Dora Manuel found her passion for designing and executing incredible events after a 10-year career in sales and marketing, working as a national account manager for a Fortune 500 company. Realizing her calling, she left her corporate career to launch Viva Bella—and hasn’t looked back. Dora’s professional background, coupled with an exquisite sense of style and an eye for fashion, makes her a natural for the event planning business. Her work and insight has been featured by Inside Weddings Magazine, BRIDES Magazine, Cincinnati Wedding Magazine, The Knot Ohio, Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Carats and Cake, The Wedding Chicks blog and many more. Additionally, one of her weddings became the winning wedding on TLC’s Four Weddings. She was recently recognized in her region with the John F. Barrett Entrepreneur Vision Award for leadership, professional achievement, and continuous, invaluable contributions to her workplace and community. A ... Read More »
Timeless. Sophisticated. Couples commonly use these two words as directives when planning their nuptials. However, they also want unique details, over-the-top surprises, and outrageous fun incorporated into their event. How can brides and grooms seamlessly blend classic and trendy? The pendulum swing may seem severe, but the right wedding professional can create and execute a memorable celebration with a cohesive aesthetic incorporating both elegance and the latest craze. When meeting with couples, wedding planners will often talk about “must-haves” in terms of budget; but they should also be discussing “must-haves” in terms of design. Brides and grooms are looking for ways to incorporate unique personal details throughout the event. They also hope to implement an unconventional idea they heard about at another wedding or saw on an image-sharing site. Defining which components are best left to simple, classic styles and which can be taken in an unexpected direction is sometimes ... Read More »
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