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We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Jamie and Matt who are our June winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: Jamie and Matt met in college at a weight training class that they had both randomly signed up for. "Matt tells everyone I gazed into his eyes the first time I saw him!"
The proposal: Matt proposed to Jamie in their home they had bought together during Easter weekend. "It was perfect because we had all weekend to celebrate with friends and family"
The Wedding: They had a very intimate wedding (only 85 guests!) at a gorgeous castle which had always been one of Jamie's dreams! "Our wedding day was perfect! It called for rain all day but luckily, the weather held out as most of our plans were outside! It rained for about ten minutes during the reception just for good luck"
On Bella Pictures: "Working with Bella was absolutely perfect! I can't even tell you how many compliments we got about our photographer that day. He was fabulous to work with! We love our photographs so much and couldn't be happier :)"
Funny story about the wedding day: "Our ceremony was short and sweet. I thought I would cry more than I did but as soon as I saw Matt I was nothing but perfectly happy. I only choked up once, right before I said for richer or poorer. Matt told me he thought I just didn't want to say poorer!"
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Jenna and Brian who are our July winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They started dating through mutual friends in college and have been together ever since.
The proposal: "So the summer he proposed to me I was growing a cherry tomato plant and it was doing really well (surprisingly!). I was so proud of myself for not killing it! One evening he calls me outside by saying that it grew a tomato. I, of course rushed down the stairs and began looking for a little green tomato. I didn't find a tomato, but i did find a diamond ring hanging by a piece of dental floss! So i picked up the ring and he said 'Jenna, will you let me spend the rest of my life with you?' I, of course said yes!"
The Wedding: They had a mid-size wedding of 140 guests at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. "The view of the ceremony site overlooking the mountains was absolutely breathtaking! We knew the moment we saw how beautiful it was that it was a perfect place to get married!
On Bella Pictures: "Bella Pictures was awesome! They worked hard to match me with a photographer that suited our photography style perfectly! Our photographer was very professional and obviously very talented! I get so many compliments on our wedding photos... I am always happy to recommend Bella Pictures to any bride to be."
Funny story about the wedding day: "Well they say rain is good luck on your wedding day.... but "rain" was an understatement! It was overcast the entire morning of our wedding day with a 30% chance of rain. Normally not a huge deal if it rains on your wedding day.... except our ceremony was outside! I was praying that it didn't rain because we really had our hearts set on getting married outside (at the Log Cabin) overlooking the gorgeous mountain view. As the limo pulls up to the Log Cabin and I'm about to get out, it starts DOWNPOURING - 30 minutes before our ceremony! Well, it must have been an absolute miracle because 10 minutes before our 3pm ceremony, the rain stopped and the sun came out! It was 95 degrees that day so the aisle dried up in time for them to sprinkle the rose petals and have me walk down the aisle. So we ended up getting the good luck rain and the summer sun for our outside wedding!"
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Amanda and Brian who are our August winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They first met each other in college. Brian was an upper classman who convinced Amanda that he needed help with his Music Theory homework. "Little did I know that he was a master at Music Theory and was just trying to convince me into him taking me out on a date!"
The proposal: Brian proposed to Amanda at U.S. Cellular Field/White Sox stadium during batting practice before a home game. Amanda was told that they were going to be taking a picture with the team at home plate, but the White Sox team was waiting for Brian to get down on one knee and propose to her! "I was completely SURPRISED! My parents and close friends were at the game to support us with 'Just Engaged' posters. The excitement continued throughout the day when Brian surprised me with an engagement party with all of our close friends and family in the city!"
The Wedding: They celebrated with 215 guests at the Fountain Blue outside of Chicago. "Fountain Blue was perfect for our elegant yet classy wedding! Our venue had a beautiful garden and fountain for great pictures and cocktail hour along with a luxurious grand ballroom for dinner and dancing! The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious! Guests especially loved the sweets table!"
On Bella Pictures: "Bella took great care of us and our needs. We had a great experience working with our photographer! He went above and beyond to capture every precious moment of our day!!! We were looking for a photographer who would capture both traditional photos and photojournalistic photos and Bella was able to match us up with the perfect photographer! Our wedding turned out to be above and beyond what we had both every expected! We would like to thank our parents, family, and friends and especially Bella for our lasting memories!"
