Monday, September 30, 2013

Sposa Bagnata, Sposa Fortunata

Several weekends ago I hosted a Bridal Shower at my home for a dear friend's daughter.

I figured a weekend in September in the SF Bay Area would grace us with a gorgeous day to celebrate her upcoming nuptials.

 And so with the help of the bride to be's mother who just happens to be the best floral designer in town and my co-hostess Maggy we decided to throw a luncheon in my back garden.

 This is my dear friend and co-hostess, Maggy.
Isn't she gorgeous! She was in charge of the food.

About an hour or so before the guests were due to arrive it started to sprinkle... 

which quickly turned to a hard, pounding rain,

and continued in a downpour which lasted for several hours.

All these pictures were taken just minutes
 before the weather turned.

Soon after, the guests began arriving exclaiming that the streets were flooded as they deposited their umbrellas on my doorstep.

Armed with a tray of champagne cocktails with blood orange bitters I immediately set out to keep the party atmosphere festive, after knocking back a couple myself!

My small house got cozy real quick!

 Fortunately there was a break in the weather just as we were about to serve lunch!

Thankfully my wonderful hubby had covered the outside table with plastic sheeting to try and 
protect it from the rain and it worked!

With the addition of an extra umbrella we were all able to sit down together to a delicious lunch.

The Bride to Be, Elizabeth, passed around a tray of gorgeous hand decorated cookies in the shape of a bridal gown!

 The father of the bride showed up to take photos of the occasion.

The mother of the bride, Molly, is on the right with her cousin and one of her sisters.

Afterwards we all gathered in the living room to open the gifts. I had hoped to do this in the tented pavilion but "man makes plans and God laughs."

Which brings us to the meaning of "Sposa Bagnata, Sposa Fortunata."

Which when translated literally means,
"Wet Bride, Lucky Bride." 

Rain signifies blessings. 

Blessings also connote prosperity, both in a material and physical sense.  It is therefore considered good luck if it rains on that special day, due to the hopeful expectations of a happy life.

Elizabeth, or Lizzie, as she is fondly called by her friends and family, was showered with blessings as she and her finace, Joe look forward to starting a new chapter in their lives...

one that should be blessed, blissful, and filled with good fortune.


Maryanne@The Garden said...

Beautiful table settings.

Best wishes to the bride & groom.

helen tilston said...

Wishing Elizabeth and Joe a lifetime of love and happiness. Your home and the party looks spectacular,

LRS4AMANDA said...


What a beautiful wedding shower you hosted, every detail is just gorgeous. Those cookies, so cute!

I love the photos of your living room. I have a zebra hide that my next door neighbor gave me before she moved away and it is so brittle and dried out. (it's 40+ years old) Quite a few tears which I am in the process of trying to stitch up. (I remember you saying yours was falling apart) Did you cut off the tail? I thought of doing it to mine, partly because it is torn and beyond repair...

Linda in San Diego

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Terri,
Before I got down to the bottom I was going to say that it was good fortune for the bride on a wedding day of rain, then I read on and you said just that. Now how wonderful there was bridal showers on her shower day :)

You my dear are such a beautiful friend to host such and occasion at your home on a day that so much could have gone wrong but, as time shows it went so beautifully.
What a glamorous home for such a day.

The table setting was of beauty, so rich in colours that went from late to early fall feeling.
As for the florist :) they were so romantic.

I enjoyed checking out your home in the back ground of the crowed and enjoyed it just as much as the shower.
So many beautiful pieces, I know what deals you find and it kills me that I have to travel quite a distance to catch a bargain. Bargains or not you pull it all together richly.

Thank you for share the beauty you create my friend.

Lots of beauty through the holidays to you.


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Unknown said...

SO wonderful, Terri! You have such a beautiful and warm home it was a perfect event! Thank you for welcoming us into your home!

Molly Hollis said...

Dearest Terri:
I love looking at the photos of Elizabeth's shower. You and Maggy hosted a lovely and fun afternoon for my daughter, family and friends. You entertain with such ease and grace, a special gift. The showers added to the ambiance of the day. I've said to you many times, "let's just trade houses". Your home is not only beautiful, it's warm and inviting. Just like you, my friend. Love you, Molly

Karena said...

Dear Terri,
What a beautiful shower; everything was perfect even with the rain!
You have such an eye for pulling all of your gorgeous finds together!

Art by Karena

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Terri what I love about you is you roll with the punches and make everything wonderful despite a minor setback. What a fun, fun day and how appropriate that it rained to bless Elizabeth's impending nuptials. Your home is SO beautiful and it was the perfect bridal shower setting. The flowers...amazing. Wishing you a lovely Sunday and thinking of you.
Cheers x Deb

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Wow, Terri, what fabulous tables and such a pretty shower! I love your home! It's beautiful and cozy. Crazy about the rain as it's always dry here. Looks like it turned out to be a wonderful day though!