East Coast Prep Style Wedding at Beano’s Cabin

This was the first wedding that I actually planned with a groom, and I have to say it was shockingly fun! Erin is an in-demand nurse in the ICU at Johns Hopkins and Steve is the owner of the Portside Tavern Bar in Baltimore. Since Erin was slammed and Steve had his days free, we became the planning duo that brought this wedding to its natural beauty fruition. I LOVED this wedding. It just felt right in its surroundings, fresh in perspective and rich in camaraderie. Plus, having Steve’s input on the groomsmen attire was wonderful. Navy J. Crew suits with gingham shirts, coordinating ties and buck skin shoes. These former collegiate lacrosse players looked sharp. Congrats Erin and Steve!!!! xoxo


The dapper groom, Steve.


The beautiful bride, Erin.


Playing it coy but really he can barely stand up. The first look nearly sent him down.


I love that her nail polish and the red Hypericum berries match.


The wedding party! Incorporating sleek yet traditional navy blue with the rustic floral elements.


Navy gingham shirts with J Crew navy suits finished off with buckskin shoes and twine wrapped boutonniers.


The Beaver Creek weather in mid- September.


I loved this simple design of the ceremony site. With a spectacular view in all directions one doesn’t need to add much. Thus, I’ve included photos from angle.


Deer actually walked through the grass near the aspen trees.


Guests signed the custom-made poster as a guest book.


Leon Joseph Littlebird playing his Four Directions. This man is powerful.


The bride wrapped her father’s tie around her bouquet to keep him close to her heart.


Birch wrapped vases, barn wood lanterns and rustic style floral lined the tables.


Fun place cards by Richard’s Notebook.




Fabulous cupcake display by Sugar. Guests stormed the dessert bar at night’s end and partook of the carry out boxes


The Team:

Wedding Planning and Design:  Bella Design & Planning

Photographer:  Autumn Burke Photography

Venue:  Beano’s Cabin

Florist:  Bloom Flower Shop

Cupcakes:  Sugar

Hair and Makeup:  Natashia Stromberg and Amanda Haley

Band:  Soul School

Officiant:  Leon Joseph Littlebird

Invitations and Wedding Day Stationery:  Richard’s Notebook

Spectacular Vail Mountain Wedding for Grace and Michael

Grace was not a typical bride. She is a passionate, uber-intelligent woman from Venezuela who had her own ideas about her wedding that one simply cannot find in a magazine or blog. This wedding was unique, crazy, unpredictable, and enchanted. Grace was all about the design and Michael was all about the cuisine. By looking at these images you can truly say this is a visual feast that combined the passions and great style of these two doctors from Miami. To make this magic happen, we created a team of vendors from all over the country. The bride and groom brought in Adagion Studio from Miami lead by Cengiz Ozelsel. Holy talent! And then they hired Cabana Pictures out of Miami and New York. I had the pleasure of working with them on another wedding last summer and they have to be some of the coolest filmmakers out there. And finally they sought out Bare Root Flora from Denver, a florist I had never worked with and now can’t have enough of.  Frankly, it’s scary to work with many new vendors. Are they cool? Will they be professional? Could we have fun working side by side? With this crew, the answer was definitely YES!  Combined with my talented local vendors and my dear friend Karen Bartolomei, owner of Grapevine in Boston, I can say this wedding was for the record books.



We had the hotel structural engineer evaluate the weight of the chandeliers florals to ensure the 300 lbs of florals were stable!


In lieu of a stacked cake, the bride and groom chose to have many tiers presented individually.


Candied cherries ripe for picking from the tree.


Key lime tartlettes


Gourmet s’mores.



Signing the kettubah right before the ceremony.



A very dramatic flower girl precedes the bride.


I love the intensity of her parent’s eyes. Beautiful.




Bare Root Flora blew me away with their floral composition and color choices. So unique, so fun, so artistic.


A starry night projected onto the walls to complete the enchanted forest, along with monograms made of succulents.


A truly spectacular chuppah composed of curly willow, roses, orchids and a light emitting chandelier.




Seriously? I love a bold bride. She nailed it.


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The last few minutes of the ceremony were in a rain shower. Here are the bride and groom running for shelter and laughing all the way.

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How fun is this? Another bold statement that challenges conventional beauty.

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Every bride must have her girlfriends and a bottle of Veuve. Imperative.

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The groom riding up the gondola and writing his final thoughts before he gives his bride her gift.

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“Mi Amore” was all they could say at their first look.

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The chandelier in the chuppah was magnifiant and a surprising element.

