Over the weekend I had plans with two of my girlfriends to have an afternoon tea/brunch. Since the three of us are in the fashion industry it’s not unusual for us to dress up for any and all occasions. LOL Little did I know…well actually let me start at the beginning…
Sunday morning I got dressed and headed out the door to meet my friends Jenna and Allison for brunch, but when I walked up to the house I saw this large box on the front porch. My immediate reaction was, oh someone must have left a present for Bentley (my girlfriends new baby.) So I stood there for a minute staring at the “Open Me” tag. I contemplated opening it, but curiosity got the better of me and I went ahead and opened it anyway. Inside was a rolled up scroll that said “Read Me.” At this point I still have no idea what’s going on. So I slowly open the scroll, because I still don’t think this box is for me. LOL Low and behold, it reads “Dear Vanessa, please put the hat on, then go inside the house and proceed to the backyard! Sincerely, Gift Box.” I wish someone had recorded my reaction from the front porch because I was in complete shock. Inside this huge box was the CUTEST hat I’d ever seen…It was an embroidered floppy sunhat that spelled out Mrs. Moorten! My soon to be last name!! I was completely floored but I did what the note said, put on my adorable new hat and walked inside.
I see my girlfriend Allison holding her baby and trying to keep her pups from jumping and licking me, while I make my way down the hallway and as I turn into the kitchen I hear “SURPRISE!!” My immediate reaction was to cry. haha so I did! Thank goodness I happened to wear waterproof mascara that day. I see seven of my girlfriends standing in adorable dresses with hats and the counter is covered with sweets, tea, and champagne. I was totally not expecting that at all, I’ve actually never had a surprise party in my life so this was new for me and I couldn’t hold back my emotions. I was so happy to be surrounded by these beautiful women and the fact that they got together to celebrate my engagement meant the world to me. After wiping away happy tears and composing myself I am able to take it all in. We pour champagne, make tea and head outside where they have a table perfectly set with delicious finger foods and sweet treats. These girls really know the way to my heart!! <3
We sat around the table, girl talked, ate, and each of them gave me marriage advice that I plan on using and reminding myself everyday. After a few glasses of champagne and tea, which by the way is a great combo we made our way over to open gifts. More gifts?? I do not deserve this. I received the most thoughtful gifts, a teapot that said Mrs. Moorten, a cookbook and wine glasses, a Kate Spade Jewelry Box, Kate Spade teapot necklace to remember this special day, and a Chanel wallet. Once again I was overwhelmed. I sat there for a minute and just took in that moment, how sweet these girls were to think of me and spoil me. I’m truly blessed.
Thank you so much Jenna and Allison for hosting such a lovely Surprise Engagement Tea Party and all the girls for sharing this special day with me! It was absolutely perfect and I’m beyond grateful!!
This weekend, I’m heading out to Palm Springs to celebrate my birthday with my fiance, Rick, and also look at a venue for the wedding, it’s so real now!! LOL I’m so excited to marry my best friend and share this special day with the people we love most!