Bridal Brunch

On the day before my wedding, my bridesmaids, mom, step-mom and mother-in-law gathered at The Stray Dog for a bridal lunch to kick off the weekend festivities. We said "Cheers" over cocktails while chatting about all that was to come, and everyone received gifts from my mom to thank them for their help throughout the process. (More on those gifts later!) It was laid back and relaxed -- there were no decorations and no frills. Just great company and lots of excitement in the air.
My co-MOHs and I
I swear I didn't pick my dress to match the wrapping paper!
All my favorite ladies
My lovely mom and I
The bride got goodies, too!
The gorgeous harbor of New Buffalo
To wear, I chose a black and white polka dot dress from Antropologie. It was a birthday girl from Doug's mom (She also picked out this dress. Great taste, right?!) that I got a day prior. As soon as I opened it I knew it would be perfect for the luncheon; it's comfortable while still being elegant, and I adore the back! Paired with pearls and a delicate diamond bracelet, both which hold deep family meaning, I was certainly a blushing bride-to-be feeling calm, collected, and ready to start the wedding weekend in style.


  1. It's always so enjoyable when there is no agenda and there are no high expectations - just good times with great people :)

  2. looks like such a great time! love your dress and those mid-heels! :)

  3. You look a lot like your mom!

  4. the back is amazing! and ditto Rachel- you look just like your mom!

    With Luck Blog

  5. How cute are those polka for bags?! Such a cute event!


  6. What a lovely shower! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I also really love your dress. I agree that it was perfect for the occasion!

  7. i love your polka dot dress! so pretty. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  8. What a beautiful bunch of ladies and location!! It looks likes your big day was amazing!! You look absolutely beautiful!! And I love the back of that dress!! :)

  9. What a great pre-wedding activity - it looked like so much fun. And you, of course, looked fabulous.

  10. Oooh, I love the buttons on the back! Such a cute detail. And you do look calm and relaxed - and beautiful!

    aka Bailey


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