Why Guests and Couples LOVE February Weddings

      Photographed by: TrevG Studios

We get it… Planning a wedding is hard.  It’s full of complex decision and every details impacts the event.  Are guests going to be able to come? Is the event space going to work?  What’s the theme? so on, and so forth! We, also, know that the first and biggest challenge of planning a wedding is “Choosing the Date”!

If you’re reading this, you probably haven’t landed on a date and are exploring your options.  Well, you’re in luck.  We want to chat with you a little bit about the “forgotten months” and give you a few tips to consider if you’re looking to do something a bit out of the norm!

                        

Photographed by: Mark Alison Photography

While summer, spring, and fall are great months to say your nuptials.  Let’s focus on the season people often overlook… WINTER.  Winter is a unique and beautiful time to get married, especially in Colorado!  We’d like to focus our efforts on one particular winter month – FEBRUARY!

Here are a few of our bride’s top reasons for choosing a Winter Wedding with us:

1- February, as we know it!

February is a great month to get married!  It is the month of LOVE!  Valentine’s Day and red hot romance from start to finish.  Winter weddings are unique and a February Wedding offer your guests an early year surprise!  The holiday hustle and bustle has slowed and loved ones are itching for a little getaway – so why not give them what they are asking for?

2- Available Venue Space

One of the most common problems in planning a wedding is finding a suitable venue.  Often times, brides struggle to find their perfect space on the perfect date.  Additionally, it is often difficult to secure a Friday or Saturday wedding from April – December.   However, that’s just not the case in winter months!! February offers more flexibility in scheduling your wedding.  Having a wedding in February allows brides to choose the perfect day AND the perfect venue (and they get to eat their cake, too!)

3- Easier on the pocketbook!

February is less expensive!  Our Brides & Grooms (and especially their parents!) really appreciate the discount for an off season wedding!  For instance, our ~already unbelievable~ prices are $2,000 less during the winter months, money much enjoyed on a Honeymoon or your home as you start your new life together!!

4- GUESTS LOVE THEM!!

Colorado is a vacation wonderland and your guests can stay a few extra days to head to the mountains once the wedding festivities have concluded.  This beautiful state offers skiing, hiking, fishing, as well as horseback riding for the avid outdoors family.  Denver also offers culture and fine dining for indoor activities as well.  Guests love stumbling into cultural museums, shopping centers, and, most of all, the unique retail spaces Denver offers!

5- Weather and Location

Being the month with the least precipitation in Colorado, February is a great time to visit with ease of travel and mild winter weather.  Often finding absolutely beautiful cool and crisp days with blue skies and bright sunshine during the day.  Should the weather present any challenges, the Bella Sera is an all-inclusive indoor venue, located just a few minutes from the airport, so weather will not be a factor for your ceremony or reception!

Looking for some winter wedding inspiration – check out our Winter Wonderland Design blog post!

Those are a few of our favorite pieces of advice from past couples and their guests.  We would love to hear your inputs and thoughts – Happy Wedding Date Hunting!

 

Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

 

There are alternative ways to include your dog in your wedding besides walking them down the aisle, and possibly wreaking havoc on your guests.

 

For many couples their pets are like family, especially their dogs. Although many furry, lovable dogs may behave just fine walking down the ceremony aisle in a pet tuxedo wearing an adorable sign like “I loved her first”, “My humans are getting married”, “Dog of Honor”, “Will you marry my dad?” or “Here comes my Mom”, but many more doggies might just have a mind of their own and ruin what would have been an adorable moment.

 

If your dilemma is that your wedding just won’t be complete without your pet’s involvement, what about including them just for a few photos or for a part of the dance reception?

 

Find out if your venue is dog friendly, and if they are, have a good friend or family member bring him out to the reception where he can soak in some attention from all of your guests. Consider giving him a stationary place on the dance floor or by a family table where he can be leashed, enjoy a wedding chew toy, and enjoy the party without causing too much trouble.

 

Family Photos

Dogs at weddings Bella Sera Event Center

Just look at these adorable photos of “Penelope”, the bulldog, with her humans Jocelyn and Tyler at The Bella Sera Event Center. Everyone was overjoyed to see her cutting it up on the dance floor. She joined the party at the end of the night and everything went smooth. They got some “family” photos with her in their wedding attire that they will frame and put on their mantle to enjoy forever. They also created a lasting memory with all of their guests as Penelope cut it up on the dance floor and had everyone rallying around her.

