Semi-Wordless Wednesday Wedding Style

Remember my friend who I helped host her bridal shower? Here are some photos I took at her gorgeous wedding…vintage style.
Sign to Thorncrown Chapel

Welcome to the magnificent glass Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.



Inside of Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel ceiling

Inside Thorncrown Chapel

Indoor pic of Thorncrown Chapel

Below, the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle.

Vintage Wedding

bride and her father

kiss from dad

Vintage Wedding

Can I just say how much I HATE those huge ferns!  Really!?  They really are a distraction. Ok, I’m done ranting now.

You may kiss the bride

Introducing Mr. & Mrs.

I love the above photo with the groom looking at my friend.  Just in this photo you can tell how much he loves her.

running down the aisle

I know the above photo is blurry, but I LOVE it!  He was so happy and was skipping down the aisle.  And the huge grin on both their faces is awesome.

leaving Thorncrown Chapel

Above my friend’s daughters following the bride and groom down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.  A new family is born.

After the wedding

Last photo I shot after the ceremony was over.  Isn’t this a romantic setting for a wedding?

So HAPPY for them!

Here I am on the way to the wedding sporting my new Chloe & Isabel Crystal + Chain Strands Stretch Headband and my favorite earrings called the Art Deco Starburst Earrings.  You know I had to throw this in. 😉  Us short haired girls can wear headbands too.

Chloe + Isabel Headband for wedding

Wedding Jewelry


Above photo shows me wearing the C + I Coral Statement Ring and Heirloom Coral Statement Necklace.  They were the perfect vintage feel to go with the wedding and the maxi dress I wore.  You can find these unique, quality jewelry pieces by going to Jewelry Brings Joy, my online boutique for Chloe + Isabel.

Weddings bring joy,


Please watch the following video:

Ok, first of all, who else thought the 2 couples shown were the same couple?  I thought they were showing them when they were young and then when they were older.

Second of all, can you believe this is a commercial for Firestone Tires?!

Honestly, this commercial is a work of art…such emotion and the song was perfect.  I was watching a show I DVRed and it came on right after my show paused for commercial.  Normally, I forward right away through the commercials because I can’t stand them.  However, this one sucked me in.  It didn’t even seem like a commercial.  I thought some movie has been recorded on top of my show or something.  Firestone received their money’s worth when they hired the company who created this for them.  This is brilliant!  Why?  Because it made me go outside and see what brand of tires I had on my vehicle.  I was literally crossing my fingers hoping I had Firestone tires just so I could say how glad I was I invested in that company.  How crazy is that!?  Now, that is what I call phenomenal advertising!  Way to go Firestone!  Next time I need tires, I will be buying yours.

Disclaimer: I was not contacted by Firestone or paid by them to write this post.

Happy May First,

Vintage Bridal Shower Part Two

Tandy's Insant PhotobookWelcome back to the vintage themed bridal shower I helped host for my dear friend, Tandy.

Today I will feature all the goodies we served.  My other two sweet hostesses were the amazing chefs who made and prepared the food for the shower.  It was a good way to divide the tasks.  I was in charge of the invitations (which I will be sharing with you in a future post) and the decorations.

My Happy Helper

My Happy Helper

I must mention how grateful I am for my sweet 10 year old daughter who helped me clean the house before the party.  She mopped the kitchen, breakfast area, mudroom, laundry room, and 2 bathrooms for me.  I was so thankful for her being a happy helper.

The gorgeous book to the left is Tandy’s Instant Photo Book.  I asked her to bring it so we could have it out as decoration.  The book will soon be filled with photos from her beautiful wedding day.  I remember her telling me she bought it from a store on ETSY.  I have a feeling I will need to get the name of the shop…you want to know don’t you?

On to the treats!

Vintage Bridal Shower Refreshment Table

I was so excited to use the china my parents gave me along with platters and pretty formal serving pieces.  Don’t you just love the milk glass cake stand my Oma gave me?  I adore the holes for ribbon.  Not sure if the holes were intended for ribbon to be weaved through them or not, but I sure love dressing it up that way.  The cake almost didn’t make it.  The bottom tier was made with fresh strawberries while the top tier was made with fresh pineapple.  It was nice and moist (extremely delicious) which made it slide around during transit.  We were happy (and relieved) the cake made it here whole and together.

