Springtime Cocktail

With springtime in the air, we at the Bella Sera thought that it would be fun to share a springtime cocktail that is the epitome of all things spring! While traveling around Italy this past year, gaining inspiration from every breathtaking view, beautiful flower and amazing piece of architecture, we came across an Italian aperitif that we just haven’t been able to forget! In the spirit of springtime, we wanted to share one of our favorite Cocktail recipes with you! Perfectly named, The Garden Party cocktail is a refreshing drink that takes our favorite Italian aperitif, Aperol and pairs it happily with gin, lemon and a splash of Prosecco. Each of these drinks separately are lovely but when combine together they are simply irresistible. Whether you are looking for the perfect drink to enjoy on your balcony during one of these wonderfully warm springtime afternoons or searching for the perfect signature cocktail for your wedding, this one is definitely a contender! It’s beautiful color and refreshing taste is something that you won’t be easily forgotten.

Instructions: Add Gin, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and basil to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly; the basil will break up and flavor the rest of the cocktail. Pour into a glass with ice and top with a splash of Prosecco. You can garnish with a sprig of basil & a slice of lemon!

Enjoy!

Something Blue

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe!” This Old English rhyme is a wedding day tradition dating all the way back to the early 1800’s. Each item in this rhyme represents a token of luck for the bride to be, all of which are personal mementos with close ties to the bride’s heart. A special piece of borrowed jewelry, a locket with an old photo, a new pair of shoes, the possibilities are endless. Picking out these wedding day accessories is a time when the bride gets to have fun, add a touch of sentiment to her wardrobe and be creative!

Blue has been connected to weddings for centuries. In ancient Rome, brides wore blue to symbolize love, modesty, and loyalty and in many ways that is what blue is still representative of today! Something blue can be incorporated into your wedding day attire in so many ways! A new take on an old tradition can be fun! A blue heart shaped piece of fabric sewn to the inside of your wedding dress or the simple stitching of your initials or wedding date in a blue thread on your dress is a very custom and crafty way to add something blue. A blue pair of shoes can be a more bold and sassy statement to your wardrobe while a blue garter can be a much more subtle touch! Your something blue can be a splash of blue in your bridal bouquet or even an accent piece of jewelry such as a broach or hairpin. A pale blue nail polish, a royal blue crinoline slip, indigo undergarments and even a navy thread as a “place holder” for your wedding band are all fun ideas!

We are always impressed with just how creative our Bella Sera Brides can be!

Enjoy something blue!

Father-Daughter Dance

Equally as sweet as the Mother-Son dance is the Father-Daughter dance and if the father-daughter dance is done right, there won’t be a dry eye in the house when it’s over! Its hard to top the moment when your dad walks you down the aisle and gives you away during your wedding ceremony, but with the right song, you just might be able to!

The options for Father-Daughter dance songs are just about endless. It can be a song that has a sweet sentiment, meaningful lyrics or just a song that brings a happy memory to mind for you and your dad! To give you a head start on picking out the perfect song for this special dance, we put together a list of some of the Bella Sera Staff’s favorite Father-Daughter Dance Songs. Some popular songs, some classics and some hidden gems that we just love!

 

To all of our Bella Sera brides and their dear sweet dads, we thank you for letting us enjoy this special moment with you during each and every wedding!

Mother-Son Dance

The mother-son dance is one of the sweetest moments at any wedding. It’s filled with love, pride, laughter and tears of joy! There are so many lovely songs to choose from for this special moment; picking one that is unique to your mother-son bond will make this memory unforgettable. When selecting your song for the mother-son dance, it should reflect the relationship that the two of you share. Whether that is fun and lighthearted or more sentimental and sweet, there are many songs to consider. When you are selecting a song, be sure to pick one that is a comfortable length for both of you. If you both love a song but it is a bit too long, talk to your DJ and ask him to fade it out at any point to make it the perfect length. Another important tip is to practice the dance together before hand. It is always good to feel relaxed and comfortable during your dance, it allows you both to truly enjoy the moment rather than worry about what steps to take and when!

To give you a head start on selecting the perfect song, we put together a list of some of the Bella Sera Staff’s favorite Mother-Son Dance Songs. Even after ten years of weddings, this special moment is one that still makes our entire staff teary eyed! There is nothing quite like a mother son bond.

To all of our Bella Sera grooms and their lovely mothers, we thank you for letting us enjoy this special moment with you during each and every wedding!

