Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Durham Wedding

The fantastic and talented Penny Noel of Penny Noel Photography recently emailed me images from this fall wedding. Thank you !!!
Location: Duke Gardens and Rue Cler
Flowers: Mokara Orchids, Roses, Hypericum Berries, Spray Roses, Calla Lilies
Cake: Cinda's Creative Cakes

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Chapel Wedding

Our new friend Craig over at Luster Studios ( sent us these great images from a wedding we did this summer at the Duke Chapel. I love the first image - it looks like a shot out of a movie :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Umstead Wedding

Recently a bride emailed us some images of her wedding at the Umstead - thank you!
Her photographer was Kevin Milz (we always love his images) and check out the last picture of the cake (by Sweet Memories!)
The bouquet: peonies, tweedia, roses, freesia, stephanotis.

The maid's bouquets: roses, hydrangeas, freesia.

The guys: tweedia and stephanotis.
The centerpieces: we did 2 different shape vases (the bowl above and also a pedestal vase) both were wrapped with tropical leaves and contained hydrangeas, roses, freesia, tulips.
The cake: roses, freesia, delphinium.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tre Bella Holiday Party/Open House

Last Thursday we hosted a holiday party/open house at our bridal boutique in Durham. We are so lucky that the very talented Robin Lin not only attended but brought her camera! Below are some BEAUTIFUL photos that she took. Go to her blog more images of the party - I am sure it will end up on your check weekly list - I always love looking at her latest photographs :)
We also want to thank Triangle Catering and Sweet Memories - they both did such an incredible job for us!
In addition to the delicious platters below Triangle Catering also brought a shrimp and grits station (which was a huge hit) and a bar!
The Sweet Memories goodies were decadent! The chocolate mouse cups - seriously were incredible!

Thanks to everyone who came!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

A Chapel & Bay 7 Wedding

Below are some great images from a wedding that we did a couple of months ago at The Duke Chapel and Bay 7, Durham. I am always extra excited when the bride uses us not only for the flowers but when she also gets her dress from us! She looked stunning in the Manuel Mota gown!
Thanks to Neil Boyd Photography ( for the incredible images!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Winter Design Board

I know that for those of you in the North it has felt like winter for a couple of months now but it just getting cold down south and we only now starting to think about our winter themed weddings and events :) Lucky us!
I am loving the winter white, ivory, silver and black color theme this year - always a classic look.
The Design Board/Ideas:
I found the ornament placecard image online and thought it was a great idea for not only a placecard holder but also a favor - a idea that works for both weddings and holiday parties (personal and corporate).
Of course the wedding dress is from the newest line available at Tre Bella Bridal - Melissa Sweet. It is actually one of my favorite new dresses. It has beautifully appliqued flowers with crystal details. The bridesmaid dress is by Siri Bridesmaids - how cute right :)
We have really been into the ribbon wrapped vase look for the holidays. We particularly suggest using velvet ribbon - it gives a great soft texture and an almost snowy look. My recommendation for winter white/ivory flowers: roses, amaryllis, freeisa, ranunculus, peonies if you can get them (there is now a winter growing season - yeah), dusty miller (a cool silver accent), cream hypericum berries!
Check out the cake image I found online - another great way to work ribbon into the theme of the event.

Friday, November 27, 2009

DIY Invitations

Printable Invitations are now available at Tre Bella {flowers}. Stop by to discuss your wedding flowers and also browse our newest collection of printable by Snow & Graham and Smudge Ink.
The Invitations are great for:
Rehearsal Dinners
Engagement Parties
Bridal Showers/Luncheons
Wedding Invitations
Don't forget to say thank you!
We also have a great selection of Thank you cards :)
Call for your appointment: 919.620.6187

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bubbles & Bling

Bubbles & Bling
November 22nd, 2009
(this Sunday)
Solas Raleigh
We are so excited to be presenting this event with Solas Raleigh.
Please join us for an evening of champagne, appetizers, cake, jewels,
great event ideas, fashion and so much more!
We would like to THANKS our sponsors for helping with the event:
Bailey's Jewelers
Cinda's Creative Cakes
White Thread
Please click below for event details and to purchase tickets:

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Big Tre Bella Bridal News!!

Introducing Melissa Sweet and Priscilla of Boston!

We are very excited to be carrying these two new collections at our bridal salon! The dresses have already started to arrive and they are stunning.
Call to schedule your appointment at 919.323-7167 (appointment times are filling up fast).

Monday, November 9, 2009


We are involved in some great events and wedding shows this year - the listing is below!
Stop by and see us!

