A Bridesmaid Luncheon

Lauren’s wedding week was so much fun and I’m so glad I was able to be included in all the festivities.  As most weddings go, there is much activity and things to do in the days preceding the day.  With a bridesmaid luncheon the Friday before and rehearsal dinner Friday night, it was a week full of fun and laughter, getting ready for the BIG day.

I was lucky enough to get invited to the bridesmaid luncheon that Lauren’s Aunt Toni hosted in Marietta the day before the wedding. It was a perfect Spring day, beautiful weather and there is nothing like the Marietta Square.  We’ve watched the square undergo all sorts of renovations over the years and this square is one pretty place to enjoy with all the shops and restaurants surrounding it.  We are very lucky to have this in Marietta!We had the luncheon at The Vineyard cafe, tucked away in an upstairs alcove and it was the perfect spot for a girly lunch, in an out of the way area just the right size for a small party.Her Aunt Toni is a florist in Louisiana and had the table decorated so pretty.With lacy tablecloth, pretty berry topiaries and wedding bells, it felt festive and happy.Toni knows how to put things together for a festive occasion like this.And the Vineyard is a great spot for an event like this.Four of Lauren’s bridemaids:  Becky, Ashley, Meredith, and Becca.  Lauren has some great girlfriends from college and law school and they have been wonderful friends to her. I know she cherishes each and every one of them, just as they do her.

Aren’t we all blessed to have girlfriends in our lives?   I have some who have been with me through thick and thin.Renee, Lauren, me and Mom.  It was a happy occasion that we all enjoyed celebrating. Everyone got seated and ready to eat. Nicole and Karen, Lauren’s sister-in-law and mother-in-law.  Nicole was a bridesmaid too.Lauren, looking so pretty in yellow.We enjoyed salads, quiche and soup, with a yummy bread pudding for dessert.  Perfect! Lauren’s Aunt Toni told a story about Lauren collecting Radko Christmas ornaments and having a serious conversation with Toni about her own Radko tree and what sort of perfect tree was needed to showcase these beautiful ornaments.  In that spirit, we all opened our gifts from Toni, beautiful hand blown bells, perfect for wedding bells and a reminder of Lauren’s special wedding day.  Aren’t they beautiful?   We all loved them.Next, it was time for Lauren to hand out the bridesmaid gifts, personalized bags that Lauren monogrammed herself on her fun machine.  She had picked out special ribbon and colors for each girl, filling their bags with personalized items just for them.  She handed them out and each girl opened her special bag with all the goodies inside.Ashley showing off her pretty towel.And something especially for Becca, some funky hairclips.  They were all laughing and carrying on.Enjoying the moment.Becky and Meredith.

It was an extra special day of memories and blessings.  Weddings are so special and our family sure enjoyed this week.

There will be LOTS more wedding pics to come, stay tuned!

- Rhoda


  1. I love that place….so fun to just sit there with a friend for a long lunch just watching the world pass by on the square!

  2. What a fun get together, you can see the love in the room. Lauren is such a pretty girl (looked great in yellow) and will make an exquisite bride! Love the table setting and the totes for the bridesmaids..very nicely done. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. So glad you ladies had such a great time! I love Marietta Square and visit it often on the weekends. Just a short drive from our home in the Smyrna/Vinings area! What a lovely Bridesmaid Luncheon! Can’t wait to see more pics.

  4. Sl lovely can’t wait to see more!

  5. Hi Rhoda~
    This sure made me SMILE!
    So much about this made me MISS the SOUTH!
    Don’t tell anyone.
    But they don’t do things quite like this up here in the Northwest.
    There’s just something about THE SHOUT!
    The cafe~the way the girls are dressed….those FUN preppy bags…the SMILES….LOVE it all!
    I know she loved having you there!

  6. I love weddings. Thank you so much for sharing Lauren’s with us!

  7. Just beautiful!!! Loved the bags that Lauren did for the bridesmaids…so unique. Loved seeing Marietta Square…my hubs and I spent some dates there in the mid 70s. We always enjoyed the art shows that they held there in the summertime. Thinking of you this week and praying you have a good move back to Georgia.

