When we were approached by stylish bride, Lauren Firner, to curate custom gifts for her Orange County wedding party, we obviously jumped at the chance! We knew the gifts had to be as fun and contemporary as her personality and Lauren gave us some great direction on what she envisioned for her bridesmaids and what her fiancé, Mike, wanted for his groomsmen.
Their September 27th wedding took place at the stunning San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano and had an equestrian flare since Lauren competes nationally with her AQHA World Champion quarter horse, The Fire Escape, or Jim as she affectionately refers to him for short.
Jim was even on hand to greet guests as they arrived at the wedding – complete with a customized treat bucket! (Umm, I totally want a horse greeting guests at my wedding now too.) I mean if that idea doesn’t completely embody Lauren and her fun loving personality, then the crystal covered cowboy boots she wore under her breathtaking and flowy BHLDN wedding dress should.
the groomsmen boxes
Lauren’s husband, Mike, had a clear vision for the gifts he’d be giving his buddies standing next to him on his wedding day. He was steadfast that the gift boxes include a bottle of their favorite spirit: Patron Silver. We knew that the bottle might get opened right there on the spot at the wedding, so we also made sure to include a pair of high-end crystal shot glasses and a fresh lime to go with it.
To complete the groomsmen boxes, we added a sleek matte flask that Mike’s friends could use at the wedding and also keep as a memento and reminder of the day. Spicy beef jerky and a salted pistachio chocolate bar rounded out the masculine black and green themed gift.
We then hand painted the wooden box lids matte black on the diagonal as a modern way to dial up the masculinity. Then each groomsmen had their initials painted on top for an additional layer of customization. A sleek black ribbon finished off the handmade boxes and alluded to the color scheme inside. These by far are our favorite boxes that we’ve curated to date!
the bridesmaids boxes
For the bridesmaids and wedding planner, we started with a feminine blush palette and hand painted the lids in a subtle pink hue. The initials on the outside of the box for each of the girls mirrored the customization we did for the groomsmen. For texture and added femininity, we tied the gifts in a rustic rose-colored lace.
As the bridesmaids helped Lauren get ready for her big day, she looked on her besties were presented with the gifts and they tore into them with excitement.
Under the lid was pretty pink ombré tissue secured with a gold foil “thank you” sticker. Inside we included a petite bottle of rosé to help celebrate the beautiful bride on her big day and a glittery bridesmaid “minimergency” kit filled with 21 little essentials like double-sided tape, clear nail polish, hair elastics, safety pins, and extra wedding bands just in case anything went awry during the ceremony. (Spoiler: everything turned out ok.)
Keeping with the girly theme, each box contained a mini bottle of Drybar’s heavenly scented “Money Maker” hairspray, a grapefruit and rosemary sea mineral body polish, lip gloss in varying shades of pink, and then each bridesmaid received a different cube of Sugarfina gummies like champagne bears or pink flamingos, and a luxurious hand creme in a unique scent to fit each girl’s personality (gin and rosewater was my fave).
To thank her wedding planner for all of her help, Lauren thoughtfully had us create an additional box where we swapped out the bridesmaid minimergency kit for a tailored pinstripe notebook.
Thank you to Lauren and Mike for trusting us with curating your wedding party gifts on your big day. We think they turned out pretty suite and hope you do too. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. Love is the best gift of all.
Wedding: Laura Reaney of Reaney Photography I Boxes: The Suite Life
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