Meet the Staff

Melissa Fontanini


Owner & Manager
Melissa is part owner and manager of bella sala, and she takes pride in making events simply unforgettable and easy for you! Her passion for creative, affordable entertaining makes endless décor options possible, from stunning table settings to eye-popping lighting. Originally from Marion, Melissa enjoys a busy family life with her two kids and husband, and she co-owns XOXO Bridal with her friend, Lyndsie.

“With so many things to consider for your event, leave the hard parts to us! We’ve been on site for hundreds of events, and we can’t wait to make your event everything you wanted it to be!”

J.P. Cartier


Banquet Event Manager
J.P. helps plan and manage every event held at bella sala. From meeting with you to make selections to ensuring proper staffing, J.P. ensures a smooth event and steady communication with you to make sure all your needs are met. He’s the one who gets bella sala set up, stocked and ready to go prior to every wedding, reception, meeting, reunion and gala. He is very excited to be part of a great team that has made simply unforgettable events happen since 2008.

“I’m a people person who loves a good party! I’ll be right there with you, because I enjoy being able to ensure you and your guests can relax and enjoy your day!”

Bri Brim


Boutique Manager
Bri’s own wedding day preparations inspired her to work in bridal boutiques and become a part of XOXO BRIDAL. Although she’s trained as a dental assistant, she has found her passion — assisting other couples as they make important decisions. Originally from Oswego, IL, Bri and her husband both like playing tennis, attending Hawkeye football and basketball games and traveling. She also enjoys making arts and crafts, which explains her eye for detail!

“I love the bridal industry and miss the days of planning my own wedding. Now I enjoy helping others prepare for their big days! I also love seeing the changes in dresses and bridal trends from season to season.”

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