As we transition from beach trips, 90 degree weather, and vibrant florals to cooler weather, trips to the State Fair, and deeper jewel tone color palettes we thought it would be fun to honor the first day of fall with a fall wedding inspiration post. While all of our spring and summer weddings were absolutely gorgeous, we cannot help but to get excited over the new season and new ideas and inspirations that come along with it! Take a peek below for autumnal wedding inspirations.
A lovely jewell and berry tone fall color palette.
If you’re a natural neutral lover this color palette is for you!
Consider a long sleeve gown if you are getting married in a cooler climate.
The beautiful bouquet utilizes timeless blush and neutrals with a pop of berry tones.
If you have always dreamed of blush bridesmaid dresses but want to also have a darker fall color try this look.
Or mix and match with multiple fall color bridesmaid dresses.
We love this dark wood and floral welcome sign for a fall wedding.
If you want to incorporate pumpkins into your wedding try painting them gold for a more elegant look!
These hanging lanterns with floral accents bring a gorgeous warm atmosphere to your ceremony or reception.
We love this classic cake with beautiful berry and floral accents.
If you do not love the idea of cake try these mini pies for a fun fall dessert!
These blankets will keep your guests warm throughout your outdoor ceremony and also serve as a useful favor your guests can take home and use all fall and winter!
With Stephanie being a planner herself, as a part of La Cosa Bella Events, we wanted to keep you updated on her planning process for her own wedding! This week on the blog we are going to share with you Stephanie and Blake’s styled picnic engagement session. The two wanted something a little different for their engagement photos so they settled on having a golden hour picnic to celebrate their engagement and enjoy good food, each other’s company, and mimosas! Enjoy these photos and be on the lookout September 6th for more of their photos being featured on Artfully Wed!
Photography: Taylor Lovette of Blue Barn Photography
Venue: Merritt’s Pasture
Styling and Planning: Stephanie Jordan of La Cosa Bella Events
Meats, cheeses, fruit, juice, and dessert: Whole Foods
Groom’s Outfit: J.Crew
Bride’s Dress: Monteau Couture
When I decided years ago that I wanted to be a wedding planner and that I wanted to plan destination weddings, it was only logical to me that if I wanted to plan destination weddings I should see destinations.
While I love the Caribbean, my heart truly lies in Europe. My Europe trips took extensive planning as I do not use a travel agent. As a planner, I love to research accommodations and make my own plane, train and automobile reservations. I feel this is the best way to understand how to get around countries so that I can advise clients. I’m so excited for Ireland at the end of this month. We’re visiting seven wedding locations starting in Cork traveling up the west coast as far as Cong with a return to Dublin to watch Georgia Tech beat Boston College. Go jackets!
It was fun making this list of places we visited and stayed. Here goes!
Isle of Capri, Italy
Gubbio, Umbria Region, Italy
San Giustino Valdamo, Tuscany Region, Italy
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Armadale, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Fort William, Scotland
Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Scotland
Royal Deeside, Scotland
St. Andrews, Scotland
Belize City, Belize
Bermuda, British Territories
Grand Cayman, British Territories
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Trinidad and Tobago
Call La Cosa Bella for your destination wedding!
The International Live Event Association Esprit Awards (ILEA) Gala is taking place in Austin, Texas this weekend. The ILEA Esprit Awards program, guided by the International ILEA Esprit Awards Committee, is a globally recognized awards competition that honors the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from across the ILEA membership, representing all facets of the event. Any of ILEA’s 5,000 members, across 26 countries, can apply for consideration for various Esprit Awards.
La Cosa Bella Events is one of only three that have been nominated at this international level for Best Wedding Under 75k and we could not be more honored! This is especially wonderful as this is a very popular category to enter.
Being nominated is amazing in itself and we hope to be able to continue our streak as we were two for two at the local Trinity Awards Gala this past June winning Best Wedding Under 75K and Best Event for a Non-Profit under 75k! We are incredibly grateful for this recognition as our area has some of the best event professionals in the country.
Wish us luck!!
Today, we are thrilled to introduce you to Meghan and Zachary Pro. This wedding is extra special for La Cosa Bella Events because Gina has known Meghan and the Owens family for over 10 years. When Meghan got engaged we were so excited that she decided to hire La Cosa Bella for her big day!
