Just about a month ago, I had the honor of co-hosting a truly lovely event with my friend and frequent collaborator Nancy Chace, owner of Sea Rose Cottage
: a celebration of Fifi O'Neill
's newest book Prairie-Style Weddings
|Me, Fifi and Nancy|
The idea was the brainchild of Nancy's, who brought the idea to Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
in her home town of Bristol, Rhode Island
. Before long a date was set and the wheels were in motion.
Nancy and I each took on different tasks so that all Fifi
would need to do was bring her sweet self and a pen!
I always like the idea of SWAG bags and so we put out a call to action on social media and were so happy with the generous response!
In addition to bag-fillers, artisans offered their time, efforts and supplies to make our event extra special...
|Carol Riley of Bristol-Cottage created this lovely wedding dress inspired by the book|
Julie Christina of Blithewold added her special touches to the celebration with an elegant selection of nibbles and sips...
Cucumber sandwiches with fresh dill, a simple cake turned stunning with raspberries, lemonade-pomegranate punch served in a flipped cake pedestal! I proclaim raspberries are the glitter of the fruit world! They elevate anything to swoonworthy!
Nancy gave dollar store frames a quick coat of paint
and propped them in easels to post collages of book images at related stations throughout the venue. Genius!
It was one of those rare occasions that went even better than planned!
Thank you to the fabulous Fifi for being such a mentor to me; she demonstrates such a pay-it-forward, gracious, love what you do life, and I'm so happy to have her as my Fairygodmother. Thank you Nancy, my co-host and pal in this and upcoming projects. It's nice to have friends that are as crazybusy as yourself (and still willing to take on more despite the restriction of 24 hours in a day)! Thank you to our many sponsors, attendees and well-wishers near and far. To The Providence Journal
for the great press. To Julie and her team at Blithewold (rhymes with "old") for making elegance look effortless and to Allan Millora Photography
for these stunning photos!
Um, I think I've covered everything! If not, there's always the Edit Post button.
Happy June wishes!