Ciao Bella Summer Soirée

We are super excited for our upcoming Ciao Bella Summer Soirée in Laguna Beach on Aug 22nd 2018!

We have a fabulous line up of amazing vendors and local pros.

This year we will be featuring an awesome guest and TV Host. {Did you really think we were going to say ….Who? Lol … sorry… } You are just going to wait and see who it will be!

Also, along the side of our amazing, talented, likeminded, business owners, and entrepreneur individuals, we will be having our very own Ciao Bella Babes attending!

Yes, you got it…the actually girls you hear about in all our Yelp and The Knot Reviews! The ones who are behind the scenes, at every Private Estate Party, Celebration, Wedding or Special Event, making me look good!

I can’t give these girls enough credit, for always going above and beyond my expectations. Delivering only top notch service to each and everyone of our clients.

These are the girls who will make your day seamless! Who are on their toes at your beck and call, any point in time, to tackle any obstacle headed their way! They are The Ciao Bella Dream Team!

Check out some of our Boho Babe doing her thangggg from our last styled shoot below! These are photos Ciao Bella Michelle captured behind the scenes!

Xoxo, Ciao Bella !

Ciao Bella Photos ™️ Taken by Michelle Sorensen
Visual Designer : Ciao Bella Christina
Flower Crown: Ciao Bella
Flowers & Decor & Details : Ciao Bella
Photoshoot Model : Kristina Coelho
Photographer : Karina Preciado

Vendor Tipping Etiquette

Wedding Tipping 101

Ciao Bella Staff or your Wedding Planners staff:
Wedding Staff is Who you hire, they are the ones who will be at your beck and call. They will be the one juggling your day and paying attention to every last detail. They will be setting up, staging, decorating, breaking down, cleaning up, and will be the ones who will be there at your every need. Ciao Bella is known for delivering exceptional five star service and our staff greatly appreciate gratuities.
Protocol: Appreciated
The Standard: $50 -$100 each

Tipping Your Wedding Planner:
About 80 percent of couples do tip their planners, only if they feel like they went above and beyond for them. (Negotiations on your behalf, was hands on, from start to finish. Saved you time and money. Handled all meetings with vendors, coordination between you and your venue coordinator. Etc. )
Protocol: Appreciated
The Standard: 10–25 percent of your service charge

Tipping your Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist:
This is one area where gratuity is definitely expected.
Tip between 15 to 25 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your girl ( bridesmaids ) has a meltdown over her curls or make up blah blah blah… and it requires a redo at the last minute. // double tip that gal ‘
Protocol: Expected
The Standard: $25-50
depending upon the quality of service
When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.

Tipping your Cake Delivery Service: Protocol: Expected
The Standard: $10-20 per person
When to Tip: Drop off of cake
Envelopes given the morning of to your Wedding planner or Day or coordinator, unless money is give prior to our Wedding day. You must assign a trustworthy person so that they don’t forget to distribute tips accordingly.

Tipping your Wedding Ceremony Officiant:
If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member, you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.
Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)
The Standard: Donate $100–$500 to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50-$100
When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have a responsible attendant pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Photographer and Videographer:
You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).
Protocol: Optional
The Standard: $50–$200 per photographer
When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.

Wedding Venue Staff:
This is usually always included check your contract with your Venues make sure you’re not double tipping these people who are staffed with the venue. Other staff you hire is different and outside of this. If there is no service charge or gratuities on these then yes it’s started to tip them.
Protocol: Expected
The Standard: 15–20 percent of the food and Catering fee or $50-100 per person

Wedding Valet Attendants:
When it comes to valet parking attendants check or ask your planner or the Venue Coordinatior if they are the ones hosting your parking through their location about the rules of tipping that are dictated by your contract.
If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
Protocol: Optional, based on contract
The Standard: $25-50 per Valet attendant
If more than 100 guests = around 50 cars / Under 100 guests $15-20 per parking attendant.

