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Last week, we pulled off a big first for us Southern Weddings ladies! We actually got one past the incredible Ms. Emily Ayer, and SURPRISED her with a mini-inspired bridal shower! That’s right, with the help of some really fabulous friends, we tricked our own little bride-to-be into thinking we were headed to high tea at The Carolina Inn. Then the doozy came – we were actually throwing HER a shower!

When we arrived, Lara presented Emily with the unbelievably adorable mini-invitation to her shower (awesome job, Amber!). As you can see below, she was a bit surprised!

Our friend Heidi, the Director of Catering at The Carolina Inn, joined forces with the fab Erin McLean to dream up this sweetly Southern and completely “Emily” shower! We told them our girl likes pink, cupcakes and mini things and then we sent them a link to Em’s blog. Heidi and Erin ran with it, and created awesomeness! Boy, have we got talented friends!

I also have to brag a bit on Nicole – not only did Nicole help plan this gorgeous event, but she sat next to Emily everyday for about two months without spilling the beans!

Isn’t this girl cute? Yes, we are lucky enough to work with her every day!

Big thanks to all our friends who came far and wide to celebrate our sweet bride-to-be! And big SW hugs to Cyn Kain for capturing all the divine details of the day!

Congratulations to you, Miss Em! We are beyond thrilled for you, know you will be a stunning bride. We wish you all the love in the world!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
12 Comments
  1. avatar Ravmek – Indian Wedding Planner reply

    Very Cute decor and Cyn Kain has captured the bride-to-be’s expressions and her surprise very beautifully.

  2. avatar Mariel reply

    So fabulous! You ladies sure know how to throw a party! Congrats to Emily!

  3. avatar Anastasia Marie reply

    This is absolutely adorable! Love the invites and that table setting is to die for!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    So fun to relieve this AMAZING shower through photos! And, I like how my mouth is wide open in every single one of the photos – clearly I was surprised!!

  5. avatar Whitney reply

    Oh this makes me so, so happy! Em, I hope you had a wonderful mini-bridal shower!!! Everything looks adorably scrumptious and Emily-inspired. I miss you!

  6. avatar Kelly Cummings reply

    Aww I love the look on Emily’s face, how perfect for a mini lover like herself! And those tiny teacups are too cute! And I’m obsessed with that hat box!

  7. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Oh I love re-living this day too! Such a sweet memory; thank you so much for including me in the surprise. Love you Emily! Less than 1 month to go!! xoxo

    PS. Currently craving a scone with clotted cream & jam :)

  8. avatar Cyn reply

    Loved spending this day with you ladies! Thanks for including me! Yay for getting married, Emily! Married life is the best :) xo

  9. avatar Making Things Happen 2013 Recap | Simply Jessica Marie reply

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    […] For those of you who know me, this is essentially my dream job. Ever since I saw the adorable mini teacup invitations Amber designed for Emily Thomas’s bridal shower on Southern Weddings last summer, I fell in love with her style. Then, after hearing her speak at […]

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