Showers and gift registries were wedding to-do’s that for some reason really stressed me out. I remember thinking, “creating this gift registry is more stressful to me than actually planning this wedding.” I just wanted the pretty things to appear, but I didn’t want to have to build a site and spend dozens of hours painstakingly picking everything out, rethinking all of my decisions and forecasting my interior design color palettes within our future home.
As it turns out, all I needed was the Holiday break off of work to focus my mind 100% on the fun of making our registry. Voilá! We soon had a Zola site and 100+ wonderful shiny items ready for our wedding guests to peruse. Although it took me a while to put it together, our registry was online and ready to go with months to spare before our big day. It required much thought, and many hours, but in the end it was very much worth it to have package after package arrive at the door for weeks…all filled with items we needed and loved for our new home.
One of the goals I set for myself during our engagement time was to be creative and ask for things I knew we didn’t have the resources to purchase on our own right now. My mother’s wonderful friends were both kind and generous enough to host a shower for me with the focus on whatever I chose. Rather than asking for something typical, like a kitchen shower, I chose art. Guests contributed to a fund at AnArte, a local gallery that represents current established and emerging artists in our area. The shower itself was a seated dinner hosted at Sketch, the pop-up cafe at the San Antonio Musuem of Art, on the beautiful northern banks of the San Antonio River. My mother’s friends had childhood pictures of me blown up on canvas, framed, and displayed throughout the venue. It was so personal and amazing. (I even got to keep one after the event!)
I prioritized art as a shower gift because, to me, art can take an interior of a home to a whole new level. I can always order beautiful prints online, or proudly display photos of my friends and family in our home, but a real piece of commissioned art to start our Morrison collection is something that is very special. It has taken us months to really think this through, because we wanted to wait to choose our artist and begin the commissioning process until we moved into our house, painted it, decorated it, felt the home’s personality, and identified the exact wall on which our piece would hang. We are now finally at that point.
Dan and I have made several visits to the gallery over the last few months to spend time looking at pieces, reacting to them, thinking about elements that attract us to certain works, read about the artists the gallery represents, and decide which artists we identify with most. The gals at the gallery were very patient with us, as we are collector newbies, and took notes during all of our meetings in order to thoughtfully match us with an artist whose style was the best fit for both of us and our new home.
We were paired with Brook Rosser, an established San Antonio artist who is known for her mixed media paintings and her love of folk art and color. This quote from her biography is one that really resonates with us, and the place we are now in our lives:
“Brook’s mixed media paintings seek to reflect love, challenges, and dreams, blending both private and mythic images. Her love of folk art and color is evident in her work, which constantly searches out new ways to explore the wonder and enchantment of living.”
Since our first meeting with Brook, we have set up a private visit to her studio within the next couple of weeks to see what she is currently working on, and to officially start the most exciting part of this process: the making of the Morrison piece. We will be following up again on this post to show the piece once completed. We are thrilled to be working with Brook, and we cannot wait to display her piece in our new home!
Did you choose a non-traditional shower for your wedding? Do you have any out-of-the-box ideas for life celebrations? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
As always, thank you for reading 🙂