When it comes to bartenders, barbacks and bussers, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract.
If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many people will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
Protocol: Optional, based on contract
The Standard: 10–20 percent of the liquor or food bill to be split among bartenders or waiters respectively, $1 per guest for coatroom attendees if the venue has any

Wedding Reception Band or DJ:
Whether you hire a 12-piece swing band or a single DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional, depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist. And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.
Protocol: Optional, yet preferred
The Standard: $25–$35 per musician;
$50–$150 for DJs
When to Tip: An attendant should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.

Wedding Transportation:
Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time, provide a smooth ride and don’t get lost.
Protocol: Expected
The Standard: 15–20 percent of the total bill
When to Tip: Tip transportation pros at the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the

**Rule of Thumb It’s best to give all envelopes sealed to your planner or Dream Day Designer / Day of Coordinator the morning of your Wedding day. When she arrives and greets you, hand her all the envelopes sealed in a bag, along with any Wedding items you will need to be taken over to the Venue. ( ie. Cake topper, champagne flutes, etc., if not the days prior leading up. If you would like to personally hand out the envelopes make sure you don’t loose them, ( this is not recommended only because we have dealt with instances in the past where the Bride or Groom misplaced it or handed it to their MOH or BM and they were day drinking and they don’t remember where they put it. ) Be very careful and only hand it to your Wedding Planner or Day of Coord.

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

OC Fair Fun

Days grew shorter and nights grew longer for me and I just didn’t have the energy to make it last year, with my pregnancy. But this year we did!!! And I’m so happy we went!

It was Livy’s first time! There will be tons of first times, for her… from here on out! Her Dada and I love reliving our childhood through her. Seeing things through her eyes, for the first time is such an incredibly, emotional feeling… of pride.

Watching your very own baby respond or react to something he/she has never seen, is just ahhhmazing !!! I remember the days when I wished for moments like these,watching children and babies with their parents. And the joy and happiness babies bring !!! It’s so uplifting !! Zero bad days, over here!! We hit the lottery with this angel baby!

Everyday, I become more intrigued with her ability to retain information. She is so smart and very intelligent already.

Ok, ok so back to the Fair! Side note: Before I go any further… let me just tell you, I’ve been on a cleanse now for almost 3 months and eating Fair food was my cheat day!

So I started this cleanse called Trifectasystem. My husband is a huge MMA fan and all the fighters are on this Organic Food Cleanse. So of course what does he do… he ordered it for us to try!

I’m actually happy he did too! It has been a game changer for me! Especially loosing the rest of my postpartum Baby Weight ! For all you mommy’s looking to get fit it’s starts in the kitchen!

Ok so everytime I eat anything other then this food I get a really bad stomach ache. I literally can not eat out anymore. It’s gotten that bad now. I was super scared going to the Fair knowing how awful the food is for you, but hey I’m always up for a challenge! Hahah Me VS bad food // Bad Food -1 Me -O // let’s just say…that didn’t turn out to good!

And I didn’t even eat that horribly:

-We started with a Hot Dog on a stick! Of course we had to hit up first

-Then Funnel Cake easy on the strawberries ( I love strawberries but sometimes they are too mushy at the Fair ) and tons of whip cream just how I like it

-Lastly, we shared a Philly Cheesesteak sando that was soooooo soo good my mouth is watering just writing about it

See, that wasn’t too bad. Was it??? Hahah My stomach begged to differ, but oh well heyyy …the OC Fair only comes around, once a year!

Here are some of my favorite photos taken from our trip to the Fair!

Photos Taken: On my husbands IPhone

Enjoy!!!!!

We finally made it to the OC Fair this year. Last year, I wanted to go so badly… especially since I was pregnant with Liv, and those food cravings would have been fulfilled if we went.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorensen Family Photoshoot

We recently did our first Sorensen Family Photoshoot.

Our daughter Liv turned 6 months on July 20th 2018! Where does the time go:
Here are a few of her favorite things –
•Tags
•Music
•Scrunching her nose
•Blowing raspberries
•Books
•Dads Arm Hair
•Eating Rice Cereal
•Going to the pool and the beach

I honestly feel like it was only yesterday I was anxiously waiting for her arrival. Now I feel like I already need to start planning for her 1st bday party!

Her Dad tells me he wants a low key super simple 1st birthday! We will see, if that’s the way it’s going to be! Lol

Being a party planner and all, it’s hard for me to do anything low-key, I mean that phrase hardly fits into my vocabulary!