Meghan and Zach are high school sweethearts and have been together for over 9 years, 3,431 days on their wedding day to be exact! These two are so in love and we think their wedding day was a perfect reflection of this love they share for one another, their families, and their friends. We are so glad we could be a part of this wonderful day! Congratulations Meghan and Zachary Pro! Look out for more details as their wedding is being published in Southern Bride and Groom in late December of this year!
Ceremony Vocalist: Meredith Matchen
Minister: Father Joe Rappl
As the 3rd Annual Triangle Charity Polo Classic(http://www.trianglecharitypoloclassic.com
/) is quickly approaching this Saturday, June 4th, 2016, we wanted to take a look back at last year’s 2nd Annual Triangle Charity Polo Classic. This event is to benefit the Transitions Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center (http://www.guidinglightsnc.org
/). This year the gates open at 12:00 and the Opening Ceremony will begin at 2:15 p.m. This event will take place at the Triangle Area Polo Club (http://triangleareapolo.com
/) and will showcase an authentic polo match as well as fun contests all to raise support for the Transitions Guiding Lights Charity!
The attire for this event is southern and preppy. Men are suggested to wear polo shirts with nice shorts or slacks and some will wear linen or seer sucker suits. Women mostly wear wear sundresses and sun hats. Wedges, flats, or sandals are suggested for the women. There will be contests for the best dressed woman, man and child.
Tickets are $20 the day of the event, and parking is $10. You are welcome to bring outside food, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase and a percentage will benefit the charity. We hope to see you there!
I recently found a box in my attic that contained all of my wedding planning mementos and thought it would be fun to share this box with Stephanie as she’s currently planning her own wedding. It was so much fun to go through the items that I had saved and to remember the excitement of planning and being engaged.
When I look back to when I got married in 1994, it’s easy to see how many things in the wedding industry have changed, but also surprisingly there are many traditions that have stayed the same. Looking back through my 1993 copy of Elegant Bride Magazine gave me the idea for this post; Trends vs. Traditions. When planning your wedding you should consider the trends and traditions and what you want to include in your special day.
Lets start with trends. Now trends are things that come and go. Some of them may turn into traditions but typically they are here for a little while and then go out of style. When I got married, two of the huge trends were big hair and puffy sleeves (I secretly miss my big hair and fortunately missed out on the puffy sleeves!). These things were here in the 80’s and 90’s but were eventually replaced by new trends. Today’s most popular trends are consisting of long tables or farm tables and wooden chairs. Many brides are starting to keep arrangements low or opt for long runners instead of towering arrangements. These trends are constantly changing and it is our job to forecast the next up-and-coming trend before everyone is doing it.
As for traditions, these are the things that have stuck around and stood the test of time. Some traditions from my wedding that are still around today, and were even around before I got married, include long sleeve gowns, lace, and carrying a gift bow bouquet at the ceremony rehearsal. Flowers in a bride’s hair is a classic tradition that has stuck around for quite some time as well. A classic and timeless up-do with a simple veil is a tradition that will never go out of style.
Here are two of the biggest changes since I was married:
- For all the ladies that were married “way back when”, I think we can all agree that we’re super jealous of the photography and videography options that brides have today. For engagement photos back in 1993 we just made an appointment at Sears or another big store’s studio. Check out Stephanie and Blake’s gorgeous outdoor picnic engagement shoot (Jealous, you bet!).
- Not to date myself too much, as I promise I’m still pretty hip, but there was no internet or Google. If I wanted to see something I had to order a physical sample. Can you imagine?! While modern brides may struggle to comprehend how I got things done, I can tell you that it was simple and so much less stressful. Pinterest and the internet are both a blessing and a curse as the pressure for brides to have a perfect day is so unbelievably high.
Trends and traditions are something that a bride should be aware of when making decisions for her wedding. Whether she wants a timeless traditional wedding, a trendy wedding, or a combination of the two, they can all be done in style!
Remember the one thing that we all share that’s timeless, and that is love. Being engaged is all about the love so enjoy the process as you’ll look back one day too. You’ll want to remember this time of planning fondly, which I do.
For my hubby of 22 years, I would do it all over again.
Gina’s gift bow bouquet from her rehearsal in 1994!
1994 bride with flowers in her hair.
1994 wedding dress.
Princess Diana attending a wedding in 1994.
Two bridal magazines from 1994 and one from 2016.
1994 magazine with a wedding gown and 2016 magazine with a current wedding gown.
Long sleeve lace gown that is currently poplar.
