Mekella and Jake – A Modern Romantic Dream Wedding

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.

hanging cake, crystal chandelier, dramatic draping for a wedding

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.

ice bar with custom decoration for a wedding

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.

bride makes entrance through wall of fog

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.dramtic grand wedding cake on hanging table

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.

Outdoor Lounge at The Bella Sera

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

Fog Wall at The Bella Sera

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

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

Outdoor Wedding Pictures!

Couples are drawn to the charm and romance of Bella Sera’s Grand Staircase, candlelit dinner receptions, and our one-of-a-kind romantic ceremony ballroom. They also love that there are dozens of unique outdoor backdrops to capture gorgeous, creative photographic images. Check out just a few in this blog post!

Who doesn’t love outdoor wedding images of a bride and groom surrounded by nature, interesting and creative backdrops, beautiful flowers, vintage brick buildings or mountain scenery? But planning an entire wedding ceremony and reception to be held outdoors can come with risks. Will it be too hot, or too cold, or too windy for my guests to be comfortable?  Depending on how the weather is on your big day, or how strong the wind is blowing, your guests could be placed in a situation wherein the only things they can remember of your wedding are the discomforts that they experienced. Wind is one of the biggest challenges for outdoor weddings in Colorado, causing décor to blow away, preventing guests from being able to hear the ceremony, overall discomfort, and let’s not forget about your hair and veil.

Bella Sera offers the best of both worlds for photography with Brighton’s charm of a farm town, lots of unique historic buildings, old downtown rustic backdrops, beautiful parks, railroad tracks and much more. Many of our couples have chosen to incorporate these backdrops into their photo plan.

Bella Sera is located in the heart of an Old Historic Downtown. There are dozens of rustic backdrops all within walking distance from the venue. The Tuscan charm of the Bella Sera, inside and out, creates the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor backdrops for every wedding regardless of weather conditions.

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