Celtic bridal shower held in Del Mar

Jennifer Mayberry

By Shanti Mayberry

Sixteen women gathered in Del Mar on April 21 for a “HighTea” Celtic bridal shower to celebrate the engagement of Jennifer Mayberry and Joe La Manna, who will be married this coming December at the Del Mar Powerhouse. The shower was given by Jenny’s mother, Shanti Mayberry, at the family home in Del Mar.

Ceremonies of the day included a piano concert by grandmother Patricia Hill, followed by Celtic bridal blessings and the old English custom of wishing the couple good fortune, happiness and health with special gifts from Joe’s mother and sister of “something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new.” The grand finale after the champagne toast and gift presentations was a hilarious skit performed by entertainer Toby Prager who played Geszelda, a very wild fairy Godmother.

The couple lives in Missoula, Montana, where Jennifer is executive director of Firesafe Montana and Joe is completing his Ph.D in wildlife biology and climate change at the university. He is the recipient of a three-year EPA star fellowship grant for his research on migratory songbirds and Aspen tree decline. They plan to spend their honeymoon birding, snorkeling and hiking in Belize and Guatemala. Both Jenny and Joe are proactive environmentalists and hope to do their part in protecting the Earth’s eco-systems.