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Layla and Arend had a casual but elegant "beach" themed wedding along Lake Michigan. While the bride and groom wore very understated and neutral colored attire, the wedding was punctuated with varying shades of pink, from the bridesmaid's dresses to the bouquets! After the ceremony, guests continued the celebration underneath the stars in a tent - which is a great alternative for outdoor weddings! (This Real Wedding was featured on the Wedding Paper Diva's blog - check it out to see even more pictures from this amazing wedding)
Lindsay and Clark had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at a ranch in Houston, Texas. The bride and groom got married under a trellis on the ranch grounds and transformed a basketball pavilion for their reception! Also check out their urban engagement session!
Christine and Greg had a unique summer wedding in Chicago. The couple went with a contemporary aesthetic for their wedding and their photos. They used dark colors and great textures as backgrounds for their portrait shoot which went great with their white and green color scheme!
Kirsten and Matthew had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at a country club in Pittsburgh. Their wedding photos have a dreamlike like quality due to the color palette, soft focus and the natural light from the sunset (photographers call this period of time the "golden hour" and some consider it the best light to shoot in)! Check out our portfolio for more weddings in Pittsburgh!
Angela and Tomislav had a wonderful wedding in sunny San Jose. They went the traditional route for the ceremony and were married in a church. For the reception they chose the beautiful Dolce Hayes Mansion which use to be a lavish private estate. Although their wedding was steeped in tradition, their photography was anything but. They chose an artistic style that complimented their wedding aesthetic which was perfect for their big day!
Lauren and Ken had a traditional and romantic wedding in Philadelphia, PA! They opted to have their ceremony in a cathedral and chose the great city of "Philly" as their back drop for their wedding portraits. Check out our planning section to find out some great places to go for your wedding portrait photography in Philadelphia!
This Texas wedding is both sophisticated and modern. Amy and Graham opted for a chic outdoor wedding ceremony punctuated with twinkle lights and yellow and white accents. They took advantage of the city of Dallas for their wedding portraits which made for some great industrial style photos. Visit our planning section for other great wedding photography spots in Dallas! If you want to see more great photos from this wedding, visit the Wedding Paper Diva's blog!
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!"
Krista and John had a beautiful outdoor wedding in sunny Orange County. For their wedding portraits, they took advantage of the gorgeous sunset which resulted in a very romantic shoot. Visit our planning section for more information on planning an outdoor wedding like Krista and John!
Samantha and Tom had a summer wedding in a town outside of Chicago, Illinois where their beloved dog was a part of the ceremony! They were married at Lewis University and had their reception at a gorgeous mansion. Check out some great locations to have your wedding or reception in the suburbs of Chicago!
Waterfront weddings can be very romantic and this wedding by the Chesapeake Bay is no different. Kristin and Nathan had an outdoor ceremony overlooking the bay and moved under a tent adorned with string lights! If you want to see more great photos from this wedding, visit the Wedding Paper Diva's Blog!
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!!!"
Dianne and Chris had a romantic wedding at a winery in California Wine Country. They took advantage of the California sun with their outdoor ceremony and reception at Trentadue Winery. The couple took some romantic photos walking among the grapes as well as some fun shots with the bridesmaids and groomsmen! Check out our planning section to learn more about Wine Country Weddings!
Aundrea and Curtis had a lovely wedding in Chicago, IL! They were married in their local church and headed over to the Morton Arboretum to celebrate with friends and family for their reception. Check out our planning section for some great wedding photography spots in Chicago!
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