Over the summer, I dedicated one of my Woman Crush Wednesday posts to Jackie Mangiolino, owner of Sincerely, Jackie and a wedding invitation and paper goods designer based on Long Island. One of the many reasons I adore Jackie is her unwavering strength, optimism and hope, even in times of great difficulty. Last May, Jackie gave birth to her son, Richie, at just 26 weeks into her pregnancy. She documented her journey on Instagram and showed so much resilience, determination and love when faced with such a challenging situation.
About a month after Richie was born, Jackie’s friends and family came together for her baby shower, honoring a baby that had been born at just two pounds, two ounces, and supporting the proud parents who had been spending every day of the past month in the NICU by their son’s side. It was a beautiful, emotional and amazing day, and I’m excited to be able to finally share the details with everyone!
Jackie selected a bumblebee theme for her shower, which turned out to be a fortuitous choice given the bumblebee details at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant where the shower was held. They even had bumblebees on the plates!
Of course Jackie designed her own paper goods, which included the invitation, escort cards, menus and labels for the mini bottles of honey that were given out as favors.
Jackie’s friend and stationery collaborator, Charmaine of Everly Calligraphy, created a custom crest for Baby Richie that was included on the invite and also brought to life in the form of a laser cut crest, complete with greenery and bees. Charmaine also created a darling watercolor print for the escort card display.
Beautiful floral arrangements by Sachi Rose Floral Design Co. throughout the room provided colorful accents against the blue linens.
Sprinkled throughout shower were papier mache bees, each one handcrafted by Gina Paola Design, who also helped style all of the décor.
The star of the party, other than Jackie of course (looking simply radiant with her hair and make-up by Perfectly Polished Faces), was the honeycomb cake created by Nine Cakes, which had the most delicious strawberry lemonade cake inside. To highlight the cake, Gina created a backdrop of greenery and floating bees for the dessert table.
Leandra of Photography by Leandra captured every detail of this beautiful day so perfectly. Her photos show not only the intricacies of the shower that Jackie planned, but also the love and joy that filled the room that day. For more details on Jackie’s shower, pop over to her feature on Martha Stewart Living.