Girls, grab your pearls! Sydney Rae James, who recently celebrated her bridal shower with close family and friends, opens up to The Knot in an exclusive new interview about the intimate and gorgeous affair.
The shower was held June 5, at Lillie Belles in Franklin, Tennessee. Jessie James Decker, the bride’s sister and Matron of Honor, planned the occasion and chose Lillie Belles as the venue for a good reason. Decker’s baby shower was held at the same spot back in 2014, when the country singer was expecting her second child, daughter Vivianne Rose, with husband Eric Decker.
“We loved it so much, we wanted to return,” says Sydney.
Pinkies up! “The theme of my shower was a glamorous Southern Tea Party,” says Sydney, who requested guests show up in their fanciest hats and pearls, giving the Kentucky Derby a run for its money.
“We love making everything more festive and dressing the part lends to that!” she tells The Knot. “Everything was decorated in shades of blush, gold and white. There was a touch of Snow White as well.”
The ladies enjoyed a gorgeous three-tiered cake decorated with a gold-brushed mirror design on the front. The cake was topped with an adorable mold of a princess and her prince, and inscribed with a familiar phrase — “the fairest of them all” — from the classic tale.
Decker went all out with sweets and requested gold-dipped donuts, which were created by Erin Coffey of Custom Coffey Cakeries. “They tasted as amazing as they looked,” Sydney says.
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To wash down the sweet delicacies, the guests — including Sydney’s mom, her grandmothers, extended family members and her best friends — sipped on custom cocktails. Grapefruit mimosas were served to guests upon arrival, followed by treats from Spoonable Spirits, which serves “a sort of pretty little spirited pudding in a shot glass.”
“We also had red and white wine from Little Black Dress,” says Sydney. The upscale tea party also stayed true to its theme with the bridesmaids serving a variety of hot and cold teas provided by My Beauty Tea.
Very important! Sydney had planned on wearing a “traveling dress that a group of us girls have all worn for special events,” she tells The Knot, but the item didn’t arrive on time.
“My sister, one of my bridesmaids, and two close girlfriends ran out to the mall with me the night before the shower,” she recalls. “It was a mad dash, but we found my perfect dress at Bebe… minutes before closing.”
Showered with presents! “I honestly was so shocked by how sweet and personalized all of my gifts were,” Sydney says. “I received so many items with Bass or a B on them. My Gee Gee, (my mom’s mom), gave me a wooden spoon that was my great grandmother’s and that made us all cry. We come from a long line of loving mothers and cooks and I felt special to have received that spoon that was used to prepare so many lovely meals for our family.”
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The gift with the most sentimental value came from the bride’s mom. “My cookbook from my mom, which I’ve already used, was so special and sentimental,” she says. “I also received many beautiful frames, aprons, and decorative items for my home along with a wonderful picture my aunt had made for us. The scene is from Snow White, my fairytale princess, and our photos were used to personalize the faces of Snow White and the Prince. It is amazing.”
Sydney’s fiance, baseball player Bass, was in Japan at the time of the shower. (Bass plays for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, so the couple frequently flies back and forth from the country.) Despite the distance, Bass made a surprise appearance at the shower — in the form of a pre-recorded message. The groom answered some questions on video before the event so the couple could play a bridal shower favorite: The Newlywed Game. “We did amazingly well and got 90 percent of them correct,” she said.
“After the shower I FaceTimed with him and he couldn’t stop saying how happy I looked and that I must have had an amazing time,” James shared with us. “He texted my mom and sister and thanked them for throwing me such an amazing shower,” she added, and from the photos it certainly looked like the bride was well-celebrated by all of the most important ladies in her life.
James and Bass, who shared their mountaintop engagement photos and details with The Knot in February. They plan on getting married in January 2017 .