Bride-to-be! While there were no red roses, Bachelorette alum Desiree Hartsock was feted by flower-adorned Bachelor alums and friends at her recent bridal shower ahead of her marriage to Chris Siegfried—and Us Weekly has the exclusive inside look!
The wedding dress designer, who gave her final rose and accepted a proposal from Siegfried during season 9 of The Bachelorette in 2013, was celebrated by alums Ali Fedotowsky, Daniella McBride, and Jackie Parr along with other friends at the Lombardi House in Hollywood on Sunday, Aug. 3.
Complete with a mimosa bar provided by ONEHOPE Wine and a The Velvet Garden flower crown station, guests dined on a brunch menu by Urban Palate and played trivia games during the bash, which was hosted by Be Inspired PR and Jesi Haack. They also lounged on Found Vintage Rentals’ chic furniture.
While speaking to Us Weekly at the flower-filled bash, the Seattle based bride-to-be said that most of the wedding plans are all set, except for two things: a date and a venue!
“We don’t have a date yet but Chris and I have some dates in mind so we’re trying to find a venue,” Hartsock told Us. “[We’re planning on] California because my friends are here and the weather is way better than Seattle! We won’t have to worry about rain and we like the idea of getting married outdoors,” she added.
While the reality TV star has had wedding planning on her mind, Hartsock did admit to watching Andi Dorfman‘s latest season of The Bachelorette.
“It’s fun to watch being on the other side knowing what it’s like having gone through the experience,” she tells Us. Adding, she gives her “alum seal of approval” to Dorfman and fiancée Josh Murray, but warns that its post-show that couples really get to know one another.
“I think they’re cute—they look so cute together. But I think with any couple, regardless of if they were on the show or not, it takes living together or at least being around the day-to-day life of someone to really know if you’re a good match,” Hartsock says. “I think they have a great advantage since they already live so close to each other. They’re so cute and they seem to genuinely love each other. But day-to-day life is the true test.”
The brunette also weighed in on who she thinks should be the next Bachelor.
“Chris and I read Arie [Luyendyk Jr.‘s] tweet the other day and … I think he would be good … Everyone’s talking about Chris too, the farmer … I like Chris because he would be open and sweet and kind and gentle.”
Luyendyk Jr., who was runner-up on Emily Maynard‘s 2012 season of The Bachelorette, tweeted on July 29 “No hiding it anymore! Would love to share my journey with all of you, but it’s up to #bachelornation.”
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