Inspiration: Why You Should Throw Your Bridal Shower In a Creek (Really!)

We have a feeling these photos will convince you pretty quickly.

How badly do you want to sit and dine at this table? All photos by Rob Yaskovic Photography.

How badly do you want to sit and dine at this table? All photos by Rob Yaskovic Photography.

We’ve chatted with local non-denominational wedding officiant Alisa Tongg quite a few times before here on the blog, whether we’re picking her brain on vow-writing or hearing about her beautiful, tucked-away elopement venue in the Poconos.

Well today, friends, instead of sharing some of her advice, we are sharing some of her pictures—and her totally killer idea to throw a party in the water.

Yep. In:

That's Alisa, finishing set-up before the guests arrive.

That’s Alisa, finishing set-up before the guests arrive.

The dinner party was actually an end-of-summer celebration with Alisa’s celebration congregation, The Bacon & Lox Society, which she founded with friend Heather Arak-Kanofsky. Together, the two weave their different faiths (Arak-Kanofsky is Jewish, Tongg is Christian) and cultural heritages (Tongg is a native Hawaiian whose family was recently became recognized citizens of the Cherokee Nation) with their favorite traditions and foods to celebrate life’s moments—usually around a communal table, with each guest contributing to the meal.

Arak-Kanofsky has apparently had the idea in her head to throw an in-the-water dinner party since she saw an old photograph of a Victorian family doing the same in a creek in Nazareth’s Jacobsburg State Park, and recently, they pulled it off in McMichael’s Creek (a tributary of the Delaware River) in Monroe County with the help of some other local events professionals. (Allium Floral Design did the pretty centerpieces, Fox & Finch Vintage Rentals provided the furniture, Arak-Kanofsky’s company Gifts for the Good Life designed the details (menus printed on napkins, wooden boat for drink service, etc.) and Rob Yaskovic snapped the photos of this lovely evening—and offered guests the chance to do a few water portraits before the party was over; you can see Alisa and Heather’s below.)

So we don’t know about you guys, but all we can think is: Coolest. Bridal. Shower. Ever. How badly do you want to throw a party in the water right now? We wholeheartedly encourage you to make it happen—and, of course, to show us the pics.

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