Ahead of her wedding next month to Jared Haibon, Ashley Iaconetti was celebrated by her closest friends and family at an elegant and romantic comedy-themed bridal shower in Hollywood on July 14.
“My favorite part was definitely the speeches. Troy [Williams], my wedding planner, started this whole chain of my friends giving anecdotes about times that Jared and I have interacted and how they came to know us,” says Iaconetti. “It’s just super sweet, and I love how everybody had such individual stories and represents a different chapter in our romance.”
“It just feels like everything’s come full circle for her,” Jade — who first saw Iaconetti fall for Haibon, 30, on the second season of Bachelor in Paradise — told PEOPLE at the shower. “It just feels so right. Ashley is going to be the most beautiful bride ever.”
“When Harry Met Sally is very special to me and Jared, and the other I feel like we particularly bond over is Jerry Maguire,” says the Bachelor in Paradise and What Now? star. “Truly, Jared may have been the only guy who ever had me at ‘Hello.’ It was love at first sight in a way I’ve never experienced before!”
Guests posed with Iaconetti in front of a lush floral photo backdrop by Bloominous and lounged on furniture by Collective Rentals. After dinner (where One Hope Wine was served), the intimate group — who left with customized party favors by BOXFOX — picked up popsicles from The Wild Posy dessert cart.
Haibon also surprised his fiancée at the tail end of the shower by showing up with flowers alongside Tanner, who is their wedding officiant.
While Roper Tolbert is a bridesmaid for Iaconetti, her due date is right around the wedding day. “I do have a dress, and if the baby comes early enough we are going to try and swing it and make it to the wedding,” says Roper Tolbert. “It breaks my heart thinking about not being there, so I’m just like, ‘Fingers crossed!’ “
“I think I’ve been a little close to tears,” said Iaconetti after the shower about getting emotional. “When I say that everyone has had a part in me and Jared coming together, I truly mean it!”