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The groom is inspired by such great chefs as Peter Callahan. Thus, guests were treated ALL night to inspired presentation of bite size edibles. The Arrabelle executive chef did an incredible job.

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Sparklers just before the last song.

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Hora Loca! A latin tradition to have crazy hour with confetti, masks, noise makers and anything else that takes up the party energy.

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Best friends! The bride had special masks made for her groom, maid of honor and of course herself.

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Having the guests dance under an outdoor canopy of lights was breathtaking.

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A few days after the wedding the bride and groom did a photo shoot through western Colorado, Utah and Nevada. I’ll post the photos in a future blog. They are something to see.

And here is the film created by Cabana Pictures:

Grace and Michael’s Wedding Film

Thank you to the power film due, Zeus and Jennifer Leyva, of Cabana Pictures for filming this is so special, extremely cool wedding.

The Team
Wedding Planning: Bella Design & Planning
Wedding Design: Bella Design & Planning and Pink Monkey Solutions
Photographer: Cengiz Ozelsel
Videographer: Cabana Pictures
Florist: Bare Root Flora
Invitations and Stationery: Grapevine
DJ: Great Time DJ
Rabbi: Arturo Kalfus
Linens: Wildflower Linens
Ceremony Venue: Vail Wedding Deck
Reception Venue: The Great Room at The Arrabelle
Catering and Cake:  The Arrabelle
Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Ashley and Brad’s Dreamy Wedding at Zach’s Cabin

Ashley and Brad’s Dreamy Wedding at Zach’s Cabin

It’s fair to say that I made a serious girlfriend with Ashley McCune (now Shyver). Planning her wedding was nothing less than fun. From bonding over family, quality vodka options and how much to justify spending on a wedding dress, … Continue reading

Meet Photographer Sarah Roshan

Sarah Roshan recently joined the Bella Studio and brings a romantic perspective to photography.  She is offering a special promotion for summer 2013 weddings.  She has studios in Denver and Breckenridge.  Please give her a call to learn more.  303.905.9740.  Check her out!


EC:  Since I too grew up in a theatre too, I’m wondering how your work with theatre influences your photography.

SR:  Theatre was a huge part of my life. I studied primarily theatre direction and scenic art and design at Metro State University in Denver. There is a certain magic about theatre that I love. The fairy tale of it, watching real people tell extraordinary stories. I think that is very applicable to weddings and photography. I very much enjoy getting to know each of my clients and telling their story. If they aren’t perfect, even better, I think it is often our imperfections that make us beautiful. I basically went from telling stories on stage (and creating stage pictures) to telling real people’s stories (and creating beautiful images). I wouldn’t trade my love of theatre or photography for the world and I enjoy documenting real fairy tales now.

EC:  How would you describe your photography style?

SR:  Romantic. There is a very soft feel to my photographs that parallel my personality. I am a romantic at heart, I would classify myself as someone who just has a deep love for the world and the need to help make it a better place. I focus on the happy moments on your wedding day and it is my job to not only make you look like it was the most romantic day of your life, but make you feel that way too. I don’t do a lot of fashion or dramatic posing, I focus on those moments that the couple is amazingly happy, right before that tear of joy is shed, the look on your Dad’s face as he gives you away, the first time your fiancé sees you in your wedding dress. I find the romance, carefreeness, and the joy of your wedding day and reflect that in my photographs.
EC:  Describe you how get to know your clients and develop a relationship before the wedding.

SR:  I really strive to make that personal connection with all of my couples. I recommend a meeting in person or over Skype to determine if I am going to be a good fit for your personality.  I tell my couples that I am around pretty much all day long on one of the most intimate, important days of their lives, so it is important to get to know one another. I offer a complementary engagement “Getting to Know You” session with every package in effort to not only get the opportunity to photograph you before your wedding day, but also get to know you better. We head out for about an hour to shoot and just have fun (usually in a beautiful location) and then I take my couples to dinner and we chat about whatever comes to mind. I don’t want to show up on your wedding day and feel like I am a stranger. My brides usually hug me when I walk in the door, and invite me to their homes after. I am on a personal level with most of my clients and I love it.

EC:  If you could create a dream photo shoot what would it look like and who would be your model(s)?

SR: On a mountain top or a cliff, the bride would be wearing hiking boots or climbing shoes. My model would be a very naturally beautiful woman, earthy, but still done up to enhance her already beautiful self. Wildflower bouquets and classy suits instead of tuxes for the groom. It is always about the couple and their interaction for me.  A bride is not complete without her groom.