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This post is brought to you by Francis Ford Coppola Winery–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

It seems that more than ever, friends and family members spread out across the country, and even across the globe, which makes coordinating pre-wedding activities, like engagement parties and bridal showers, a logistical juggling act. I have bridesmaids in four different states myself–and I live in a fifth! In situations like this, one of the best times to schedule a bridal shower is over the holidays, when bridesmaids, friends, and the bride may be in their hometowns. But how to plan a shower that is festive and seasonally appropriate, where the bride is clearly the focus of the celebration? To answer this question, we teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola Winery, who sent us some of their Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, which comes in the prettiest bottle, and adorable Mini Cans–the first wine to come in a can. Francis Coppola created these wines as a gift for his daughter, Sofia (yes, the chic and talented Sofia Coppola!), inspired by her bright and effervescent personality, and we imagined the bride this shower is celebrating with the same infectious qualities!

Should you be planning a holiday shower yourself, we have a few tips to help you carry it off with aplomb!

Send invitations early. Holiday schedules fill up quickly, and many people make plans months in advance, or have a standing tradition. Give guests plenty of time to rearrange their schedules or adjust their travel plans by sending out invitations at least two months in advance. We love this fun invitation MaeMae & Co. designed for our sparkling celebration!

Choose a color palette or theme that is festive, but original. For this New Year’s Eve bridal shower, touches of sparkle were a must, but we added a little twist to the typical NYE palette by including the bride’s favorite colors: deep red and pink. The Sofia Blanc de Blancs bottle (which comes wrapped in pink cellophane–Sofia Coppola’s idea, inspired by her favorite peonies!) and adorable Mini Cans fit this palette perfectly, and a gorgeous floral arrangement by Alana of Serendipity Designs completed the table. Even the container the Sofia Mini Cans come in is beautiful–so much so that we were inspired to reuse it as a centerpiece vessel!

Keep the focus on the bride. While this shower may be tied with a holiday, it is first and foremost a bridal shower, not a New Year’s Eve party. Schedule it early enough in the day so that there is no confusion, and bring the bride and her darling personality into as many elements as possible so that she doesn’t feel overshadowed by the holiday festivities. Monogrammed details, like our DIY cake topper, are a sweet way to celebrate her!

If you would love to include Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Sofia wines (the line also include a Riseling, a Rosé, and a Chardonnay) at your next celebration, they have generously offered 15% off your first order and $5 shipping to SW readers with the code COPPOLA15. As you may have seen on Instagram a few weeks ago, getting a package from them is almost as delightful as what’s inside!

Sparkling Wine: Francis Ford Coppola Winery / Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography / Venue: The Stockroom at 230 / Florals: Serendipity Designs / Invitation: MaeMae & Co. / Linens: La Tavola / Skirts: Bel and Beau / Tinsel Drink Stirrers: Em for Marvelous

Lauren Rosenau is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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Every day, but especially on Memorial Day, we are tremendously grateful for not only the men and women who serve our country, but also, for the people who love and support them most–their families and friends. Before William was deployed to Afghanistan, he and his sweet bride, Victoria, eloped, and their romantic day was captured beautifully by Lauren Rosenau. No stranger to distance and bracing themselves to spend their first year of marriage apart, these two are as brave and committed as they come, but on the day they were married, all that mattered was that they were becoming husband and wife!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to William for his service to our country, to Victoria for bravely supporting him from home, and to Lauren for sharing their joyful elopement with us!

From the bride:

When I look back to our last month of college, it’s hard to believe that while we started as friends, by graduation day, we were dating, making plans for adventures out West, loving life, and most definitely ignoring the fact that we had each already accepted jobs in what seemed to be opposite ends of the universe.

Our separation became even greater when Will joined the Army in 2011. While I think Will wanted to ask long before our seventh year of dating, he finally asked me to marry him on November 9, 2013 under a canopy of silver beech trees in my hometown of Milton, MA.

It wasn’t too long after that balmy New England winter morning in November that Will found out he was deploying to Afghanistan. If we had already handled long winter drives, cancelled flights, and poor phone service thwarting our togetherness, we could handle making life plans oceans apart.

But first, before he deployed (like the week before), we wanted to show the world our love and capture our happiness and gratitude for each other on film. Will is the one who found Lauren Rosenau’s amazing photography. I could not have asked for a more fitting artist to capture this special moment in our lives.

On February 9, 2014, just days after the South was crippled by heavy ice storms, I somehow needed to get from Boston to Fayetteville, NC. I am fairly certain that if I ever fly through Charlotte, NC again, the US Airways ticket agents will remember me as the girl that had a very important date to make!

With my own army of perfect strangers helping me get to Will, I made it in the nick of time. Despite the chilly weather and the fact that the morning started before mimosas could be served, the day could not have been any more perfect. While we wait to be reunited, these photos hold us close. They capture a time and place, a promise to each other, and a wish for a lifetime of adventure and happiness together. Hurry home William, you still owe me some mimosas–it’s time to celebrate!

Lauren Rosenau is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    Very sweet and touching love story. A great day to share it too! Military couples just have to think a bit differently. This turned out beautiful!

  2. avatar Dana reply

    Sooooo presh!

  3. avatar Abby reply

    God Bless you two!! Thank you for your service!! Gorgeous dress too!

  4. avatar Anastasia reply

    This is just too sweet, I’m crying!

  5. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    THAT is what marriage is all about! So sweet and touching!

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