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About seven years ago (my how time flies!) I met a new friend through this very blog you’re reading right now.

This friend was from California and quite a few years younger than me but we managed to find shared connections through our love of writing and appreciating life’s beautiful things. Said friend and I kept in touch weekly and sometimes daily through our blogs and many personal events like my own wedding and her graduation, and as a result forged a long distance friendship complete with a chance encounter at the San Fran airport in 2012. Fast forward to today and Michaela is a newly married gal living only 20 minutes away from me here in Michigan with a thriving interior design business. Looking back on a unique friendship created over distance and time is such a sweet feeling and such is the case with Michaela and me.

Since I was unable to be a part of Michaela and her husband McCann’s wedding this past September in California, I had the pleasure of helping design her beautiful bridal shower instead. Together with Michaela’s maid of honor and the talented Ashley Slater Photography, and a bridesmaid from M’s church we threw a beautiful summer bridal shower at Aquinas College. It was over 90 degrees that day but the heat didn’t stop anyone from celebrating our beautiful guest of honor. I loved seeing my beaming friend so full of joy and celebrated so fully by many different people in her life.

Michaela, I treasure you! Seeing all of the blessings in your life is so, so good my friend.

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Our mutual friend Jenny of Graceline Art helped created signage for the event. The signs at each table included fun details about Michaela and McCann’s relationship like where they met, the place McCann proposed and some of their favorite things. The signs were placed in various gold framed signs and worked perfectly against the matte lavender linens, vintage china from Gigi and LaClede and those purple hobnail goblets.

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You can catch more over here on Style Me Pretty!

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Photography: Ashley Slater / Floral Design: Hey Gorgeous Events / Invitations: Minted / Venue: Aquinas Holmedene Gardens /Cookies: Mahdris Cookie Kitchen / Dishes, Flatware + Goblets: Gigi and LaClede / Linen Rentals: Special Occasions / Michaela’s Dress: Rent The Runway / Ribbon + Runners: Adorn Company / Signage: Graceline Art