“Villa Siena did an absolutely outstanding job with our wedding. Hope Haas was phenomenal and made the entire process fun and easy. The serving staff took very good care of our guests as well. I could not have asked for more. Thank you for everything! I cannot rave enough about Hope! She was amazing in all regards. The entire planning process my mom and I sent dozens of emails and calls and she was so prompt to answer back. She made sure everything was set up beautifully. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional throughout the entire process. Thank you hope for making my day a dream!!!” – Melissa & JD ~ September 26, 2014
Melissa and Dominic met for coffee on their first date. Early into their relationship, they agreed they were both ready for marriage. After only a few weeks of dating Dominic bought an SUV so he could help Melissa move a keyboard to her church. This is how she knew he was serious about the relationship. During the wedding ceremony on October 12, 2014 the point was made through bible passages, that “two are better than one.”
For her wedding day, Melissa chose an Alfred Angelo strapless gown with organza and lace overlay and beaded detailing. The A-line skirt gave the dress a classic feel, while Melissa wore her hair in an up-do. A pearl rope necklace added simple elegance. Her bridesmaids wore flattering deep purple gowns with empire waists and flowing skirts. The groom wore a black tuxedo with silver vest and tie. His groomsmen wore the same ensemble but had purple roses in their lapels while the groom chose a calla lily to set him apart.
As guests entered the Villa they were greeted with a table with the word LOVE on it and pictures of the couple’s parents and grandparents. After guests were seated, the ceremony commenced. Part of the ceremony included lighting a unity candle.
Afterwards, the bridal party entered the reception dancing to Shout by the Isley Brothers. Purple up-lighting personalized the reception space, as did the centerpieces, which consisted of three tiers of vases filled with orchids in water and candles floating on top.
During speeches the father of the bride talked about raising Melissa, her academic achievements and meeting Dominic. He then complimented his new son-in-law by saying Melissa had a good partner in him. The best man also talked about how caring Dominic is and how obvious it is that he loves Melissa. Dominic showed his groomsmen how much he cared by giving them a groom’s gift of a silver flask wrapped in leather engraved with their names.
The couple chose a traditional first dance to God Gave Me You by Dave Barnes followed by the father and daughter dance to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw.
For fun a photo booth was set up for guests to capture the day. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, a one-tiered cake topper sat above several tiers of cupcakes. The cake was decorated with swirls, purple ribbon and fresh purple roses.
Congratulations Melissa and Dominic. May the bud of your love blossom throughout the years to come. We wish you the best.
October 11, 2014 a couple exchanged vows in a ceremony that was short and sweer, but as they said “the promises they made would last their whole lives.” Karlee and Matt came to Villa Siena to celebrate their love with friends and family. Guests were welcomed with a sign reading Happily Ever After Begins Here.
For her wedding celebration Karlee wore a fitted white lace Stella York gown with sweetheart neckline. A white satin belt with crystal accents added definition to the dress while the scalloped hem and train gave a vintage feel. The bride’s hair was worn in a half up-do with a veil. Coral heels were worn, which matched the coral, blush and soft pink roses of the bridal bouquet. The bridesmaids also brightened the day with coral dresses with empire waits and belts. Matt offset the vibrant color scheme with a tan tuxedo with white tie, vest and shirt. His groomsmen wore tan tuxedos with coral vests and ties.
For the ceremony the outdoor courtyard was bedecked with floral accents from coral rose petals in the fountain to coral confetti puffs at the ends of each aisle of chairs and petals along the edge of the runner. A unity candle was lit as part of the ceremony and no one could miss the flower girl in her tutu dress with a white headband or the ring bearer who was cute as button in a tan tuxedo with coral suspenders and bowtie. Atop the altar three golden goblets of varying heights on each side framed a floral arrangement.
For the toasts, the newlyweds sipped out of engraved champagne flutes with gold stems. During speeches the best man opened with a funny voicemail that got everyone laughing before he turned the speech more serious by thanking the bride and groom’s parents. After that he shared stories of his friendship with Matt and early dating stories of the bride and groom. The maid of honor spoke of how proud she was of Karlee.
A three-tiered wedding cake sparkled with gold crystal ribbons and scrolling detail. A gold monogrammed topper glittered while fresh flowers finished each tier. An engraved cake cutter and knife awaited their first use.
Congratulations Karlee and Matt. May not only your promises, but your love, laughter and joy also last a lifetime. We wish you the best.
“We absolutely loved having our wedding at Villa Siena! Our families and friends said it was the best wedding they ever attended. Melinda was phenomenal through our entire year of planning! Thank you so much all for everything. Without Melinda I would have not had as much fun as I did on our wedding day. I’ve never smiled so much before.” Alysha & Samer ~ October 5, 2014
For Michelle and Dave’s wedding the couple chose a white and yellow color scheme. The couple originally met in Flagstaff, Arizona. Instead of having their ceremony facing the fireplace, Michelle and Dave chose to say their vows under the green ivy arches of the Toscana courtyard.
The bride wore a gown with a V-neck that was accented by a diamond necklace. The bride’s gown had wide straps with an empire waist and flowing skirt. Her bridesmaids were in yellow knee length chiffon dresses. She carried white flowers with yellow marigolds in a bouquet. On the bottom of her shoes the words ‘I Do’ were in crystals while the bottom of the groom’s shoes said ‘Me Too.’ Dave wore a grey tuxedo with ivory tie and white shirt. A yellow flower sat in his lapel. His groomsmen were dressed the same as the groom. To start the wedding the bride walked down the aisle with her dad. The wedding party of eight bridesmaids and eight groomsmen were by their friend’s sides throughout the day.
As guests gathered for the ceremony, they were welcomed to ‘pick a seat and not a side.’ There were several signs placed around the Villa that said, A true love story never ends, and every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite and All because two people fell in love. A wood sign said I Love Us. After the ceremony everyone continued the celebrations, which culminated in the serving of the wedding cake.
The wedding cake was a four-tiered white cake. Alternating tiers were covered in flowers while the remainder was plain. White fondant flowers and a fondant M & D on the second layer personalized the cake. The cake topper was of a groom on one knee kissing his bride’s hand.
During toasts, the bride’s mother talked about how Michelle was her best friend before welcoming Dave into the family. The bride’s sister and groom’s brother both gave sweet speeches about their siblings and new siblings-in-law.
They had a traditional first dance to Pistol by Dustin Kensrue. That was followed by a ‘married couple’ dance to see who had been married the longest. The ‘married couple’ dance was to Stand By Me by Ben E. King.
For entertainment fill-in-the-blank stories were given to guests to fill out. Favors were wildflowers in packets that said, “Michelle and David are wildly in love!” Congratulations Michelle and Dave. We wish that every moment together is better than the last. We wish you the best.