Year: 2013


Choosing your Bridal Bouquet

A bridal bouquet, more than any other type of flower arrangement, is chock-full of lore and symbolism. The bouquet itself must be beautiful, to highlight the beauty of the bride, and meaningful, as it is such a special day. The flowers themselves are a symbol of fertility and femininity, fragile petals held together by a strong stem, blossoming and blooming, much like the blushing bride. It’s a good idea to understand a bit about flower meanings when you are choosing your bridal bouquet or any of your wedding flower arrangements.

While white is traditional, to carry only white flowers down the aisle foretells bad luck for the superstitious. White flowers are traditional for funeral arrangements, and so the bouquet must be mixed with another color.

Adding another color also pleases the eye aesthetically, as pure white flowers would blend in with the traditional wedding gown. Adding another color, for luck, also makes the flowers stand out in stark contrast to the gown, and highlights the beauty of the bride.

Traditionally, herbs or edible flowers are often placed within the bridal bouquet as well. Marigolds, an edible flower known to symbolize constancy and endurance are often included in a bridal bouquet as are roses because they symbolize eternal love.

Orchids and Calla Lilies are two other very popular choices for bridal bouquets, although not necessarily together. They are unique and add a personalized ÿtouch to the happy couple’s special day. Exotic flowers may be a bit tricky to keep fresh throughout the day, but they definitely make a statement.

After the ceremony, the bride will be throwing her toss bouquet to one of her bridesmaids or single friends. Legend has it that the woman who catches it will be the next to marry. The bride is symbolically tossing away her single-hood, and at the same time, bestowing good luck in love upon the recipient.

In recent years, brides have begun to have a second or ?toss? bouquet, which they throw to the lucky friend, thereby allowing the bride herself to keep the actual bouquet she carried in the wedding as an heirloom or souvenir. Sometimes the toss bouquet is made of silk flowers and, increasingly, brides are choosing silk wedding flowers since their appearance is so lifelike.

The bride’s bouquet, and the flowers carried by her attendants, set much of the tone for the wedding. The bridal flowers are a personal choice and a statement by the bride about the woman she is and the physical representation of all her wedding dreams come true.


image1Have you ever had the most beautiful wedding pictured in your mind? The venue is picturesque. The audience is oohing and awing over every little thing. Flowers are unique and vibrant. Everyone is smiling and waiting for that moment when the beautiful bride takes her long awaited stroll down that aisle. The moment has finally arrived. Nothing could go wrong. That is until you look down and notice that your aisle isn’t so glamorous. The aisle you see before you isn’t what you pictured growing up. It is plain. Boring. Lifeless. Dull. The best part of picturing your wedding and all the finite detail is that you now know what you are missing. Decorating an aisle to show yourself off to the many who made their way to see you can be exciting, easy, and cost effective. The most traditional way of going about this is throwing down some rose petals to blanket the aisle. Not only is this traditional, but it is very classy looking as well. However, putting rose petals down doesn’t have to be the end of the tradition. Add to it. Put them on the aisle as well as to the sides so that it widens the perception of the walkway. To really add some class, put a vase next to each row of seating with a floating candle to really enhance the image. If you can manage to gather roses from your own garden or from someone you know that would drastically cut down on wedding expenses. Be sure to clip them in the early morning, as they will provide you with the freshest blooms.

For the artistic bride, or bridesmaids, setting up poles along the aisle can give you the opportunity to hang paper lanterns for intimate lighting. This sounds pretty lame and a little cheap but it’s all about creativity. Find paper lanterns that match the wedding colors first of all. You definitely want to decorate your poles so that it flows with the theme: a wedding. By doing so, go into a fabric store and get a few rolls of silk ribbon. Wrap that along your poles along with clusters of fresh flowers. If you are having flowers on the floor, bring them up into the poles as well. It will provide a real warm and intimate feeling.

To really spruce up the aisle on a budget, go with luminaries. Basically a luminary is a paper bag with a candle inside it. This sounds tacky but it really does look nice, especially if you are on a tight budget. This will have a similar effect as the paper lanterns: warm and intimate feeling.

