Friday, May 31, 2013

Sneak Peak at the Bridals/Groomals

Just a quick sneak peak from our Bridals
this week, or I guess they call them Groomals
if you include the groom and we did.

When my oldest daughter got married, some
kind and wise friend suggested that we
include the groom for the pictures, 
just in case something bad happened
that could ruin the pictures
on the wedding day - weather or something....

Little did she know that 8 days before
the wedding he would get his whole face
smashed in from a boating/tubing accident
and have to have plates put in his face,
so needless to say, we are great fans
of including the groom.

I created the bouquet for the bridals
using ideas from Pinterest and Youtube
on how to wire brooches and how to secure
them with special floral glue (I used
the glue and floral holder he recommends
for fresh flowers - I will do a tutorial
when things slow down here!) 

 You just have
to love the internet for all of the wonderful
information you can find.  The brooches
can be found for practically nothing
at Fabulous Brooch. (Most of them were

One other fun thing I found on Pinterest
was a picture of the groom blindfolded
so that seeing the dress for the first
time was captured.  

We did that and
to see the look on his face was priceless!

Well, that is the only tidbit for now!
What fun to be the Mother of the Bride.

Since June is wedding month,
I will be sharing this on

(And since my last two posts were on
anniversaries and celebrations - just
thought I would mention that I just
flew past my 3rd Blog-a-versary! 
Wow, how did that happen?)

Just a quick PS

I just found out today that my daughter's
niece (on her husband's side) is to 
be married June 15 and her fiance was
just hit by a car walking across the street
and is in the hospital with his back broken.
They don't know what they are going
to do at this time!

I had just written that you don't know
what might happen and here it is within
the extended family!!


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. I hear so many stories of grooms breaking their nose or getting hit in a ball game - your idea of including him just makes very good sense! That dress looks like it must be stunning!

  2. Congrats on your 3rd blogging anniversary.
    My oh my....what beauty you have posted here today. I can't wait to the photos of the wedding..

    Great idea to include the groom...after all...this event does include both of them. I think this is a super smart thing to do and later in years, those photos will be a true treasure.
    As always is gorgeous around your place.

  3. Oh my gosh I cringed at the face accident..does he still have some pain?
    The bouquet has your creative signature all over it:-)

  4. Oops and Bon Anniversaire:-)
    Happy you started blogging:-)

  5. Wowwww that bouquet is amazing !!!...i never seen it before !!!...lovely!

  6. Oh how gorgeous that bouquet is! You are such an artist. Beautiful photos. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. laurie

  7. I love your blog and have made many for the great things you have shared. Beautiful post again. Amazing bouquet!! Can't wait to see more!!

  8. The sneak peek is fabulous and I am looking forward to more pictures. Do we get to see the groom's face? Please?
    It's been just about 11 years since I've been a mother of the bride for the second daughter and the wedding was a fun day.
    Wishing a sunny day with blue skies for the wedding Jacqueline - it's a wonder you have time to post.
    Happy 3rd anniversary for your blog too - time flies.

  9. What a gorgeous bouquet, and I would expect those brooches to cost a lot more. I like the idea of a blindfolded groom, too. Hope your SIL is fully healed from that accident. xo

  10. So beautiful! These are photos to treasure. :)

  11. Wonderful pictures and awesome bouquet!! Love seeing this all come about.

  12. That's really a neat idea Jacqueline! The bouquet is beautiful, love his dimples:@)

  13. Love the great photos Jacqueline! The bouquet is gorgeous too. I can't wait to see the real thing and the actual day! Congrats already, my friend. Enjoy your weekend.

  14. Oh, that is a good idea! I'm eager to see the photos. I know the bride is going to be stunning and so will the Mother of the Bride.

  15. The bouquet is stunning! I love the sneak peeks! So great to have the groom blindfolded! ;-D

    What an exciting time!


  16. Beautiful bridal pictures. What a terrible story about your son in law! That must have been hard for everyone! Enjoy the weekend.


  17. Gorgeous! Can't wait to see more.

    I'll be praying for this young couple.

  18. Holy cow! Hit by a car??!?!? How awful! I hope the groom makes a full and speedy recovery. The poor dears must be besides themselves! I'm just glad that he survived it!

    You guys were very wise to include the groom. As a wedding consultant, I always encouraged this for 2 reasons, 1 being the one you gave. The other is because it gives the groom and opportunity to see his bride in her for the 1st time TWICE: once in private where they can share that intimate moment without hundreds of gazing eyes upon them, and once with friends and family all present. It really makes it twice as nice...literally!

    The bouquet you created is beautiful! I love all the neat brooches!!! Bling is my thing, sister girl!!! :-) Speaking of bling...LOVE all the bling on the bride's wrist!!! Very different, and very hip!

    Enjoy yourself, Ms. Mother-of-the-Bride, and I hope both young grooms are on the mend so they can get started pain-free with their new lives!

  19. KC has a blue and white wedding. The brooches would have been a neat appointment to the bouquet. Including the groom really is a great idea. I hope that you many who was hit by the car recovers quickly! Cherry Kay'

  20. You don't forget a thing, Jacqueline! You sure know how to take any event to the next level:) Gorgeous. Happy 34th wedding anniversary, and 3rd blog anniversary!

  21. Beautiful, love the pictures and can't wait for more.

  22. Just found you through the Tablecaper. How beautiful your daughters bouquet is. I have never seen one so lovely. How tragic to have your SIL injured so badly, I hope he has recovered well.

  23. I think these photo session are such a wonderful idea. You do never know what's going to happen in terms of weather or accidents (yikes)! I hope both young men are doing okay!!

    Looking forward to seeing more pics as the wedding approaches.

    Congrats on your 3rd blogging year too!

  24. As a big fan of anything shiny or sparkly....I LOVE the bouquet! Fabulous.

  25. Lights and Shadows within the Lives of those who Live, and Love, deeply.

    Praying that in both events your are Looked Upon and Treasured and Guarded.


    Your daughter's bouquet has been a favorite since I saw some Country Singer wearing one on her wedding day. So lovely. Jewels to the true Jewel. Thank you for sharing :love:

  26. Bonjour Jacqueline,
    Somptueux préparatifs pour un mariage qui s'annonce sous de beaux auspices.
    Je souhaite bon rétablissement au fiancé...
    Ce bouquet est vraiment merveilleux et quelle belle idée cette composition avec des broches Bling!
    OrIginal et magnifique
    Have a magic time

  27. Hi Jackie! This is Becki, Fred Jr. wife in Wisconsin. How are you? We were at Mary Kay's last night and Mary Jo and Pat were saying that you have a blog. I love it! I have a blog also. It is private but would love to send an invite to you to join if you would like. Your family is absolutely beautiful! How exciting for a wedding. Our daughter Bailey will be 13 in August, we just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary and Fred was elected to the Town of Oregon Board this spring. We are blessed. Our email is Take care.


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