We are so excited to be presenting this event with Solas Raleigh. Bubbles & Bling will be an evening of champagne, appetizers, cake, fashion, great event tips and so much more.
(check back for full blog entry on this event later this week).
please contact for more information/tickets.
November 22, 2009
Solas Raleigh
A Holiday Party & Open House
Tre Bella, Inc.
December 3rd, 2009
invitations to be mailed out soon :)
Once In a Lifetime
Wedding Workshop and Designers Boutique
The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club
January 10th, 2010
12pm - 4pm
The Bridal Fair
The Carolina Inn
January 31st, 2010

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Preview

I can't wait until we get the photos from David and Elizabeth's wedding. Above is a pic that Becky took with her camera - it turned out pretty well so I can't wait to see how the professional ones look. It was the most elaborate chuppa that we have ever done - and I was quite pleased with how it turned out.
The wedding was at the new Cotton Room in the Golden Belt Complex, Durham. If you haven't checked out this new venue I highly recommend it. The fantastic Michelle, owner of Triangle Catering, opened the doors about a month ago and we know she is going to be super successful :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

It's Been A While

As many of you know September/October is a busy time of year for weddings in the south and this has definitely been true for Tre Bella!
We have done some truly amazing weddings over the past two months and I can't wait to get back on track with the blog to share some of them with you :)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Amber & Magnus at The Umstead

Below are some great images from a wedding that we did recently at the Umstead hotel (I always love going there - what a fabulous hotel).
We recently had the pleasure of working with Craig, owner of Luster Studios(, on this wedding and we want to thank him for letting us use his awesome images :).

The cake below was by Donna at Sweet Memories - her cakes always look incredible :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

NACE - top of the table

Every year NACE (the National Association of Catering Executives) hosts the Top of the Table Design challenge to raise money for the Food Shuttle. As members we team up and design a table to fit one of the year's categories. This year we partnered with Cleveland Plant and Flower and Grace Leisure Events, participating in the "Green with Envy" category! CE Rentals also provided the linens, chairs, plates, my most favorite gold stemmed glasses and Party Tables provided the awesome green overlay linen! THANKS team :)In the center of our table we spelled out the word ENVY with jade roses and green hypericum berries. This was Becky's fab idea and I think it is easily applied to a corporate event or wedding - spelling out the company name or the monogram of the bride and groom on their head table !!

Placed on gold napkins where our awesome menu cards created by Grace (perfectly bedazzled) and we accented them with a green cymbidium orchid!
At each corner of the space we had columns draped in green linens with an a very green arrangement on top!

We had a GREAT time and there were definitely some great tables this year! It is always fun to design outside of the box and create something over the top - it helps you come up with ideas for the next client :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Welcome Gifts

Some of your guests may be traveling a long distance to your come to your wedding. It is always a really nice touch if you have "welcome" gifts waiting in their room when the arrive!
Welcome gifts are an opportunity to express your personality. A really great welcome basket will get you guests excited for what is yet to come the rest of the weekend!
This is also one part of your wedding that is easy to put together yourself if you need to cut some costs. Or if you don't have the time this is also something a wedding planner often offers or a local gift store or often florist will offer as a service.
Below is the following recipe for a great welcome gift:
1. maps and brochures - include things that you and your fiance enjoy doing in the town/city
2. snacks - everyone loves snacks! (I had one bride who had Krispy Kreme donuts with icing in her wedding colors waiting for her guests)
3. drinks - include a bottle of water or your favorite bottle soda (like an Izzy)
4. personal - include something that represents a quirky/fun part of your and your fiance's personality
5. A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU NOTE - this is a way to really thank each of your guests individually and an opportunity to let them know how much they mean to you
6. come up with a really cute package to put all of these items in - it is all in presentation! At a friends wedding they had customized eco-friendly totes made with a cartoon of both of them on the front - I still have and use mine :)
FINALLY, have fun with it and get creative!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Truely Tre Bella Wedding

I am so excited to post these AWESOME images from a wedding that we did this summer at Brier Creek Country Club. This was one of those wedding that we were so lucky to love everyone involved in the process. The bride and her sister were so much fun to work with and they spoiled us - she not only used us for the wedding flowers but the bride also bought her veil and dress from our salon and had custom jewelery from Kate for both herself and her bridesmaids !!!
We also got to work with the incredible Rachel from Bliss by Sam and the fabulous Samantha Dockery - owner of Bliss by Sam. ( Thanks for including us on this event ladies :)
AND of course I have to thank the super sweet and talented Kristin from KPO photography for the photos below! (

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Raleigh Wedding

Below are a couple of images from a wedding we did this past summer in Raleigh at the Marble's Kids Museum. It is a awesome place for a reception and actually ceremony too. It is definitely a unique location that will entertain your guests! Check out their website for more information: (
Meredith Perdue sent us these awesome images - THANKS! She is actually a photography based out of New England who travels to North Carolina - check out her website for more gorgeous photos: (