Just prior to Angelique’s January wedding, her friends and family celebrated her upcoming nuptials with a winter wedding shower that embraces the joy of the season. Since the holidays and colder months are her favorite time of the year, a theme of “Last Christmas Before Mrs.” served as inspiration. Dreams Come True Parties took this and ran with it, designing a look that was cozy and festive. A color palette of red and green was accentuated by Angelique’s own silver sequin dress and her bridesmaids wearing varying shades of maroon and red. Tables were lined with pine cones, evergreens, and floating candles while a s’more kit greeted each guest at their seat. Poinsettias and faux Christmas trees abounded while a fire pit kept things nice and warm. From the personalized photo backdrop to the mirror seating chart dripping in red berries and greenery, we’re in love with all of these thoughtful holiday details. We’re so glad Loren Demarco Photography was there to capture them all!
About the Couple
We first started our journey in October 2019. Our first encounter was on Hinge, where we bonded over our love of food and drink. I had posted on Hinge that I would be very impressed if someone could open a wine bottle faster than me. Cory, not shy of a challenge or to lend a hand, offered his services. Unfortunately, Cory was not as skilled at picking restaurants as he was at opening wine bottles; our first two dates were planned for restaurants that were not open. Throughout the fall, we continued to see each other, and a small spark began to blossom. Insert global pandemic…
In 2020, the world may have shut down, but our love story was still in its first chapter. I, a nurse, was thrust into possibly the most challenging environment I will ever encounter in my nursing career. Cory, a systems analyst, was balancing the developing situation abroad and a lock-down at home. No matter the challenges ahead, we met them face on and continued to write our love story. There were many social distanced dates, FaceTime happy hours, and one very special picnic by Peters Lake. We continued to grow our relationship through 2020 and by 2021, we were two hearts on fire. That summer, I moved in with Cory. After MANY…MANY…MANY hints, on February 19, 2022, Cory proposed.
About the Shower
Being that we were getting married in January I wanted to continue with the winter theme and have my shower in December. I picked the date of December 10 because I wanted to have my shower right around my parents’ wedding anniversary to make it even more special. After spending hours and hours on Pinterest, I came across the “Last Christmas Before Mrs.” theme. Christmas is my favorite holiday and winter is my favorite season. I sent my Pinterest vision board to my matron of honor who then contacted our planner, Alysha. She brought my vision to life with every little detail from the centerpieces, seating chart, balloon and picture backdrop, to endless amounts of candles. I wanted everything to feel like a cozy winter wonderland with fire pits, couches, fur, and hints of deep reds and greens. I picked the Lot at Edgewater for a venue because their food, drinks, atmosphere, and winter decor are amazing (it’s my favorite brunch spot to go to with friends). When going over the drink menu with the event coordinator, I knew I wanted to do a signature drink, which was a winter sangria with a berry garnish. I really wanted my shower to be very laid back and just have everyone mingle, catch up, and celebrate. We played games and had amazing baskets as prizes. Since my bridesmaids played such a huge role in not only my life but planning my special day, I wanted them to stand out and match the theme, so they all wore different shades of red/maroon. I also feel that every bride wears white for their shower, but I wanted to be different and wear silver sequins. As a favor, we made little s’more kits.
Getting to celebrate the next step in our lives with all of our favorite people in the same place. We had friends and family travel from all over to celebrate, which meant the world to me. It was also nice to put all the stress of the wedding planning process aside and spend time laughing, reconnecting, and celebrating all the precious moments leading up to the big day. I had a lot of fun playing the games because I got to see how well our loved ones really knew us as a couple. At the end of the shower, Cory showed up with an amazing bouquet for not only me but my mom, his mom, and grandmother. We then played the wedding shoe game. I loved it because this allowed Cory to be involved in the shower while putting our love to the test.