|Shannon greets guests, including my sister, Gina Chavez|
The "Morris Girls"- aka mom (Jeannie Morris) and Shannon's sisters (Tracy Goetsch and Kelly Morris) started planning the baby shower for my daughter -in- love and law, Shannon Morris Plunk-way back in October. They checked out golf courses, banquet rooms for an appropriate venue to host the event at.
|Internet photo of front entrance|
They discovered The French Estate on an Orange County wedding page. When the Morris Girls checked it out, Kelly remembers "We loved the charm and the price was the best. "
|Photo from The French Estate Website.|
Cozy. Elbow room. Auxiliary rooms to allow for traffic flow. The official dining room was just the right size to host a bridal luncheon for the expected 3 dozen guests.
|Photo from The French Estate Website|
Sarah Pearson, penned a personal note about her journey to becoming to becoming the proprietress of the establishment on her homepage. She confesses that she "spent years of my youth living, working and wandering in Europe, and yearned for as much of that lifestyle as possible after escaping a violent marriage and finding myself faced with the challenge of remaking my life. So I chose a really old home in the largest historic district in California, walking distance to the heart of Old Towne Orange. Living upstairs from my business in the Old World Way and sharing my home with pets, students occasional displaced women who need to get on their feet and travelers who enjoy the simple peach of old-school bed and breakfast isn't a typical SoCal lifestyle, but I love it.
The French Estate has that cozy home ambiance because it has been an actual home for well over 116 year."
You can read more about Sarah and the French Estate here.
Her romantic nature is seen in vignettes throughout the property.
|Displayed on a table in the entrance hall, the invitations, yarn balls and pictures of the parents to be as toddlers set the theme|
Kelly, a teacher at Maple Hill Elementary School (where when we first moved to this home, the father to- be- walked to this school for grades K-6) explained the theme "Cute as a Button" came about when she stumbled across a homemade sewing kit.
She knew she wanted to do the the yarn balls. "I took pics of the manor when we visited, so I knew where I could and couldn't decorate."
Tracy arranged for banners and was the go-to person on the day of event, responsible for keeping things like lists organized. The photographer is longtime friend Brie Johnson. Multi-talented, Brie's day job is as an English teacher at La Sierra High School in Fullerton.
|Sarah Maxwell with Shannon|
At any event, having a backup is must. She didn't, but if Brie had fallen that morning and couldn't take pictures, family friend Sarah Maxwell shared photographer duty.
|(L-R) Mom- Jeannie Morris with Shannon Morris Plunk|
|(L-R) Kelly Morris with Shannon|
The Morris Girls went to the effort to find outfits in shades pulled from the decorations.
The look on Kelly's face- I want to go back to the third grade and be in her class!
|Shannon's attendants gather around Kenny and her in April, 2011|
|Professional model Abby Plunk with her grandmother, Melva Plunk|
|(l-r) Abby Plunk, Gwen Parlee, Billie Plunk and Maggie Stevens Brown enjoying girl-time.|
Stay tuned. I have double deadlines to thread blogging between this blog series centered on the best baby shower I've ever been to.
\Linking to My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday.