Whitney and John's love story started at Briarcrest Christian School in Collierville, TN when Whitney was then a junior and John a senior. When their romance began John had gone and made Whitney a Build-a-Bear, so a few years later when he was ready to propose, he thought he would commemorate the occasion with another bear.

Last year, over the Fourth of July weekend, Whitney was visiting John in Richmond, VA. She has just recently had her 21st birthday, so the only thing she was expecting was a birthday gift. She got that, and a little more! John presented Whitney with a Build-a-Bear wearing a wedding dress. It took Whitney over 3 minutes to realize that the rings were tied to the little wedding dress! When she finally realized what was happening, John got down on one knee and said those four special words. Whitney was absolutely surprised, and to be honest, didn't even hear what John was saying. All she knows is that through her tears and shock she said yes.

Whitney and Jon will tie the knot on June 5, 2010. Not only will June 5th be special as Whitney and John's wedding day, it is also the day her grandparents were married. Whitney will have her grandparents rings tied to her bouquet in remembrance of them, and to honor the significance of June 5th.

John has decided to keep the honeymoon a secret. Whitney has no idea where they are going, and she won't know until they are at the airport! All she knows is that they leave the Sunday after their wedding, and they will be headed to a tropical place she has never been before. 

The girls at Bella Vita have had a great time getting to know Whitney.  The couple is registered at Bella Vita for their everyday dishes Casafina.  Their wedding will be a beautiful event, and we wish them the very best- on that day and in their lives together.

- The girls at Bella Vita

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May 24 2010

Summer Art Adventures

Keeping the kids occupied all summer can be quite- how shall we say this?- a "challenge." In between the vacations and weekend getaways, there’s nothing but time; time for the little ones to get lost in the television, computer and video games. If you’re looking for a fun, educational way to keep the kiddos energized and focused, look no further than Summer Art Adventures at St. George’s Germantown campus.

St. George’s own Priscilla Thompson has an entire week of hands-on art projects planned, including watercolors, oil pastels, tie-dying, collage and texture. At the end of the week, your children will get to bring home all of their creations, not to mention a collection of new memories and exciting new skills.

Class size is limited to 15 students, so hurry and take advantage of this great summer program. Not only will your children get to experiment with new activities, you will get some much needed "me" time to enjoy leisure time in the sun! For more information, and to get registered, contact Priscilla Thompson at 901-261-2323 or via email at pthompson@sgis.org.

Registration Details

  • June 14-18 from 12-3 pm at the St. George’s Independent School Germantown Campus(visit website)
  • Boys and girls from Rising JK thru 3rd grade can register
  • Only $145.00 per child for the entire week

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Handmade, original and one-of-a-kind. These words are the mantra around Bella Vita when we select new product for the store or design a store display. Heartfelt Traditions, one of our favorite pottery lines, fits our "key word criteria" to a T. Kim Ries and her son work hard in their Florence, Miss., studio to create this hand-rolled, hand-glazed pottery that is every bit as beautiful as it sounds.

When you see Heartfelt Traditions pottery for the first time you can't help but touch it. (And it's OK if you do, we promise!) The softly rolled edges, the imprinted crosses and other abstract designs (not to mention the waves of color), catch your eye--and your heart. We know because we can't help but admire the pieces when they come into the store.

It seems as though every piece has its own story to tell, its own character and charm. Some are spunky and bold while others are soft and subdued, but each one is beautiful in its own way.

When you decide which piece will be perfect to either start your collection or add to an existing one, you can be sure that your chosen piece is uniquely yours. Everything from the color to the size will always be slightly different, thanks to Kim and her son's handmade techniques.

Heartfelt Traditions pottery is available in all shapes and sizes. Everything from small soap dishes and paperweights to large bowls and platters can be found in our store or online at shopbellavita.com. For those of you who follow Heartfelt Traditions, you know how exciting it is to get a call saying that a new shipment has just arrived. If you would like to follow Heartfelt Traditions, just contact us so we can get you set up to receive notifications about this one-of-a-kind product.

Each Heartfelt Traditions piece varies in size, but these smaller pieces make perfect hostess gifts or birthday happies. The small bowls and plates are perfect for holding jewelry or mail, or they can sit on display and look spectacular by themselves.

Each piece of Heartfelt Traditions is safe for food and perfect for serving chips or appetizers. Make sure you hand-wash this pottery. Their delicate nature does not hold up well in the dishwasher!

Whether sitting pretty on a shelf or working hard in the kitchen, entryway or bedroom, this pottery will never go out of style. You will cherish your Heartfelt Traditions for years to come, admiring it with every glance.

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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