 

Watch out, dog loose on the dance floor!

Incorporate your dog in your wedding_The Bella Sera Event Center

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”.

Roger Caras

 

Mans best friend at their wedding_Bella Sera

Incorporate your pet at your wedding

 

 

The Bella Sera Event Center is definitely a “pet friendly” venue. We value family (including pets), and personalizing each and every celebration here, just as long as we can all get along and nobody barks at anyone else:)

What are some of the ways you want to include your dog in your wedding?

 

Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center

Family: Bride Joselyn, Groom Tyler, and Bulldog Penelope

Photography: Mark Alison Photography

Winter Wonderland Quinceanera

Weddings aren’t the only special moments that the Bella Sera has the pleasure of hosting, Quinceaneras are another very important event that the Bella Sera helps to create as well! A quinceanera is a Latin American tradition and an extremely special day for girls turning 15. The party signifies a teen’s transformation from a girl to a woman. Several symbols are used throughout the party to tell a rich story of the girl’s growing up. Traditionally the birthday girl wears a formal dress, along with flat, white shoes and a tiara. During the ceremony, the father removes the flat shoes and replaces them with heels the color of the dress. This is one among many traditions that take place symbolizing the transformation from a girl to a woman, each one being equally as important as the last!

 

Setting a theme to a Quinceanera can be challenging and requires a lot of attention to detail, which is just what the Bella Sera does best! With the inspiration of the season still in full swing, we wanted to feature a beautiful Winter Wonderland Quinceanera.The overall theme of this Quinceanera was created by Liset and her mother Maria since Liset’s birthday is in November. Maria hand made the branches and bought beautiful crystals for each branch. Our designer combined them with our beautiful glass vases, and topped it all off with a fantastic grand head table with endless amounts of snow and crystals. Maria and Elisabeth enjoyed working together so much on the Quinceanera, that Elisabeth hired her to be one of our many decorators.

On November 27 Agustin & Maria Lara helped their daughter Liset celebrate her 15th birthday with a Quinceanera that she would never forget!

The celebration started with a ceremony that was held at the Holy Family in Fort Collins, Colorado. Following the Ceremony, there was a fantastic Winter Wonderland celebration awaiting Liset and all of her guests back at the Bella Sera. Liset reminisced that one of her favorite moments of the day was when she made her entrance into the Bella Sera before anyone else, to see everything put together. She remembers feeling that it was perfect! Liset recalls, “The centerpieces and lighting were so unique, it was definitely over the top from a traditional Quinceanera. The cake was perfect, and the way that things were organized made the day so much less stressful!”

Another very memorable moment for Liset and her family were the slideshow that started at the very beginning of Liset’s life, with pictures of her mother Maria, pregnant with Liset and then continued on to highlight all of the special moments throughout her life. It beautifully illustrated the transformation of Liset from the time that she was a baby until the amazing Quince photo shoot!

Later in the evening, Liset, in a beautiful royal blue dress designed by Mori Lee, and her Court pereformed a choreographed dance that was one for all of her guests to remember! The Bella Sera ballroom is perfect for formal dances due to the dual staircase entrances. The boys can enter from one side and the girls from the other which provides a very dramatic feel.

After it was all said and done, we asked Liset and her family what people have said about her beautiful Winter Wonderland Quinceanera. Her mother said, “Every time we show people pictures of Liset’s Quince, people are blown away. It’s not very common to find an elegant party for such a young girl. Therefore, when we do show them our pictures, they can’t believe it. Everyone said that it was beautiful, elegant and well put together. People are even inspired by the pictures and want to have their party like ours. It’s great to know that all of our time, hard work and commitment paid off in the end. We were blessed to have such a great party and it is one that we will never forget!”

The Team of Quinceanera Professionals:
Venue – Bella Sera Event Center / Catering – Bella Sera Catering / Cake – By Request Wedding Cakes, Brighton, CO / Photography – Mark Alison Photography / Package – Bellissimo Quinceanera Package Bella Sera / Design & Décor – Elisabeth Montoya, Bella Sera Lead Designer – Maria Lara / Church – The Holy Family, Fort Collins, CO

Feel Inspired by the Holiday Season

If you ask me, it’s hard not to feel inspired by the holiday season! Even though I love summertime, winter and holiday inspired weddings make my heart sing. There is just something about the sparkle of an icy blue winter wonderland wedding and the shimmer silver and gold that will leave you breathless.