Timeless up do with a classic veil.
Gina’s guestbook from 1994.
2016 bride with a flower crown.
Two of Blake and Stephanie’s engagement photos by Blue Barn Photography
This year’s theme was Black and White, a Classic Hollywood Gala. When guests arrived at the Gala lobby, they were able to pick up or purchase tickets from an old-fashioned ticketing booth. Upon entering the main event space one would take in the gorgeous Old Hollywood backdrops on either side of the stage and the 13 piece orchestra, The Continentals, complete with a singer in classic Hollywood gown and gloves on stage.
All of the attendees enjoyed the food until it was time for the formal presentations and announcement of the winners. Whispering Pines Gracious Retirement Living won the Peoples’ Choice Award and Atria Senior Living won the Silver Spoon awarded by professional chef judges.
Graphic Design: Jennifer Casey
Catering: Murphy House Catering
Event Emcee: Valonda Calloway
Auctioneer: Mark Robert Enterprises, Inc.
We would like to thank Midtown Magazine
and Cary Living Magazine
for featuring so many La Cosa Bella
Brides and their wedding gowns in their January/ February issues! Cary Living Magazine
featured Alex, Caitlyn, Christyn, Darcy, Lindsey, and Rachel’s gowns in their article entitled Buying a Gown
. Darcy was also featured in their article about Venues! Midtown Magazine’s
article, How to Buy a Wedding Gown
, also featured Alex, Christyn, Darcy, Lindsey, and Rachel’s wedding gowns. Kelley and Joe, a La Cosa Bella
Couple were featured in Midtown Magazine’s article entitled Photos Sure to Take Your Breath Away.
With the wacky and unpredictable weather we’ve been experiencing during this North Carolina winter, we sure are ready for some spring weather! Nothing sounds better to us than a bright and sunny spring day! We are sick of the dreary winter and are anxiously awaiting spring! If you are too, here are some lovely spring wedding inspirations to brighten your day. Spring come quick!
From the Pantone colors of the year, to classic romantic blush and green, to bright pinks, blues, and purples, the color choices are endless. Here are some beautiful color palette options for a spring wedding.
We think the number one way to embrace spring in your wedding is with beautiful florals!
Here is a perfect ceremony backdrop with fresh carnations to give a romantic feel to your ceremony.
Floral bridesmaid dresses are a great way to add some color to your wedding attire!
Succulents are always perfect but the green contrasts so well against spring hues and would be perfect to decorate your cake with!
Pink lemonade ads a pop of color to your beverages, while providing a delicious refreshment for your guests.
We think carrying the fresh florals and greenery into every aspect of your day, including the details would be gorgeous for a spring wedding!
Consider a bright and cheery exit with these confetti cones for your guests to shower you and your new spouse with!
We hope these ideas brighten your day as much as they did ours! We will keep daydreaming about these lovely spring weddings until it is actually spring and we cannot wait!
We are so excited to finally share these images with you all! The wait was worth it, because we are happy to announce that Darcy and Kyle have been featured in Wedding Lovely Blog!
Perhaps it was the sheer beauty and elegance of the Dutch-inspired venue, the perfectly blue Carolina sky, or the amazing love between the bride and groom… all of these elements came together to create an elegant country, vintage, magical evening that guests were reluctant to leave.
For even more lovely details head on over to our feature on the Wedding Lovely Blog!
Thank you to all of our amazing vendors that made this vision come to life, we could not do it with out all of their hard work and support!
Location: Het Landhuis, NC
Event Planner and Designer: Gina Myers, La Cosa Bella Events
Photographer: Southern Love Studios
Cake: Daisy Cakes
Music: Save the Date Music and Blue Star Travelers
Flowers: Expressions of Love
Invitation Design: Indigo Envelope
Caterer: Catering Works Inc.
Linens and Rentals: CE Rental
Tenting: Grand Rental Station
Beauty: Posh the Salon
Favors: Personalized Hot Chocolate Mugs
Transportation: Classy Transportation
And, of course, thank you so much to Tracy over at the Wedding Lovely Blog for featuring this beautiful wedding!
Kelley and Joe’s mid-October, urban glam, Stockroom at 230, wedding was a dream! From the intimate ceremony with picturesque rose petals, candles and blushing bride at All Saints Chapel, then the modern cocktail hour at The Mahler Fine Art Gallery complete with a delicious, purple cotton candy signature drink, to the reception that was as beautiful as it was a fun and exciting party, the day entailed every detail that Kelley and Joe had envisioned! Visions of natural trees, romantic candle light, and lush purple details in this downtown reception venue came to life on Kelley and Joe’s special day!
