A Fun, Floral Bridal Shower in Washington, D.C.
Adrienne Ferriero met her fiancé, John Gallagher, at a mutual friend's party in Virginia. The two hit it off and dated for nearly a year before John surprised her and proposed. "We were supposed to go to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, but John got the flu," Adrienne says, "Instead, I cooked dinner, and then he asked if I wanted to go on a walk. That wasn't out of the ordinary for us, so we walked to the lake behind my condo and sat on the bench. We talked about what it would be like to be married. He turned to me, got down on one knee, and asked, 'Will you be my best friend forever?' I cried and said yes!"
Adrienne and John set a date of May 26, 2016, for their wedding at St. Peter's Church, followed by a reception at the Mayflower Hotel, in Washington, D.C.
One month before the big day, the bride's mother hosted a classic, colorful shower. The April 10, 2016, celebration at the Trump National Golf Club had a guest list of 50 loved ones. With the help of Laura Ritchie of Grit & Grace, the day was elegant with fun details playing up Adrienne's love for makeup and all things glam.
The Stationery Suite
The Engagement Ring
Adrienne's yellow diamond engagement ring was from Liljenquist & Beckstead and was designed by John.
The venue's ballroom was the ideal space for Adrienne's vision to come to life. Originally from Florida, she was inspired by Palm Beach, in addition to the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, where she and John would go for their honeymoon. Stripes, palms, and bold florals decorated the space.
Adrienne's mother gifted her hot pink Manolo Blahnik shoes, completing her bright ensemble.
Guests sipped on Champagne, topped with customized acrylic stir sticks by LH Calligraphy that said "April Showers", while other stir sticks said "May Flowers". The latter also played up the May engagement and wedding date—not to mention their wedding venue, The Mayflower Hotel.
The menus outlined the meal, which started with a spring salad followed by pan-seared breast of free-range chicken.
The ladies dined on Nutella crepes for dessert.
The Guest Book
Rather than having a traditional guest book, Adrienne's friends gave her colorful kisses. "Since I love makeup this was totally up my alley," says Adrienne, "I am a freelance makeup artist, and so the girls thought it would be cute to have some of our guests use their favorite lip colors to create a little card for me."
The Little Notes
Friends wrote notes of encouragement and love on small gold-edged cards and pineapple-shaped paper.
A Special Gift
Adrienne opened a box that said "stop and smell the roses" gifted to her by her best friend. "She included many memorable things in there and wrote a long letter which was super emotional and amazing. She also had Bible verses framed that John and I were planning to say during our vows," explains Adrienne, "There were some other special BFF items in there, but it was by far the most meaningful gift of the day."
The bride-to-be continued to open more presents, including one from John's mother. The picture of her and John read "the real gift" on the back of the frame and was accompanied by a special message.
More Special Moments
Adrienne shared moments with everyone throughout the day, including her Nana.
"I love and do makeup for clients and friends all the time, so this was the perfect little send off," says Adrienne of the nail polish favors given out.