Love is a Journey

Four years ago, my little brother Michael flew from JFK International Airport to Sweden, where he would spend a semester teaching abroad at Jonkoping University. Little did we know that while he was thousands of miles away in Sweden, Michael would meet Priscila, a student from Lima, Peru, and his future wife!

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Michael and Priscila racked up quite the airplane mileage over the course of their relationship – which was primarily a long-distance one for several years – visiting each others’ home countries and traveling together.

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Priscila and Michael now live together here in the U.S. – working in the Philadelphia area and planning a July wedding that will take place in Lima, Peru! (I just bought my plane tickets and couldn’t be more excited!)

My mother and I teamed up to throw Priscila a SURPRISE bridal shower (which, for possibly the first time in the history of bridal showers, was a successful surprise)! For weeks I plotted & crafted in secret (which partially explains my absence from blog-o-land over the past month, as I couldn’t share anything I was working on for the shower). I’m a theme kinda girl, and so we went with a travel themed party, focused primarily on the couple’s international love story.

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We used maps & globes, airplane travel & international mail as cornerstones for the overall theme, and paid special homage to four important locations for Mike & Priscila: The U.S. (primarily Philadelphia), Peru, Sweden, and France (the pair took a trip to Paris, France together, and so they attach special meaning to all things Parisian).

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But beyond all the decorations and international food offerings, this party was really about celebrating Priscila – a beautiful and kind woman who has become an important member of our family, and an amazing new sister-in-law and friend to me. Living away from home has its challenges – my brothers and I have all traveled and moved to various places and countries – and while Priscila has built a lovely life in Pennsylvania with my brother, I know she misses her home and her family. And so our secret, special surprise was truly the highlight of the party – “sneaking” Mili, Priscila’s mother, into Philadelphia (where she spent the night before the shower at my parent’s house). When Priscila walked into her shower (which she believed to be a family birthday party, hence the flowers in my brother’s hand), amidst the shouts of surprise and the cheers from her new Pennsylvania family, her eyes went immediately to her mother – and this happened:

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And then this:

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And this.

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It was a lovely day, and I have loads of details – things I crafted, things my mother & other relatives made, things Mili brought us from Peru, and things I made my father do – but they can wait until tomorrow. Today I want to focus on the real story of this travel-themed bridal shower: love. Go ahead and roll your eyes at all of my cheesiness. I don’t even care. 🙂

I hope you have a wonderful day!

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