Bridal Shower, Vino Terrace, Seoul

My little sister is getting married!!! and two Saturdays ago a beautiful bridal shower was thrown for the bride-to-be with her closest friends from high school, college, and church. It was thankfully a gorgeous day with lots of sunshine, perfect for our outdoors rooftop location at Vino Terrace!

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We rented out Vino Terrace from 2-5pm and the bridesmaids got to work decorating the entire place with fresh flowers from the Flower Market at Express Bus Terminal, homemade Sangria with fruits, home-baked three layered cake made by the talented Esther, and horderves prepared all by yours truly, maid of honor Yumi and Esther.

Ricotta cheese with salmon, tomato, strawberries and all fresh ingredients. And of course some salami and cheese to go with the Champagne to celebrate the bride-to-be!

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The bridesmaids dressed in grey, while the bride shined in white. The flowers were arranged by my mom that morning – fresh off the flower market the night before. The theme was blush and white, so the flowers ranged from Hanoi, baby pink roses, to peonies! The flowers smelled absolutely fresh and sweet. The Maid of Honor had prepared a flower crown for the bride, which made her look even more elegant. The photobooth wall was decorated by the bride herself, handmade using colored stock paper! She is artistic and creative, so she went all out. The bride-to-be banner was lent by my friend Heeseok unni. The black sexy Bride-to-be sash was gifted to me by my bridesmaid Minji for my bridal shower last year. Thankfully we could use it for my sister too! #recyclingisbeautiful

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It was smiles all around. I think the most wonderful thing about Bridal Showers is that you have a moment when all those that you love can come together to celebrate with you. And on this gorgeous April Saturday afternoon we were all there for my sister!

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Juna, my youngest sister, and I had been in charge of decorations and games, so we got white helium balloons, handmade photobooth props (calligraphy all done by Juna on card stock paper, while the sparkly props were borrowed from Barbara), flower wall (every single flower made by the bride by watching youtube), mason jars with ribbons (for guests to place colored notes filled with date night ideas, baby names, bible verses or words of encouragement, and reasons why we love the Bride), seating arrangment cards (written out in cursive on nice paper), chocolates on the tables (because we all need a little something sweet), and extra fresh flowers all set up. Each guest was  given an organic candle made by the bride as a surprise!

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The games started with ice breakers of “2 Truths and 1 Lie with the Bride” where we had to share 2 truths and 1 lie about our relationship with the bride. If you got it right you got a point, if you guessed wrong, you drank some bubbly champagne. The guest with the most points got a little gift from the gift basket filled with Eos lip balms and L’occitane hand creams. The ones that got answers wrong got happy on all the champagne. win-win.

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This was followed by “Jeopardy with the Bride” with four categories (character, habits, aspirations, and people) about the Bride and 3 questions in each category with points from 100 to 500 – some secret double pointers. This game helped with team bonding as many guests met on that day for the first time! It was a lot of fun, and we all learned new and strange facts about the bride, which we will keep confidential! We love you Junhye!

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Then, “Feel the Groom” game with a surprise visit was made by the Groom and his friends after Blindfolding the bride!** She was definitely caught by surprise and  had to feel body parts of all the men to find her Groom. It was hilarious, and she found him in the end!

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Then we played the “Define Love” game where guests filled out pink heart post-its with their definition of Love in one word. The bride picked her favorite definition, and the guest who wrote it won a prize. Yoonji took home a hand-sanitizer as her gift!

This beautiful evening was concluded with a prayer time to bless her marriage. Tori, her close friend and sister from her discipleship training (DT) group facilitated the time. It was the best way to end the lovely afternoon. The bridal shower took hours of preparation, but it was all worth it in the end and I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I really wanted to throw the best bridal shower for her, and I felt like we really did it! Everything went well and all the guests left laughing and glowing, and the bride was beaming. I can’t believe my little sister is all grown up and getting married this month! Time really flies… I’m just grateful that I got to celebrate this moment with her in person, before God leads us to different places with our hubbies. Love you our 못난이 (ugly duckling)! You are so beautiful now – no longer can we call you 못난이! I pray that your marriage will be blessed by our heavenly Father and that it will be a blessing to others!

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