Last month, our pal Johanna Tropiano was the guest of honor at her shower for Baby Lila. Hosted by her good friends Annette, Britt + Kelsie, they filled the celebration with sweet details and yummy food. While we don't normally highlight baby showers here, this gathering was too thoughtful, personal and oh-so-Long Beach not to! The below images were taken by the Mama-to-Be's very talented husband and wedding photographer, Brian Tropiano.
How did you want your shower to feel or look?
I wanted a boho vintage vibe: lots of vintage patterns, pillows and textured materials and a giant peacock chair. Oh, and lots of flowers! I’ve had visions of budding flowers opening into full bloom throughout my pregnancy and felt connected to that metaphor as I’ve been growing my baby, waiting for her to bloom, so having tons of flowers to celebrate that was very important to me.
What was your favorite detail of the day?
So hard to choose! I really enjoyed the flower crown workshop all the guests did. We learned how to make our own flower crowns and that was what everyone was able to take home with them as a keepsake. I have mine dried out and hanging in Lila’s nursery. Also, for each gift I opened, the friend who got it for me shared their favorite family tradition or a word of encouragement. That was very special to me.
Any particular menu highlights or specific requests you had? How about the drinks?
I haven’t been able to eat a lot of meat since being pregnant so we did all vegetarian dishes. CHARRED STREET CORN- corn, queso fresco, garlic aioli, radish, paprika & cilantro
PERUVIAN MAC AND CHEESE- macaroni, huancaina, oaxaca cheese & breadcrumbs
BRUSSELS SPROUTS- sprouts, lemon vinaigrette, hoja santa crema & pepitas
PATATAS BRAVAS- potatoes, spicy tomato jam & garlic aioli
I LOVE Padre’s sangria, sadly I couldn’t partake, but they made me a special lemonade because lemonade has been my go-to drink that has helped get me through this really tough pregnancy!
Baby showers can be overwhelming for soon-to-be Mamas. Any pieces of advice you’d like to share with other women who may be in your shoes soon?
Let your friends plan away! Kelsie, Annette, and Britt designed everything. I just put together a Pinterest board and they made it come to life. My shower was even more beautiful than I could have imagined, and letting them take the reins on all the details was such a gift!
After the event, how did you feel about your pregnancy? Did it make things feel more exciting?
Because my pregnancy has been difficult, I felt super isolated and lonely throughout the last 8 months, so getting to reconnect with my friends who are all so special to me was such a gift. My shower helped me push through the last month and a half, and I pretty much grinned for two days straight because of all the joy my shower and seeing my friends brought me. I felt so loved and I know Lila Vienne felt loved too.
Being pregnant is so much fun, except for when it's not. :) Johanna's honesty about her own story and the joy she found in the bigger moments surely resonates with some of you out there. Her baby shower was overflowing with love and care and it is an honor to share it here!
These amazing folks helped the entire party come to life:
Olive and Bloom led the floral crown workshop and did the florals.
Cakes were by Scratch Baked Goods in Long Beach.
Britt Berres of Britt Leigh Designs and Michelle Qazi from 6th and Detroit designed the shower.
Vintage rentals were from Michelle Quazi and her local Long Beach shop 6th and Detroit.
Photos were by Brian Tropiano for Braedon Photography.
Jo's dear friend Jess Puccinelli did the gorgeous custom hostess gift boxes. You can find her at Haute Hope.