The two met and got engaged in Las Vegas so they wanted to add a few classy Vegas touches to their wedding. They did just that by having a hand-made wooden dice box to collect their cards, tables named after Vegas locations, and many signs with fun Vegas quotes and phrases. With the bride being a University of North Carolina graduate, a guest appearance by Ramses was a necessity! Ramses came out to the dance floor to the Carolina fight song and cut in to dance with the bride. He continued to ham it up on the dance floor and the guests loved it! Kelley and Joe danced the night away while basking in the warm glow of the candle light and their love for one another!
Getting Ready Location: The Glass Box
Ceremony Location: All Saints Chapel
Cocktail Hour: The Maher Fine Art Gallery
Reception Location: The Stockroom at 230
Wedding Planner and Design: Gina Myers, La Cosa Bella Events
Photographer: Brandon Humes, Southern Love Studios
Chalk Design: AB Chalk Designs
Furniture Rental: AFR Furniture Rental
Linens and Rentals: CE Rental
Cake: Cake Couture Boutique
Transportation: The Raleigh Trolley, Classy Transportion
Paper Products: Theresa Jatko Designs
Flowers: Fresh Affairs
Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Videographer: Morgan Scott Films
DJ: Morse Entertainment
Officiant: Reverend Joseph Rappl
Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality
Musician: Save the Date Music, Jennifer Seiger
Mascot Appearance: Ramses
Hair and Make-up: Stephanie Sevilla, The Make-Up Culture
Everyone loves weddings and kicking off the new year with their favorite people, so why not combine the two occasions for a guaranteed fun reception! If you’re the bride and groom think of the pros for your guests… they will get a fabulous meal and will (most likely) be treated to an open bar. In addition, booking a hotel block of rooms will allow all guests, even local guests, to take advantage of a reduced rate and to be safe post reception.
Things to think about if you’re considering… your Save the Dates need to go out well in advance (we recommend 8 – 10 months in advance) so that your guests can plan for expenses so close to the holidays and book travel in advance to avoid last minute peak travel pricing. We encourage you to book a larger hotel block of rooms than normal so that local guests can also take advantage of convenient and lower hotel rates. Therefore, it’s really important that your wedding website be on your Save the Date for accommodation/travel planning. If your budget allows, we strongly encourage that you hire, at minimum, a day of planner. Holidays can be stressful and adding the stress of a wedding during holiday time can be doubly stressful.
So what could possibly be better than a wedding on New Years Eve? Enjoy potential lower pricing from your venue and vendors and give your guests something fun and memorable to do on New Years Eve. How romantic to kick off the new year while kissing your new wife or husband.
If you love champagne and lots of sparkle then a New Years Eve wedding may be just the wedding for you!
These New Years Eve Wedding inspiration photos include lots of glitter, black, silver, and gold, as well as fun New Years props and favors! Confetti, clocks, and champagne favors are also some of our favorite things from these photos!
Call La Cosa Bella for your New Year’s Eve occasion!
What happens when it is the holiday season and you are an event planner who also loves to bake? Well, you throw a Christmas Party, of course! Or in Gina Myers of La Cosa Bella’s case, she created an 10 year long tradition of throwing a fabulous Christmas dessert party for all of her friends, family, and neighbors! Gina’s party is complete with festive decorations and libations, tacky Christmas sweaters, caroling to the neighbors, and every dessert you could possibly imagine! Gina spends all week long preparing for this party and baking all of the homemade desserts that are featured.
Gina got her start in event planning by planning all kinds of different parties for friends and family including this annual Christmas party. Even during the busy holiday season with La Cosa Bella, Gina doesn’t want to forget about these loved ones that were there before La Cosa Bella Events began, which is why she will keep this 10 year long Myers Family Christmas Party tradition alive for many more years to come!
Photos by: Foxtail Photography
Winter weddings have been growing in popularity over the past few years and the trend is continuing to grow. While winter weddings aren’t as common in the south, they can still be the most beautiful. Images of blankets of snow are gorgeous but not a reality here in North Carolina. But don’t let that stop you! Take advantage of reduced venue rates and ask vendors for reduced pricing considerations as this can be a slow season for most. Embrace a vibrant cranberry and green color palette, earthy plaids, or winter white and blues. The beauty of winter weddings is undeniable.