 

…Ready, Set, Pin

A lot has changed in the past 11 years since The Bella Sera Event Center’s team planned and designed the first wedding at our venue. One of the biggest innovations to have a positive impact on our industry in the past 5 years was the launch of Pinterest in March of 2010.

Did you know that your Pinterest board is very helpful to your personal Bella Sera Designer?

Your Bella Sera Event Designers are constantly looking for ways to get to know you and your personal wedding style, as well as add value to and simplify wedding planning and designing for our couples! Prior to your design session, your Pinterest boards are a great tool to help us get a sense of your own personal style for your dream wedding!

Here’s how you can use Pinterest to help connect with our Designers:

  • Specify Your Wedding Boards: Making a board JUST for cake styles, JUST for wedding attire, JUST for lighting, JUST for floral accents, JUST for ceremony backdrops, etc… is a great way to show us exactly what you like!
  • Pin Whatever You Like: Seriously!  And be sure to have fun with it!  This is all part of the process of figuring out exactly what the overall style of your wedding will be. Once you’ve created some boards, ‘shop’ around a bit on the internet and simply pin the things you like onto your coordinating boards. Believe it or not, a theme will start to develop!
  • Leave Us Notes:  While you’re pinning, you can leave notes beneath the items that you are pinning to tell us why you liked them or what specifically you liked about the image and how you might like to see those ideas transpire on your wedding day.
  • Peruse Our Boards!: Don’t be shy!We’d love for you to spend some time looking at our latest and greatest! Like, repin & tell us what you love on our boards!
  • Share Your Username: Connect with us directly on Pinterst or send us your username when we set up your design session! Remember, your Pinterest username may not be just your name!  Be sure to copy and paste your username directly from your Pinterest URL (pinterest.com/username)

So if you haven’t already, sign up for Pinterest, create some boards and get to pinning! We promise you’ll become addicted, and have fun at the same time by visually seeing all of your inspirations in one spot.

The First Dance

The bride and groom have been pronounced husband & wife, the toast has been made, dinner has been enjoyed and finally the married couple steps onto the dance floor to take part in an amazing tradition. The tradition of the couple’s first dance as husband and wife!  The first dance of a married couple is a popular element at almost every wedding celebration. Exactly like an old-fashioned ball, the idea is that the married couple, as the guests of honor at the celebration, open the dancing to the rest of their guests.

 

In the past, the first dance was usually a waltz, as ballroom dancing was a widespread skill. However in the current times ballroom dancing is not such a common skill and this has changed the traditional first dance in many ways! Modern couples typically ‘slow dance’ but sometimes will learn a style of ballroom dance such as a waltz or foxtrot specifically for their first dance. Couples have even surprised their guests with an anything but ordinary pre-rehearsed choreographed dance! It’s not uncommon for an engaged couple to seek out lessons for this big moment prior to their wedding! While we can hardly say that it’s necessary, it can add a bit of fun quality time together prior to your wedding!

 

The style of dance and selection of the song is a very personal choice.  It should be reflective of the personality and style of the couple! Fun & quirky, elegant & classic or graceful & slow the choices for songs and ways to dance to them are endless! We wanted to share a few lists with you that might spark some ideas for your first dance song!

Wedding Rings

This is one of the most exciting times in a girl’s life, when she gets engaged. It’s definitely the same for the groom, but us girls like to tell the world when we get engaged! So why is the engagement ring so symbolic? When worn, this ring indicates that the person wearing it is engaged to be married, especially in Western cultures. Depending on the culture, the woman wears the engagement ring or both the woman and the man wear an engagement ring.

Engagement rings come in a variety of shapes, including round, pear, princess or emerald. You can find engagement bands in a variety of metals, including platinum, gold, titanium, palladium, and even recycled metals!

With almost 150 couples tying the knot at The Bella Sera last year, it was impossible to post all of their gorgeous rings, so we chose a handful of beautiful and very unique rings to share with all of you. When it comes to engagement rings, everyone in the business has heard of “The 4 C’s” – cut, clarity, color and carat. The cut is all about the angles in the stone, which determines the diamond’s brilliance and shape. The clarity depends on how free of imperfections the engagement stone is. There are many colors of diamonds from colorless to light yellow or even brown. The carat refers to the diamond’s size.

These rings hold significant importance and are something most couples hold near and dear to their hearts.  They are something that will remind them of their wedding day and their promise to love, honor, and cherish until death do them part.