  8. Rhoda, I’m so enjoying all the wedding day festivities that you were able to enjoy with Lauren. I’m starting to feel like I know her. The luncheon looks fabulous. I’m adding Georgia as a place I want to travel to one day. I can tell I would love it there.

  9. Rhoda, looks like a great time was had by all. It was a lovely luncheon for your niece. Looking forward to all the wedding photographs. Your niece is so lucky to have you in her life, and I know your enjoying all the fun with your family.

    The French Hutch

  10. Gorgeous pictures….love a bridesmaid luncheon…and love this place

  11. Carol Adams says:

    Lovely bride, family & bridesmaids!
    What a nice spot to have a luncheon!

  12. Looks like a lovely day! I love all of the details! And such beautiful ladies all around.

  13. Oh, Rhoda, I’m so glad you got to enjoy the time with Lauren! She’s a lucky girl to have you for an aunt. And it looks like her Aunt Toni is a great aunt as well–what a lovely luncheon!

    I know your family is loving having you all to themselves. I hope you’re enjoying your time with them. You are so loved! 🙂

  14. Lauren is so pretty! I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures. It was a perfect day for Lauren and Philip. They make such a cute couple.

  15. I felt like I was there with you! Thank you for inviting me, your descriptions drew me in completely. Beautiful.

  16. She’s going to be a gorgeous bride. I think she looks just like you.

  17. Did you have a chance to shop at A Classy Flea Market while you were in Marietta? It is THE best place to shop in metro Atlanta if you like great finds at fabulous prices. She is going to be a beautiful bride.

  18. I am LOVING all the wedding posts! GORGEOUS women, and what looks like FAB times! Can’t wait for more!

  19. I had to laugh when I saw the Boca clips b/c my mother-in-law gave me some for Christmas a few years ago. They actually aren’t hair clips, but beach/pool towel clips! You use them to clip your towel to your lounge chair so it won’t slip down as your basking in the sun. Pretty funny. Gorgeous shower.

  20. what a beautiful bride to be! lovely post you all looked like you were having so much fun.

  21. These pics are so fun. I just discovered The Vineyard a few months ago. It’s such a cute place. The pictures are gorgeous…can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

  22. I don’t want you to think I’m correcting you 🙂 – SORRY (LOL) but those Boca Clips aren’t hair clips. They hold your beach towel to your chair. How FUN is that ???? I hate it when my towel slips down and I have to get up and pull it back up. Trying to hold yourself up with one hand and straighten your towel with the other … UGH! …. Those cool clips hold them up. Isn’t that a fun invention ??? I am getting some for our trip to the beach this year.

    It looked LOVELY. I hope she has memories of that week forever !!!

  23. So pretty and fun. Looking forward to seeing the wedding pictures. I have a daughter dying to know were Lauren got that yellow dress?

  24. You have a beautiful daughter and what a pretty shower!

    My son got married a few years ago so looking at the pictures kind of brings back the memories of the showers during that time.

    It is fun and emotional all wrapped up together 🙂

  25. What a lovely luncheon! Is The Vineyard in the same spot where Tiffany’s Tearoom used to be? It looks like it might be; I loved Tiffany’s, but Vineyard looks very nice too. I think I need a visit to the square soon.

  26. What a lovely time for family and friends! Looks like it was a perfect afternoon. What darling and thoughtful gifts for the bridesmaids! What type of machine does Lauren have to be able to do such beautiful monogramming? Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  27. Rhoda….love, love, love the centerpieces that Lauren’s Aunt Toni used for the table. Any chance you could ask her to connect with me and share her source?? I’m hosting a luncheon for my own niece in November and gathering ideas.

  28. My friend and I had lunch at the Vineyard today, first visit. We love coming to the Square; we came to the Street Fest but due to the rain, didn’t do a lot of walking around so we decided to have lunch here. The food (I had the Chicken Salad Croissant and she had the Eggplant Panini) was excellent and sitting at a table by the window and watching the comings and goings on the Square was fun. We both had the Peach tea, she hot, me cold and it was very good. We will be back.

  29. Where did you get the totes you monogrammed? They are lovely, looking for something like that for my daughters luncheon.

  30. Kristin Spencer says:

    Where do I find those cute tote bags????

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