcome. Since we have an airport bound man every week now I can keep you in the loop! I am going out over Labor Day so maybe by then????Fingers crossed.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Departure date for the son is August 28.

      • Beth Ann Says:

        I am flying out the 26th so I can tell you the status that day. 🙂

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Perfect. Thank you. He’s flying Southwest.

      • Beth Ann Says:

        K will keep you posted. Southwest seems the wrong direction. 🙂

  2. Marilyn Says:

    What a delightful time – thanks for sharing. Amber’s dress is totally sweet, I love the generational leap with gifts from now departed family, and the classy gift-wrap with useful measuring spoons. [I was given embroidered pillowcases with tatted lace edging made by a departed great-aunt 44 years ago at my shower. I’m still enjoying that wonderful lace!]

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      “Sweet” is an excellent adjective to describe Amber’s dress. She looked beautiful in it and it was easy for me to picture her as the bride.

      How wonderful that you received those embroidered and tatted lace edged pillowcases. What treasures. Thank you for sharing that, Marilyn.

  3. Harriet Says:

    What wonderful photos you captured and they now will be forever memories for your daughter and Marc. They will look at them all often and remember well this day when family and friends honored them. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you, Harriet. That was my thought, to preserve her bridal shower in images. Days like this are often a blur and photos help one recall the details.

  4. I soaked up every word and image, Audrey! Beautiful day for you and all!
    The days are clicking by, it will be here before you know it!
    All the best with the final details!
    Stacey

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thanks, Stacey. For me, Amber’s shower really made this all “real.” It may have been seeing her in that beautiful white lace dress…

  5. These are lovely photos for a lovely time. Enjoy every second of this transition! I agree that Amber’s dress was gorgeous. How lucky she is to have family and friends surround her as she begins a new life chapter. How lucky you are as her mom to be able to share this with her!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Ah, thank you, Kathleen. We are certainly blessed by caring and loving family and friends.

  6. Jackie Says:

    Such a memorable day for all, and I quite agree with you Audrey about having your camera in hand! I love the 2nd photo especially, Amber’s beautiful dress, elegant posture and oh…those bare feet, I love that!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I can always count on you to notice and appreciate the details, Jackie. You and I think a lot alike.

  7. Sheri Scozzaro Says:

    Thanks so much for the lovely pictures. I had so wanted to be there and your photos made me feel part of the celebration. I hate to be another person to say the same thing, but I thought Amber looked absolutely fabulous in that lovely dress. Can’t wait to see her on her special day! I am looking forward to the wedding and to meeting Marc’s new family. See you in September!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Sheri, we are excited to meet you, too. I’m glad my photos helped you experience Amber’s bridal shower. I know you would have been there had the miles b/n your home and Minnesota not been so many. We are pleased you can attend the wedding. I will email you a photo of Amber’s reaction to the plates you gave her. I promise. You will love the image. Amber was delighted to get those plates.

  8. hotlyspiced Says:

    I’m so glad you had a camera to capture such a special moment in time. Your daughter’s lace dress is stunning. I love how the gifts were so beautifully presented. And the linen is very precious! xx

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Almost always I have my camera with me and I wasn’t about to leave it tucked away on this occasion. I know Amber, and family members who could not attend, appreciated that I took photos.

      When Amber walked in wearing that dress, I think we all stopped and turned our heads. It was the perfect dress for the day.

      And, yes, the guests made sure those gifts were beautifully packaged. We were all a bit teary eyed upon her opening of the embroidered pillowcases and tablecloth from Grandma Beatrice.

  9. Sue Ready Says:

    Sounded like a wonderful get together celebrating your daughter’s upcoming marriage AND the food table looked quite yummy!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      It was a nice intimate gathering of aunts, a few cousins, several friends, one Grandma, a sister, mother of the groom and me. Just like Amber wanted. And, yes, the food was delicious, especially my sister-in-law Annette’s fresh fruit topped dessert.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing her shower with your readers – she is just glowing and happy!

  11. Lisa C. Says:

    What a lovely bridal shower. Thank you for sharing. I love your daughter’s dress, and the food looks very yummy. 😀


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