Wow, my daughter will be 4weeks old this Thursday and after assisting me with 18 weddings while I carried her, she is STILL being a part of SwaLaRue Events by sitting by my side while I complete event styling for a very special bride getting married in Atlanta in just two weeks! Laila LaRue Lewis was born June 23, 2016 and we’ve been through so much together already. What’s most important to me is to show her that she can have everything she puts her mind to if it is God’s will as long as she remains focused and tenacious in accomplishing her goals. Two goals super important to me during my maternity break from planning (outside of taking care of her and her brother and their father) is getting back into shape and sharing with SwaLaRue Events fans what I’ve been up to this past year. There have been so many weddings and interesting experiences and I am so eager to begin reflecting. So, it’s time to start blogging again.
Now is a great time to also mention that SwaLaRue Events services have changed. We no longer offer Full Service Wedding Planning to allow more time to help bring Bridal and Baby Shower dreams to reality! After planning two very distinctly different showers to celebrate the welcoming of my son and daughter into this world, I’ve discovered just how much I enjoy planning unique themes for these small er scaled events. For more information on what’s included in our new services, check out this page or send an email to for a copy of our new offerings magazine.
Here are some photos from Laila’s special day!
*Photos taken are courtesy of ForeverTogether Video and Photography (Thanks Marci!)
My daughter’s shower was a small quaint gathering at home. I chose a Parisian theme because a trip to Paris with my mom has always been a dream vacation for just the two of us. I chose to take French in middle school to follow in her footsteps and to this day we can share some pieces of the language when we interact. My mom also blessed me with my middle name, which we both share (LaRue) and I have also decided to pass it down to my daughter so I thought a trip to Paris from the comfort of our living room was perfect for Laila’s celebration! Her shower was complete with flavored mimosas, a French- themed dessert bar and we even served Crepes and croissant sandwiches to the guests. I started out creating games that were related to the them, and then took a trip to Party City where I discovered they have a deck of cards for Taboo and Charades for Baby Showers! We all had a blast playing those games during our Ice Breaker.
I’d say the biggest hit of the afternoon was the Onsie Bar where guests selected an iron-on decal and created unique onesies for Laila to wear. She was born at only 7lbs1oz so it will be a while still before she can wear most of them, but the guests had a lot of fun creating them. We didn’t forget about the guys either. Even though the theme for the shower was very feminine, the men spent time in Stephen’s cave with Pizza, Beer and the Pool Table, so needless to say, they enjoyed the party as much as the ladies did!