In most western cultures, it’s worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, otherwise known as the ring finger. The circle was the symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end.  The hole in the center of the ring also had significance. It was considered a gateway, or door; leading to things and events both known and unknown. To give a woman a ring signifies never-ending and immortal love. Wedding rings through different stages in history have been worn on different fingers. According to  a tradition believed to have been derived from the Romans, the wedding ring is worn on the left hand ring finger because there was thought to be a vein in the finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ said to be directly connected to the heart.  Despite this myth that has been proven to be false, it still remains regarded by many as the number one reason rings are worn on the fourth finger.

Most men today buy diamond rings for their beloved. The tradition of diamond engagement rings began with the Italians. In Italy it was once believed that diamonds were derived from the “flames of love” and therefore clearly represented the bonds of everlasting love. An engagement ring is a symbol of the promise of marriage. It is also a symbol of the commitment to join as one in a lifelong relationship as husband and wife.

In all cultures and religions, the wedding ring is a symbol of love and commitment. However, in a Jewish marriage, the wedding band has special meaning. In the time of the Talmud, a man would give a woman a coin worth a small amount of money. Today, in a Jewish wedding ceremony, the groom gives the bride a simple wedding band – one without engravings, gemstones, or other decorations. Traditionally, the ring is made of pure gold. However, a more contemporary version of the custom says that the ring may be made of any type of metal. The band must be completely flawless because it represents a marriage that is unharmed by conflict, flaw, or show. A Jewish wedding ring also symbolizes a chain that unites generations.

Today with the blessing of equality and LGBT weddings finally being recognized, you will see rings on either hand depending on the preference of the couple.

Just a little history for you, now enjoy all of these beautiful rings in different shapes and sizes. All photos were taken by the ever talented Mark Alison Photography team here at Bella Sera.

Cheers to all of our 2014 couples and their gorgeous rings. We look forward to celebrating your 1st Anniversary with you this year, and to welcoming in all of our new couples.

 

Photo Backdrops – Bella Sera Event Center

Photography – Mark Alison Photography

Rings – Chosen from our amazing Bella Sera couples in 2014

A Grand Head Table

There are a handful of wedding style elements or focal points that, when done right, can transform the entire dinner ballroom experience. Showcasing a custom designed Grand Head Table with flowing sparkle organza fabric is certainly one way of creating that focal point. This is why Bella Sera’s Lead Designer Elisabeth Montoya custom designed this gorgeous head table linen with lots of bling and romance as part of the Italiano Ultra-Platinum Wedding Package. This ornate linen can be fitted to a head table for 2 or for 22 such as is seen in this beautiful wedding.

By decorating the head table more ornately with bouquets, bling and sparkle, and sitting the wedding party only on one side of the table to observe the guests, it signifies the importance and the head position of the newlyweds.

At the head table, the bride traditionally sits at the groom’s right, with the maid of honor on his left and the best man on the bride’s right. The rest of the party follows suit in an alternating male/female pattern. However, it is very common to see all of the bridesmaids sit on one side and the groomsmen sit on the other also.

Couples are searching for a much more unique wedding design that reflects who they are as a couple, and the head table is a wonderful place to express their unique style. Bella Sera’s design team is constantly creating beautiful decor to help customize each and every wedding.
Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center
Designer: Elisabeth Montoya, Lead Designer Bella Sera
Package: Italiano Ultra-Platinum Wedding Package

Real Wedding – Edna and Daniel Prieto

This week we wanted to feature a real wedding. On August 9th, 2014 Edna and Daniel Prieto spent the day with 350 of their closest family and friends. Many of which traveled to Colorado from 10 different states, and even from as far away as Mexico to celebrate this union.

Simply put, we just love this couple! They are two of the most kind, pleasant, fun and “in love” couples we have ever met.

What mattered the most to them?
When asked to share the most incredible memories of their day, Edna said “Where do I begin?” She said friends and family are still talking about their wedding. They are still telling them that it was the most beautiful, fun, unique and meaningful wedding they have ever attended. They said it has set a new standard in their entire family. One of the most special comments she read in their guest book was from a few single guests who said they looked so happy on that day and it makes them want their wedding day to be exactly like theirs. But beyond being simply stunned by the beauty and love that was ever present at their wedding, Edna’s cousin pointed out that their “very serious” uncle who never lets loose, was actually on the dance floor dancing and having a great time! It was a celebration that you couldn’t help but have fun at! The Grandma of the bride said that it was such a gift to see Edna’s mother actually enjoying herself and not having to do a thing because the Bella Sera took care of everything. This is exactly what they wanted since they hadn’t seen some of their guests for years.

