Photography courtesy of Dennis Zanone

Megan started 2008 in Las Vegas where she was finishing her undergraduate degree at UNLV. Little did she know that by years' end, she would be saying "yes" to the man of her dreams. Megan, who had grown up in Cordova, TN, had a cousin who was pestering her to meet "a guy" when she returned to Cordova for the summer. Megan was hesitant, but finally gave in to the persistent requests of her cousin, Sara.  The night Megan and Brian finally met, Megan was not feeling her usual friendly self and was feeling guilty. She allowed Sara to give Brian her phone number and to Megan's surprise he called the very next day. On their first date to Chili's, Brian stole her heart with his sense of humor and she hasn't stopped laughing!

At the end of the summer Megan had to return to Las Vegas so they decided to try a long-distance relationship. Their long-distance relationship turned out to be successful because when she was home for Christmas and New Years  Brain popped the question over a romantic dinner at The Melting Pot. The long-distance continued until Megan graduated in May of 2009 when she returned home to Cordova and they hit the ground running with all the exciting wedding plans. Amidst all of the flowers and linens, Megan had to apply for Medical School and attend interviews. She credits her sanity to Brian's sense of humor- the very thing that won her heart.

Megan and Brian will be married on May 22, 2010 at the Collierville United Methodist Church. After the ceremony, the wedding party will cruise down Poplar Avenue on an old double-decker bus to their reception at the Ridgeway Country Club. Once the festivities are over, the happy couple will be making the big move back to Las Vegas where Brian has transferred so Megan can attend Medical School. It's a bittersweet time for the couple- an ending and a beginning, but they are excited to face the changes together!

A Bella Vita Registry- In Megan's Words

BV: Why did you choose Bella Vita over other stores?
MEGAN: Bella Vita is the only place we found that carried Good Earth Pottery and Casafina dinnerware. We were searching for something away from the ordinary. From the moment I saw it, I knew that is what I wanted for our dishes, and Brian actually agreed.

BV: What was it that drew you to Bella Vita?
MEGAN: Their amazing display at Southern Bride's Expo last January (2009) absolutely captivated me. I had to know where this boutique was ASAP and I took Brian there the very next day!

BV: Is there a certain feature or aspect to our bv registry that assisted you in your decision to choose Bella Vita?
Service. Service. SERVICE! Stephanie, Megan and all the other girls at bv go above and beyond to make you feel like you are their #1 priority. Personally, this is a completely new and unique experience that comes with many questions and they're always there to help you find the answer. I could go on and on, but I especially enjoyed the "perks" of registering with Bella Vita. I was able to provide great gifts to my sweet hostesses at a sweet discount!

Photography courtesy of Dennis Zanone.

BV: Was the selection at Bella Vita what you were expecting? Do yo feel satisfied with the dinnerware and home decor options?
MEGAN: Every time I walk through the doors of Bella Vita (and trust me, that's a lot) they have something new. If I can't find something on display that I might have seen previously, I'm assured it is still available. I know some smaller boutiques have trouble keeping up with big names like Bed, Bath and Beyond- not Bella Vita. They are such a well-managed business and we are 100% satisfied.

BV: If you were to recommend Bella Vita to a friend, what would you say?
Without hesitation: do not pass go; do not collect one hundred dollars; go straight to bella vita! Honestly, I have received some questionable service in my life and this place not only makes you feel special as a bride, but special as a person. Even though we're moving to Las Vegas, these girls will be hearing from me for a long time after May 22nd!

More about our Bella Vita Bridal Registry
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Our exclusive collection of reclaimed tin frames and wall hangings is perfect for our "Friday Favorite" today.  The talented artist behind these beauties gives life to old tin that he finds all over the country by adorning wooden frames and plaques. His reclaimed tin frames and wall hangings look as beautiful on their own as they do on a wall or tabletop collage.

Each tin frame is different from the next in color, texture and style. You can find frames to fit any size photo, from 4×6 up to 8×10. Visit our website for a sampling of our tin frames.

You’ve just got to find the perfect wall space for these statement-making three-photo frame panels available in 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10.

