Bella Montagna Wedding {Erika + Michael}

This wedding indulges our love for beautiful things.

The beautiful couple met whilst at college. Erika explains, “Michael and I met in college while working at Trader Joe’s. We hit it off instantly becoming great friends, but eventually we found ourselves single and decided to jump into an amorous relationship that’s lasted 9+ years. So it was no coincidence that his proposal took place at Trader Joes, where we first met.”

Erika and Michael chose to have an outdoor wedding on a private estate and a cultural theme. “We married outside on a private estate in San Jose, California. We wanted a place that felt like home and more intimate than most wedding venues feel. Our theme was ‘a joining of two cultures.’ Michael is African American and I’m Mexican American. We had Mexican and African American traditions such as jumping the broom and a mariachi band, which actually played as we landed our jump. Both were our favourite and cherished moments,” says Erika.

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More from the Bride:

Did you DIY anything for your wedding?

“My wedding was full of DIYs. The program fans, all signs, escort cards, candy favors, cookie favors. If I had to do it again I would’ve had the escort cards professionally made. I ran out of time and ran into a few problems with the printer (typical)! My advice is to have your friends and family help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

What is your advice for brides currently in the planning process?

“Keep calm and carry on. The end is near and it’s going to be the happiest day of your life! So don’t worry all the work and money is worth it in the end.”

Congratulations Erika and Michael and thank you for sharing your wedding pictures with One Stylish Bride.

Erika + Michael’s Style Guide

Photographer: Chloe Jackman Photography / Reception Venue: Bella Montagna / Dress: Enzo Anglioni / Groom: Burberry / Invitations: Pistachio Press / Florist: The Card Mart / Cake: Margarets Bakery / Thanks: Two Bright Lights

  1. Beautiful wedding! Love the sweet details!

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”