Our Engagement Party

This past weekend, my parents hosted an engagement party for us at their house. My mother has a way of planning a party that perfectly fits the guest(s) of honor. Ben and I love snacks, finger-foods, and appetizers. (No joke. We’re big fans of grazing.) With that in mind, my mom planned a cocktail party to celebrate our engagement. The caterer served up a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres and cold displays. Our guests enjoyed our favorite and oh-so-simple libations; wine (mine) and beer (his). The weather was beautiful and many of our guests spent the evening outside on the deck. Inside, the caterer placed some high-top tables around the living room to add standing room.

At the end of the night, I felt like I barely had enough time to spend with everyone, and we had just around 40 guests. At one point during the night, Ben and I stopped to look around the room together. This was something that my friend suggests we do at our wedding- spend 5 minutes enjoying the party from afar. Such amazing advice that we decided to give it a try at our engagement party. It was incredible to see our families (minus a few) and closest friends all in one room together celebrating with us.

I’m beyond grateful for this life each and every-single day. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s nights like these that remind me how truly loved we are as individuals and as a couple.

**Not pictured** So many of our friends and family-members. I enjoyed having a night where my phone and camera were completely out of sight. That being said, I feel like I’m missing so many pictures of this amazing night.

Took time to snap some photos with my mom
This picture captures my father perfectly

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One of our flower girls, really resisting the photo op

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Friends and Family (Including my aunts who came up from Naples)
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So lucky to have the best parents in the world


We had quite a successful shopping trip to Banana Republic last week. My white dress was a rare find at Banana Republic. I’m linking several similar options below. Here is what we wore:


Taste of New Haven Apizza Feast

I spent two years post-college living in New Haven. I have some amazing memories from my time there, and some of my favorite restaurants are in the Elm City. Ben has also fallen in love with the cuisine in New Haven- particularly their pizza. New Haven-style pizza is a thing. It is a delicious thing and known to the locals as ‘apizza’. It is thin-crust, Neapolitan-style, and unforgettable. Being completely dairy-free is a big bummer whenever we visit New Haven. I’ll munch on a bit of Ben’s crust or take a bite of his pizza, but I haven’t indulged in apizza in years.

When Andrea from The Hangry Italian Girl  invited us to attend Apizza Feast, we were thrilled. The event is put on by Taste of New Haven as part of the New Haven Grand Prix. The New Haven Grand Prix is a moonlit cycling race around the city. After sitting in almost 2 hours of traffic- gotta love the I95-corridor during Friday rushhour- we made it to the party.


We snagged a street spot right by 116 Crown, and we determined it must be fate. 116 Crown is one of my favorite spots to grab a cocktail in New Haven. We enjoyed a drink before heading home. Apizza Feast TwentyFivePlusFiveApizza Feast 2 TwentyFivePlusFive

It was the perfect fall night, and I love a good excuse to wear my favorite leather moto jacket by Cole Haan. I snagged it at the outlets last winter for 80% off. (Yes, way! It was under $100!) I’m linking some similar options below…