Friday, December 30, 2011


A great hat speaks for itself.  Grab your favorite hat and a cup of tea because you are invited to join me for Ali's English Tea Bridal Shower!  Held at the Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, TN, Ali's bridal shower was the perfect event for this grand location.

Ali got engaged right before the royal wedding.  When she saw all of the beautiful hats, she instantly drew inspiration for her own bridal shower.  As her matron of honor, (ohmigoodness I am SO old) I ran with her idea, hoping to throw her a shower fit for a princess.  I enlisted the help of fellow bridesmaid Caroline.  Together, we searched for the most delicious crumpet recipes and learned how to serve the perfect cup of tea.

After weeks of planning, the day of the shower finally arrived!  I had the honor of playing hostess and photographer.  Here is your personal invitation to Ali's English Tea Bridal Shower.  Enjoy!

Ali's invitations were so cute!  Each one had a small tea bag attached.
The future bride looked beautiful in her cream colored, Cynthia Rowley, dress and her black feathered English hat.

The tea was held in one of the many elegant rooms at Allandale Mansion.  The wall of beautiful windows and a warm fire place made everything feel so quaint. 
The antique china used was actually the mother of the bride's personal collection from Japan.
Bird cages filled with fresh hydrangeas adorned each table.   

English Afternoon Tea was served.

Luxurious, flirty and fun, we're out to prove a great hat can change your day.
Located in the dining room was a table filled with delicious treats, all homemade by the bride's sister (me!) and her bridesmaid Caroline.  Ali and Nathan might have helped out a little :)

Blueberry lemon scones and cheese and spinach quiche were some of guests' favorites!
I was personally in love with the chocolate bowls!  Made with Ghirardelli chocolate and filled with espresso mousse, whipped cream, and marshmallows, these treats were heavenly!
Second shooting for the day was my fabulous father, Randy Beavers!
Tea was served a little before 1:00 p.m.
After lunch, we moved into the sitting room to open bridal shower gifts!

The big surprise of the day was a personal cake decorating lesson from Ashley Deford! She owns her own cake decorating business and even does a little wedding planning!
The entire group watched as Ashley demonstrated how to create bows out of fondant and soft ruffles with buttercream around a miniature wedding cake. 

After the demonstration, we broke up into teams.  The challenge?  To create the most beautiful wedding cake based on what Ashley taught us and what we thought Ali would like best.  

Ali even got to help out a little!  Her ruffles were the best, of course.  
Thanks for all your help Ashley!  You were AMAZING!
After thirty minutes, Ali went around to every cake explaining what she liked about each unique design.
There could only be ONE winner!
Congratulations to Team Jenny!  Ali chose their cake as a favorite, explaining that she loved the tiny bows on the side and the connecting swirls around the bottom layer.  
Ali's fiance showed up just in time to cute the cake!  This gave me the perfect opportunity to take a few photographs of them together at the mansion.  

You might remember these two from their engagement session in New York City a few months ago!

We ended the afternoon by relaxing together on the back porch, bellies full of delicious pastries and warm tea.  


  1. So creative! Love all the pictures :) y'all sure look like you had fun!

  2. YAY! I love the pictures and had sooo much fun baking, decorating, pouring tea, and taking pictures!! You are incredibly talented and can not wait to see how far you go with your photography!!

  3. Thank you so much Amy! This was the most beautiful bridal shower I could have ever imagined! You and Caroline worked so hard and I am so grateful! I loved how unique and different it was. It went above and beyond anything I could have ever expected. Of course, these pictures are absolutely beautiful. You are so creative and talented and I am so proud of you!

  4. Amy,
    You did a great job planning Ali's shower. Allandale Mansion was beautifully decorated and the food you, Caroline, Ann and Ali made was very delicious. Ali had a great time and you effectively captured the event in your photos. I really like the food photos and the pictures of Ali and Nathan. Congratulations on capturing an important day in Ali's life. You forgot to post the picture of me washing all those DISHES!

  5. You are amazing, Amy! If I ever kick Tim to the curb...I'm flying you here to do my next wedding pictures...LOL! :) Just picking...I think I will keep Tim around! :) I just wanted to let you know that you really know how to capture a moment! Love all your pics!

  6. Amy,

    The shower was beautiful! I love seeing you and Ali so happy! These pictures tell a story of a wonderful day perfectly! You are an amazing sister, daughter and photographer.

  7. This English tea party is so good. Your arrangements are simply great. Loved your amazing preparations and want to throw my friend a tea party before her wedding. She had booked one of fabulous wedding venues Chicago for her special day in advance.