When designing an inspirational engagement party, Ilana Ashley Events (IAE) and their creative partners wanted to create a story of a bride- and groom-to-be being celebrated by friends and family in a lovely, rustic-chic setting. Upon selecting a pastoral farmhouse venue in Southern California, they went to work putting together a dreamy event. “While the indoor décor highlighted the groom’s love of minimalist design, we used the outdoor space to explore the bride’s love of all things sparkly. From sequined linens to row upon row of twinkly bistro lights, the lawn overlooking the vineyards was absolutely aglow,” says IAE. “We liked mixing the softness of the lace tablecloths, patterned runners, and sweet pink blooms with the rustic, metal farmhouse tables and vintage wine barrels.” A variety of wooden tables were used to further the motif around the entire venue – some were topped with a simple ivory runner while others were covered in embellished blush linens; however, each had a high or low arrangement of foliage and marsala-hued blooms.

“Not only did we want to treat our guests to incredible food and drinks, – an ombré sangria bar, a taco station, and apple tarts shaped liked roses! – we also wanted to wow them with the presentation,” notes the planner. “The catering company designed and installed hanging swings from the venue’s oak tree, which held sumptuous charcuterie and cheese trays and a vegetable garden, complemented with cobalt bottles and vintages books.” In addition to these delightful displays, attendees could also wander around to one of the interactive cuisine stations, including make-your-own tacos and candy apples in celebration of fall. 

Guests chose between taking a seat at a table or inside one of the lounge vignettes set up around the lawn. In addition to the calming guitar music – and later, the livelier DJ – revelers could also step into the unique photo booth for a short session, taking home snapshot memories of the fun event. Everyone mingled and laughed into the evening under the twinkling lights suspended overhead. “The casual atmosphere and warm ambience reflected the creative team's personality,” IAE says. “We delight in creating exciting experiences for our friends.