A Colorful Surprise Bridal Shower in Texas
Ashley Rose's Bridal Shower
When Ashley Rose and her friends started talking about her bachelorette party, the plan was always to do something low-key. And so, the month before she tied the knot, the owner/creative director at Sugar & Cloth, and her seven friends rented The Wilde House in Ben Wheeler, Texas, for a mellow getaway not far from her home in Houston.
But her friends had a surprise in store for her—an impromptu bridal shower. Most of the planning and designing was done by Kayla Haykin and Brittni Mehlhoff, who incorporated many of the bride-to-be's favorite elements, like balloon garlands, sugar cookies, and pom poms, and used the wedding day's color palette as inspiration.
"They set up the entire party, gift boxes, etc. while I was out, so everything felt really magical when I got to the house," Ashley says of the pop-up party. Her fiancé, Jared, was an accomplice in the scheme, by distracting her and taking her in to town so the gals could set everything up.
Just a few hours from Houston, The Wilde House was the perfect setting for the girls' getaway, and accommodated the group of eight. Outside of the modern farmhouse in eastern Texas, a laser-cut sign by Studio Noel boasted the wedding's hashtag, which celebrated the couple's low-key and relaxed vibe.
A Sign of the Times
A message board from Ban.do spelled out the celebration's hashtag, #ashgonemild—a play on the wedding hashtag #smithsgonemild.
One table held the entire group. "It was quaint, fun, and all in the details," Ashley says of the backyard bridal shower.
The Place Settings
An installation of white balloons blown up to various sizes framed the space.
Sassy Stir Sticks
Cocktail stirrers made by Studio Noel added a fun, and humorous, touch to the drink glasses.
Another entertaining part of the shindig came with a twist on the Newlyweds Game. Ashley's husband-to-be, Jared, had been filmed answering questions, which Ashley was asked in person. She answered first, and they showed his responses after. "One of the best questions asked was 'what is your partner's go-to dance move," Kayla recalls. "It was hilarious watching Jared impersonate Ashley, and vice versa. They know each other so well and totally nailed the mannerisms."
Inside the house, the communal area also got a little tszuj with extra blooms.
Dressed Alike and Having Fun
The following morning, clad in their matching black "this is not a sweatshirt" sweatshirts, the ladies toasted the bride and continued the festivities.
Photography, Jared Smith of Sugar & Cloth
Location, The Wilde House
Flowers, Flower Muse
Cake, Maple and Love
Macarons, Tout Suite
Sugar Cookies, Okie Doughkie
Bride's dress, Asos
Bride's shoes, Steve Madden
Bride's manicure, Olive & June
Stir sticks and laser-cut signage, Studio Noel