Focus on Food

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!

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Angela and Paul entertained their guests at Ember Woodfire Grill where Paul is chef and co-owner. The local and organic selections were a main attraction at their celebration. Photo: Matt Wittmeyer

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!

Something new…Something Green

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.

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1. Religue Andromeda Bra: Devil May Care 2. Green Organic Earrings: Stacy K 3. Parted Emerald Dress: Anthropologie 4. Seychelles Curiosity Heel in Emerald: Modcloth 5. Spring Love Necklace: Peppermint

 

 

Style Shoot: Bella and Co. for Afloral

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.

Styled by Bella and Co. · Photo by Tammy Swales · Products from afloral.com

 

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.

A Floral Feast

For the final shots, we put together a couple of arrangements to show off some of  Afloral’s bright gold containers and votives.

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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.

 

Bright and Sweet: Victoria & Giancarlo’s Bella Wedding

It was a gorgeous day in August for Victoria to meet her groom in Highland Park’s sunken gardens. The setting was the perfect backdrop for this beautiful couple to see each other in their finery for the first time that day. The sunlit green grass and gray stone walls offset the bright crimson bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly and made for a dreamy meeting of the bridal party.

Victoria & Giancarlo

Victoria & Giancarlo

Stacy K wowed with creative bouquets featuring deep red, pink and orange roses, red berries, dusty green eucalyptus and succulents.

Victoria & Giancarlo

 

 

Victoria donned a hand-embellished veil for the ceremony and for portraits at the reception venue. The Memorial Art Gallery is a fantastic location for a party. Guests gathered in the sky-lit atrium for cocktails then dined and danced in the elegant ballroom.

Victoria & Giancarlo

Victoria chose lovely details like the Anthropologie terrariums which she put together with orchids, moss and little creature figurines. She stunned in her BHLDN gown with the gorgeous lace back and then thrilled again when she entered the reception in a gorgeous red embroidered Chinese gown.

Victoria & Giancarlo

Working at Victoria and Giancarlo’s wedding felt more like being a comfortable, welcome guest.  Giancarlo made sure we were enjoying our dinner (yes! Max Rochester always makes an excellent meal) and the lovely Alixann Loosle who came all the way from Utah to take these gorgeous photographs was delightful company throughout the evening.

We wish this kind and joyful couple a lifetime of happiness.

Venue Spotlight: The Ballroom 384 at City Grill

It’s not always easy to find the perfect wedding ceremony location so when a new venue opens in Rochester, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity check it out. Jacqui and Sean gave us the opportunity to hold a ceremony in City Grill’s Ballroom.

 

Jacqui & Sean

 

The ballroom can accommodate a large party but can also be arranged for a more intimate event. Located right across the street from the reception location, The Rochester Museum and Science Center, City Grill was the perfect choice for this couple’s ceremony.

 

Jacqui & Sean

 

We love to design a space to the nines, but it’s also wonderful to start with a space that looks beautiful as-is. The room is clean and modern with a neutral gray and white palette and customizable color lighting. We added some trees and drape and voilà the space was wedding-ready. We’re excited to see the possibilities for using this new space for rehearsal dinners, showers and corporate events.

 

 

Jacqui & Sean

City Grill

Photography by Sue Egan seganphotography.com