Vintage bridal shower cake

cake close up

Vintage Bridal Shower food table

fruit in waffle shell

The above chocolate dipped cones with fruit were a huge hit!  Brenda, one of the hostesses, is an art teacher (she was my oldest daughter’s art teacher.)  I’m thinking her skills came in handy, don’t you think?

chalkboard tags whipped cream

Tandy’s mom, Carri, the other hostess, made fresh whipped cream for the fruit. (above photo) {I added the chalkboard tag ;)}

veggies in bread

Look at how Brenda arranged the veggies above.  She hollowed out pieces of bread and carefully arranged the vegetables.  They are like little vases of colorful flowers.  I’m extremely impressed with her masterpiece below.  It’s practically a work of Van Gogh how she arranged the cheese and grapes with celery.

food like a sunflower

spinach dip in bread bowl

Carri made the yummy spinach dip above and served it in a bread bowl. {excuse the way the spoon is sticking out…my bad}

french macaroons

At the last minute I decided to order some French macaroons.  I’ve seen them served at showers on Pinterest.  We found a French bakery in Tulsa.  These little pastries made me gain 5 pounds! {Well, those and all the leftover cake left at my house.}  The macaroons are colorful, pretty and delicious bites from heaven.  Oh and a little warning…the blue ones made our teeth blue…so don’t look too closely at our teeth in pics.

macaroon close up

We also served sausage meatballs (thanks to Tandy’s Dad,) pinwheels (cream cheese & veggie concoction rolled up in tortilla) {bummed I didn’t get a pic of those}, salsa, crackers and veggie chips.  Carri made yummy raspberry lemonade to drink with all our treats.

other hosts

Carri & Brenda looking at Instant Photo Book

famous couples bridal shower gift

One of our creative friends made this for Tandy

bride to be and her mom

Carri & Tandy

the bride to be

Isn’t she a beautiful bride to be?

What a wonderful celebration of LOVE!  Thanks for coming by. 😀  Please come back again.  Follow Family Brings Joy on your favorite social media sites.  You can find me via the icons at the top right of the page for Facebook & Twitter.  My Pinterest and Instagram are also on the sidebar to the left.  As always, I thoroughly enjoy ALL comments.  Comments are a bloggers nourishment.  They help us keep writing and creating great content.

Showers bring joy,

Vintage Bridal Shower Part One

Between the blasted heartbleed virus, busy life and editing pictures I’m a little late in posting this.  I apologize.  As a matter of fact, I’m still weeding through which photos I want to share.  I’m down to 42 out of almost 200 photos taken.  Instead of weeding through them again, (and postponing another day) I decided I would split them up.  This post will be the decorations, while tomorrow’s post will be the food table.

You will find I was able to make most of my decorations…

Welcome to my friend’s Vintage Bridal Shower (hosted in our home.)

Vintage Bridal Shower Front Porch

The shower sign you see used to be a shelf in one of my kid’s bedrooms.  I shopped in my attic and found the wood board calling my name, “use me!”  I sanded it a bit and used the chalkboard spray paint to paint one side.  I have to confess I don’t draw letters this pretty.  I used my Cricut to make the letters and traced them with chalk.  I liked the idea of using the board as a sign on my front porch.  I can erase the chalk after the shower and write another word for whatever occasion I want.

Front door wreath:

vintage bridal shower wreath

This wreath was made from a pool noodle.  I recycled a soft old blanket that had a whole in it by cutting it up in strips and hot gluing them on the noodle.  I made the blue flower with the blanket and hot glued the buttons on to the center.  I made the pinwheel out of kraft paper.  The wood fan in the background is one of the party favors we gave the guests.

Come on in to the foyer.

side view of table scape

I finally painted the heirloom desk given to me by my Oma.  I used my favorite paint, Annie Sloan Chalk paint in old white.  The shower helped motivate me to breathe new life into this desk.  I temporarily (for the shower) placed it in the foyer to use as a welcome table.  I made the ticket garland by sewing the tickets together.  I hot glued one of the girls old locker chandeliers which was sitting in my garage to the top of the old suitcase.  The veil was mine.  Tandy’s mom was one of the shower hostesses and she brought Tandy’s card box she plans to use at the wedding as well as their engagement photo.

Vintage Bridal Shower tablescape

bridal shower chalkboard sign

To the right of the foyer is the dining room.

heart garland with pom bouquet

paper heart garland

I made this heart garland with my paper heart punch.  Placed 2 hearts together and sewed them together one after another.  I used scrapbook paper with her colors of coral, turquoise, cream and browns intermixed with (actual) map and music paper for a vintage feel.  When it’s finished you fold back the hearts to give it dimension and voila!  I think this was my favorite garland I made.  I bunched several paper poms together to make a sort of pom bouquet to hang down from the ceiling.

pom bouquet

circle garland on china cabinet

In the foyer to the left you see:

flowers for vintage bridal shower

I made the below garlands.  Sewed circles together for the top.  The bottom pom garland was made from tulle and tied onto cord.

homemade bridal shower garlands

pom garland close up

Both of the above garlands were hanging in the foyer and you saw them as soon as you walked in.