Enjoy our pictures from our Sunset Shoot in Laguna Beach. Captured by Liv’s Nana Charlene Sorensen

Location: Laguna Beach
Beach: Bluebird
Weekday Fun: Monday
Time of Day: 6pm-8pm

 

Alice In Wonderland

Showering Jaymee with the perfect Soirée !

We got a little carried away with this one! It must have been the kid inside us! Her Alice in Wonderland themed bridal shower was the perfect soirée ! From the Alice in Wonderland sugar cookies to the rosette red and white cupcakes!

We specially loved the turquoise linen choices, checkered black-and-white napkin linens, floral colors esembles, the tablescape design and details! But most of all we just adored of the flower printed teacups! Here is a sneak peak of what our Alice In Wonderland Tea Party looked like!

Vendors
Wedding & Event Planner: Christina
Planning Services: Ciao Bella Wedding Planning
Rentals: Baker Party
Cookies & treats : Sweet & Saucy Shop
Venue: Private Estate
Location: SoCal

A Romantic Rehearsal for The Reiss’s

Your romantic rehearsal awaits you.

Let’s us be your guide when it comes to planning your next event ! We would love to take your stress away, design, set up, stage and staff your next private party or celebration!

We absolutely love planning! We live and breathe weddings and events! This particular party was in honor of our Ciao Bella Bride Jaymee.

This was her rehearsal dinner at the Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach. This waterfront location is right on the harbor and it makes due for a beautiful backdrop, especially for our romantic rehearsal. We love this location!

Oh, and did we say how much we loved planning with Jaymee and her family! Planning with Jaymee or her mom Amy is so fun! They are such amazing, genuine people, and warm hearted people.

Their whole family is so sweet. We love to see two families with the same love, and morals join together to create a even stronger love!

We were so honored when Dorothy, our Grooms mother called us to help her plan this extravaganza! This one we planned in just a few weeks notice and it was such a breeze. It came together perfectly!

Check out these beautiful images we captured throughout the night from our Canon camera! Our Ciao Bella ladies have a great eye for detail!

Vendors:

Planner: Christina with Ciao Bella Wedding & Events

Rentals: Baker Party Rentals

Staff: Ciao Bella

Venue: Winery Restaurant Newport Beach

Linens: Baker

Tablescape design: Ciao Bella

Big Balloons : Kate Spade

 

 

Alex + Ryan | Aliso Viejo Country Club

  • How sweet it is to be loved by you!

We have know the groom for quite sometime. His family lived in Laguna and we grew up together.

It all began when Ryan called us, we could heard the excitement in Ryan’s voice when he told us he proposed to Alex, he was so ecstatic! We could see his smile through the phone, knowing it went from ear to ear! He was eager and couldn’t wait to set up a meeting with us and his bride to be!

We met with Alex we were taken away by her smile, sweet personality and enjoyed hearing about her ideas and vision for her and Ryan’s Wedding!

Soon after the initial meeting, we of course began planning! These two were a delight to be around. They share a love so sweet and so deep! You can see it in their eyes and by the way they look at each other.

Take a peek for yourselves! Here are some special moments we captured on Alex and Ryan Schlegel’s Wedding day. Oh and did we mention they did shots together right after the Big IDo’s, check out the photos below to see for yourselves!

Enjoy love the Ciao Bella Ladies!

Vendors:

Photos below curtesy of the Ciao Bella Ladies behind the scenes

Planner: Christina with Ciao Bella Weddings & Events

Floral: Floral Designs by Diana

Apps: In and Out Truck

Muscians: Kalama Brothers

Wedding Photogrpaher: Nicole Caldwell

 

Katie + Kevin | Historic Califia Cottage

We had the honor of meeting Katie and Kevin at one of our other Bride’s Wedding. I remember Katie being one of the sweetest bridesmaids in her bridal party. The day went by so quickly but I recall Katie mentioning she was engaged and wanted to inquiry about our services! She followed up and wanted to plan with us shortly after.

