Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Growing up in a military family, Memorial Day and all things patriotic have always had a special place in my heart. I have always proudly raised my American flag, pledged allegiance to the flag, and sang the Star Spangled Banner.

As you take this day to relax with your friends and family, please take a moment to think about all of the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country... Please also take a moment to say a prayer for all of the soldiers currently serving in the military, in order to protect the freedoms that we take for granted each and every day, that they can return home safely to their families!

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy First Anniversary ~ Sarah & Kevin

What amazing day this was, and what fun we had working with Sarah & Kevin to make their wedding everything that they imagined. To see all the amazing details from this wedding, check out the original post here.

Happy 1st Anniversary!

And one of their super cute engagement photo's!

Images courtesy of Josef Isayo Photography

Friday, May 28, 2010

Frosting Friday

Many of you know that I have a vicious sweet tooth (clearly since I write about cake each week!), so when I saw this candy cake on Hostess with the Mostess I was so excited to feature it on Frosting Friday! The bright colors and variety of candies are so much fun for summer. Check out more details from the Sugary Sweet Love Wedding part 1 and part 2!

photo courtesy of Red Ribbon Studio via Hostess with the Mostess

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Maria & Derek ~ Engagement Session ~ Montage Beverly Hills

Maria and Derek are such an adorable couple and we had such a great time working with them! A couple of months ago, they braved the rain and had a really fun engagement session with Josh Beller of mi belle inc. at the Montage Beverly Hills. Here are some of our favorite shots!

Check back soon for all of the beautiful photos from their wedding!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Happy First Anniversary ~ Jen & Mark!

Happy First Anniversary to Jen & Mark! See all the beautiful details from their Bel-Air Bay Club wedding here.

photo courtesy of mi belle

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monica & Jonathan ~ Engagement Session ~ Silverlake & Griffith Observatory

As we gear up for what is sure to be a very busy weekend celebrating Monica & Jonathan's wedding, I thought it fitting that we take a peek into the love they share. Please check out these gorgeous pictures taken by Stephanie of SDK Photo & Design. We are looking forward to working with her for the first time on Saturday.

I just couldn't decide which one I liked better!

I love these shots, the purple flowers so remind me of my beloved Texas bluebonnets.

Umm, seriously how often do you get grooms that are willing to get this into the photo session??

You can check our more pics from this great engagement session on Stephanie's blog.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Victoria & Brian ~ Trump National Golf Course, Rancho Palos Verdes

I know, I is Monday and that should mean a a regular Bella Bloom post, but instead we are blogging about the much talked about, long awaited pictures of Victoria and NBA player Brian Cook's wedding. After the Bride & Bloom Celebrity Feature, I promised our readers a much more detailed look into the amazing wedding that took place over July 4th weekend last year. As we are in the middle of a busy busy May wedding season, this is at least a few weeks overdue. I hope that you enjoy these gorgeous pictures, as much as we enjoyed working with Brian & Vicki and their friends and families to plan this amazing fete!
We had a gorgeous day, with amazing views of the Pacific...a little bit of wind as we were setting up, but perfect for the start of the ceremony.

Vicki's fabulous sky high Christian Louboutin, and the gorgeous diamonds provided by Adorn.

Susan found a picture of the Picasso calla lilly in a magazine, and Victoria fell in love with them. They were the perfect way to incorporate a little purple into the bridesmaids gorgeous bouquets.

The custom made letterpress invitations with Swarovski crystal buckle ~ the artwork was designed from the beadwork on the train of Vicki's dress and utilized throughout the wedding. From the invitation artwork, the flower petal design down the aisle, the piping on the cake all the way to the custom gobo on the dance floor.
Love all the bling!

Seriously, who has more 'Swagga'??

Love these pictures with Vicki's son Gavin. Brian helping him with his tie, a truly priceless moment.

Brian and Vicki working it with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Brian and his best man Luke Walton and groomsmen Kareem Rush, and Richard Jefferson of my own San Antonio Spurs. :-)

The ceremony set up, with picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean.

It is time to kick it up a notch and get the party started.

Some of the amazing ballroom details, Brian had a few requirements early on in the planning process ~ flowers couldn't look like 'brain's' and the lighting had to be amazing!

Carissa of JL Designs wowed with the amazing flowers, she really helped us bring to life Vicki & Brian's dream of a purple and turquoise elegant wedding!

Check out some additional pictures of Carissa's amazing florals on one of my past Bella Bloom posts.

Brian & Vicki loved the custom made cake base by Carissa of JL Designs ~ it added to the drama of the whole ballroom.

Victoria's surprise grooms cake - a 3D basketball with all of the teams that Brian has played for and his jersey numbers.

Please check out Susan's Frosting Friday posts for even more images of both the wedding cake and the groom's cake (before and after the guys 'decorated' Brian with it).

This might be my favorite picture of Vicki from the entire day! :-)

The happy bride and groom with the Bella Girls!

Brian & Vicki, we wish you a lifetime of the happiness and love that you shared on your wedding day. Thank you for allowing us to be part of this amazing journey.

Be sure to check out the full Bride & Bloom Celebrity Featured Wedding here.

Again, we couldn't have done this without the amazing team! We thank you all once again!
Wedding Planner ~ Bella Weddings & Events
Ceremony & Reception Location ~ Trump National Golf Club
Floral Designer ~ Carissa with JL Designs
DJ ~ Patrick with 123DJ's
Lighting ~ LightenUp Inc
Dance Floor ~ Hayden Dance Floors
Videography ~ Reel Life Pictures
Specialty Food ~ The Fry Girl
PhotoBooth ~ Foto Cabina
Printed Materials ~ Custom Letterpress from LaBonne Vie
Brides Attire ~ Platinum for Priscilla of Boston
Bridesmaids & Flower Girl ~ Bella Bridesmaid
Wedding Jewelry ~ Adorn
Groom's Attire ~ Custom made by Elevee
Groomsment & Ring Bearer Attire ~ Ralph Lauren tuxedo with custom made shirts by Elevee