I think that when you take your wedding day, one of the happiest days of your life and let the Bella Sera designers help you feel inspired by the most wonderful time of the year (the holidays of course!) you can only have amazing results!

There are so many different ways to incorporate this amazing season into your special day. You can have a full blown silver and gold celebration that will truly highlight the beauty of these two metallic tones with dashes of holiday red for an extra festive feeling. Or you can immerse your guests in a magical winter wonderland that is full of beauty, sparkle and icy blue wonder. Either way your guests will be in awe!

So, enjoy this time of year, let the holidays inspire you, and hopefully if your are planning a holiday wedding you will let the Bella Sera team create a magical setting and experience for you and your guests!

Created by The Following Wedding Professionals:
Wedding Photography: Mark Alison Photography  / Wedding Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center / Packages: Bellissimo /  Wedding Designer: Elisabeth Montoya-Bella Sera/ Décor: Bella Sera Event Center

Winter Wonderland Wedding

It may be July, but the idea of cozying up with some hot cocoa and dreaming about your winter wonderland wedding at the Bella Sera seems just like the perfect way to spend an afternoon!

With the winter months just right around the corner and the heat of summer upon us, we thought it would be fun to reminisce about the details of one of our beautiful winter weddings.  Just for fun, or maybe even for some inspiration!

Creating a winter wonderland at the Bella Sera is one of our favorite things to do.  For this wedding, Designer Elisabeth Montoya, created a stunning setting for the ceremony. Frosty white branches lined the aisle and the bride strolled down this enchanted path that was full of bits of bling, frosty snow and real rose petals.  The best part was how warm and inviting this frozen forest felt. Guests sat in this winter wonderland among candles that flickered from the hanging branches above and from the glass vases, which were dusted with snow. Upon working with this couple they expressed to Elisabeth how important it was to them that their guests felt as if they had been whisked away into an enchanted winter wonderland and believe me, every guest was completely captivated by this scene!  As the groom, wedding party and finally the bride entered it truly was a dreamlike moment.

This stunning setting is just one of the many ways that the Bella Sera can transform into a magical winter wonderland!

A Snowy Winter Wedding

The Love Story of Ashley & Zac Crowe – January 18, 2013

Ahhh…. the charm of a Winter Wedding at Bella Sera with snowflakes, snow, bling and sparkles; something a spring or summer wedding cannot achieve. A special sky blue mystique on a crisp winter night was created with color splashed walls and ice blue water, much to the delight of all of the guests.

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Ashley and Zac met at Legacy High School here in Colorado, and the rest is history. Zac is in the military, and it is really hard for him to find a day off, but he came home early one day to tell Ashley that he wanted to spend the day together and have a picnic lunch. Ashley was really excited.

They went to the park near their house, and Ashley said she remembers them moving to several different places because the bees were all over the grass. They finally sat down and had their picnic lunch, and as they were finishing up Zac asked if she wanted dessert. She said, “Yes, what did you make? “Then he reached in the picnic basket pulling out a ring!!!!!!!!!! He was on his knee…and asked “Will you spend the rest of your life with me?”

Ashley was so shocked; the first words that came out of her mouth were “is that real?”   Zac looked at her like, uhhh duh! And of course she said “YES!” while tackling him to the ground.

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For our Bride…

Ashley said some of her most magical moments were getting ready with her mother Tina and putting her dress on. Ashley felt so blessed to have her mother and mother in law there and helping her get ready. While getting ready, she couldn’t have been more thankful for everyone taking care of her, from her family, to the Bella Sera. Then when she entered into the ceremony and saw her proud father standing there waiting for her. There were no words that could have described her feelings in that moment with her father and mother.

Then to have the most incredible young women in her bridal party: her maid of honor Samantha, and her sisters Bre and Emily standing by her side. When her little sis was bawling her eyes out; she felt like she really was so proud of her big sister. Another magical moment was during her last steps with her father, before she locked eyes with Zac, when she saw the unity candle with “Mom” written on it.

Her single most magical moment though, was when she and Zac met eye to eye, and all she could see was him. She said it was like time just stopped and she saw the most handsome husband standing before her eyes. Her heart was racing so fast and her breath was taken away like when she laid her eye on him for the first time.

