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
In my mind the mountain winter wedding is IT, but it’s not for everyone. Blizzards, icy roads, vendors stuck in crazy weather, female guests wearing 6″ heels teetering on the outside paths, none of this necessarily sounds appealing. But to some, the … Continue reading
It’s the time of the season for love! Not only because it is spring, but it is also the beginning of wedding season! Spring has sprung on us! It feels like just yesterday it was snowing (actually it did here … Continue reading
What’s more beautiful than sparkling snowflakes slowly falling to a quiet forest floor? Well, a sparkling snowflake covered wedding! Carey and Todd Shaget’s wedding had rustic mountain charm with the right of amount sophistication. From the tangled twig dangling light orbs to the white covered Vail Chapel this wedding was breath taking. Carey the bride looked stunning in her long sleeve, lace detailed gown and the groom Todd looked dapper in his classic suit.
But to celebrate a wedding in one day sometimes just isn’t enough. A weekend of festivities and skiing is the perfect way to enjoy the company of friends and family in Vail, Colorado. The Shagets started their destination wedding with a welcome dinner at Pepi’s Restaurant with adorable welcome gifts of mini wine bottles and munchies. After skiing one of the best resorts in the world, the couple invited their beloved guests to a ski-in lunch at the Bully Ranch Restaurant of Sonnenalp, Vail. At the lunch, friends and family were encouraged to flaunt their on-the-slopes wardrobe for a true apres-ski mountain meal.
And what about the rehearsal dinner? Possibly the most important meal of the wedding weekend? The rehearsal dinner was just as rustic elegant as you can get. The rehearsal site was at Cucina Rustica which does a spectacular job of reflecting the Rocky Mountain culture in hearty American classic meals. And the wedding party got down to it, perfecting their speeches and declaring why Carey and Todd’s love is so special.
We love the idea of weekend get-togethers before the wedding. Weddings like the Shaget’s, brings us together with the one’s we love and reinforces why we get married. We always do it for love.
Best wishes to the latest members of our Bella family!
Ceremony: Vail Chapel
Planning and Design: Bella Design & Planning
Photography and Videography: James Michael Lang
Lighting and Drapery: Pink Monkey Solutions
Hair and Makeup: Candi Johns
Stationery: Richard’s Notebook
It was a Bella first! Jennifer booked our team to coordinate her wedding with just three weeks of prep time. Nothing had been planned, even the venue location, but we made magic happen and it was as lovely as could be. … Continue reading
Happy New Year, everyone! I feel that 2014 is going to be something special. Maybe it’s because my first day of 2014 was an epic powder day or maybe it’s because 4 is my lucky number or maybe it’s because … Continue reading
Best wishes to Sarah and Carlos on their gorgeous wedding in Beaver Creek! This is one of the nicest families I have ever encountered and I am so happy for them. Sarah and Carlos envisioned a winter wedding that celebrated the beauty of Colorado, so they chose Saddle Ridge for their reception. This property houses the country’s largest private collection of Western art. Throughout the venue one can find everything from vintage copper plates, first edition books, and native head dresses to antique bars, billiards and chaise lounges. This is a gem of a venue and provides a truly unique experience. I loved Sarah’s incorporation of pheasant feathers into her birch centerpieces and silver cake stands mixed in with wood votives all presented on a simple ice blue linen runner on bare wood tables surround by an eclectic mix of wooden chairs. I also loved the snowflake accents throughout. . . I think this Texas and New Mexico crowd enjoyed their winter escape. Big hug to the James Christianson film and photography team.
Event Design and Planning: Bella Design & Planning
Photography: James Christianson
Ceremony Venue: Beaver Creek Chapel
Officiant: Reverend Keith Brooks
Reception Venue: Saddle Ridge
Florist: Bloom Flower Shop
Ceremony Music: Ribbons and Strings
Reception DJ: Fred Hammond of Great Time DJ
Hair and Makeup: Colorado Makeup and Hair
Invitations and Wedding Day Stationery: Richard’s Notebook
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
Working with Rachel to design her wedding was an effortless dream. She has an unusually clever ability to blend rustic with romantic, sophistication with ease and beauty with approachability. The styling of her wedding attire was perfection, and I have to give props to Christy Ogden for her fresh hair and makeup styling. We all were a little gaga when Rachel walked into the room! And then there is Casey, the groom. He is the manager of Beano’s Cabin, the sister property to Zach’s Cabin. His menu selections were divine, with my favorite choices being the oyster and champagne bar. Personally, it is wonderful to work with local couples because I often develop friendships and I am thrilled to be able to see them around town and give them both a hug and smile. Congratulations to sweet Rachel and Casey. Your wedding was magical!
Wedding Design and Coordination: Bella Design and Planning
Photography: Braden Gunem
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Zach’s Cabin
Floral Design: Bloom Flower Shop
Lighting and Drapery: Pink Monkey Solutions
Invitation and Stationery: Richard’s Notebook
Hair & Makeup: Colorado Makeup and Hair
Band: Soul School
I so enjoyed my time with Laura planning her wedding at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Laura dreamed of a soft winter wonderland wedding full of warmth. Hailing from New Orleans, Laura incorporated a local tradition of the cake pull: The ladies pull out charms tucked into the cake and save them from different weddings for their charm bracelets. Laura selected a New Orleans jewelry maker, Mignon Faget, for her bridesmaids gifts and her cake pulls. So fun!
I had never worked at the Pauline Chapel at the Broadmoor, and was charmed by it’s stunning gold sanctuary, cathedral ceilings and rock flooring. The capacity of the chapel is around 120 and is ideal for an intimate wedding. The warmth continued into the Broadmoor’s ballroom, which is brimming in antique gold walls and crystal chandeliers.
Laura and Jon’s wedding utilized the collective of all the Bella studio partners. The attire coordination, the invitations, the hair and makeup, the photography, the florals and even the DJ all came down from the mountains to collaborate. Big hug to James Michael and his team for their beautiful photography and dedication to the vision. And a big thank you to Lindsey Suggs and the Broadmoor team for their wonderful service. We are still smiling from this weekend and reveling in the love surrounding this special couple.
Wedding Design and Planning- Bella Design and Planning
Photography- James Michael
Florals- Bloom Flower Shop
Hair and Makeup- Colorado Makeup and Hair
Invitation and Wedding Day Stationery- Richard’s Notebook
DJ- Great Time DJ
Ceremony Venue- Pauline Chapel
Reception Venue- The Broadmoor