Aisle decorating is by far one of the quickest and easiest parts of a wedding to plan for. With a little bit of imagination you can create a very beautiful walkway. Now go back and visualize your perfect wedding. The venue. The audience. The flowers. And now, even the aisle.


Choosing the right wedding cake

1. Budget. Set a budget straight from the beginning and be open with your cake decorator. It will make the process much easier and smoother for both parties.
2. Theme of the cake. When meeting your cake decorator for the first time, bring as much information as possible; photos, your pinterest pins, themes for your wedding, color of your dress, bridesmaid dress and inspiration from the room and flowers. It will make the selection easier.
3. Selecting the Flavor of the cake.
It doesn’t have to be a traditional fruit or sponge cake. Be inspired; go for chocolate, red velvet or carrot cake and mix the layers. Make sure you taste them. Remeber it must taste as good as it looks.
4. Delivery and setting up of the wedding cake. Before confirming your order, find out who will deliver your cake on the day and more importantly who will set it up. Too many brides forget about this.
5. Serving your wedding cake as a dessert. Why not save money and let your guests enjoy your delicious cake by serving it as a dessert, instead of waiting till late in the evening when people are too busy partying. Your guests tart to leave so make sure your planner out the cake cutting in an appropriate place on the timeline most suitable for you and your guests. You want them to enjoy your cake not leave before it is served and cut. They will want to take pictures of the cake cutting ceremony.
6. Making your own wedding cake, this is not recommended unless it’s your profession. Good on you to try to make your own wedding cake but remember the magic word is time. It’s very consuming and even more stressful coming closer to your wedding date. In order to avoid any anxiety and disappointment you will not want to have anything such as this to be holding you back from just relaxing and enjoying your wedding day as it arrives.
8. Helping hand from family and friends. Before accepting an offer from a friend or family member to make your wedding cake, ask to see their work and taste the cakes. Be honest with them, without offending them, instead of feeling sorry on your big day. If for any reason they get sick or are unable to attend your weddings day, you will not want to rely on them for bringing your cake.
9. Displaying your wedding cake.
Too often forgotten, you must make sure you display and light your wedding cake where your guests can see it in its full glory. Select the right time for your cake to be dropped off so it doesn’t interfere with your cocktail hour and can be snuck into the reception area without you or your guests seeing it. You will want your cake on display prior to your grand entrance from ceremony to the reception room or area.
10. Keeping the top tier of your wedding cake. If you’re planning to keep your top tier of your wedding cake for a christening or anniversary, make sure it’s a fruit cake inside. The best way to keep it is to freeze it. Make sure to ask your bakery for a to go box for the top tier so after the wedding your planner can pack it up for you.


The first 5 are guidelines I send to all my brides and grooms to help assist with writing them, the last 3 tips are to help when speaking to the audience.

When writing your vows make sure to be in the same page. If you do not to know each other’s vows make sure to agree on topics that both of you can write about. There can be a variety of memories you want to share or even inside jokes. It may also be stories you both can relate to and sharing special moments that have brought you to where you are today. Things like this that you both can touch base on or possibly your outlook on marriage. You may want it to be a collaboration of all of the above. Here are tips I offer:

1. To get inspired:
Start by reading traditional, by-the-book vows — from your own religion, if you practice a certain faith, but others, as well — to see what strikes a chord with you. You can incorporate these into the original words you write, or simply use them as a jumping-off point to base your personalized vows on. Remember you may rewrite them as much as you would like until you are comfortable and confident with the words you have chosen.

2. Set the tone:
Before putting pen to paper, decide what overall tone you want to achieve. Humorous but touching? Poetic and romantic? It’s your call — the most important thing is that your vows ring true and sound like they’re from your heart. One word of advice: While your vows can be lighthearted (or even hilarious), they should, in some way, acknowledge the seriousness of the commitment you’re about to make. One way to do that is to weave little jokes into traditional vows (for example: “I promise to love you, cherish you and always watch Monday Night Football with you”.)

