A Garden Party Event Design: Baby Showers and Maternity Sessions

A Garden Party thrives in wedding design, and we love meeting and working with brides to create the most beautiful, magical spaces on their wedding days.  To be so close with our clients has enabled us to build lasting relationships, and we love how we can watch our friends go through different stages of life...namely the miraculous walk into motherhood!

It's a beautiful thing to be a part of a couple's wedding day, and then to see them taking the next step in becoming a family.  So today we focus on some of A Garden Party's maternity sessions and baby showers!

Tami Melissa, photographer

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Tami is one of our beloved friends and a fellow wedding vendor.  She is an incredibly talented wedding photographer, who we have worked on numerous events with.  Her husband, Ryan, is her second shooter, and they have a relationship that would put a Nicholas Sparks novel to shame.  Seriously, they are the best.  We were so happy when we heard that they were expecting, because who could be better parents than a couple who works together AND plays together?  Talk about a dream team!  Tami's maternity photos were taken by Hello Gorgeous Photography...Tami's stamp of approval on Hello Gorgeous just proves how skilled they are!

Tami's floral crown was one of our favorites - that purple gomphrena was a great pop of color to go with her statement necklace against the soft flow of her dress.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

If you're curious about Tami's flawless make-up (can we talk about those eyelashes?) you can call Jess Spina, of Your Day Your Way.  She is master of beauty, and the first call we make when we have an important event and need to look fabulous!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Tami's plane-themed baby shower was hosted at Brio, and we loved all of her cute details! Our dedicated friend of course took all of these photos herself :)

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

We used blue mercury vases for the centerpieces, and filled them with green hydrangea, eryngium, Queen Anne's lace, daisies, and some greenery.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

No detail was forgotten, and you can tell by the mini candy globes and wooden plane accents.  Our girl came prepared!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Here is our chalkboard, customized to match Tami's travel theme.  We love that the gift table was labeled "Luggage Drop-Off."

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

We couldn't resist adding in this cute teddy bear, complete with his leather jacket, aviators and flying cap!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Adding in this hand-drawn map was the perfect added detail to fit the decor.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

It's all about the little things!  We were so proud of our "clothespin planes" made to string across the front of the gift table.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

How adorable is this dessert table set up?  Our wooden boxes were painted to look like vintage letter blocks, and we filled them with baby's breath, hydrangeas, Queen Anne's Lace, stock and daisies.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

We love a good photo-op!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

The glowing mother-to-be!

Former Bride, Holly 

Holly is one of those diamond clients that every vendor dreams and hopes for.  A gorgeous winter bride, we became fast friends because she is one of the sweetest, generous, most caring people we've known.  When Holly and her husband, John, first announced that they were expecting, we were overjoyed for them.  She requested some floral jewelry for her maternity session and pulled it off flawlessly.  When she shared the photos from Rachel McCalley, our jaws dropped a little - talk about effortless beauty!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Holly's necklace was made from an assortment of succulents to create a completely unique and one of a kind statement piece.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Why stop with jewelry?  We went all out with the accessories, and pictured here is her floral belt.  The soft purples and greens from the succulents were a natural match to her dress.

And now to celebrate baby John!  Holly's baby shower at The ChopHouse Restaurant was full of all things blue, and we loved how she combined her sweet and feminine style to match a baby boy themed shower.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Here is our chalkboard again!  This time it's set up at the dessert table, and made to announce John's name and due date.  Love those cute little onesies!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

These chalkboard cube vases were the perfect accents for this shower theme.  We filled them with an arrangement of hydrangeas, peonies, and blue eryngium.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Holly ordered these blue wreaths to anticipate her new son's arrival.  We love the blue and white checkered wrap to go with varied clusters of blue and green shades of silk flowers.Rachel Pearlman, Photographer

Rachel is another vendor friend of ours, and when she asked to collaborate with us for her baby shower, we knew it was going to be something really special.  She brings out the best of our creative side, and defines the term "Pinterest-worthy."  Plus, we couldn't wait to decorate for a baby girl!  You can get a feel for Rachel's photography style with these photos below - every image is so delicate and elegant.  Every time her name comes up for an upcoming wedding, we do a celebratory fist pump, she is that good.   Take a look at her baby shower decor, taken at her amazing home.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

We started with the entryway, to make sure guests had a warm welcome.  We hung glass bottles with lisianthus from stakes along the walkway.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Dawn made a stunning pink wreath out of roses, spray roses, and pink hydrangea.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

This was our favorite part!  Rachel's take on the travel theme was very feminine, and we made this garland to pretty up the globe a bit.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

We decorated the drink station by layering a gold sequined linen with a vintage one.  The contrasting looks complemented each other well, and some of our adorable vintage glassware was just what it needed!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

These paper flowers were no joke!  The whole A Garden Party team - and some fellow vendor friends - pitched in to make these to decorate the straws for guests, and we scattered the spares around the house.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Another vintage linen was draped over the piano, along with some pink taper candles in brass candle-holders.    On the right, you'll see one of many gold mercury bud vases that were placed throughout the space.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

For the dining table, we couldn't help but go all out with our gold sequined linen!  More pink tapered candles, bud vases, and pillar candles made up the centerpiece, and some greenery hanging from her light fixture brought the whole look together.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme
South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

We decorated Rachel's mantle with a moss-covered airplane, which was followed by a hand drawn banner welcoming her baby girl!  More gold mercury bud vases held roses, astilbe, spray roses, and giant white feathers.

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

Our vintage suitcases and succulents helped bring in some more neutral tones amidst all of the pink and gold - we didn't want to completely overwhelm baby Pearlman with all of our bling!

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South Jersey Event Design - A Garden Party florist - Baby Shower florist - Maternity florist - Hello Gorgeous Photography - Tami Melissa Photography - Rachel Pearlman Photography - Rachel McCalley Photography - travel theme

It just wouldn't be right not to have a few lanterns!  Our growing rental inventory has proven to be very handy lately!

We want to thank these lovely ladies for inviting us to help celebrate their growing families.  We love you almost as much as we love seeing pictures of all of your beautiful babies! XOXO