Karina’s Bridal Shower

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-14My baby sister is getting married this summer and I don’t even know h0w I feel about it. I guess my emotions are bittersweet. She has always been my cute little baby sister, and now she is going to be a married woman with a home and family of her own. Her fiancé, Eddy, is a wonderful guy and we all love him already. I couldn’t have handpicked a better man for her if I did it myself. Karina is the last one in our family to get married. We are all so thankful for the wonderful spouses that each one of us original Goncharenkos has married. They are all amazing and I genuinely feel that they are part of our family, just as much as all my siblings.

Even though Eddie and Karina live in New York, they decided that they wanted to have a tropical, Floridian wedding, which is definitely convenient for us. They came down this week do take care of some wedding preparations. My parents are also here to help us with the move, Dad helping Sergi finish the last, final renovations before we bring all of our things from our apartment to the new house, and Mom helping with the children, cooking, packing and generally helping out with anything that needs to be done. This week, if you enter into my premises, you will find yourself with a job:).

We girls started scheming of a bridal shower, since it was only logical that the timing was perfect. We had an intimate, lovely shower for the last little chick in the family nest. My sister, Milana, hosted the party at her house and she and her husband, Andrey,  did a phenomenal job with the decor, don’t you think?

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While the menfolk all got sweaty and used their muscles at my new house, the girls enjoyed an evening of elegance, lots of great food, gushing over all Karina’s new household possessions and of course, girl talk.

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It’s so peaceful in Grandma’s arms.

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I absolutely LOVE the lighting. It was beautiful.

The Food:

Our menu was simple but SO delicious. Since it was only the 6 of us, we didn’t make an exorbitant amount of different dishes but chose foods that we all loved.

Flavored Water (with lemons, strawberries and mint)

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-11Creamy Chicken Salad Bites

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-2New potatoes with butter and fresh herbs

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-16Baked Salmon Fillet (I used the same recipe as my Baked Steelhead Trout Fillet). I’m so glad we made extra salmon, since we had some party crashers at the end of the night:).

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Karina's Bridal Shower -1-15Spinach Strawberry and Avocado Salad

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-7Desserts:

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My amazing sister-in-laws, Vitaliya and Marina

Fruit Salad

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-8Caramel Cake – I’m not even sure what this cake is called, because Vitaliya made it, and I forgot to ask, but the thin cake layers reminded me of caramel. The cake just melted in your mouth. The frosting was made from dulce de leche. YUM.

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-20Chocolate Cake Roll (Recipe coming soon) This was my creation and I loved how it turned out. I will try to recreate it for you soon. I didn’t have a chance to take a proper picture, but you can see it hiding in the back, behind the fruit salad.

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-21Strawberry Souffle – “Many hands make light the work.” I love this quote, especially when it comes to food. With everybody pitching in, the food was a cinch. Marina made these elegant, cold Strawberry Souffles, in such an elegant presentation.

Karina's Bridal Shower -1-19Don’t you just love watching the bride to be open all her presents? It’s so much fun to see all those household beauties:). I’ll just show you a small glimpse of the present opening. Karina's Bridal Shower -1-28

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Karina with Mom

Karina with Mom

It was a lovely evening. At 10 pm, I got a phone call from my husband, telling us that they were all hungry and on the way to join us. We ended the evening with the whole family reunited again (except for our sister, Elina, and her family, but they were with is in spirit and on Snapchat).

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Whenever I take pictures of an event, I later realize that I don’t have any pictures of myself there. Here’s the only one, and from my phone too. Does this happen to anyone else?

We love you Karina and Eddy! Congratulations on your engagement and May God bless your future marriage!


  • Nell

    Beautiful bridal shower and grat pics!
    Please post the Carmel cake recipe. It’s sounds delish 🙂
    It’s exiting to move to a new place. Looking forward to reading about that.

    • olgak7

      Hi Nell! Thank you. We had a great time.
      The Caramel cake was delicious. I’ll see if I can get the recipe. It is a recipe that my sister in law got from someone else, so we will have to ask permission first. Not everyone wants to share their recipes.
      We are enjoying our new place, although it’s taking a lot of time and effort. It’s worth it, though.

  • Mila

    A lovely bridal shower. Just family. And at the end of the party that usually happens to us too. The party guests come to eat leftovers. Same thing happens to me whenever I take pictures of an event. ( that usually happens all the time since I love taking pictures:)) I later realize that I don’t have any pictures of myself.

    • olgak7

      Yes! We usually have an exclusive, family only party after the party. And yes, I usually have very few pictures of myself. I’ll have yo work on it:).

  • Marina | Let the Baking Begin!

    Congrats to your sister on her getting married!

    While looking at the pictures all I saw was floor to ceiling windows and the views))) Living in an apartment like that is and has always been a dream of mine… Seriously, I can not get enough of it)))

  • Natallia

    Olga, I have been visiting your website lately. Your recipes are amazing!!! Thank you for sharing it with the world! Reading your post about the bridal shower, I want to ask a question. I am from Minsk myself and visited a church whose pastor was Gonharenko Slava. Are you related to them? I am just curious. Thank you.

    • olgak7

      Hi Natallia,
      Thank you so much for visiting my website. I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes.
      I was actually born in Minsk. Goncharenko Slava is my Dad’s cousin. Small world:).

  • Julia

    Beautiful bridal shower!!! I was actually shocked to see my cousin Eddie here:-) lol, haha, I knew he was engaged to a girl Karina from Utica, but didnt know she was your sister:-).

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