3. Figure out the logistics:
Make sure you and your fiance are both on the same page. Are you each going to write your own vows, or will you write them together? If you’re writing them separately, will you want to run them by each other before the wedding? If you’re writing them together, will they be completely different for each of you, or will you recite some of the same words and make the same promises to each other, as you would with traditional vows? If you want them to be a surprise on your wedding day, make sure you both send a copy of what you’ve written to your officiant or to one friend or family member so they can check that your vows are about the same length and similar in tone.

4. Make sure to ask yourself:
What are you most looking forward to about married life? What make your relationship work? What hard times have you gone through together? What have you supported each other through? What challenges do you envision in your future? What do you want to accomplish together? What makes your relationship succeed? Answering these questions will help you make and keep your promises, and talking about your bond may expose your inner Wordsworth and help you come up with phrases and stories you can and want to incorporate into your vows. What did you think when you first saw them? When did you realize you were in love? What do you most respect about your partner? How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate? What about them inspires you? What do you miss most about them when you’re apart? What qualities do you most admire in each other? What do you have now that you didn’t have before you met? You may be surprised how these answers may lead you to the perfect words.

5. Look for inspiration:
Borrow freely from poetry, books or even from romantic movies that you two have watched together. You might find a word or phrase you would like to add into your vows. Jot down words that capture your feelings or intrigue you. What grabs your attention when you read these words? How does it make you feel, how do it relate to the two of you. How does it express your passion for one another.

Remember Your Audience:

Don’t make your vows so personal that they’re cryptic — or embarrassing! You’ve invited your family and friends to witness your vows in order to make your bond public, so be sure everyone feels included in the moment. That means putting a limit on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words.

Time It Right:

Don’t make them too long — aim for about one minute or so (it’s longer than it sounds!). Your vows are the most important element of your ceremony, but that doesn’t mean they should go on for hours. Get at the heart of what marrying this person means to you with your vows; pick the most important points and make them well. Save some thoughts for the reception toasts — and for the wedding night.

Practice Out Loud (Seriously!):

These are words meant to be heard by a live audience, so check that they sound good when spoken. Read your vows out loud to make sure they flow easily. Watch out for tongue twisters and super-long sentences — you don’t want to get out of breath or stumble.



Star of The Hills ties the knot with Ciao Bella Weddings & Events this weekend.

This was an article written by Life & Style Magazine that features CiaoBellaLagunaBeach.

Jason Wahler has said “I do” to model girlfriend Ashley Slack!

Life & Style can exclusively reveal that the pair tied the knot today, Oct. 12, in front of 180 guests at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Calif.

The former star of The Hills even shared his wedding vows exclusively with the mag:

“Dr. Seuss once said you know you’re in love when reality is better than your dreams. I always lived my life through my dreams until the day I met you. In your eyes I have found my home. In your soul I have found my mate. In your heart I have found my love. You make me laugh, you let me cry. I am yours and you are mine. You are my breath, my every heartbeat. Today I stand before you offering my love. I promise to love you today, tomorrow and always. I promise to nurture your dreams because through them your soul shines. I promise to be faithful, supportive and to always make our families’ love and happiness my priority. With you, I am whole. You are my best friend, my confidant, my love and today you become my wife.”

Ashley stunned in a customized Allure Bridals gown, while Jason looked dapper in a David August suit.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, Janice Dickinson, Andy Milonakis and Laguna Beach’s Cedric Channels were among the pair’s celebrity pals who attended the beautiful nuptials.

For their first dance as a married couple, Jason and Ashley held each other close as they swayed to David Gray’s “This Year’s Love” surrounded by gorgeous floral arrangements by Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Florist. Christina Lomonaco — with Ciao Bella Events Laguna Beach — was the mastermind coordinator behind the luxe affair.

Guests took turns taking advantage of the photo booth and cigar bar before noshing on yummy food, which included roasted chicken breast, seared Atlantic salmon and grilled polenta cakes with wild mushroom.
When it came time for dessert, Sweet and Saucy Shop created a 4-tier cake with chocolate, vanilla and red velvet flavors.

Before meeting Ashley, Jason suffered from substance abuse addiction. He’s now three years sober since completing VH1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2010.

The 26-year-old reality star, who once dated Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari, proposed to Ashley last November. He revealed the news on Instagram when he shared a picture of the blond beauty wearing a gorgeous diamond engagement ring in January.