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They live in San Diego where Zac is stationed, and they love and miss the snow and winters in Colorado, so it was easy for both of them to decide on a winter wonderland theme for their wedding. They were unsure of the colors to choose, so her stepmother Tina stepped in and suggested a combination of dark brown and pool blue. She bought them fabric squares and they fell in love with them.

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Ashley and Zac had the image of people walking into a room as if it was walking into a winter wonderland with crystals of blue.  They wanted the room to be lit in a pool color so it gave their guests a crisp, cooling sensation when they stepped into the ceremony.  We scheduled one Design Session for them when they were in town from California, and we worked to combine snowflakes and white aspen tree branches with crystals to create a magical winter wonderland feeling they were looking for.

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Like many of our very special couples at Bella Sera, Ashley has had to overcome a very difficult tragedy. When she was 16, Ashley lost her mother, and her mother’s memorial reception was held at The Bella Sera. Ashley’s maid of honor Samantha reminded her of the Bella Sera and how exceptional it was; she knew it was where she wanted to have their wedding. We were honored, and just fell in love with this couple and their families.

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The funniest part of their whole wedding was during the toasts. They were all very warming and special to hear.  Ashley said it almost ended up being a “pass the microphone” line with everybody who wanted to speak after the best man/ maid of honor got their chance: from aunts and uncles to friends of both parties.

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So many guests commented how beautiful Ashley looked in her dress, and how handsome and grownup Zac looked.  They complimented them on how elegant the wedding was, and how they loved the decorations and overall pleasant experience of the reception and The Bella Sera staff. When Ashley walked into the reception room for the first time, she was speechless. She said It was just breathtaking and outstanding, and she could not have asked for anything more.

Ashley writes…

“Thank you to Bella Sera: our day went off without a hitch. Absolutely EVERYTHING was spectacular, and especially since we planned everything from California with you on email and the telephone. WE LOVE BELLA SERA SO MUCH AND ZAC AND I COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR A MORE INCREDIBLE SPECIAL DAY OF OUR LIVES!!”

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For our Groom…

The most magical moments for Zac were when his father got to help him put on his tux and get him ready for the big day.  His parents both told him how proud of him they were and how he has become such a caring and loving young man.  Also to have his brother Jordan and his two close friends Jake and Ben by his side for the wedding.  The mother son dance was also an unforgettable moment for him. However, the single most magical moment for Zac was when he get to see Ashley walk down the stairs in her beautiful dress.  Not having a clue what she was going to look like and the nerves and anxiety running through him, made it even more memorable.  It happened just as he planned, and the moment he saw her he got butterflies all over again as if it was the first time he ever laid eyes on her. Very magical!

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THE WEDDING EXPERTS
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Karen
Wedding Flowers: Vickie’s Flowers
Wedding Photography: Mark Alison Photography
DJ: DJ Guy
Wedding Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center
Wedding Designer: Elisabeth Montoya –  Bella Sera
Catering: Bella Sera Catering

 

Cinderella Winter Wedding

The day after Thanksgiving in Colorado it may not have snowed outside, but it sure was snowing indoors at Kassie and Scott’s wedding celebration at The Bella Sera. We were honored to have had this amazing couple choose our venue to celebrate their “love story”. Every meeting we had with Kassie and her Mom Tammy was pure joy. The couple chose a Winter Wonderland Theme with accents of blue lighting to highlight the beautiful white snow, silver crystals and icicle decor. The color blue is cooling, soothing and brings serenity to our lives and the dinner ballroom certainly accomplished this ambiance. However, the bride herself had just the right amount of RED accents to capture her groom’s attention and generate a jaw-dropping response from everyone as she cascaded down the stairs entering into the ceremony. Red is a very emotionally intense color promoting energy and high visibility. Her sassy red shoes, red garter and bouquet of red roses with  diamond accessories showed us all just how fun and vibrant she is.

This Winter Wedding Ceremony was decorated with lanterns dripping with icicles, dangling snowflakes, crystal embellishments and Bella Sera’s signature winter white sparkling tree backdrop. The guests were delighted and pleasantly surprised with the unique theme and décor which made them feel the warmth and coziness of the indoors during a Winter Storm. Together we designed their winter wedding to both incorporate the many personal touches they already envisioned and the new ideas I had as their designer. The reason for the celebration is always the “love story” and celebrating the unity of two people coming together in a personalized ceremony that communicates to family and friends just why they are brought together. Their ceremony was designed to share this love story with beautiful words, a traditional lighting of the unity candle and beauty all around.

