Bridal Shower Inspiration & A Word on Beauty

by Monique on February 5, 2016 · 0 comments

Whether or not you’re planning a bridal shower, take a tea break with me and be inspired by this lovingly created tea party styled shoot. And while we’re taking about styled shoots, let’s take a minute to get real about the obsession with beauty…

pretty tea party flowers

Styled shoots, they’re everywhere. Why? They’re all about pretty pictures, right?

That’s what I thought but, lately I’ve been looking at them a bit differently… 

I’ve started to believe that, sometimes, pretty is just the medicine we need. In a world full of turmoil, beauty offers us a reprieve. It’s an escape, a figurative place to rest and renew our hope. Why else would we love Pinterest, buy fresh flowers and ‘heart’ inspiring images on Instagram?

The pursuit of beauty has captivated people for centuries (you only have to visit an art museum to see it). But, for many women the pursuit is often a painful one. As a feminist (yes, I am), I’ve often been at odds with my own desire to fit into society’s standards of beauty and rebel against them.

But here’s the thing, when I make an effort to look my best, without berating myself for my flaws, I feel good. I feel really good. And, when I’ve personally photographed a women who have had their make-up done and put their best dresses on, I can see they feel it too.

Does it make us lesser women… for wanting to feel beautiful?

I don’t think so. Maybe the pursuit of beauty isn’t the so-called end product at all. Maybe it’s all about giving ourselves the permission to feel beautiful.

I’d love to hear your thoughts so comment below but, in the mean time, I hope that you’ll see more than a styled shoot today. When you look at these images, I hope you’ll see regular women (nope, they’re not models), enjoying a moment of beauty and delighting in the beauty of each other. Maybe we could all use a little more beauty in our lives.

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Pretty tea party

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{Photography} Monique Warner Photography {Flowers & Fresh Flower Crowns} Heartfelt Flower Styling {Décor Styling & Stationery} Cherry Waves Events {Make Up} Make-up by Tracy {Models} Melany, Nelmari & Alex {Faux White Flower Crown} Sunkissed Handmade

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