Katie and Kevin’s loves is so sweet! These two have that one of a kind, love. You can tell how much they mean to each other and their families. It was so special to be their wedding planner and be able to share their love. You can tell by the speeches, that they were meant for each other and destined for marriage. The toasts that were made about the two of them during their reception, were tear-jerkers! The sun was glistening setting over the ocean as they shared laughs and happy tears.

We loved seeing both families come together to join as one! Katie and her fathers relationship was of one we all dreamed of, Daddy’s little girl. He even sang a song to her as part of his speech it was so adorable!

Here are some amazing photos we captured on our cannon camera from the day. Shot by our Ciao Bella Ladies while delivering exponential services’!

Vendors:
Wedding Planner: Ciao Bella Wedding Planning
Staffing: Ciao Bella Wedding & Events
Floral: Amanda Heer Fantasy Floral Design
Rentals: Baker Party
Furniture: Star Event Production

Engaged in Laguna

Here is a glimpse of some of our favorites from our Wedding Engagement Photoshoot shot with the lovely and talented well-known photographer Ashley-Paige with Ashley-Paige Photography.

If you don’t know her now you know. We shot at all of our favorite spots in Laguna Beach. Being a local girl and growing up in Laguna you definitely know all the hidden gems!

Check out her work, she is beyond fabulous at what she does! Plus she’s awesome and fun to be around! Great personality and easy to work with which for me is huge!

Matty + Christina | Santiago Mansion

Vows to Him
Today I TAKE YOU AS YOU ARE, loving you for everything that you have been and all that you are yet to be. I promise to listen to you, learn from you, and support your decisions in life. I will celebrate your triumphs …and mourn your losses as they too, will be my own. I will love you unconditionally and for eternity. I will continue to cherish our relationship; knowing that together we will build a life far better, …..than either of us could imagine… alone.

When I first met you, there was an instant connection and I knew. Our love was like a magnetic force, pulling us together. I felt the chemistry, and it happened so naturally. We shared a bond so strong and effortlessly. Every time I saw you …our love grew fonder, and our passion for each other became deeper.

Today, I choose you, to be my husband, and one day the father to our kids. I promise to always make you my number one priority.

With this ring, I promise that from this day forward: I will give you my all , and you will never walk alone. I will always be by your side, guiding you and helping you decide. I have no greater gift to give…. And the love I have for you in pricesless. No distance will keep us apart, and together we will always hold each other’s hearts.

Love was just a word until you gave it meaning. My love for you is bigger then the sky and deeper then the ocean. You are my anchor, and your trust is my strength….May my heart be your shelter and my arms keep you safe…….

I vow to respect you as an individual, with interests, desires, as important as my own. To be your partner in celebrating our successes and facing our challenges. I will treasure our marriage from this day forward and I promise to contribute daily to the health and balance of our relationship.

I vow to love you, encourage you, trust you, respect you, ….and our relationship. As a family, we will create a home filled with learning, laughter, morals and integrity. I will never forget this moment looking into your eyes Infront of our family and closest friends. I love you today tomorrow and for the rest of our lives. And I’m so excited to be your wife. – Christina Lomonaco

Lomonaco To Sorensen // Dreams do Come True
Photography True Photography Weddings
Wedding Dress Designer : Ines Di Santo
Wedding Designer & Planner Christina at Ciao Bella
AAV Entertainment : Lucas Earley // Photobooth // Uplights // Gobo // Sound & Muscian Band Set up
Live Music Band: Common Sense & Lead Singer Nick Hernandez
Hair & Make Up OC Hair and Makeup

Rentals : Signature Party Rentals / Star Event Productions HeadTable Love Seat Ghost Chairs Chivaris Tables / Vintage Gate: Baker Party Rentals
Cindy’s Cinderella Horse and Carriages
Drapery Dan Bennett Designs
Day of Coordinator: Irene Izaguirre Geithner Dot the I’s Events & Weddings
Film: Cory Love Sparkuhl / Cyrus Polk / & Shannon Reardon
Wedding Style Magazine Photo Editor : Mike Colón
Catering by Chef Rainer Schwarz & Driftwood Kitchen
Floral by Amanda Heer @FantasyFloralDesigner
Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop