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There’s debate in the office over whether Lisa knew we were throwing her a bridal shower. I maintain she was totally surprised (see photos below for evidence!), while Kristin insists she must have known – we are a wedding magazine, after all! Either way, there was no doubt we were going to celebrate our special girl, and our team retreat, just a few weeks before her wedding, was the perfect time to do it. Blue Ribbon Vendor Rebecca Rose Events did an impeccable job pulling together a bridal shower full of Lisa’s favorite things (she admits there was some Pinterest and Instagram sleuthing involved to get everything just so!), and another BRV member, Julia Wade, was on hand to capture the festivities! Let’s take a peek…

Lisa knew afternoon tea at the Carolina Inn was on the retreat schedule, but until we handed her a box with a special invitation inside (designed by Rebecca!), she didn’t know it was in her honor. I think she might have been a little surprised :)

There may have been a few tears when we rounded the corner and saw the tea room all set up.

And with good reason – everything looked gorgeous! Rebecca and Betsy chose a palette based around Lisa’s favorite black and white stripes, with a little pop of red for fun. The beautiful linens were from Nuage Designs!

In addition to the main table, Becca and Betsy also set up the sweetest “Garden of Wisdom” – beautiful white ranunculus, stock, and peonies, all with quotes, verses, and advice for cultivating a growing marriage!

After we finished oohing and ahhing over everything (it took awhile), we settled down for the Carolina Inn tea service – such a treat!

There were freshly baked scones with lemon curd and clotted cream, egg salad and cucumber sandwiches, chocolate covered strawberries, petit fours, and so much more! And, of course, more than ten varieties of tea to sample, like ginger peach, wild berry plum, and black raspberry.

There were also gifts! Instead of choosing something off Lisa and Dave’s registry, we opted to each gift them a favorite date night to help their first year of marriage be full of fun and adventure! For example, I wrapped up the schedule for my favorite outdoor (free!) summer concert series and a gift card to the restaurant on the premises. Kristen went low-key, with gift cards to Publix (for cooking together dates) and Starbucks (for coffee dates). Morgan chose two tickets to a favorite local winery.

We were so glad to have this time together to celebrate just a few weeks before the big day! Lisa experienced her fair share of stress in the last month (yes, it happens to magazine editors, too!), so it was sweet to set that aside for a few hours and look forward to all the good things that were to come.

Big hugs to Rebecca Rose Events, Julia Wade, and the Carolina Inn for all they did to bring this day to life!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kelly reply

    Oh my stars! This look so wonderful! I”m sure this was such a treat for Lisa as you ladies are absolutely wonderful. :)

  2. avatar Liz reply

    What a sweet idea for gifts!!! I absolutely love it!!!

  3. avatar Julie reply

    I just love the gifts you gave. What a perfect way to honor your mission of cultivating strong marriages more beautiful than the wedding day!

  4. avatar mary reply

    The date night idea is awesome!

  5. avatar Dana reply

    Y’all are the sweetest! The Essies are the perfect touch!

  6. avatar Michelle reply

    So beautiful , so much love in those pics !

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Our next burlap challenge finalist is a collaboration between Rebecca Rose Events and Amy Lynne Originals, North Carolina wedding vendors who share a studio space! They put together a fabulous DIY involving burlap flowers and GLITTER! Read on for all of the details!

From the ladies:

“This submission is a collaboration between Becca and Claire from Rebecca Rose Events and Amy of Amy Lynne Originals, and photographed by Sara Wilson of sLogan. For this Southern challenge, we found a way to combine rustic, rough burlap with the unexpected. Enter burlap flowers with glitter! It wasn’t enough to just cover the table with burlap, so we took it several steps further. The bridal bouquet and centerpieces contain burlap flowers with glittered edges and glittered billy balls (okay, Amy says the technical term is “craspedia”) at the center of each flower. The boutonniere contains burlap leaves as well! To pull it all together, we covered the table in burlap and used glittered burlap wraps on each place setting to tuck and hold the menus on the napkins. The table number is glittered on burlap as well.”

Instructions for burlap flowers:

1. Start by creating the center of your flowers. We used billy balls but didn’t want them to be yellow (their natural color).
2. If you too, want to change the color, pick up a can of spray paint and go to town.
3. Let the painted balls dry, then use a spray adhesive and dip in glitter (optional).
4. Use a sealant spray and let billy balls dry. This prevents the glitter from flaking off (a big must if you’re planning to use these in any wedding venue)!
5. Cut burlap into individual petals. Size can vary, but ours were approximately 2 inches long and 1 inch wide at the thickest part of the petal.
6. Thread a needle and sew the base of each petal around the stem of the billy ball. This isn’t exact science and good sewing skills are not needed – we promise! Just keep adding petals until you’ve formed a full flower shape.
7. Use fabric glue to line the edge of each petal and sprinkle with glitter.
8. Repeat the sealant process and spray the whole flower to seal in the glitter. (We used the same steps to create the menu wraps too!)
9. Thread a thin floral wire (available at any craft store!) through the base of each flower to create a flexible “stem”.

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, Rebecca has been so kind as to post a few step-by-step images on her blog here, which should come in handy if you’re planning to tackle this DIY yourself. If you love this idea, be sure to comment and let us know! Remember, you’re welcome to vote for more than one concept.

Floral design: Amy Lynne Originals // Planning/style: Rebecca Rose Events // Photography: sLogan Photography // Location: The Granary Barn

Rebecca Rose Events and Amy Lynne Originals are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar elizabeth {lovely little parties} reply

    seersucker and burlap…..ahhhhh, I’m totally swooning! They are my favorites!

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  3. avatar Mark Potter reply

    Absolutely beautiful Becca! You are so talented.

  4. avatar Katie reply

    I love the combination of pink seer sucker and burlap in this setting! Thanks to Becca and Amy for the tutorial!

  5. avatar Katie reply

    I love the combination of pink seer sucker and burlap in this setting! Thanks to Becca and Amy for the how-to!

  6. avatar Becca reply

    Thanks y’all for these kind comments! We had a blast pulling this together!

  7. avatar Terry A. reply

    Beautifully done! I didn’t know burlap could be so elegant!

  8. avatar Andrea reply

    Absolutely love it ladies!! Thanks for bringing your how-to magic to the Granary at WinMock.

  9. avatar Kayla reply

    Very pretty! Simple southern elegance!

  10. avatar Tabatha reply

    Such a creative use of burlap – with the not-so-expected pink and seersucker! Genius. And the amber bottles create such an amazing glow.
    Thank you Becca and Amy for continued inspiration!

  11. avatar Beth Mack reply

    Love it! So fresh and unique!

  12. avatar Amy Dunlap reply

    Awwww, thanks for all the sweet comments!!!!

  13. avatar LEC reply

    LOVE it but I’m also crazy about the seersucker runner. Any idea where the fabric is from?.I’ve been trying to find this exact fabric(in blue) for my wedding.

  14. avatar Mandy reply

    So pretty, I love the flowers!

  15. avatar Becca reply


    So glad you love the pink seer sucker runner! That fabric isn’t actually a standard rented table linen…we made our own runner. You can find seer sucker (in pink/red, yellow, green and blue) at JoAnn Fabrics. No sewing necessary – you’ll just need to measure out the yardage and you can fold the sides over and iron the crease (use iron-on fabric tape for the best quality) to keep the sides even, straight, and flat.


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  17. avatar Marcia reply

    Gorgeous! Love your designs and layout. Comfortable, warm and inviting.

  18. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    Very Pretty! Pink!!

  19. avatar Meredith reply

    Love the combination of textures and colors, ladies! Romantic and southern, but unique with the glitter and fabric – perfect!

  20. avatar eddie reply

    how do i buy the cotton bouquet? looking for some already made

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