Join Us For A Stroll Through Rolling Greens… Sara’s Sunday Shower

About two weeks ago I was given the honor of feting my long-time friend and ever so cute bride-to-be, Ms. Sara Keppler (soon to be Donen). She’s a crafty kind of girl with a bohemian/hippie vibe, so I really wanted to throw a party that would suit her style, provide take-aways for her own outdoor wedding day decor, and be budget-friendly for me!

I got the idea to throw her shower at an indoor/outdoor Nursery while strolling through one of my favorite Los Angeles spots, Rolling Greens. A nursery has beautiful BUILT IN decor… gorgeous greens and flowers surround you… so half of the styling equation is solved. Rolling Greens just also happens to inhabit an old 1930’s tire shop, so I was blessed with old brick walls, indoor and outdoor spaces, vintage tables and chairs, and an ambience that no restaurant could possibly serve up.

Because Rolling Greens offers DIY workshops like Build Your Own Terrarium, Create Your Own Bouquet, etc. I decided to enlist the help of Mine Design Candles to make candle-making a crafty part of the party. We each made a large candle for Sara to take home with her and use for her wedding… and we each got to take a small one home for ourselves.

Instead of catering, each of the bridesmaids cooked a delicious dish, and then sent me the recipe so I could collect them into a keepsake book. Plates and Cake stands were a mix-and-match collection of my own, bridesmaid Rebecca’s, and props from Rolling Greens. Designer water bottles were provided by Evian for an extra splashy touch.

For a little pop of personal panache, and to provide another take-away for Sara, I designed custom parasols with curly willow and fresh flowers. The curly willow remained permanent, and the flowers I arranged on the day of. After the shower, Sara removed the flowers and took the parasols home with her. She has the option to use them again on her wedding day by adding a new arrangement to match the rest of her decor.

Finally… and lucky for me… I was able to book good friend and photographer extraordinaire, Avia Rosen, to photograph the evening for us.

For further thank you’s and details jump to the end…

… but before you do… join the party!

You can’t beat a brick facade…

 

Invitation Inspiration…

 

Paperless Post Invitations by John Derian

 

Chalkboard provided by Rolling Greens…

 

A tree in the middle of the room… I mean, really…

 

The Best of Life is at the Table… especially when provided by your bridesmaids :).

 

Recipe Roundup…

 

 Cupcakes by Crushcakes in Santa Barbara… cake stand of my own…

Gift bags and sweet door decor…

 

The bride-to-be and me…

 

Flower girl…

 

Smiles for miles…

 

How beautiful and creative is this? Did you ever think tea bags could be so pretty?

 

I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it…

 

The makings of a candle…

 

Pretty pretty princess…

 

Wax and Wine…

 

Walkin on sunshine…

 

Gorgeous girls…

 

Designer water… literally… by French Fashion label André Courrèges and Evian…

 

Window gazing…

 

Candle making…

 

There’s no place like home… or Rolling Greens…

 

 LA Ladies…

 

Presents on the patio = perfection.

 

Wrapped up in a bow (actually Sun Kitten Swimwear)…

 

 … and ready to go!

Many many thanks to:

Angelena Moio at Rolling Greens

Heather and crew at Mine Design

Avia Rosen, Photographer, aviarosen@gmail.com

Jessica Blafer at Evian

Gift Bags: Natalie Myers at Smashbox for the legendary lipstick in Inspiration in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Evian for water and facial spray, Dylan’s Candy Bar for chicken feet gummies (for our little chicken), Mine Design candles

Santa Barbara maids for the Crushcakes, games, and recipes

LA maids for recipes, gift bag donations and running around in the heat to help me ;)!

 

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9 comments on “Join Us For A Stroll Through Rolling Greens… Sara’s Sunday Shower
  1. Avia Rosen says:

    What a great write up on your fabulous shower! You forgot to list yourself as the fabulous party planner and visionary for this whole event! Thank you for the shout out.

  2. rebecca marshall says:

    Dee this is amazing!! You did such a fantastic job and Keppler looks so beautiful. Great written post on such a special day!!!

  3. Sarah Oliveira says:

    So beautiful! Great job!

  4. Sara Keppler says:

    Dee, I love you!! I have now read this 6 times! I can’t get enough of the photos and the memories from this amazing day! A million times thank you!!

  5. Natalie Myers says:

    These pictures are amazing!! I love all of them!! The best part is that Sara looks like she’s having the best day ever (so far!!!). Avia is extremely talented and SO ARE YOU!

  6. Sarah Akbary says:

    A beautiful shower for a beautiful bride!! So tasteful and creative, thank you!

  7. Lizzie says:

    A beautiful shower for a beautiful bride! Dee, you are such a talented event planner! Everything was perfection;). Amazing article!! You are amazing! Xo

  8. Cass says:

    FANTASTIC!!!!! You are so creative. I am always amazed. Keep it coming.
    C.

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