Maureen here, former Bella wedding designer and recent Bella bride. This post is a thank you to Jenna, Bella and Co. herself. The woman working the gears of so many beautiful weddings and seamless events is humble, and thrives behind the scenes, and she is ever the cheerleader of her employees and colleagues, so I had to take over her blog and share with you some of the reasons why she is so wonderful.
My wedding was, of course, the culmination of the love between me and my husband, but it also serves as a great example of all the ways Jenna has been a mentor, friend, boss, and kick-a** wedding planner for me. Firstly, I wouldn’t have met my husband if I hadn’t met Jenna. She gave me a job working at the Xerox International Jazz Festival, for which she is the logistical coordinator. I checked in volunteers during the fest, and one handsome Jazz lover walked in one day to work. Jenna and her mom conspired to send me on a date with him and the rest is history. I also believe that not only did Jenna create the circumstances for me to meet Alex, but she gave me the confidence and room to grow that allowed me to be the person who was ready for this relationship.
While I worked for Jenna, she gave me the chance to design weddings for her clients, to meet so many of the wonderful vendors who we hired and to see how she makes an event really work. I learned to design for events in a way that is both beautiful and practical. Her voice was in my head when I was thinking of screenprinting all the napkins with the menu and I opted to make a printed card instead, which was equally lovely and ten times less stressful.
She helped us make sure the day was smooth, that our guests were happy and that everything made sense in a way that felt good for us and our guests. She knew exactly what to say to diffuse tense moments of stress and what questions to ask to guide us toward decisions when we felt lost. She always keeps it light and takes it seriously.
Throughout my time working for Jenna, she always supported my creativity and searched for ways to help me feel fulfilled. I came to Bella with a background in graphic design so she sent her clients to me for signs and wedding stationery and because of my experience with Bella, wedding stationery has become my niche in design and Jenna continues to send her lovely couples to me (You can find me now at stonefruit.studio).
Of course, because Jenna is so good at her job and was working away making sure everything went perfectly, she snuck out of all photos the day of the wedding. (Except for one in which she’s helping me put on my shoes– see, she does it all.) Thank you to Jenna for everything. Alex and I are truly grateful and there aren’t enough words to fully express our appreciation.
Posts by Jenna Knauf:
Event Coordination and Design by Bella and Co. • Greg Finck Day I Photography • LeNovel Day II Photography • LeNovel Videography • Sassafras Flowers • Hobbit Hollow Ceremony • Anyelas Vineyard Day I Reception • Skaneateles Country Club Day II Reception • McCarthy Tents and Events Rentals • Silver Arrow Band • Lauren and Vanessa Hair and Makeup (bride and bridesmaids)
Video by LeNovel
Event Coordination and Design by Bella and Co. • Photography by Calypso Rae Photography • Flowers by Plenty of Posies • Custom Cake Topper by Wooly Llama • Stationery by Maureen Higgins • Sage Chapel Ceremony • Ithaca Farmer’s Market Reception • Catering by H&J • Encore Events DJ
Webster Park • Event Coordination by Bella and Co. • Lord Ashbury Photography • Flowers by Bella and Co. and Bride’s Mother and Grandmother • Joe Bean Coffee • Good Smoke Barbeque
There are endless details to consider when planning a wedding: what type of flowers will decorate the tables? What colors will the girls wear? Tuxedo or suit? Dj or Band? Updo or low pony?
After announcing your engagement, people will ask you, where will the wedding be? What’s the theme? Is the ceremony outdoors? These are all good questions, but one that has become more important to couples getting married is, What’s for dinner?
Your guests are bound to appreciate all of the beautiful fashion, decor and music choices you make and they’ll treasure the pictures from the special day. And they’re guaranteed to remember the food.
The dinner table brings families and friends together to celebrate. It is a place to gather, to connect and to share. At your wedding, the table is the place where old friends will reconnect and new family ties will tighten. Choosing special dishes for guests to enjoy is a gift that they will savor even after the meal is over.
Caterers are realizing that couples are excited to share interesting appetizers, entrées and desserts at their weddings so the market for new choices is expanding. Shopping for the menu can be a fun part of wedding planning since tastings are absolutely necessary to make the right selections!
Last season, food was a main focus for many of our couples. Angela and Paul celebrated their marriage at Ember Woodfire Grill where Paul is chef and co-owner. The menu was packed with carefully prepared local vegetables and organic meats. Wine directors Jessica and Thomas married at Dano’s Heuriger on Seneca Lake where guests- including many sommeliers and restauranteurs- enjoyed a whole suckling pig and an abundant selection of fine wines.
This wedding season, too, is sure to have a focus on food with another wedding at Dano’s (we can’t wait for dinner!) and one at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. We’re looking forward to helping the plans for all of this year’s weddings come to life and to taste the dinner selections our couples have chosen!
St. Patrick’s day and the promise of springtime has us thinking fresh green thoughts. Wedding season is just around the corner so our brides are collecting their something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. We love traditions and we also love trying something new so we’ve put together a few green favorites for brides or wedding guests to try out including some from a few of our favorite local shopping spots.
Thanks to Afloral, we’ve had the opportunity to play with some beautiful silk flowers and wedding decor and to partner with two great local wedding photographers to shoot some gorgeous products.
As wedding planners, we spend a lot of time dreaming about fresh flowers so we didn’t know what to expect when we took on a project featuring silk and preserved flowers. We were definitely impressed. The flowers were beautiful and it felt like Christmas to open up boxes of vases, mason jars, bird cages, votives and other pretty decor. We styled and shot the first three scenes in two days at High Falls with Hannah Betts behind the camera. See the Shabby Chic, Vintage Glam and Parisian Garden collections in our gallery and as you search through products on afloral.com
The latest shoot was all about glamour. And gold! It was easy to get in the mood to style gold mercury glass as the holidays approach. The first scene was an elegant table for two. We created an extravagant white floral centerpiece with afloral’s lifelike orchids. They really fool you- even up close. And we still get to admire it every day!
For the second tablescape we created a floral runner which was so easy with faux flowers. We added some lovely china place settings, gold mercury glass vases filled with candles and experimented with some adorable bottle brush trees at each place.
For the final shots, we put together a couple of arrangements to show off some of Afloral’s bright gold containers and votives.
Tammy Swales did a beautiful job capturing these glamourous scenes. Follow us @bella.and.co.weddings and Afloral @afloral on instagram to see photos from the shoot and check out the galleries on our website.