2016: A Year in Review

2016 was quite a year in the Bella offices! With over 20 weddings and events over the course of the year, we were thrilled to spend our year celebrating so much love and such fabulous couples. From Keystone to Beaver Creek to Aspen, Colorado was our playground, and you can bet we had a blast bringing all of these amazing events to life! Here’s a little peek into what we were up to over the past 12 months. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store! Continue reading

Zulu Love Letter: A Styled Shoot in Breckenridge

This winter, our planner Samantha gathered together a fabulous team and created a shoot inspired by her childhood in Zimbabwe and how her past influences her understanding of love. Her Zulu Love Letter, based on the beaded messages Zulu maidens weave as they dream of romance, is a story of strength, softness, warmth, color, and organic elements that will change the way you look at the world around you. Continue reading

2015: An Amazing Year in Review

What a year 2015 was! We had 20 weddings between April and December, and had the absolute pleasure of celebrating with couples from across the country. We had the honor of planning the first same-sex wedding at Beaver Creek Chapel, … Continue reading

A Rustic Elegant Wedding at TenMile Station

When Kelsey and Mark came to me to plan their wedding, the first thing they told me was that they wanted to be married outdoors. They’ve visited Breckenridge countless times, and have such an appreciation for the mountains we’re nestled in, so we knew we needed to highlight how beautiful everything would be in late August. Continue reading

A Heed to Potential Planners

“That’s the wedding planner!” exclaimed one of the guests of Carey and Todd Shaget’s beautiful Vail, Colorado wedding on March 1st. The guest easily could pick out Emily, our boss and owner at Bella Design and Planning, from the sea of lovely guests. Why was she so easy to spot? Was it her exuberant confidence? Her friendly demeanor? Or the fact that she was somehow everywhere at one time?

What ever the reason, it was clear that Emily was working hard at making everything perfectly gorgeous.

“Wedding planning is not for the weak. I’m about to start Pilates to get in shape for the summer wedding season!” Emily said to Samantha, our new Graphic Design Coordinator and me, the new intern, on our way to my very first event.

You have to be able to take on anything at any time and handle all situations with style and grace. As the wedding planner or an assistant you are guaranteed to be on your feet 99 percent of the day and your day usually lasts for twelve hours. It is likely that you will go all day without a chance to eat a full meal because you will be running around non-stop.

Does all of this tough work pay off? I think if you asked any one who attended Carey and Todd Shaget’s stunning wedding that yes, all of one’s hard work does pay off. Their wedding had just the right amount of winter wonderland and classy sophistication. Which comes as no surprise being as the Shaget’s were so charming and lovely to work with.

So how did my first day on the job go? Well, I can tell you that I’ll be purchasing a pair of flats before the next wedding. Just as I was warned, my entire being was tired, both mentally and physically by the end of the day.

Was it all worth it? Absolutely! To say that I assisted with such a jaw-dropping wedding, numbs the pain my body may have experienced with pure ecstasy! I love that wedding planning takes a special, tough breed of confident individuals. And the need to organize, micromanage, and beautify the things around me to make others happy, makes wedding planning a job that I’ve been looking for my entire life!

Of course there is so much more that goes into being a Wedding Planner but I can’t tell you anymore, that would ruin the mystery and allure of Wedding Planning. . . and as the new intern I don’t know much yet 🙂 I’ll keep the blogs coming to share my novice insight into this crazy cool world.

Fondly,

Lauren Chartier

The Bella Intern

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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!

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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.
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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.
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Rustic Chic at Ten Mile Station in Breckenridge, CO




The Team

Event Design and Planning- Bella Design & Planning
Band- Jonny Mogambo of  Great Time DJ
Photographer- IN Photography
Hair- Amanda Haley
Invitations and Wedding Day Stationery- Richard’s Notebook
Venue- TenMile Station