It took over a year to plan, teams of wedding professionals and a handful of special effects to produce, but the dream wedding that Mekella had envisioned, became a reality.
When Mekella came to Elisabeth Montoya, lead wedding designer at The Bella Sera, she had a good idea of what she wanted. She wanted a hip, modern, romantic wedding celebration. Most of all, she wanted to amaze her guests. Over the next year, Elisabeth and Mekella spent countless hours pouring over choices and exploring options until, indeed, they had planned Mekella’s dream wedding celebration.
The twin ballrooms at The Bella Sera, magically transformed, took on the look and feel of a very VIP nightclub. From the 14’ ice bar with dual martini luges, dry-ice drinks, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, cool blue LED lighting, a hanging cake and the ever changing fog wall, every piece came together to transport Mekella and Jake’s family and friends to a completely different world.
The night began with the guests seated, awaiting the bride’s entrance in a ballroom dripping with crystal chandeliers, candle light and flowers. The magic began when Mekella and her uncle appeared through a curtain of glitter on the fog wall. The fog wall itself is a thin curtain of fog that the pros at Bella Sera projected blue glitter on. The glitter appeared to float on air until they walked through and the curtain parted around them. It was a truly magical moment. The Bella Sera is the first event venue in the United States to have this technology.
After the romantic candle light ceremony they moved to the reception ballroom and the magic continued. The cool blue walls highlighted the dramatic draping, multiple crystal chandeliers and stunning ice bar. The table top decor, from Vickie’s Flowers was tall, white, dripping with bling and picked up the sparkle of Bella Sera’s specialty lighting perfectly.
Suspended from the ceiling on a floating platform of flowers sat a magnificent 4’ wedding cake from Elegant Bakery. The cake composed of red velvet, white and chocolate tiers along with the display were the hit of the night.
After feasting on a sumptuous 3-course dinner of Chef John’s Italian masterpieces from the Italiano Menu, DJ Done rocked the house. Elisabeth and the team at Pure Energy Events created a lounge area in front of the DJ for the dancers to congregate. For those looking for a more laid back feel Mekella created a outdoor lounge complete with firepit and LED furniture.
Also entertaining was the fog wall. The guests congregated in the mist of fog all night trying to catch the shooting images as they danced and swirled in thin air! Everyone took home a memory from the photobooth
A wedding like this doesn’t come together without a lot of time, work and a host of professionals but working with Mekella and Jake was a blast. They are an adorable, gracious, creative and talented young couple. We wish them all the best in their new life together as husband and wife!
A special thank you to Mark Alison Photography for all of the gorgeous photos…as usual!
Mark Alison Photography
Video by Adam Fusion Films
Cake by Elegant Bakery
Flowers by Vickie’s Flowers
Ice Sculpture by Icesculpture.com
DJ- DJ Done (Joe)
Lounge Furniture by Pure Energy Events
Catering by The Bella Sera Event Center, Chef John Montoya
Design, Decor, Wedding Planning and Coordination by Elisabeth Montoya
Dry Ice Drinks, Liquor and Bar by The Bella Sera Event Center