Living Room:

bridal shower gifts

Gifts Table

Vintage Bridal Shower Mantel with burlap bunting

I shopped from home for most of what you see here on this mantel.  If you’ve been reading for a while you will recognize many of the items.  I did find the coral candle holder and vase at my favorite local discount store Walls.  The Precious Moments couple was on my wedding cake.  I added some scrabble tiles spelling the bride and grooms names onto the old type setting drawer.  I have a close up of their names on Instagram (@familybringsjoy)  I found the blue hanging pails at Hobby Lobby.  The white flower bouquet is also from Hobby Lobby.  I forgot what the live pink flowers are called in the other blue pail.  I bought the burlap bunting at Hobby Lobby, but I cut out the big letters using my Cricut and the small letters using my QuicKutz.

WARNING: The following garland might shock you:

panty garland

The panty garland was hung in between the living room and kitchen.  I thought it was a cute idea and added some great conversation to the shower.  Tandy was happy to take the pretty undies with her.

bride to be with panty garland

In between the living room and breakfast room:

circle garland

I kind of went crazy making the circle garland, but I think it added a special touch.

Me with the beautiful Bride to be:

Host and Bride to be

I had so much fun crafting all the decorations for Tandy’s bridal shower. Feel free to pin away and share this post with everyone.  I hope this shower will inspire many more for future celebrations.  Thank you for joining us!  If you have a question, please email me or ask in the comment section of this post.  Only 11 more days until the wedding Tandy!  Come back tomorrow for all of the food we shared. 😀

Celebrating with friends brings joy,

Monday Brings Mermaids

Lyndsay Johnson's Fire of the Sea book coverAre you looking for a good book to read?

Do you like fantasy as much as I do?

Or maybe you want to change genres to spice things up a bit for your leisure reading?

Well, then I have just the book for you!  It is called Fire of the Sea and it was written by one of my very special friends, Lyndsay Johnson.  Her book is being released TODAY!  I’m about to buy my copy.  Lyndsay sent me the first chapter to review last June and it is already published!  The fact it went through the editing and publishing process so quickly proves it to be a winner to me!  Besides, who doesn’t like mermaids and romance?  The following is the synopsis you will find on Amazon.

Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share – they are both hunted. Hidden within the caves off Iceland’s dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Mermaids. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love. Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves. But legend and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again.

Lyndsay also has THE BEST book trailer video I have ever seen:

Fire of the Sea by Lyndsay Johnson (Book Trailer) from Lyndsay Johnson on Vimeo.

Get your copy today by clicking the link below.

After I order my copy I will be taking my Son, the middle child, to get his driving permit.  Yikes!  Oh the grey hairs having 2 children driving will produce.  Wish me luck and PRAY HARD. 😉

Books Bring Joy,

Muppets Most Wanted Movie Review

I’ve never done a movie review before. {just warning you 😉 }  I was a huge fan of the Muppet’s when I was younger.  I remember gathering in the living room to watch it on TV with my family.  I wasn’t sure if I would like them as much as an adult.  I don’t know why, because I enjoyed the Muppet’s 4D movie experience at both Disney Land and Disney World.  I still absolutely adore the Christmas John Denver & The Muppets.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas albums I play year after year.  I think I saw the very first Muppet movie when my kids were younger, but I admit I haven’t seen the others.

Muppets Most Wanted

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised.  I sat next to my 15 year old Son, who wasn’t super thrilled to be going.  I think that’s understandable from a teenage boy.  He didn’t particularly like the parts when they would break out into song like they do in musicals.  He’s not a musical kind of guy, though.  However, there were a couple of times where I heard him laugh out loud.  Those moments were priceless for me.  I could stop this review right now and say there ya go, it’s worth going if my teenaged son laughed.

The Muppets Most WantedI thought it was definitely worth going to.  And I’m not just saying this because Disney gave us free tickets to the screening.  As an adult, this movie reminded me of the old Muppet Show and brought back good memories.  Can’t you hear the tune playing in the back of your mind?  I think adults will particularly like the movie, which is good, because sometimes kid friendly movies aren’t as much fun for the parents.  I laughed throughout the whole movie.  There is a plot, yet I’m not the kind of reviewer who will talk on and on about the plot.  I think that ruins the movie if you know all about it before hand.  I find I enjoy movies more when I don’t know much about them beforehand.  I will say there are some celebrities who make an appearance.

I give this two thumbs up!  This is a perfect family movie.  Plan a movie night or day this weekend and take your kids to see Muppets Most Wanted.  You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy the following Muppets Most Wanted Family Fun Kit:

muppets family fun kit screenshots

Click on links below to download your PDF copy
Send A Friend A Postcard from Constantine
Ireland Maze
Muppets Theater
Memory Cards

I didn’t expect to have all things Disney during this Spring Break on the blog, but it was fun!  I’m grateful to Disney for offering great opportunities for Family Brings Joy readers.  If you go see the movie, let me know what you think.  Always love to hear from you.