Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays from the Bella Girls

As we spend time with family and friends over the holiday season, we have an opportunity to reflect on the amazing opportunities we were given in 2009. We are very excited as 2010 approaches and look forward to all that the year has to offer.

Whatever traditions and holidays you celebrate, we wish you a season filled with joy and happiness.

We will be taking a little time off from the blog until after the holidays, but we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mollie & Jim ~ Bel Air Bay Club, Pacific Palisades

Susan and I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity to blog shots from Mollie & Jim's wedding! We have kept it under wraps waiting for The Knot magazine feature to be published. Big thanks to The Wedding Chicks for also featuring this gorgeous wedding.

When we first met with Mollie and Jim, it was very clear that this was going to be an amazing wedding, and we were dying to be part of it! Mollie & Jim stressed throughout the planning process that they wanted everyone of their guests to feel the love they shared, and I think we all accomplished that. Let's get on to the eye candy!

This could be one of my all time favorite bridal pics....

Jim's brother was the officiant and MC for the wedding & reception, and he did such an amazing job...we would hire him in the future!

A quiet moment to practice their first dance moves before the reception festivities began.

Carissa, of JL Designs created multiple centerpiece options to create the glamorous, classical with a modern twist that Mollie was looking for.

The reception room at the Bel-Air Bay Club looked amazing with the romantic lighting provided by Nate and the team at LightenUp Inc. The Chameleon Chairs that Mollie fought to include in the budget were the icing on an already amazing cake!

Ummm, how did we get all this cake cleaned up?!

The little drizzle of rain earlier in the day provided the most amazing skies at sunset!

And the night ended with some delicious hot dogs from a Let's Be Frank cart by the valet stand!

Congratulations to Mollie & Jim, they have an amazing 2010 in the works...with a little baby boy on the way! We wish you a lifetime of the love and happiness you shared on your wedding day. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of your special day. Thank you for allowing us to share in your journey.

Check out JLDesigns blog post as well as Mollie & Jim's engagement shoot from Evoke Photography.

We want to thank the amazing team that helped us create this gorgeous wedding.

Venue ~ Bel Air Bay Club (yep, they loved this wedding so much they are featuring it on their website too!)
Wedding Coordinator ~ Bella Weddings & Events
Photography ~ Evoke Photography
Floral ~ JL Designs
Hair & Makeup ~ The Studio Agency
Lighting ~ LightenUp Inc
Chairs ~ Chameleon Chairs
Linens ~ Elegant Designs Specialty Linens
Printed Materials ~ La Bonne Vie Studio
Calligraphy ~ Gary Mond
Hot Dogs ~ Let's Be Frank

Monday, December 14, 2009

Featured Wedding in the Knot Magazaine

We were thrilled to learn that The Knot magazine was going to feature one of our weddings from last year. Susan and I loved working with Mollie & Jim to create their beautiful and romantic wedding, and we are excited to show you the article.

Stay tuned this week for a much bigger blog post with more of the amazing pictures that didn't make The Knot feature (after all they only had 2 pages). We had hundreds of amazing shots to choose from thanks to the talented Michael from Evoke Photography.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy First Anniversary ~ Stefanie & Steve

Happy First Anniversary Stefanie & Steve!

photo courtesy of Mike Larson Photography

See more photos from this lovely wedding here and here and check-out a cool time lapse video of the reception set-up here:

Friday, December 11, 2009

~ Frosting Friday ~

We've gotten a taste of winter this past week in Los Angeles with chilly temperatures and rain storms and it makes me miss the snowy winters I had growing up in New Jersey. In Southern California the closest thing we'll have to a White Christmas are views of mountain tops covered with snow. So for today's Frosting Friday feature I am sharing a very wintery ice blue cake with pinecones touched with snow. Happy Holidays!

photos courtesy of Martha Stewart

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bella Weddings Featured in The Knot Magazine

Susan and I are thrilled to be included in the Spring/Summer 2010 edition of The Knot magazine. We were featured in the section "just between us" where we provided tips for So Cal brides. It is an honor to be included as top Southern California Planners, and is an amazing way to end the year and start out 2010 with a bang.

Be sure to pick up your own copy of The Knot Spring/Summer 2010 on newsstands now.

Stay tuned till next week for our featured wedding that was included in the latest edition of The Knot magazine.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ashley & Danny ~ Sneak Peek

We are excited to share a "sneak peek" of Ashley & Danny's wedding that took place this past August at the Sacred Heart Chapel at LMU and the Bel-Air Bay Club. Stay tuned for photos of all the fabulous details!

video courtesy of Pristine Video

Friday, December 4, 2009

~ Frosting Friday ~

For today's Frosting Friday feature, we are sharing a beautiful cake from a wedding we recently coordinated in Paso Robles at the gorgeous Villa Toscana bed & breakfast. Stay tuned for all the wonderful details in the next couple of months!

photo courtesy of Ken Kienow

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Leanne & Jeff ~ Greystone Mansion

On what had to have been one of the hottest days of the year (in Beverly Hills!), we had the pleasure of working with Leanne and Jeff on their beautiful and touching wedding. The love and support of their family and friends was felt throughout the day and the bride and groom were glowing with happiness. One of the most special parts of the evening was a performance that Leanne secretly planned with her family and friends as a surprise for Jeff - and he was truly surprised!

Leanne and Jeff - it was truly a pleasure to be a part of your special day and we wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

Please enjoy some of our favorite shots of the day courtesy of our friends at Next Exit Photography.

Many thanks to everyone who made this day possible:

Wedding Planner - Bella Weddings & Events
Photographer - Next Exit Photography
Videographer - Garner Films
Caterer - Truly Yours
Entertainment - Mobile Disc Music
Florist - Art With Nature
Cake - Michelle’s Cake House
Beauty - Design Visage