A Cinderella Story…Once upon a time there was a gorgeous bride named Kassie who read the story of Cinderella to her incredibly adorable flower girls as they gathered around her in their white and black polka dot dresses. Winter white trees sparkled around them as they listened in awe to every word, and dreamed themselves of become a beautiful bride like Kassie someday. Lets not forget to mention the touch of sassy RED each little flower girl had herself as an accessory. Each of the 6 flower girls carried the traditional accessory called a Kissing Ball or Pomander Ball as they walked down the ceremony aisle just before “Cinderella” entered.

This photo of Scott dancing down the aisle with his bride, dodging the handfuls of snow their guests tossed at them, captured the pure essence of the Winter Wonderland feel they wanted. It just wouldn’t have been the same if they walked down the aisle as husband and wife for the very first time dodging the traditional bubbles.

After all of the traditional elements of a Christian wedding had been completed and the next “lucky” single guy and girl caught the bouquet and garter, the party began. There was no shortage of “getting down” and partying at this celebration, and boy can these newlyweds dance.

Thank you Kassie, Scott and Tammy for choosing Bella Sera. It was truly and honor to be a part of this very special day with you.

Wedding Photography: Mark Allison Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center / Lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott: Wedding Designer: Elisabeth Montoya-Bella Sera/ Catering: Bella Sera Catering / Linens & Chair covers: Belinda’s Creations / Décor: Bella Sera Event Center

Ice Blue Winter Wedding

Winter Weddings

Many brides never even think about the option of a winter wedding and how gorgeous and spectacular it could be. Winter weddings are very popular in Denver, CO where millions of people live here just to enjoy the snow. More and more couples are choosing to skip the more expensive “summer” wedding and choosing to make their wedding more unique. Winter weddings at Bella Sera are exceptionally romantic, and winter rates give couples the perfect combination of cost savings while getting much more for their money. With a winter wedding that is well planned and creatively sewn together, a couple can create a celebration that is second to none.

Our couple planned an artistic photo shoot prior to their guests arriving so they could capture every detail of their winter wonderland wedding through the beautiful photographs taken by Mark Alison Photography. These photos are truly amazing, capturing the very essence of what the couple wanted everyone to experience – their unique personalities and love of the wintertime, beauty, romance, an icy winter ambiance, and the feeling of being in another place besides Brighton, CO.

This winter wonderland wedding was designed with one purpose…. to take their guests to another place and delight them in every way as they celebrate “their love” in winter ice surroundings. Bella Sera’s senior designer started with their concept and dream and helped them accomplish it through many elements and special touches. Beginning with the wedding ceremony, the ballroom was dripping with icicles, chairs were covered with gorgeous white satin chair coverings by Belinda’s Creations and winter white trees illuminated the altar and ceremony backdrop with hundreds of white lights. The floors were blanketed with artificial snow, snowflakes, a white aisle runner and candles down the aisle to create a dramatic entrance for the bridal party processional. The couple’s initials were carefully created with blue hydrangea petals on their aisle. As guests entered the ceremony room they were amazed and in awe of the spectacular setting and all of the fine details…something most of them had never seen or experienced before.

After the cocktail hour, the dinner ballroom was unveiled and the guests were taken into what the couple hoped would be “a magical place”. Guests were delighted and amazed like they were walking in a winter wonderland. They smiled with delight at the spectacular ice blue lighting by Lighting and Design by Scott that illuminated their dinner reception ballroom, all of the ice crystals and snowflakes that embellished each centerpiece, the crushed white table linens that were highlighted by the flickering snowflake votive candles and the special touch of their monogram on the dance floor. Their winter ice effect truly amazed and delighted their guests. A signature drink with blue gin was served to all of the guests and raised to toast the newlyweds as they began their new life together.

This wedding truly felt like a chapter out of a Winter Wonderland storybook.

Wedding Photography: Mark Alison Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center / Lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott: Wedding Designer: Elisabeth Montoya-Bella Sera/ Catering: Bella Sera Catering / Floral Design: Ellen Cara Boulder/ Linens & Chair covers: Belinda’s Creations /  Wedding Gown: The Bridal Connection / Tuxedo: The Bridal Connection; Décor: Bella Sera Event Center

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