A few months have passed since our joyously wonderful spectacular romantic March proposal in Central Park
; however, Roger and I just got around to officially celebrating our engagement with family and friends this past July weekend. My lovely parents, whom I am entirely grateful for, opened up our beautiful backyard for a full-blown buffet barbecue lunch equipped with lawn games and oodles of champagne.
We couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to host the party or better people to enjoy it with. Mine and Roger's families live a hefty five hours apart, so we tried our best to coordinate the best time for everyone to mix and mingle before the wedding next summer. As is often the case with life events, there is never the perfect time; not everyone could make the trek (we missed you dearly), but we very much look forward to both sides of the family connecting in the near future!
Roger and I are so thankful to everyone who attended and helped out with our special day, especially those who kept my mom and dad sane throughout the preparations. My parents had quite literally ripped apart their kitchen one week before the party (they re-stained all their cabinetry) and apparently the pool turned cloudy before blue; however, there were no signs any stress on the actual day because we had so many helping hands. My mom's friends made the hors d'oeuvres, helped with the set-up process, and served throughout the day. Nicolette (my mom's friend, my former boss, and amazing pastry chef) made the most beautiful one-of-a-kind cake for us. Nazima (one of my bestest friends and bridesmaid) came to my house early, took it upon herself to make sure everyone's glasses were always full, and fixed my dress like a boss. Grant (my oldest brother) gifted to us a homemade game of Washers, which we enjoyed playing all afternoon. My aunt and uncle brought their famous Caesar salad, the most amazing gluten-free French macarons, and made a killer sangria. Even though my Maid-of-Honour, Tiffani, had conflicting plans, she was there in spirit along with the top-quality pulled pork that her boyfriend, Mat from Cookery Catering
, made from scratch. I could go on and on and mention everyone, but each and every person who attended made the day less stressful and so much fun. A big shout-out to all of our out of town guests, especially Roger's mom, aunt, cousin, brother and sister-in-law, for travelling all that way to spend time with us! It was so nice to see you all in my hometown!
We are so lucky to have such thoughtful people in our soon-to-be married life! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And now I shall share a million pictures from the day, taken with my mom's camera. Enjoy! 🙂
Best party hosts ever? I think so!