Engagement Party

Los Angeles
August 14, 2014


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First comes love, then comes marriage… but before that comes the engagement party, naturally! From the moment we were engaged, my Fiancé Freddie and I both knew that we wanted to have a huge celebration to commemorate this exciting time in our lives. Bringing our closest friends and family together to do so turned out to be one of the happiest nights of my life. There is something truly special to be said about being surrounded by all of the people you love all in one place. By the end of the night, my cheeks honestly hurt from all of the smiling and laughing.

Freddie and I are both old souls. One of our many similarities is that we equally enjoy any excuse to get dressed up. The man’s never met a suit he didn’t like! Since the day we started to plan, we were on the same page about hosting a black tie soiree. And so it began! We worked with Jonathan Wright & Co, a Los Angeles based letterpress designer. We’ve been buying our stationary from him for years so there was no question that we would be designing our invites with him. How cute is the bow tie?! And isn’t the gold calligraphy exquisite?

After the invites were sent, reality set in and we suddenly realized we had to pull a party together for 150 of our closest friends and family! A bit of an “oh shit” moment to say the least.  It’s easy to get lost in the vast amount of options you have for venue, florist, dress designer and so on, which is why you must always go with your first instinct. And because Freddie and I planned the entire event ourselves, this instinct was all we had to rely on!

Our venue was the Sunset Tower Hotel, a historic Art Deco building situated in the foothills of West Hollywood. One of our favorite stay-cation spots. Our black tie, old soul theme felt like we were going to be having our Gatsby moment, so we wanted to give our guests a spectacular surprise! Our synchronized swimming performance was put on by the beautiful ladies of the Aqualillies. The girls put on such an amazing performance to  the swankiest “Vintage Splash” tunes. No one wanted it to end! Pretty sure someone screamed “Encore!”.

The rest of the night was filled with speeches, toasts and lots of champagne. Guests were also busy throwing black, white and gold confetti at the camera in the Photo Booth which was designed by Tara Berger of One Stylish Party (Follow her on Instagram here). And while your on Instagram, search “jenfredwed2015” to see all of the fun photo booth moments!

And as all good things must come to an end, so did the party. Up to our room we went but not without a handful of our gigantic balloons in tow. Waking up the next morning with massive balloons cluttering our ceiling was almost as good as the confetti trail we found leading from our room all the way down to the lobby.

I have to give a special thanks to my bestie, Paige Newell who not only ordered over 500 of the most delicious macaroons for our macaroon bar but also made sure that everything came together day of. My diamond bracelets and earrings are by XIV Karats, the same team who helped Freddie design my engagement ring.  And of course, a huge thanks to Freddies sister, Kristen Cipoletti of A Sweet  Occasion for our entry hall of gigantic balloons, The Aqualillies for the preformance, The Poppy League for the most beautiful flowers and candle lit decor and last but certainly not least Dennis Gocer, we will cherish these photos for an eternity.

Portraits courtesy Dennis Gocer / The Collective You

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Loved the editorial edit look of your engagement party. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Cant wait for more wedding related pictures!

I’m going to try to duplicate your makeup tonight! Any last minute pointers?

So gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.


Stunning photos of a stunning couple in a stunning setting!

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you and your future hubby look so amazing together!! I wish you guys a lifetime of love and happiness!! My boss Jenny Leeser was at the party and says it was gorgeous!


Oh, these photos are AM-A-ZING. I can’t wait to see your wedding now!! #hurryupandgetmarried 😉

Amber at Adventures of a Rainbow Mama x

You are so pretty and congratulations on the engagement!


wow, you two look so chic and elegant!

What a gorgeous party! you look stunning and very happy =)


These photos are incredible! You are stunning and that dress is a dream! Let’s get together soon xxo Soph

Every detail down to the entertainment is so exquisite and posh! Amazing coverage, looks like y’all stepped out of an editorial spread in Vogue! Following your wedding prep and planning’s been so fun babe, keep ’em coming!

Peace. Love. LOL!

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Such a beautiful party. Your dress and especially your earrings are to die for!!! Congratulations, you guys are a gorgeous couple.


you too look lovely & gorgeous! lots of love and hapiness!


Lady these are stunning! Love them! Looks like the evening was a huge success xo

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