Last weekend Jason & I traveled up to VA for the weekend. The occasion? My brother & his fiance’s first wedding couples shower thrown by some my parents’ oldest local friends.

First though, Saturday morning, mom, Nana, my aunt Sue & I met Beth, her SIL Emily & her MoH Lauren at David’s Bridal for bridesmaids dresses. I found two dresses I liked but didn’t order anything. Beth is letting us pick our dresses as long as they are “latte” colored. She’s also suggested a couple of Nordstorm dresses so Mom & our group headed there. The first {& only dress} I tried on was this Adrianna Pappel one {but in brown which I can no longer find online}. Beth had actually emailed us suggesting this one too. I bought it on the spot. $138 & no alterations!

On to the shower! We arrived at 6:30p & appetizers were already out & friends were beginning to arrive. Beth & Steven quickly gave the fabulous hostesses candles as thank-you gifts. Lots of catching up with old friends, meeting new people & hearing more wedding details.

Even though it was around 100 degrees, this back yard had such pretty views {& beer} that people still gathered on the porch. It was wonderful to have both families together. Of course I realize now that while we took photos of the families separately, we don’t have one of all the families together {next time!}.

The dinner that followed included bbq, potato salad, cole slaw, cold vegetable salad, baked beans & mixed fruit. Yummy dessert was strawberries & brownies with chocolate fondue.

Steven & Beth opened a ton of great gifts & the open second floor walkway worked great for photos!

Once gifts were opened & things had cooled down a little more outside, we all went out back for attempted golf shots into the lake, corn hole games & lots of chatting.

Looking forward to gathering again to continue the pre-wedding celebrations with another couples shower honoring the happy couple in Sept.