After a romantic proposal in Paris, Jessica Garvey and Matt Ritter got started planning their wedding. But first, they worked with Ilana Ashley Events to plan a backyard engagement party held at the home of a childhood friend of the bride-to-be. The soirée, which took place in the late afternoon, featured elegant sweet treats and specialty cocktails for the 60 guests to enjoy. Gourmet ice cream sandwiches with unique flavors along with cupcakes and macarons made up the delectable menu. 

Bringing a personal touch into the occasion, Jessica created the flowers for the festivities herself. “I designed and arranged the florals to evoke a romantic, whimsical and French-chic vibe, [using] lots of mercury glass, eucalyptus table garland, and engagement photos of ours from Paris around the house,” she explains of the décor. Adding some whimsy, she also made wreaths for every dog to wear at the party. “I love the small details that speak to a couple or person’s personality, so when I designed the event I wanted it to be very ‘us,’” Jessica affirms.

View photos from Jessica's engagement party in the slideshow above, and stay tuned to see details from her big day!