Thursday, December 15, 2011


So last Sunday was our engagement party! It was great fun and a first for our mothers to meet. I love both of them! :) Anyway, we got to find out how wine was bottled and did everything ourselves with very little mess-ups. Afterwards we tried to go to the MIssion Inn in Riverside to see the Festival of Lights with J's nieces, but it was insanely packed so we walked around for two seconds before opting for Caramel Apple Spices and Salted Caramel hot chocolates at Starbucks instead.

Outfit details:
Forever 21 dress
American Apparel tights
Aldo desert boots

Filling the bottles (after a two-step sanitizing process) with wine for our wedding in March.

My brother's girlfriend, Phung, corking the bottle.

Putting the foil on top. This was a scary hot shrink wrap contraption that was my least-favorite part of the process, but interesting nonetheless.


You can't see, but I glued vintage buttons onto the scrapbook and it came out great. I also printed the pictures with white trim (on the cheap at Costco, but great quality) and got photo frame corner adhesives at Paper Source for that vintage look.

Beautiful mamas!

Finally, I leave you with the most amazing and hilarious picture of the evening, made possible by the dork queen, Parker. You know which one she is.


  1. Haha, she is sweet that little girl. And I really love the labels for your wine. Congratulations again!

  2. Oh congratulations! This looks like such a fun time. :)
    PS Thanks for your sweet comment. The 2 sweaters I've worn on the blog so far are size 10 from J Crew boys and I'm 5'1"

  3. This is such a lovely idea for an engagement party, and it'll make the wedding just that extra bit more personal. You and your family look gorgeous as well! xXx

  4. My pictures! and my fat arm heee

  5. I love your dress!! Congrats on your engagement. This looked like a super fun event.

  6. I am way late here, CONGRATS MEL!!!! :) :) You look gorgeous!!! :)



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