Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone, who starred on season five of the Bachelor in Paradise, are planning to get married later this year-but first, they celebrated their engagement with a blowout so lavish that their guests thought it was a surprise wedding.
The couple spoke to E! News and shared that over the weekend, they hosted an engagement party that they described as "rustic with a touch modern." Nielson (who was busy wedding dress shopping when we last checked in) wore an intricate white gown for the festivities, held at California's popular 40-acre wedding venue Ethereal Gardens. It's no wonder people thought these two were actually tying the knot.
"Everyone thought it was a surprise wedding," Randone said. "That's what everyone couldn't stop talking about because it felt like a wedding."
Nielson added, "The venue really blew our minds away with how they put it together. It was very enchanting. Being there and having our loved ones travel so far to celebrate our engagement really meant the world to us."
It's clear that they pulled out all of the stops: Nielson said that they got a huge party bus to take their friends to beautiful bath houses to prep for the big event, and then they threw a champagne hour as they welcomed guests. Randone also said that they set up a ton of games-including corn hole and human-size Jenga-for attendees, and the couple also made sure all the food reflected their healthy values.
"Vegan, gluten-free options were really important," he said. "We wanted people to not feel guilty while indulging."
Plus, the party was even attended by a few other Bachelor alumni, including Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, among others. The goal, Nielson explained, was to show everyone a good time.
"Ultimately, we just wanted to create a beautiful experience. We wanted to give an enchanting night to all of our loved ones and have a good night," Nielson said.
It was definitely elaborate, and now we can't wait to see how they're going to top themselves when the wedding rolls around.
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