What does a baby shower look like from the viewpoint of a wedding and branding photographer – and event planner at heart – who has an obsession with details and all things elegant and romantic? As you can see, Kelsey Strothers’ wish list for how her own baby shower would look, perfectly echoed her favorite things – including the color blue – and elicited plenty of oohs and aahs from guests.
When family and friends approached Kelsey with the idea of planning a baby shower for her, Kelsey wanted to play an active role in designing the look of the event. Because she specializes in wedding and branding photography (with an emphasis on natural lighting), Kelsey was acquainted with vendors who could bring her vision to reality.
At the top of the to-do list was finding a venue and Kelsey immediately knew that White Gables Garden House, located in Cochranville and owned by Aimee Weaver, would be perfect, due to the fact that it’s “airy, light-filled and dreamy.”
As Kelsey and her husband, Zach, would be welcoming a son, the color scheme had to include blue. For this element, she turned to Caroline’s Rentals, which supplied the vintage-inspired goblets, as well as complementary gold candlesticks and chargers. Paper products and linens added yet another touch of blue to the décor. The detail-oriented Kelsey even made sure to wear a blue dress for the occasion!
The touch of blue also made its way onto the menu. Kim’s Bakery in Mohnton designed the delicious cupcakes that were iced with blue frosting. The bakery also replicated a baby-boy-themed sugar cookie Kelsey had seen online that would serve as party favors. The menu also featured a bountiful charcuterie board created by Cypress and Thyme Events in Honey Brook.
With her work done, Kelsey was ready to sit back and visit with family and friends, open gifts and enjoy being the guest of honor. But who would take the all-important pictures? “Kelsey handed the camera over to me and told me to take pictures,” says Olivia Rae Craft, one of Kelsey’s BFFs. Kelsey then took over post-production duties and posted the pictures to social media before baby Lane’s arrival on November 15.