Funny story about the wedding day: "One of the many highlights of our wedding day was when both the father of the bride and the father of the groom decided to celebrate our marriage and the Fourth of July by lighting off fireworks inside the reception hall. Their festivities were shortened when security had to step in and extinguish the firework show. Despite the mini firework show, guests continued to dance and celebrate the night away!!!"
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Brianna and Thomas who are our September winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They met at Starbucks! Thomas worked there for years and Brianna was a regular customer who had her eye on him for a long time. "I finally had the courage to start talking to him during my regular visits and we instantly hit it off. We quickly started dating and 4 years later became husband and wife."
The proposal: Thomas proposed during a week-long trip to Rome, Italy! "He surprised me in the middle of the week with a trip to Venice. After a romantic dinner and stroll around St. Mark's Square, Thomas proposed in front of St. Mark's Cathedral at Midnight. Thomas asked me to marry him in Italian so at first I was a little confused, but then he got down on one knee with the ring and tears of joy came flowing. It was a moment we will both never forget. We went back to our hotel called all of our close family and friends and celebrated with a glass of Prosecco."
The Wedding: Brianna & Thomas were married in a traditional Catholic church by the bride's father! Then they, and 130 of their closest friends and family, headed over to the Penn Oaks Golf Club for the reception. "We choose Penn Oaks due to beautiful ballroom and spacious outdoor patio where the cocktail was held overlooking the 18th hole. It was the perfect venue for a summer wedding."
On Bella Pictures: "Bella Pictures was wonderful to work with. Our photography consultant always got back to us promptly when we had questions and made sure we were being matched with a photographer who fit our style. Our photographer was amazing. There are so many pictures from our wedding that captured the sentimental moments so perfectly. Our Photographer worked so hard in getting all the key shots we wanted plus some fun ones to add to the album. We have already gotten so many compliments on the quality of our pictures."
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Erica and Alan who are our October winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They met each other in high school but were only acquaintances. "We didn't talk much then, I was a little older and thought I was much too sophisticated at the time to talk to a younger man! A few years ago we kept running into each other out on the town. One night, Alan impressed me with his charms and coerced me into going on a date with him. From then on forward, we were connected at the hip and couldn't imagine life without each other!"
The proposal: Alan proposed on a romantic trip to Europe (London & Turkey). "While we were staying in a hotel in Bodrum Turkey overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, at a cliff top restaurant located at the hotel, Alan got down on one knee and I said yes!"
The Wedding: They had their beautiful wedding at Wente Vineyards near San Francisco! "I wanted an outdoor wedding and my husband and I loved the idea of a winery setting. That area also has a bit of horse country in it and I'm an equestrian so that sold it for me!"
On Bella Pictures: "Our photographer did a WONDERFUL job! We are still having a hard time narrowing down the pictures we want for our album because so many of them are that good! The photographer was thoughtful, reliable and completely professional. They were able to capture the style we were looking for and their shots were intuitive."
Funny story about the wedding day: "At the time this wasn't that funny but in hindsight it is pretty hilarious! After the ceremony, the wind kicked up quite a bit. We were all freezing, especially Alan and I in that photo I submitted on the golf course where im leaning all the way back. We were actually laughing at how miserably cold it was while talking the picture and that is one of the pictures that helped us win the contest! At the time we were definitely imagining the warm beaches of Maui where we departed to our Honeymoon the next day!"
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Shamikia and Phillip who are our November winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They met in 2000 at our friend's college homecoming and dated for 10 years! "We always talked of getting married and saying how your wedding date should be special so we chose 10/10/10.Our anniversary is in October, we would have been together for 10 years!"
The proposal: Phillip proposed in front of close family."We host football Sundays at our house every weekend and this particular weekend ALL of our immediate local family was there and at some point I went to the restroom and returned and everyone was complaining how something was wrong with the TV.I get in the living room and Phill is like 'babe what's wrong' with the TV ,so I look at it and shrug my shoulders. Then I see REC in the bottom corner and I was like Oh my goodness and then he comes on the screen, he had recorded his proposal! It was so creative and I had no idea. My first words were 'Nooooo, I told you to make sure my hair was done'! So after the video he asked for my answer and I'm like no you have to ask me again! So he gets on his knee and I say 'you can't ask me to marry you barefooted'. Amazingly he still wanted me as his bride and he asked again and I said YESSS!
