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On June 7, 2015, exactly 125 days before her Seattle wedding, Jessica Ritt's mom and sister threw her a bridal shower in New York City, where she lives. About 30 guests joined in the celebration at Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs, a restaurant in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan. Its private event space was a cozy setting for the afternoon soirée, which was designed in a palette of neutrals and metallics.
"I loved having all of my closest friends in one room—that doesn't happen very often," Jessica says of her East Coast shower, which occurred several weeks before another one back home in Washington State. "It was such a nice day between the amazing brunch and desserts, thoughtful gifts, and fun games!"
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Jessica's mother, Laurie, and her sister, Hanna, planned the entire event, without letting the bride-to-be in on the details until the day of. The festivities began with cocktails and visits to the makeshift photo booth before everyone sat down for brunch. In between courses the hostesses spoke and spearheaded a few shower games.
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The Place Settings
Each seat was set with a menu, blue-striped bar towel, and a place card with a 3-D engagement ring sticker and a guest's name calligraphed by Sally from La Happy Design.
Cards were also set out so each attendee could fill in their advice for Jessica. Jotting down what to always tell your husband, what topics are best to keep a sense of humor when discussing, and what to always remember. They were then slipped in to a small album as a keepsake for the bride-to-be.
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Petite Floral Arrangements
White and green floral arrangements of peonies, dahlias, Queen Anne's lace, and other greenery adorned the copper tables.
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Fun and Games
One of the activities was a crossword puzzle where the clues pertained to the bride and the couple's relationship. Attendees were prompted to fill in the blanks for things like Jessica's middle name, what country she studied abroad in, the pair's honeymoon destination, and the sports team that the duo went to see on their first date.
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That's What He Said
The bride's sister filmed Jessica's husband-to-be, Todd, answering a bunch of questions about Jessica and their relationship. The questions were first read aloud at the shower, so that Jessica could guess the answers, and then the footage was shown to reveal if she'd guessed correctly.
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Jessica opened several gifts, including a monogrammed tote from her sister and close friends, that was filled with thoughtful gifts including monogrammed slippers, a customized hanger for the wedding dress, a "bride" button-down shirt to get ready in on the big day, and other bride-centric items.
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A Surprise Guest
Jessica's fiancé, Todd, showed up, flowers in hand, at the end of the celebration. "I was happy to see him," the bride-to-be says. "It was such a fun day and I'm glad he got to experience all of the hard work that my sister and mom put into the party and to say hello to all of the guests."
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Photography, Belathée Photography
Location, Catering, Flowers, and Coordination, Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs
Calligraphy, La Happy
Macarons, Dana's Bakery
Cake truffles, Keremo Cakes
Bride-to-be's dress, ALC
Hair, Ayumi Yamamoto
Makeup, Wei Lang