It only rained. For two hours. The entire month of January. Poetically, ironically, Alanis-Morissette-song-fittingly, one hour after we’d finished setting up for Amy’s baby shower, but two hours before guests actually started arriving. Just long enough to get the pictures you see below, of what could’ve been and was supposed to be (but wasn’t), but not long enough for anyone to see it, much less enjoy it. Because after months of meticulous planning by Jordan’s sweet little sister, Caelen, and hard work by local wedding industry friends, a torrential downpour, in minutes, washed it all away. Literally.
So, we scrambled. In the freezing cold, wind and rain, we threw hoodies over our heads and got to work. We picked up every floral arrangement. Every fork, knife and spoon. Every napkin and plate. Every favor. Every glass, filled with nature’s water. One-by-one, piece-by-piece, we left the rain shower outside, and brought the baby shower inside. We didn’t have enough towels to dry everything off. We didn’t have enough furniture in our house to seat everyone at once. But guests were arriving soon. So we moved tables, rearranged couches and chairs, and moved (what felt like) Heaven and Earth just to still have a baby shower. It was a mess.
All the while, on Jordan’s orders, Amy was locked in our bedroom. For months, Jordan wanted to surprise Amy with a shower she’d never throw for herself. She’s too humble and frugal for that. Because he wanted to celebrate the woman of his life in the happiest moment of his life. He wanted to create a visual representation of the way he felt in that season: blessed, beyond measure; and so that his son, when he looked back on these pictures one day, would know how much they treasured him… even before he was born; and for the chance to spoil our family and friends who’ve done so much for us. Caelen volunteered to plan the entire thing, and she did such an incredible job that it took our breath away. She kept each and every detail a secret from Amy, and the big reveal had Amy in tears. Happy, overwhelmed tears.
But back to the mess.
We sprinted around like madmen for two hours to salvage the day. This might sound silly, but because of the expectations they had for the baby shower, it was hard for Jordan and Caelen to hold back tears. When you work so hard, for so long, for someone you love so much, and it disappears before your eyes, it’s disappointing. Nonetheless, to quote our favorite doctor from the show This Is Us, we took lemons and made something resembling lemonade. Just as the first guests arrived, Amy came out of the bedroom, Jordan snuck away to exchange sopping clothes for dry ones, and no-one was the wiser.
To them, it was like it was supposed to be. The entire time.
Before opening gifts, Jordan explained to everyone what happened, and also shared a timeless truth that we have to remind ourselves of every day, because it’s a lesson that’s easy to forget: Life is sometimes unpredictable and oftentimes uncontrollable, but how we respond when things go wrong is infinitely more important than who we are when things go right.
The day didn’t go how we planned. It was better. Because we were reminded of that.
* A special thank you to Style Me Pretty for featuring our French garden inspired baby shower on their blog and to the local creative team of wedding industry friends who made it happen, each one of whom is listed and linked below in case you’d like to hire them for your special occasion — which we highly recommend!
Here are all the pictures before it started raining.
We took this one of Amy (and all the other ones you see of her and us outside) after the rain stopped and most of our guests had left.
Caelen was the most graceful host and the mastermind behind allllll this pretty. She worked for months behind the scenes planning every little detail, keeping it all completely secret from Amy. She came over at the crack of dawn the morning of the shower to set everything up, and had the most incredible attitude when the rain started destroying all of her hard work before a single guest got to see it. We are so beyond thankful for her. She made Amy (and Beckett!) feel so loved and special. The best sister anyone could ask for!
Beckett is so lucky to have two such wonderful grandmas!
And cousins! And another amazing aunt!
It was so special to have friends from all different parts of our life there to celebrate with us, as well as family, and people who feel like family.
Even though we didn’t get to enjoy all the beautiful details that Caelen worked so hard to put together, Amy had the best day being surrounded by so much love.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
event design: caelen tallant
floral design: sarah’s garden
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