11-11-11 The Most Popular Wedding Day of the Year!
11-11-11 the Most Popular Wedding Day of the Year
Sarah & Aaron
Blog post written by Sarah…
A Thank You to Bella Sera
Aaron and I first met through some mutual friends. Then one day he stole my number out of my phone, texted me, and one thing led to another. We have been together ever since.
Aaron and I have had a very happy and interesting life together, and we could not wait to get married. The two of us have very different personalities but that is what keeps us in a good neutral place. In 2007, we discussed getting married, and since we consider ourselves the #1 couple, we decided the wedding date should be the #1 date of this year. So this is why we picked 11/11/11.
When we finally had the chance to get our 1st look at each other before the guests even arrived, and it was so magical. I came down the winding grand staircase and Aaron was waiting for me at the bottom. His response when he saw me was priceless. It’s amazing how different it is to see the man you’re going marry in that moment. By doing our “first look” beforehand, we had so much more time to take artistic and fun photos that were really important to us and could not have been done if we had waited after the ceremony. Mark Alison made sure everything was so perfect and captured all of the joy for us to remember.
I have been a princess ever since I could remember and wanted to find a venue that would be my castle on my special day. I researched many different venues within our 4-year engagement before we tied the knot. There were many nice places that I found, but they were too pricey, so I continued to look until I stumbled upon the perfect venue that met all my expectations, Bella Sera. We absolutely loved the look inside of Bella Sera, as it matched my princess personality very well. Once we met with Elisabeth and her crew, it was official; this was the place I wanted to get married. Elisabeth and her staff were very helpful, fun to work with, and the cost of the venue, was very affordable.
Aaron and I discussed a lot of different ideas for the wedding. He had decided that since I was his princess, we would go with the colors gold and burgundy, which are the colors for royalty. I thought that was a great idea and began my planning process. Into the planning he mentioned decorating the wedding with San Francisco 49ers décor (his all time favorite football team). He said, “You know the 49ers colors just happen to be gold and burgundy”. Hmmm? I am wondering if he planned this out the whole time, and, yes he did! Since I vetoed his 49er décor idea, I decided to surprise him and purchased a custom-made 49ers garter and did not let him see until he went under my dress to get it during the fetching of the garter tradition.
Our wedding day was everything and more than we could have asked for. Bella Sera went out of their way to make sure everything I wanted was taken care of and even did more to make it personal and extra special. Elizabeth came up with great ideas to show off the date of 11/11/11 that I would have never thought of including, but not limited to, a customized t-shirt embossed with 11-11-11 across the front.
We didn’t get married in our hometown, so our guests had to drive out to the wedding. Originally, we received some complaints from our guests about the distance, but once they arrived at Bella Sera and saw all the beauty it held and how great the staff was, they were all to glad to join us in the drive. I received so many compliments from my guests about the venue, the staff and how amazing everything was. They especially liked the personalization Bella Sera took the time to do for us.
If I were to ever get married again, I would want it to be to the same man, at the same venue, with the same photographer. It really was the best day of my life, and I would like to give a very big thank you to Elisabeth and Bella Sera. I will recommend them to everyone I know.
TEAM OF EXPERTS
Colors chosen by: The Groom Aaron / Photography: Mark Alison Photography / Venue: Bella Sera / Event Designer: Elisabeth Montoya Bella Sera / DJ: DJ Rodriquez / Princess Bride: Sarah:) / Flowers: Sarah and her bridesmaids / Linens: Amelia’s Decorations