The surprise factor might have been accidentally leaked prior to my 'surprise bridal brunch' - but at least I knew to bring a cute dress for my weekend away in Scottsdale (wrapping up final wedding planning details for our upcoming Sedona date)! Arizona has always been a 2nd home to me away from Texas, and now, California. I started visiting my aunt there -who I've been bonded to pretty much since birth - every summer beginning around 7 years old and continue to this day. I was so touched by the little details that went into this sweet bridal shower - my aunts vintage (never worn) cowboy boots used for vases (adding that TX touch that also, of course went with the invitations).... and my mom's floral champagne flutes since she sadly wasn't able to be there with me. My 'AZ gals' are so cool and stylish I lucked out with the gifts they gave - jewelry and a couple household gems I would have chosen for myself. My sweet, talented artist friend handmade a shell crown using shells she's collected over the years - they know me well! And timeless Tiffany's earrings from my mom and auntie that made me tear up reading the card. A friend that wasn't able to be there sent 'additional' champagne, and we went through ALL of it. My favorite uncle even stopped by for a drink and huge hug that made the day that much more special.
It also happened to be my uncles birthday weekend, authentic Mexican food at Barrio was in order - what a whirlwind of a weekend with my favorite people : )