Sunday, March 11, 2012

So I'm finally getting around to writing that post on the brunch lingerie shower I gave my bestie, who is now Mrs. Lacey Stegall and is currently on her honeymoon :)

My last post was about the invitations I did for the shower. From those and using inspiration from Lacey's wedding plans/colors, I chose what colors and theme I wanted. I went with peach and white as my colors and stuck with a country glam theme. In other words, I mixed stuff like mason jars and burlap with mercury glass and delicate flowers.

Here is how we set the table:

This is a close of up the place settings

The jars tied with burlap were the favor. I filled them with a brown sugar scrub I made :) It smelled delicious and felt amazing!

The food we made was delicious...but I have only 1 picture...and it's of the dessert. Oops! But on the menu was:
Bacon, Apple, and Cheese Waffle Paninis
Shrimp & Grits
Cherry Scones
Cinnamon Rolls
Fruit Salad
A Coffee Bar
Sweet Tea
And for dessert...Strawberry Cobbler, which I do have a picture of! My mom made them and they were YUM.

So after brunch it was time to open gifts! Boy was Lacey excited! And don't worry, I won't actually post any pictures of the lingerie. That would just be embarrassing.

Everyone seemed to have a great time. All of us married girls gave her some advice and let her know where all the lingerie would actually end up :)

Overall it was a time of food, fun, laughs, and some very pretty things. I'm sure Zack Lacey enjoyed it even more later!

Later that evening my parents, Chris and I hosted a prayer shower for Lacey, Zack, and their family and friends. For this we decided to do cakes and coffee. We had four different cakes, which were all beautiful. My mom is the most wonderful baker.

YUM. Don't those just make you drool?

So if you're wondering what a prayer shower is...let me explain a little. I did not know what it was either until my aunt and uncle gave Chris and I one before we got married. Let me tell you, it is a beautiful thing. Before we prayed, we talked a little about the Hebrew term "Edzer Kenigdo" as it relates to marriage. This term is normally translated as "helpmate" or "helper." However, this word actually has two parts and two different meanings. The first part, Edzer, means one who comes along side, or one who helps. The second part, Kenigdo, means one who stands against, or in opposition to. We can think of this like a rock polisher - as the rocks tumble against each other, they actually become smoother. In that same way, marriage gives us the opportunity to polish each other as we learn to live together. We should challenge AND encourage, while extending grace and forgiveness. Pretty good stuff, huh? I mean, that is a wonderful picture of marriage. Next we talked about the relationship between Christ and the church and how we, as spouses, should love each other just how Christ loves us - unconditionally. We should put their needs above our own needs and, in doing so, realize it means laying down our life in order to find focus, love, and respect for our spouse. Hard? Yes. Necessary? YES.  

We ended with these verses:
Ephesians 5:22-23
"Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior."
Ephesians 5:25
"Husbands, love your wives just as Christ love the church and have himself up for her."
Ephesians 5:28-29
"In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church."
Ephesians 5:31
"For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."

We then split off into two groups, the men went into a room and prayed over Zack and the women went into a different room to pray over Lacey. This was an extremely special time. Talk about some sweet and thoughtful prayers. It was touching and Christ's presence was truly felt by everyone. We then came together to pray over them as a couple and their marriage. It was a time of joy, tears, and heartfelt love for Lacey and Zack.

Woah. I just realized this is a very long post. So thanks for bearing with me :)