An Event Planner's Engagement Fiesta

Guys, I need a little reassurance here that you actually want to hear a little bit about my wedding and the events leading up to it. It is way more weird than I thought it would be to blog about my own event. Planning events for other people is much, much more enjoyable than planning one for myself. I promise I'll do my best not to sound like an ass. I swear. Luckily, I had A TON of help and can brag and boast about those people instead.

My [now] fiancé, Mike, and I bought our first home together last October. A few months later, on a chilly night in December, he knelt down on one knee in our kitchen and asked me to marry him. Fast-forward seven months, many house projects later, and a bit of coaxing from my best friend/Matron of Honor/business partner, Ashley; we were finally ready to host our friends and family for a combo engagement + housewarming celebration. 

Since the party was going to be at home, we kept the guest list as small as we could. We ended up with fifty of our closest friends and family. I know that's not "small" in the literal sense of the word, but my family is huge, so it was actually probably one of the smallest gatherings I've ever been to. Ha. Our dear friend and Ashley's husband, Bryce, designed these badass little invites for us. Forewarning: this wedding is going to have a lot of black. 

We spent all of about five seconds trying to plan food before I texted my long-time friend, and probably secret mermaid, Amy. I'll say this right now: bringing in Amy was the absolute best decision we made for this party. I've been in awe of this woman for every single one of the ten years I've known her. She is endlessly talented and freakishly charming. I'm pretty sure I texted her something along the lines of, "Uhhhh...so, we really just want some fresh, bomb ass Mexican food." No joke, a day later, she shows up to our house with the most perfect menu crafted and ready for our review. We didn't have to make a single change. (Note to all: When Amy plans you a custom menu, you shut up and let Amy plan you a custom menu.) Want to see? Of freaking course you do.

These mofos were HOT, but oh so good.

These mofos were HOT, but oh so good.

So fresh + colorful!

So fresh + colorful!

Appetizers:
Chorizo Sliders with Guava Ketchup and White Cheddar Cheese
Chipotle Deviled Eggs with Jalapeño and Cilantro
Smoked Gouda and Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers
Watermelon, Feta and Mint Skewer
Trio of Salsas with Tortilla Chips

We still don't know who's plate this was, but they definitely win Plate of the Year.

We still don't know who's plate this was, but they definitely win Plate of the Year.

Mains:
Build Your Own Tacos
· Al Pastor
· Roasted Veggies
· Corn Tortillas, Flour Tortillas
· Guacamole, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickled Red Onion, Jalapeños, Cilantro, Lime

Sides:
Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
Honey Lime Sriracha Slaw

Crazy delicious, right? Right! She offers the coolest services through her business, Avenue Five. Hello personalized family meal service. Hello intimate in-home cooking classes. Hello small group catering.

Also, real quick, Amy could run a business solely offering to be a party host. She makes everyone feel welcome and I can guarantee you will walk away from any conversation with her feeling like you've been friends forever. I've never known anyone like her and I fully intend on keeping her close as long as she'll have me. If nothing else, I'll just force her to have parties with me. :) Also, also, isn't she the prettiest?

Once the food (AKA the most important part) was nailed down, it was time to talk drinks (AKA the only thing Mike and I actually had to do for this party). Like any good late twenty-something, Mike brews beer at home. He started brewing a really refreshing citrus IPA a few weeks ahead of time, we brought up the kegerator to the dining room, and BAM. Beer. I tackled the sangria (AKA the easiest drink ever) and made a "Tart + Fruity Summer Red Sangria" and a "Pineapple + Orange Jalapeño Sangria". I also cut up about 12 lemons and popped a beverage dispenser with ice water -- with basically all the lemons the store had -- on the deck. To bulk up the beverage scene, we filled up tubs and coolers outside with Coronas, PBRs, and Capri Suns. Yes, Capri Suns. 

Kegerator close up.

Kegerator close up.

Much to Mike's surprise, the pineapple + orange was finished first. So incredibly delicious and actually not as spicy as it sounds (leave the seeds out, friends).

Much to Mike's surprise, the pineapple + orange was finished first. So incredibly delicious and actually not as spicy as it sounds (leave the seeds out, friends).

I think we can all agree...a party isn't a party without dessert. And, guys, this was a PARTAY. Ashley eagerly and selflessly volunteered to check this off (and a bunch of other things I'll talk about in a sec) the list. I want to cry just thinking about those Apple Pie Bites...

Desserts:
Homemade Ice Pops: Mojito, Arnold Palmer, + Cherry Coke
Momofuku Milk Bar Confetti Cookies
Apple Pie Bites
Chocolate Friands

But, oh no, the amazing Mrs. Ulmer did not stop there. She also designed all the floral arrangements. We agreed upon two, and lo and behold, she ended up making twelve. I can't take her anywhere. Like the magical little fairy she is, Ashley showed up with a bucket of flowers an hour or so before the party and we ended up with this gorgeousness spread all around our home.

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We ended the night laughing uncontrollably with our favorite people around a fire. It was a perfect day. All of this was only made possible by our incredible, generous, and talented friends and family. June, thank you so much for your generosity, the life-saving outdoor seating, and the much appreciated tent. Annette, thank you so much for grabbing my camera all on your own and snapping every single one of these images so we could focus on our guests. 

Quick bride share...

My most favorite part of this entire day was having all of my freaking phenomenal, gorgeous, intelligent, hilarious bridesmaids in one place. I love you, ladies.

COURT (AKA the OG Coco + my sarcastic soulmate) - ANDREA (AKA the sister I've always begged my parents for and general life inspo) - BRE (AKA my MOH and assurance this world will always be wonderful as long as she's in it) - AMY (AKA secret mermaid and overall rockstar) - ASHLEY (AKA my MOH and my absolutely everything, seriously) - ANNIE (AKA the most beautiful soul + my sanity, my sound-off, my lifeline) - RACHEL (AKA my most fateful, meant-to-be, stars aligned friend + most likely sister)

COURT (AKA the OG Coco + my sarcastic soulmate) - ANDREA (AKA the sister I've always begged my parents for and general life inspo) - BRE (AKA my MOH and assurance this world will always be wonderful as long as she's in it) - AMY (AKA secret mermaid and overall rockstar) - ASHLEY (AKA my MOH and my absolutely everything, seriously) - ANNIE (AKA the most beautiful soul + my sanity, my sound-off, my lifeline) - RACHEL (AKA my most fateful, meant-to-be, stars aligned friend + most likely sister)

Really excited to marry this man. (All the heart eyes.)

Really excited to marry this man. (All the heart eyes.)

Xo,
Colette