Are you looking to add rustic elegance and charm to a room in your home? The tin wall hangings are the perfect blend of old and new, rustic and elegant. From as small as five-inch squares, all the way up to 12x12 and 11x14. Surely one is calling your name.

Every young lady needs one of these tin peace signs in her bedroom or dorm room. It’s a must-have classic accessory. Different diameters are available and they look great together as a collage when you mix three vertically or horizontally.

You won't find these one-of-a-kind tin pieces anywhere else in town, so check them out at bella vita. If you are unable to make it into the store, you can view a collection of our reclaimed tin products online. Of course, you can always give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you choose one for your home.

Happy Earth Week,

The girls at bella vita

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Do you know how hard your centerpiece works? For most, the answer would be "no". From what we have seen the centerpiece is the last thing on your mind when you are busy juggling menu plans, guest lists, and prepping your home for company. But did you know that your guests will recall your centerpiece just about as easily as they will what food you served, or even what the occasion was? You may be thinking "but, I worked so hard cooking and preparing the food...and isn't the whole point of the gathering to celebrate the occasion anyway?!" Well, yes, you are right, but the centerpiece dresses the table, defines the theme and sets the mood. You wouldn't put on your best dress and leave off the earrings or necklace would you? If you do, it's just a dress and not a killer outfit. At your next gathering, please don't leave your table under accessorized. You can thank me later.

Centerpiece - Copper Planter

Your next centerpiece does not have to be hard or time consuming. If you follow the directions below, you will have a stunning centerpiece that will last long after the party is over. 30 minutes is all it will take to accessorize your table and leave a lasting impression on your guests.

The things we love most about our centerpiece is that it can be used indoors and out, the flowers can be replanted outdoors to make way for a new look, and you can grow the plants right in the centerpiece and enjoy the different blooms. Because we wanted a fuller look without having to wait on the flowers to bloom, we purchased multiple plants and re-potted them together. We recommend this approach if you are in a time crunch and would like a fuller look. If you plan on growing the plants in the pot or re-potting them outside you need to stick with one plant since condensing them damages the roots and does not give the recommended room for the plants to grow. (Make the centerpiece well ahead of time if you are waiting on the flowers to bloom!)

Step One

Gather your materials. The 6" copper pot can be purchased at bella vita either in store on our website. The flowers and pots can be found at your local garden center or nursery. We used:
  • (1) 6" copper pot, Verde
  • (1) 6" clay pot
  • (10) Peat Pots
  • (2) 8" Dahlietta Louise Dahlia's
  • (3) 6-packs of small filler-type flowers

Step Two

Combine the 2 Dahlia's by gently prying them out of their current packaging and breaking away some of the surrounding soil. You will know when you have broken off enough soil because they will fit together in the 6" clay pot.
copper verde planters

Place your combined plants into the clay pot. If you need to, add some of the soil you broke away to top off the pot for stability. Put the completed clay pot into the center of the copper pot, as shown.

Step Three

Tear away the plastic packaging from the 6-pack.

Depending on the fullness you are after tear away the soil until you are able to combine 2-3 into one peat pot. (We used 3 plants/sections for each peat pot). Because we wanted extra height around the perimeter of the copper pot, we stacked 2 peat pots together before inserting them into the centerpiece.

Place one completed peat pot into each of the 5 corners of the copper planter. Use your hands to gently maneuver each pot until you reach the desired angle and height of each plant.

Step Four

Admire- In three easy steps you have managed to just take your table to the next level.

So this weekend when you are looking for a creative project for you or the kids, get your gardening and your decorating done at once! The kids will love getting their hands dirty and you will love the impact the centerpiece makes in your home!

-The girls at bella vita

Things to Note:

  • If you prefer the look of classic copper to the Verde (green), you can purchase a 6" Classic Copper Pot on our website.
  • A smaller centerpiece can be achieved by using the 4" Copper Pot, available in both Verde and Classic. Adjust the size of flowers and interior pots accordingly.
  • To extend the life of your centerpiece, water and nourish each pot according the flowers' needs.

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