Do you hear that? It's the sound of wedding bells ringing for former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock and her fiancé, Chris Siegfried! The couple, who got engaged on the season finale of the ABC reality show in 2013, celebrated with an engagement party on Saturday.
Hartsock and Siegfried were joined by family and friends (including Bachelor alums and fellow Seattleites Jason and Molly Mesnick) at the DeLille Cellars winery in Woodinville, Wash. Her Tweets from the night show that she wore a wedding-appropriate white dress, and that she had a blast. "Incredible night with friends and family!" she Tweeted along with the photo shown above.
One day prior, Hartsock told KiroRadio all about the bash and her upcoming wedding. "My parents are flying in from Ohio," she said. "There's about 40 people coming. I'm so excited."
As for their wedding day, which is scheduled for this fall, she revealed, "We have little things planned. Now it's working on the bigger things!"
"I'm somewhere in between hands-off and highly involved," Siegfried added. "I'll offer my two cents. I just want it to be an awesome dance party." We're thrilled that he's involved—he was totally sweet and genuine on The Bachelorette, writing Des heartfelt poems, so we can see him writing his own vows or giving a tearjerker toast during the reception.
The lovebirds were last seen at Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici's televised wedding in January, which Hartsock said "was so not awkward," even though she had courted him on TV. She even said that the wedding "was a blast." So much so that it gave them "a new perspective" on getting married in front of cameras.
"We went in a little skeptical because we weren't sure what it was going to be like, but we're a lot more open to it now," Siegfried said.
That means we might get to see Hartsock's one-of-a-kind wedding dress walk down the aisle! The budding bridal designer is collaborating on her two gowns with Maggie Sottero. "Both dresses will reflect my personality in different ways," she said in an interview with Cupid's Pulse earlier this month. "I love to dance and be comfortable, so my reception gown will cater to that, while the ceremony gown will be more romantic."