Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bridal Shower


Today is the wedding of my husband's granddaughter, Jessica & her fiance, Brian.

While we await the arrival of some of our relatives from Chicago, I thought I might take a minute to share some of the photos at one of Jessica's showers.


 It was held at Portage Country Club in Akron, Ohio...a very historic building in the Elizabethan style. 

 It is very near to Stan Hywet Hall, where the first AA meetings were held.


I captured this carved stone logo imbedded in the brick walkway, as I entered the facility.

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This is the first room beyond the foyer & I'm so in love with this massive fireplace! 

You could almost walk right into it, the opening is so big.  Usually they have a roaring fire going but it was a very warm day in June the afternoon of the shower.

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Turning left from the fireplace, you enter the bar area where appetizers are frequently served prior to the main event. 
The same fireplace design is repeated on this opposite wall but I think this one is somewhat smaller in scale.

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The beautifully carved bar has a painted scene of Indians carrying ...or "portaging" their canoes across the Cuyahoga river that runs through the area.  That is where the name "Portage Path" comes from. 

 "Portage" or portaging is the practice of carrying water craft or cargo over land, either around an obstacle in a river, or between two bodies of water.

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You get a better view of the dental molding across the tops of the fireplaces in this photograph along with some interesting Gothic style wall sconces.

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The bridal shower was held in this beautiful room that has an entire wall of windows, on the left, looking out onto the golf course.  It was a glorious day!

We've been in this room before, for one of our grandson's First Holy Communion celebrations, seen HERE
Perhaps you will get some ideas or tips from these photos, for a shower in your future.

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 These are the GORGEOUS fresh flower arrangements that were on every table.  Remember, my daughter-in-love gave me one to take can see how I used it HERE.

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The favor at each person's spot was wrapped with this elegant black silk KNOW I saved mine!  "Motherrr, you never throw anything away!"

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Just look at this decadent assortment of desserts we were served!  I ate the little tart with the fresh fruit on top & brought the other 2 home to my sweetheart.  

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This is the only photo I feel comfortable sharing, as you know I don't put our grandchildrens photos on the internet anymore.  It does give you a glimpse of the young couple...they are so much fun to be around.  I just adore her choice of a husband...he fits right into the family & brings a lot of laughter to any family event.

Many blessings on both, as they pledge their love to each other today.

I hope I can get some discreet shots of the wedding to share with you later on.

Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House.
I'm going to link this to Cuisine Kathleen's  Let's Dish.

I'll also join in The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundays &
Yvonne's Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits on Thursday.


  1. Rett, thanks for sharing the details of this beautiful property. The bed of tulips made me smile. All the best to the happy couple. Enjoy the events of the day. ~ Sarah

  2. What a beautiful place to have a wedding. We just past through Akron last week on our vacation to N. Michigan.

  3. What a lovely place to have a shower. Beautiful young lady and I am sure she will be a gorgeous bride.

  4. A beautiful setting for such a happy event. Now, as today is the wedding, I hope all goes well and you'll be left with more lovely memories.

  5. I wish so much happiness for the darling couple! The location of the shower is absolutely magnificent - thank you for the tour - wow!!

  6. Such a gorgeous old building, and beautiful flowers and cakes

    1. Thank you, Sue, for you sweet comment. I forgot to take my camera with me to the wedding, so I don't have ANY photos to share of that special event.
      I'm hoping some other relatives will send me copies of their pictures.

  7. What a gorgeous venue! Good luck to the sweet couple!

  8. Your photos are so beautiful that I feel I was there. Will look forward to seeing the wedding pictures.

  9. Beautiful! Hope the wedding went well too. The weather has been perfect here, hope for you too!

  10. What a gorgeous location for the bridal shower! Hope the wedding went well and even more important, they have a blessed marriage.
    Hugs, Beth

  11. Weddings are such happy events, dear Rett! I hope you captured some wonderful shots to share of their love and commitment. Thanks for sharing the beautiful shower and the gorgeous building and grounds. xo

  12. Wow, the shower was pretty enough to be a bridal reception. I bet you loved it! Best wishes to the happy couple!

  13. Hi Rett, What a gorgeous location for a shower!! I guess all the grooms go to the bridal showers now. I haven't been to one for awhile but I have a few coming up. So glad you rescued the black ribbons. I would have been collecting all the discarded ones from the table to add to my ribbon drawer! You are so nice to bring home goodies to your honey. I would not have been able to resist the chocolate one! Hope the wedding was fabulous and that you can share some of it with us. Linda

  14. There couldn't be a prettier setting for a bridal shower. What an elegant room with its stunning view of the golf course. I'll look forward to your photos of the wedding, Rett. I know this will be a very special day for your family.

  15. Haven't things come so far since the days of "kitchen showers" at someone's house with only homemade treats? The weddings are lavish, the showers amazing, the bachelor parties are in other states...crazy, but so much fun to attend such wonderful events. The tables look gorgeous! I hope the wedding was perfect!

  16. What a gorgeous place for a shower or luncheon! Love those elegant black ribbons on the boxes, I'd have saved my ribbon too :) Hope the wedding went off without a hitch and best wishes to the happy couple!

  17. What a beautiful young lady she is...and such a gorgeous spot for a shower.
    The very best of luck to the young couple.

    Thanks so much for your tests came out SOOO good. everything looks great. My daughter is also a nurse, working in the heart hospital for years (now retired, taking care of 4 kids) and she was with me day and night...both my kids are such great supporters and loving...I am so blessed.

  18. What a lovely, old building! The shower must have been absolutely lovely there.

  19. What a marvelous site for the lovely bridal shower. Each room sings of tradition, and dignity....just beautiful! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  20. Lovely place for the bridal shower! I also sme everything. Have a wonderful Labor Day! Pam

  21. What a grand place, Rett. The bridal shower party must have been so beautiful. It's even more beautiful that other weddings.

  22. the bright flowers with the black and white.

  23. What a beautiful setting and a beautiful bride! It looks like every girls dream Rett! I'm sure the wedding was just as fabulous!

  24. The flower arrangements against those black and white packages are gorgeous!

  25. What a beautiful place for a beautiful shower! So glad we got a little peek!

  26. Gorgeous venue and I love all of the attention to detail. Thank you for sharing, and best wishes to the happy couple! xo

  27. I am looking for a vinyl gazebo kits, does anyone know where I can get one?

  28. The grape walnut jam sounds fantastic! Do you have a recipe you would send my way! I was going to make grape juice but that sounds too fabulous!

  29. My sweet sweet friend. It's been so so long since I have heard from you. Hope everything is okay. Please email me!
    xo Lots of love, Yvonne

  30. I don't know how I missed this one! I am sure the wedding must have been a wonderful affair - the shower certainly looks like it was beautiful, and the setting couldn't have been prettier!

  31. Rett, I made some Walnut Grape Jam - it was fabulous! Thanks for the suggestion. Gave you a shout out!


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