When planning a winter wedding we think it is important to gather inspiration not only from wedding magazines or blogs, but also from winter/ holiday themed dinner parties, birthday parties, etc. There are so many images on Pinterest and in all different kinds of magazines that the possibilities are endless!
Whether your winter wedding is in a gorgeous snowy location, includes a hot chocolate bar, or you serve your signature drink in Moscow mule mugs for cocktail hour, it is sure to be beautiful, unique and a hit with all of your guests!
We love all of these winter color palettes!
A snowy cabin getaway for your winter wedding is a perfect idea!
Adding festive plaid to your color scheme is a great way to spice up your colors!
Embrace nature with these beautiful wood slice chargers, pinecones, and greenery table runner for your table layouts!
This dinner party table layout is perfect inspirations for your winter wedding as well!
A fur shrug is a beautiful way to keep warm in the chilly snow!
We also love this gorgeous fur scarf!
Keep your guests warm with a hot chocolate bar they are sure to love!
Another way to keep your guests warm without sacrificing an outdoor ceremony is to provide them blankets to share!
We absolutely love the idea of serving your signature cocktail in these Moscow mule mugs!
You could say that Lindsey and Joe’s chance meeting at Carolina Beach was written in the stars.
One Memorial Day weekend, Joe, a Wisconsinite at heart who was living in Blacksburg, VA, trekked 5 hours to the North Carolina coast with his friends. It was that same weekend that Lindsey, a Carolina girl, was also visiting the coast to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of her dear friend Jessica. Neither expected that it would be the weekend that they would meet their life partner! They bonded over their shared interest in travel, adventure, music, and politics and before they knew it, a great love was beginning to take root.
All too soon, the amazing weekend had to come to an end with Lindsey and Joe returning to their jobs and homes. Both wondered if their relationship was strong enough to weather the challenges of long distance. Determined to keep their love going strong, they got together almost every weekend in Blacksburg or Chapel Hill and their relationship continued to grow. They shared adventures, traveled to far away places, climbed mountains, went camping, tasted wine, met each other’s families, got to know each other’s friends, and shared a lot of laughs.
This bridal shoot took place at the beautiful Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, North Carolina, on an even more beautiful day! While Rachel was thinking this would be a normal bridal portrait session, everyone else was in on the surprise. This was not your typical bridal shoot, because it just happened to be Rachel’s birthday as well!
While Rachel was getting photographed in front of the Manor House, our own Gina Myers, lead consultant and owner of La Cosa Bella Events, was busy setting up this lovely surprise complete with a birthday cake, linens and a custom balloon! Rachel had no idea that this was happening and was so grateful and joyful, which made her smile even more radiant in her photos. We cannot thank Brandon Humes of Southern Love Studios enough for capturing this gorgeous bride and birthday surprise!
Photographer: Southern Love Studios http://southernlovestudios.com/
Planner: Gina Myers, La Cosa Bella Events http://lacosabellaevents.com/
Venue: Rose Hill Plantation http://visitrosehill.com/
Make-Up/ Stylist: Stephanie Sevilla, The MakeUp Culture http://themakeupculture.com/
Linens: CE Rentals http://cerental.com/
Cake: Sweet Traditions by LeAne http://www.spreadthesweetness.com/
Custom Balloon: One Stylish Party https://www.etsy.com/shop/onestylishparty
We are so excited to announce that La Cosa Bella Events (LCB) has undergone a total brand review and today we are unveiling our new logo and website!
Although we have been successful with our previous logo and image, we decided it was time to revamp and we are so pleased to share with you our new color scheme, new modernized logo and a website that is uncluttered and easy to navigate.
The new brand identity reflects LCB’s commitment to stay current and to maintain the visual appeal that is so important to today’s bride. The tagline “Always beautiful,” shows LCB’s dedication to details and making your event indeed, always beautiful. The logo has been completely redesigned remaining true to the LCB image of class, sophistication and elegance. The logo and tagline will be featured on the new website, which aims to increase LCB’s online presence as well as open communication with current and prospective clients.
We were so pleased to work with Sarah Harris of Studio160Design who did all of the logo work and branding. We worked closely with Sarah to build a new brand image that reflects LCB’s core values and future goals. We hope you all love the new branding as much as we do!
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