Friday, July 17, 2009

Congratulations ~ Kelly & Mark

A huge congratulations to Kelly and Mark as they welcome baby Luca! Here is a quick pic of the new family!

A couple of our favorite shots from their beautiful wedding at the Adamson House. Photos courtesy of Kim Fox Photography.

We always love keeping in touch with past couples, and we have a special fondness in our heart for Kelly and Mark. Kelly was one of our first official bookings, she hired us before we had a website, before we advertised....from a simple CraigsList ad. Such a leap of faith on her part...of course we had over a year and a half of planning and lots of weddings under our belt before their big day came around.

Huge congratulations to the new parents!! Thank you for sharing this amazing news with us!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Featured on Inspired by This!

As faithful followers of Leila Khalil of BeInspired PR's blog - Inspired By This, what a great surprise to see today's blog post... a feature of none other than US! Check out the feature here.

We have been working with Leila for over a year now, and she has given us some amazing and wonderful opportunities during that time. We appreciate her dedication to us, and her belief in everything that we do.

Leila - we can't thank you enough for your continued support! We appreciate everything that you do on our behalf and we look forward to all the exciting features still to come!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stefanie & Steve ~ Greystone Mansion

In continuing our look back on 2008, we want to share some of the beautiful details of Stefanie and Steve's wedding at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. After a little "good luck" rain in the morning, the sky cleared and it was a glorious day for a wedding!

Stefanie and Steve - it was truly a pleasure to be a part of your special day! Here are some of our favorite shots of the day courtesy of the very talented Mike Larson.

Many thanks to everyone who made this day possible:

Caterer - The Kitchen for Exploring Foods
Cake - Cake Divas
Photographer - Mike Larson
Videographer - Paper Tape Films
Entertainment - LA Jazz Bands
Florist - The Hidden Garden
Rentals - Town & Country

The Bella Girls

Monday, July 13, 2009

Congratulations ~ Rob Holley Photography

We would like to extend a heart felt congratulations to our old friend and colleague Rob Holley. Rob moved away from sunny Los Angeles to spend his winters in Virginia....but it has all paid off for him. Rob has been named 2009 Photographer of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine. If you are a bride in the Virginia area, please be sure to check out Rob's website here, to see all his amazing work.


Love, The Bella Girls

Friday, July 10, 2009

Rachel & Jim ~ Koehler Winery

Rachel and I go way back, all the way to January 24, 2008 when she first emailed us about coordinating her wedding. And after 1 year, 3 months and 1 day of phone calls, emails, meetings, and trips to Santa Ynez and Rachel and Jim are married!

Rachel had a vision for their wedding from the start, all we had to do was find the perfect location and everything else would fall into place. After a long day of visiting wineries (and of course a little wine tasting), we found the perfect location! The wedding would take place at Koehler Winery in Los Olivos.

It just so happened that Jim's last name also begins with a K, so it was only natural to use the K as a symbol throughout the wedding. The K showed up on the invitation, welcome tote bags, and champagne flutes. Here's are a few snapshots of the invitations designed by La Bonne Vie.

Rachel worked with Renae's Bouquet to design the bouquets, centerpieces and other floral elements throughout the wedding. Renae even used fruits and vegetables in the centerpieces to compliment Rachel's green, orange and chocolate brown color palate.

The food and beverage were an important part of the day for Rachel and Jim. So we brought in Leonardo Curti, chef of the fantastic Trattoria Grappolo in Santa Ynez. Leo worked with Rachel and Jim to create a menu to incorporate all of their favorite foods, including mini pizzas during the cocktail hour for Jim! We also worked with Absolute Events to bring in Guiness by the keg, another very important part of the day for Jim!

And now we're getting to my favorite part of the day - the cake! This gorgeous cake was designed by Decadence Wedding Cakes and yes, it was just as delicious as it looks!

I'll leave you with a photo of the happy couple in the vineyards under a gorgeous California oak tree. Congratulations Rachel & Jim!

Many thanks to everyone who made this day possible:

Koehler Winery
Christine Marie Photography
Elite Party Rentals
Trattoria Grappolo
Absolute Events
Renae's Bouquet
Decadence Wedding Cakes
Gary Foshee (guitarist)
Matt Armor (DJ)
Reverend Jerry Bellamy
La Bonne Vie (invitations)
Uptown Restrooms
Santa Barbara Airbus

The Bella Girls

PS - You can see more photos of this wedding on our website.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Brian and Victoria ~ part deux

Okay, the Bella girls just love a photo booth, and our July 4th extravaganza was no exception. Our friends at FotoCabina were on hand to help provide some additional entertainment for Brian & Victoria's wedding guests.

Here are a couple of pics of us (Kathy, Susan, and Sandy...where was Julia when this mayhem was taking place?)

We asked for lots of extra props, and boy did they deliver! :-)

Stay tuned for more on Brian & Victoria's wedding soon!

As always -
Love, The Bella Girls

Monday, July 6, 2009

Featured on!

To say that Susan and I don't still have our mouths on the floor is an understatement. The past 48 hours have been a whirlwind of excitement that has capped off an amazing 7 months of planning with our clients Victoria & Brian Cook.
To be featured in was amazing, we are thrilled that our hard work was recognized. Check out the full article at

Susan and I worked to create a team that helped us create this magical day! Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes was amazing, the team was great! Huge thanks go out to Jasmine Star (or Jasmine-Star as likes to call her). Carissa from JL Designs who helped us pull together the amazing Purple & Turquoise design. Nathan from LightenUp Inc helped us transform the ballroom. AdornBrides for blinging Vicki out. We couldn't have done this without all of their help!!

As would say, a witness stated that they have never seen the ballroom look so amazing!

Huge thanks to our fab PR person Leila Khalil with BeInspired PR and Jessica Cohen PR for making this happen!!

We can't wait to show you all the amazing images and fun details, but you will have to wait a little while for that.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some fun shots that we are able to share.

As always
Love, The Bella Girls

Saturday, July 4, 2009