October 29

Lovely Orange County Engagement Photos

This week’s real engagement is tugging on our hearts’ strings and we are so excited to share it with you. Think very romantic, cute and innocent! This sophisticated and fun engagement shoot inspiration is perfect if you like nature and the city at the same time. The ever-talented Olga from ToAmaze Wedding Photography captured this couples unique love perfectly (and by love we mean love for each other AND their love for the city life as well as the outdoors.) We’re on the shores of sunny California overlooking the Pacific sunset for this Orange County engagement session.

Danica and Tom, originally from Atlanta, were visiting friends in California when they decided that they should take advantage of the beautiful scenery and schedule an engagement session.

From the Photographer…
Since Danica and Tom had a true love for both the outdoors and the city, I created for them a mini Orange County tour. We really got a taste of it all. We started the shoot with sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi, which gave us the feel of a park inside a bustling city. Then, we drove to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa where the couple got to sip on drinks and it was documented as a “first date.” What would a true California engagement session be without toes in the sand? We finished the day right on the shores of the California Coast where Danica and Tom got to tap into their playful side. Their love really shines through in these photos.

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Congrats Danica and Tom, you’re photos are fabulous!

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June 1

Wine Country Weddings from Bella Pictures

Daydreaming about a wedding in California’s wine country? Bella Pictures has three suggestions for gorgeous venues you and your guests will adore.

There are so many idyllic locations where you can have your wedding in and around the California Wine Country, but where to begin? To help you on your quest for the perfect place, here are three suggestions that will surely dazzle and delight. Each has been chosen with the size of your party in mind and because of their beautiful, picturesque settings that have everything you need to create the romantic and timeless wedding of your dreams.

B.R. Cohen—Perfect for an intimate wedding

  • They have a terrace that offers sweeping views of 140-year-old French Picholine olive trees, vineyards and the mountains beyond.
  • Their amphitheater provides a stage and terraced lawns that are surrounded by a stunning backdrop of rolling vineyards and the Sonoma range.

V. Sattui—Wonderful for a mid-sized wedding

  • They offer a Tuscan-style tower that is draped with vines, and the perfectly manicured gardens and ancient oak trees embrace this magical location that’s perfect for a mid-sized wedding.
  • For stunning pictures, pose under the ornate lamps, in the arched doorways before the rich wooden doors and on the lawn with the tower and gardens behind you.

Sebastiani—Ideal for a grand wedding

  • This winery has captivating Tuscan architecture, soaring vaulted ceilings and dozens of unforgettable settings that exude romance and all come together perfectly.
  • Intimate settings for classic wedding day portraits can be found all around. The stone arch framing the vineyards and rising mountains is a must.

For a more information about hosting a Wine Country wedding, check out our article on wine country weddings.

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.


September 16

A New Twist on Baseball Weddings

We’ve all seen photos of classic baseball weddings in which the bride and groom tie the knot at their favorite stadium, but I particularly love this charming baseball-themed wedding featured on LA Style Unveiled.





Sarah and Andy hosted a chic, baseball-themed wedding without going overboard by blending hints of Andy’s baseball fanaticism with an overall rustic, romantic style. The result is charming and utterly unique! Bravo, Andy and Sarah! We love the ring bearer’s baseball glove instead of a pillow!