Welcome to the Bella Signature Design Blog!

We are so happy that you came to visit our blog! Bella Signature Design focuses on creating a custom, stylish event that is highly personal, with details that synergistically come together to create an atmosphere that is a direct reflection of you. My passion, as a designer, is to infuse your event with all the little things that speak to who you are, and to share that with your guests in a stylish, unexpected way. Our blog will be changing in the next few weeks to reflect our vision and our passion, so hang on for the ride and enjoy!

Feel free to peruse the posts, look in our archives for some great advice and be sure to leave comments on what you like. We love hearing from you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Permanent Couture blooms

For a while now we have been making art pieces for our brides - sometime it is a posie of organza blooms for the back of a gown, sometimes tiny blooms for a ringbearer pillow, and most often, a birdcage veil with flowers or a floral headpiece. Our permanent blooms are made out of organza, silk, velvet, you name it - and adorned with anything from feathers, crystals, beading and so on. After a lot of requests, we've finally opened up an etsy shop to develop more of these creations, which are especially fun to create specifically for each client. Here is a sneak peek at a few of our creations, with new additions to the etsy page over the following week, once we take some nicer photographs! We'll even have a fabulous give-away starting next week - stay tuned!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Soy Candles

Thanks to one of my current, eco-conscious brides, (thanks, Darcy!) we recently brought in soy candles for a wedding. Although more expensive than regular candles, this couple was willing to pay a bit extra for them and the organic food they served their guests. The decor we created was eco-friendly as well, from sustainable silk fabric panels to organic flowers, and of course, the afore mentioned soy candles! (More on this couples' wedding in a future post)! Why soy?
Paraffin wax (the wax contained in most regular candles)is a heavy hydrocarbon that comes from crude oil. Paraffin waxes are produced by refining or separating the waxes out of crude mineral oils. Obtained from the ground, crude oil is a compositionally varied product, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons. Another name for crude oil is fossil fuel. Crude oil is transported to refineries where it is refined into finished products by complex processes. (read more about this here )
Soy wax, on the other hand is made from vegetable matter. Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed. The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world's soybeans, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.
A lot of information does mention that Soy candles emit no soot - while this is impossible, they do tend to emit a lot less, and the soot (often called white soot) that can not be seen, and certainly does not leave a mark on your candle holders or anything else.
Additionally, unlike wax, which is nearly impossible to remove out of containers (which means you or your florist/designer/ planner will likely throw away many of the votive holders they 'rented' to you.) The soy does not cling to the walls of the container, and literally just pops out of the container, allowing anyone to recycle and reuse those containers.
Since we are committed to be as green as possible at Bella, we are now going to carry these in our inventory, so that they are available to anyone. Every small step counts!


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Back to planning those weddings!!

History has been made - what an exciting time for all of us! As the week and all it's excitement with the election settles down, it's time to get back to the planning of your wedding, or your client's wedding for all you vendors out there. I hope you had a small break to partake in the election (those breaks are hard to find!) and are ready to tackle everything anew with fresh hope and excitement. I know I, for one, feel hopeful and energized!

With that in mind, I hope to cater this blog to it's readers - you. What do you find most helpful/fun to read? Design Ideas? Planning help? Pictures for inspiration?



Monday, November 3, 2008

Please Vote - find out where here!

Tomorrow is a great chance to drop the wedding planning for a day, grab your significant other and head to the polls. Don't know where you are supposed to go to vote? Simply go to this google application, put in your address and it will show you a map and directions of where to go!
I can't wait to make my vote count!