The Wedding: They had their intimate wedding with 100 guests at the Regency at Dominion Valley near Washington D.C.! "They had beautiful landscaping for an outdoor ceremony. Cocktail hour was in lower level ballroom and reception in main ballroom on upper level. The set up allowed guests to have different scenery without driving from place to place."
On Bella Pictures: "From our consultant to our photographer; they were all phenomenal"
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Jennifer and Shaun who are our November winners (We had 2 winners this month!). Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They met through friends! "I had just moved back from out of state and met up with a friend of mine at a bar who is dating one of Shaun's friends. Her boyfriend, Shaun, and a couple of their friends decided to join us later that evening. Shaun had originally not planned on coming out, but decided to anyway. We started talking, and things just grew from there. Funny how things like that work out."
The proposal: Shaun proposed while they were on vacation. "We went on vacation for a week. The first half we spent in the Outer Banks, NC, the second half we went to Boston to see a Red Sox game; he is a huge fan. I thought it was weird that he insisted that my parents come on the trip with us, but I didn't think that much into it. While we were in Boston, we took a walking tour with my parents. We were walking behind Old North Church, in Paul Revere's Mall when he stopped me and popped the question."
The Wedding: They chose the Northampton Valley Country Club to celebrate their union with 150 of their closest friends and family. "We were looking for a venue that could both house a nice outdoor ceremony and give us a beautiful reception"
On Bella Pictures: "From start to finish it was a delight. When we had questions, they answered. When we needed help, they gave it. Our photographer was AWESOME!!!! To us he felt like one of our friends at the wedding."
We asked our past brides via Facebook to upload their favorite portrait from their wedding and other Bella brides and fans would vote for their favorite. Congratulations to Victoria and Shawn who are our December winners. Their beautiful wedding is featured below!
How they met: They met on a social networking site! "Shawn saw my profile and sent me a note with a fantastic, observant compliment about my balance of femininity and a firefighter's can do attitude. He asked me if I'd like to get a drink sometime. I accepted. We went to a local pub for trivia night and we have been together ever since."
The proposal: "Shawn took me out to a wonderful dinner at Morton's, a notoriously fine restaurant in Sacramento. When we were finished, we walked over to the State Capitol and sat on the front steps and watched the end of the sunset setting over the Tower Bridge. We were standing up to call it a night when he said 'the night isn't over quite yet', got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was surprised and elated, and said yes, of course. I asked who else might know about this, and he said 'there may be a couple of our closest friends on the other side of the building waiting with champagne..'. We walked over to the east side steps and 3 of our closest friends were there. We all had champagne and then went back to Morton's for a celebration."
The Wedding: Victoria married Shawn in a non-traditional wedding dress by White House/ Black Market. One hundred and twenty of their closest friends and family gathered for their ceremony at the California State Capitol Rose Garden! "Shawn and I both work for the State of California and liked the idea of getting married at the Capitol. We were going to get married on the steps, but it was election week and the permit requirements allowed for cancellation of our permit at any time. It was a safer bet to get married in the garden away from the building should there be a rally or a press conference that day. The Capitol is a special place for us: we sat on the steps of the front of the building on our second date and talked for hours. He proposed on the front steps as well. We used to walk through the Rose Garden and grounds on our way to many shows downtown."
On Bella Pictures: "Working with Bella Pictures was great! The price was very reasonable and for what we received for the money, it couldn't be beat. Our photographer was very creative and accommodating with our requests and the style that we were looking for in our pictures. We are very happy with how they turned out. "
Funny story about the wedding day: "Obviously, there was a fire engine involved. The bride and the bridesmaids rode to the wedding site in it. We kept it a secret from all of the guests and even part of the wedding party until they saw it pulling up with the lights and the siren going. There was a roar of surprise, laughter, and clapping when they saw it! We walked down the eisle to the Red Hot Chili Pepper's " Rollercoaster of Love" and our recession was to "We go together" from Grease. It was a lighthearted and fun day that we planned as something we would enjoy. I shyed away from many of the "traditional" elements because that is not really my, or our, style!Compliments are still rolling in on how it was the best wedding many of our guests had been to!"
We asked our Bella Brides on Facebook to participate in our monthly Real Wedding Contest. The participants uploaded their favorite portraits to our fan page, and everyone voted for their favorite. Congratulations to Kasey & Glenn who are our December winners! Their wedding is featured below:
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