 

What were the top three most memorable moments?
The Grand Entrance – Since their ceremony was at a church, they hadn’t interacted with any quests for quite some time after they finished pictures at the church. Therefore, they said the most incredible moment of the entire reception was when they pushed open the Romeo & Juliet balcony doors and were announced for their Grand Entrance. They said the cheering and applause were overwhelming. They felt like movie stars up high looking out onto all of their favorite people in the world.

Their First Dance – they had rehearsed a very special first dance for months, and when they were actually performing it right after their video was shown, it was magical. Everything was timed perfectly and all of the guests were so surprised and delighted when they broke out into break dancing and fun, sassy moves. It was a blast. They started out dancing to “Amor del Bueno” by Reyli , and then broke out into a collection of songs for their Surprise dance which included a mix with Fergie, Iggy Azalea, T.I. and Prince Royce.

Mark Alison Photography created a cinematography film/music video for them that they showcased at the celebration. Guests absolutely loved it, they were blown away by the loving story that the video told. Check it out!

The Ceremony at Church of the Ascuncion in Denver – it was so incredibly beautiful and meaningful. Edna said Daniel was so nervous when he saw her for the first time. They had everyone there who meant so much to them. There was a special moment and message from above when they started to leave the church, and it began raining. They felt God’s presence in their marriage at that moment, and as soon as they arrived at The Bella Sera, the rain stopped.

How they met, fell in love and became engaged…
They met in 1st grade and were childhood friends for a very long time. They lost touch at 12 years of age and Daniel moved out of state. About five years ago Daniel moved back, and they started their friendship up again while she was in school. Edna finished college in Ft. Collins and then travelled for about 6 months. They knew that much more than a friendship was brewing. When Daniel finally realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, he planned to propose during the Cirque De Soleil show. He had it all planned out, but he was too excited to wait. So he turned to her in the parking lot before they even made it to the show doors and said “I just can’t wait anymore”, and he asked her right there. At first she wondered why he couldn’t have just waited, but looking back on it she said it was just perfect the way he did it. They knew it was perfect because the Cirque De Soleil story was all about the two main characters finding each other.

Vision for Their Wedding
The overall vision that they both wanted for their wedding, was a simple, yet elegant style for the reception where family could feel comfortable and also marvel at how different and unexpected the décor was from anything they may have seen before. They loved a pool blue color and wanted to mix it with a soft yet bold grey, and Bella Sera had the perfect match for both of those shades!

As another unique design feature, they chose The Bella Sera’s one-of-a-kind hanging wedding cake that was suspended from the ceiling by their head table. Bella Sera designed and baked their cake, and the couple said it was a true wow factor. It looked so beautiful and it added to their romantic theme of unique things. It was not only absolutely beautiful, but their family is still raving about the butter pecan and cinnamon flavors that they chose. Yum!

The Bella Sera Event Center
The couple said they were just amazed at everything and everyone at The Bella Sera, beginning with Kaylene at their very first tour. They loved their private tasting and design session, and couldn’t say enough amazing things about Sari, their event coordinator. She executed everything with such precision even one of Edna’s bridesmaids commented the week after the wedding about Sari and said “She was amazing and so much fun! It was great how she kept you calm, brought you a drink and let you know you didn’t have to worry about a thing.” Sari took really great care of them. With 350 guests, they said the bartenders were absolutely amazing.

The wedding ended at 1 am, and they had to literally push people off the dance floor. Not a single person wanted to go home! It was the exact reaction that they wanted from their guests, a celebration that everyone wanted to last forever!

As with all of our amazing couples, we were blessed to have known Edna and Daniel, and to have had the opportunity to serve them. We wish them all the best in their marriage and journey ahead.
The Bella Sera Staff

 

 

The Team of Wedding Professionals:
Venue – Bella Sera Event Center / Catering – Bella Sera Catering / Wedding Cake – Bella Sera Cakes / Photography – Mark Alison Photography / Cinematography – Mark Alison Photography / Package – Bellissimo Package Bella Sera / Design & Décor – Elisabeth Montoya, Bella Sera Lead Designer / Flowers – Family friend / Church – Church of the Ascuncion in Denver

 

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