i am not going to lie, it was a humungous load of work to get our party together but the finished product was more than we could have ever imagined. it was in one word magical. a night that will go down as one of the best in our lifetimes, we felt so loved and so special.
we made everything ourselves including mr bell making majority of the furniture including a huge new deck built into our house. we had torrential rain all week and our spirits and our new deck were definitely dampened. but my amazing parents came to the rescue and arranged a beautiful marquee for us and it worked a treat. looking back now it actually made the party better, it was so warm and cozy and allowed all of our decorations to hang perfectly.
we had some beautiful surprises from our friends abroad with video speeches coming from central america and spain on the night and an extra special speech all the way from london from mr bell’s parents. it really made the night even more amazing.
on the menu it started with home made dips, breads, cheeses and all the usual party food suspects. mr bell had built a “mexican food bar” out of an old vintage barn door from my parents farm. there were taco’s, burritos, guacamole and all the sides. it worked well as we didn’t have the event catered and there was around 80 guests, it allowed everyone to serve themselves. and then there were the sweets… all our family and friends made the most delicious treats! there were spanish cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, mini meringues, and more. it was a taste fiesta!
for the drinks we had a keg of beer for the boys and punch for all the girls. there was wine, spirits and of course the champagne was flowing! we served the punch in jam jars with polka dot flag straws.
decorations were all diy, i had the help of my closest girlfriends to make pom poms, neon garlands, scrub jam jar labels off and a million other fun jobs. we had fairy lights hanging in the marquee and it set the mood perfectly, we also had candles everywhere. flowers were organised by another close friend, they were prefect and i picked mainly whites, purples and pinks, we arranged the flowers into all my hundreds of vintage glass bottles i have been collecting for years. we also went to town on the cushion front, we wanted it to feel comfy and cozy. so beautiful bright cushions with an eclectic mix of prints teamed with mexican rugs definitely made for a cozy setting.
and last of all what we wore, my dress was from maurie and eve and i absolutely loved it, it was perfect. i wore a beautiful fresh flower crown made by the mega talented elise from elyssium blooms, check out her facebook page by clicking here. elise was an absolute dream to deal with and i still can’t believe i got to wear a peony in june. mr bell wore a white shirt with navy detail on the cuffs and collar from top man, a grey velvet bow-tie, maroon chinos and grey dunhill shoes (he looked very handsome).
it was a hectic few days of setting it all up but it really did come together perfectly. we had so much help from our family and from our close friends, we would have been so lost without everyone’s help. it was seriously the best night and more than we had ever dreamed of, we are both still on an engagement party high.
we all are now so excited for the wedding next year. 9 months and counting until we are officially mr and mrs bell…. xx
My beautiful flower crown. (Taken with instagram)
Marquee is up + flowers have arrived. Holy excitement. (Taken with instagram)
words from my very wise and beautiful friend lori jai harding:
i believe that we are all in charge of our own happiness. happiness doesn’t come easily; it is something you have to continually work at, adjusting aspects of your life you can change, and accepting the parts you cannot. but it is also okay not to feel completely happy all the time and accept that everyone must experience challenges, and ultimately, pain, because without challenge and pain, you cannot grow, or learn. parenthood is a very strange cocktail of both. pure, unlimited happiness and joy that fills you up like nothing else, and many, many life lessons and challenges that push you well past your limits. but that’s the point isn’t it. to push you. to make you stronger.
treasure yourself project
lori has started the “treasure yourself perfect”, it is truly amazing and something that everyone needs to get involved in. it’s an 8 week program, with the main point being – be the very best person you can be. it has only been live for a few days and already had over 700 ladies on facebook eagerly wanting to be motivated and inspired.
it’s amazing how just a few encouraging words can set you back on the right track. i know at the moment i am working huge hours, i work in the afl and our team plays every weekend so work never slows down during the season, i am also organizing our engagement party which is on saturday (hooray) as well as organinng our wedding in bali. trying to juggle time with my family, finace and beautiful friends is proving a little tricky. plus the whole getting the wedding body into shape needs to fit in there somewhere.
this project has come at a seriously perfect time, who doesn’t want to be the very best person they can be? i know i don’t want to take anything for granted and sometimes we need a gentle reminder to say, we have a beautiful home, we have a family that adores us, we have friends that would do absolutely anything for us and best of all we have great jobs and love that goes to the moon and back. it’s easy to complain and sweat the small stuff like traffic or meetings or bills or a messy house. but really in the scheme of things, is it that important?
and join the hundreds of girls on Facebook by clicking here.
whipped up a floating sticks and candles chandelier today just in time for the engagement party (Taken with instagram)
we made a teepee today! wines, an open fire and snuggles in here tonight (Taken with instagram)