Sam and I are engaged! Thank you so much for all of the love we’ve received from near and far. It means the world to us and we’re so excited about starting this next chapter in our lives together. We were in Napa for the wedding of one of my dearest friends from college, and we decided to extend our visit a few days to take advantage of the beautiful destination (and the fact that we were heading into the 4th of July holiday!).
I should start by saying that I was completely surprised. After our friends’ wedding, we switched hotels to the incredibly chic Las Alcobas Napa Valley, which recently opened. It pairs a classic house with new construction that makes you feel like you’re both sleeping in a vineyard, and in a design dream land. My minimal-with-a-pop-of-gold aesthetic dreams were coming true all around us everywhere we looked. We visited the property on a previous Napa trip, and toured the beautiful rooms while it was still a construction site, so it was very special to see the property alive and thriving. We have a serious passion for hotels!
On Monday, July 2, we set out for a lovely day of wine tasting and began our day at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars where we toured the winery and enjoyed a really special lunch and tasting hosted by their chef, Travis Westrope. After that, we went to the iconic Opus One, where we took in the beautiful scenery and tasted their magical wine. We were both so relaxed, just enjoying the gorgeous sun and the time together. I was so happy that I was wearing a pretty dress designed by my friend Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, and I was glad that Sam encouraged me to wear it that morning (clue #1 of the day that I totally missed!) rather than the more casual look I originally went for. My favorite fashion era is the bridge of time between the 1940s and 1950s, so in addition to it being from Julia’s line, it is such a thrill that I was wearing this dress for our engagement.
Our third stop of the day was Promontory, an incredible winery by the Harlan family. We visited Harlan Estate on the same previous trip I mentioned, and their exclusive wines and even more mysterious winery was a highlight of that trip. The design of the property is breathtaking, a mix of minimalist lines, Japanese influences, and maximal Californian size and scale.
We were hosted by the lovely Hailey Covey, who toured us through the property and walked us through a truly special tasting overlooking the valley. We were the only ones there (which I didn’t initially think was out of the ordinary since it was toward the end of the day…) and after we finished the tasting, we walked out toward Promontory’s unbelievably beautiful courtyard. Sam was squeezing my hand as we walked toward the courtyard, but I still had no idea that something was about to happen (Sam was nervous that I suspected something, but his nerves were totally calmed after my level of cluelessness became apparent when I checked my email at the end of our tasting and marveled at the report my new intern had just submitted!).
Hailey discretely ducked away and before I knew it, Sam asked if there was anything that could make the day any better. I’ll leave the rest to the pictures…
Sam designed the ring using a 100-year old setting from his family and an Old European Brilliant cut diamond that he chose to pair with the setting, which belonged to his great-great grandmother on his mother’s side of the family. There are truly no words. We’re so grateful, lucky, and excited about this new chapter together.
Photographed (in secret at the start!) by Bob McClenahan