I'm a self professed Laura Hooper stalker. I love, love, love her calligraphy work and from the looks of it, everyone else does too. I bet that if we crawled all of the past events we've featured on SMP, Laura's name would come up the most because, well...she's just that good. So when I heard that she is getting hitched in a few months, I just about burst with wedding joy. And if her engagement party, designed by the fabulous Beth Helmstetter and photographed to perfection by Steve Steinhardt, is any indication of just how gorg the wedding is going to be...well, consider me one very happy blogger. Click here to see even more!
Jeremy and I had moved into our home about 8 months ago but still hadn't had a "housewarming" of any kind, so after we got engaged we thought this would be the perfect time to have our friends and family over to celebrate! Since our wedding is taking place in later this year in Hawaii and will be full of bright colors, we wanted to keep the engagement party in metallics - think gold, silver, sparkles and black.
We used a gorgeous gold crinkle paper for our round invitations and I also glued crystals onto each one to add a little bling!
Beth transformed our small backyard into a comfortably elegant lounge area using hanging lanterns to help set the mood. We thought this would create a nice balance of casual and chic for our friends and family to enjoy! Guests headed inside for our heavy hors d'oeuvres display and Beth also created a fabulous champagne cocktail bar complete with our custom cocktail napkins! We made adorable swizzle sticks to tie it all together and everyone indulged in the delcious skewers, champagne, wine and strawberry margaritas.
The evening flowed like a cocktail hour, with everyone mingling, chatting and catching a glimpse of our photo slideshow which we had up on our tv to brighten up the room (big thanks to Steve Steinhardt for producing our engagement photos so quickly!), and at the end of the night we all enjoyed desserts out in the lounge area...we of course had comfy blankets and heaters to keep warm on the cool night.
Event Design: Beth Helmstetter Events / Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography / Calligraphy and Paper Details: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Hair + Makeup by Summer Noelle / Catering: Joan's on Third / Desserts by Vanilla Bakeshop / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals