Wine Country Wedding

Jessica and Thomas’s romance with each other and with wine started in Ithaca, so it was appropriate that the two current residents of New York City returned to the Finger Lakes wine region for their wedding.

Jessica and Thomas

The two wine directors had a vision for an elegant yet casual event. Both the rehearsal dinner in Ithaca and the wedding on Seneca Lake featured plenty of excellent wine and delicious food. The bride’s mother and a friend of the family provided locally grown floral arrangements in a fresh palette of green and white.

Jessica and Thomas

It was a gorgeous day by the lake. After tasting wine, craft cocktails and beautiful appetizers prepared by Dano’s, guests gathered around the couple for an intimate, informal ceremony overlooking the lake. Dinner (a stuffed suckling pig!), dessert (cupcakes) and dancing (to the amazing Chris Norton Band) followed. It was a pleasure to celebrate this beautiful occasion with Jessica, Thomas and all their wonderful guests. Read more about the wedding in the New York Times Styles Section. See the full gallery on our website.  Photography by Andrew Frasz.

Jessica and Thomas

The wedding featured one of our favorite photobooths ever so the Bella team had to pose!

Bella and Co. is on Instagram!

Every wedding day is such a whirlwind that we sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses. And to take pictures of them. After all the lovely details are in place, we want to savor all the beautiful touches, special moments, perfectly placed table settings and behind-the-scenes excitement and to share all of the wedding eye-candy with you! It may have taken a little convincing, but Jenna is on board and the Bella team is excited to be sharing and exploring on this visual creative platform. Since we’re late to the Instagram party, we’ll be visiting the archives of gorgeous weddings-past and taking full advantage of Throwback Thursday. Connect with us on Instagram and show us what we’ve been missing!



Love is Sweet

On a wedding day we expect to see vows exchanged, a newlywed kiss, toasts and a beautiful dessert: The Wedding Cake. Couples, bakers (and wedding planners!) are finding ways to put a creative spin on this wedding tradition.

Some partners are skipping the cake altogether and choosing an alternative dessert. The cupcake made a big entrance onto the wedding scene in recent years and has been a popular choice ever since. This year, we expect to see breakfast take a stand at wedding receptions. We all know donuts are really just an excuse to eat dessert in the morning and now they’re getting dressed up and receiving the credit they deserve as a delicious after-dinner treat.

Another way for newlyweds to make their wedding dessert special is to create an assorted dessert table. Arranging a creative dessert table is an exciting part of preparing for an event. The dessert table can be a setting to get creative with a backdrop, interesting furniture, props, cake stands and embellishments. And why choose just one type of dessert when you can sample a variety of confections? Cupcakes, macaroons, cookies, candy, pie, cakes and yes, donuts displayed at different levels on pretty stands and in interesting containers will make your dessert presentation look almost as sweet as it tastes!

See below and follow us on pinterest for more inspiration!

Bella & Co. Real Wedding: See more of the beautiful cake display  (bottom right above) from Meredith and Ilya’s wedding and the rest of their lovely details here.

Bella and Co.’s Embellishment of the Year

Pantone creates buzz every new year with their Color of the Year announcement. We’re excited to see this year’s color, Radiant Orchid, adorn tablescapes, embellish invitations and walk down wedding aisles, but the trend we think will be most radiant at this year’s weddings is sequins! We love a party that’s sparkly and sophisticated and there are endless options for adding shimmer with sequins. A sequined tablecloth makes for a dramatic head table; bridesmaids dazzle in sequined dresses; sequined table runners add just a little bit of sparkle to guest tables; and a sequined backdrop gives guests a fun place to pose for pictures. The little sparkly discs are even being reinterpreted in fabric patterns, paper garlands and wedding cake designs.

Sequins have often been reserved for evening affairs but now we’re letting them shine in the daylight. This spring and summer, they’ll add glamour to garden parties and outdoor ceremonies. Thanks to Pantone’s Color of the Year we’ll be dreaming in shades of purple and now we’d like to declare sequins as the Embellishment of the Year! 2014 is going to sparkle and we can’t wait for all the glitz and glitter to come.

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