This past weekend, Fabio and I were joined by our closest friends and family for an engagement party in New York City. My amazing Aunt CC and Uncle Steve threw the party for us, and I don’t think they will ever know how appreciative we are. We had an absolutely amazing time, and none of it would have been possible without them. Thank you CC and Steve!!
Here comes the recap, complete with about a million pictures!
Fabio and I took the bus up to NYC on Friday night, and we arrived in the big apple around 11:00 pm. From there we met my mom, stepdad, stepsister, her boyfriend, CC, and Steve at a bar near our hotel (we stayed at the Empire Hotel in Columbus Circle and it was great!). We had a few celebratory drinks (glasses of prosecco for me!) and then called it a night. We had a big day on Saturday!
Saturday morning was pretty rainy, but I was so excited for the party that it didn’t matter at all. Fabio, my mom, my stepdad, and I started off our day with a rainy walk over to a bagel shop!
I ordered an everything bagel with veggie cream cheese, lox, and tomato, plus a coffee on the side. Hit the spot!
Then after showering up, my mom and I headed over to DryBar in Bryant Park for blowouts with my friends! My little sister Nicole joined us as well, and she had a blast getting ready with the big girls.
They gave us each glasses of champagne at the DryBar, and there were cookies set out by the register too. My kind of place!
Doesn’t my mom look beautiful in her purple suit? She’s so chic!
Me & my home friends, Bianca and Hana! Stollen from Hana’s snapchat, of course. 😉
(Don’t mind the makeup-free face!)
Then after quickly getting changed and made up back at the hotel (it had stopped raining!), it was time for our party!
The party was held at Distilled NY, a fun bar in Tribeca. When we walked in, we saw that CC had outdone herself with the decorations. There were cupcakes, cake pops, vases, frames, and adorable personal touches everywhere we looked!
How cute is all of this?!
I especially liked this custom wooden guest book that CC bought for us from Etsy. There were a few silver paint pens set out, and guests were encouraged to sign the board for us.
Amusing side story: I asked my little sister to be the first one to sign the board, and she just wrote out her name in basic print. I had to explain that she was supposed to write something else too, like Congratulations or draw some hearts or something. She thought she was only supposed to write her name, which I thought was so cute! Haha!
I am in love with this banner that CC got us too, which is also from Etsy.
CC even bought nice soaps for everyone to take home…
…and had little stations where people could leave us advice.
She seriously thought of everything!
Then it was time to party!
There were about 55 people there, and we had an open bar with passed hors d’ouvres from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. So fun!
I love this picture with my dad and little sister.
My mom and CC!
The moms! (Don’t you love those corsages CC got us?)
My mom, dad, stepmom, and little sister!
Me and my sister <3
My mom and dad!
I’m such a Daddy’s girl 🙂
A bunch of our friends came to the party too!
Look at all these handsome men. 🙂
So fun! Here I am with my friend Claire…
And with my besties Bianca and Hana!
Later in the day I switched from drinking wine to this delicious cucumber drink with a sprig of rosemary in it. Delicious!
Us with Aunt CC, aka the best party planner ever!
Eating treats of course!
Oh yeah, CC also hired a professional photographer (!!) to be at the event and take pictures of everyone. I kid you not – I told you she went above and beyond! At one point, he asked Fabio and I to step with him off to the side so he could film this new video thing where part of the image is frozen while the rest of it is a moving video. I didn’t understand what he was talking about at all, but went along with it.
Well as you may have already seen via my instagram, it turned out awesome!
How cool is that? I have no idea how he did it, but it makes me even more excited to see the rest of the pictures he took. He’s clearly very talented! I’ll share them with you when I have them!
Things got a little silly later in the evening, and we kept the party going for much longer into the night. We went to a couple more bars, and just had the most amazing time with friends and family!
Overall the party was so much fun, and I felt so lucky to have all my friends and family surrounding us for the special occasion. I loved how well Fabio’s family got along with mine (our parents and siblings have all met numerous times, but this was the first time the cousins, aunts, and uncles all met) and seeing our families and friends intertwined just put the biggest smile on my face. This event just made me even more excited for the rest of our wedding festivities to come!
My family and I had a nice breakfast at our hotel on Sunday morning, where we recapped all the fun we had the day before. 🙂
And then at noon we hopped on our bus back to DC!
I just have to thank CC and Steve one more time for throwing us such an amazing party. It was absolutely NOT necessary (AT ALL!!) but I am so, so, so thankful that they organized all of this for us. It was such an incredible day, and I know we will have the best memories of this party for the rest of our lives. You guys are the best!!
Question of the day: Have you ever been to a blowout bar? It was really cool! I definitely want to go again.