We wanted to share some photographs from a lovely bridal shower held in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The bride, Maria Sothern, was surprised by her bridesmaids and family members with a cupcake-themed party held at the home of the bride's cousin. The groom Stephen Ockenhouse escorted his bride to the celebration, which featured an assortment of hors d'oeuvres and sweets. Among the many gifts Maria received was a customized serving platter from her maid of honor depicting an illustration of the wedding party. "One of the most memorable moments of the afternoon was seeing my grand mom there" says Maria. "She's 85 years old and originally was not going to be able to attend, so seeing her there was a true surprise." —Heather Lee
Catering: Cindy's Catering, Egg Harbor Township, (609) 927-5382
Desserts: Schenk's Family Bakery, Philadelphia
Photography: Jessica Hui
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