Wedding Day or Personalized Gifts

Have you guys ever heard of PaperGemsCo. ?? If not you have to check them out and give them a follow. IG handle : @paper_gems_co Personally we are all about details here at Ciao Bella. So when it comes to Wedding day gifts for the Bride or personalized presents we are always in the shopping for something special. These are handmade with love and we couldn’t be happier with the way they look! It’s definitely a gift you will be proud of giving! Trust us when we say this will be a hit at anyone’s Wedding Day! Also a great gift to give for an Anniversary, Birthday or Celebration! Check out how cute they are! I have attached photos below for you to see for yourself!


A little bit about Paper Gems Co.


1. When did you start Paper Gems Co? 

2. When did you first start to paint/draw? Do you have a background in art?

3. How did you come to paint bottles? What was the first bottle you painted?

4. What events are the bottles most ordered for?

5. What is your favorite type of package to paint?

6. Do you have plans to expand in 2020? Or any new offerings?

1. (February, 2018) I’m coming up on my second anniversary of Paper Gems Co! I started out solely in the stationery industry, painting Valentine’s Day cards locally and for family and friends. At the time, I was finishing my last year as an entrepreneurship student at Baylor University, and was working on a hypothetical business model. Our final project was a full-blown business plan, so I decided to use my existing tiny Paper Gems Valentines Day cards business as my project. From then, it’s blossomed beautifully, and has reached into areas I never could’ve predicted! 

2. I began to draw and paint as soon as I could hold a crayon or brush! I created my first “official” painting when I was 4 of a giant close-up of Princess Ariel’s face. It’s still on the wall of my studio, and is a reminder of the depth of the natural passion and love which truly is the reason I’m doing what I am today.


3. Starting the business as a college kid in Waco, Texas, there was a bit of transitioning to be done moving back to my hometown while entering my professional life. One of my first friends in the design space here was Trisha Langlois, owner of Sophisticated Threads. She helped me attain a better grip on the industry, giving me advice for potential partnerships, design ideas and critiques, and the list goes on. The biggest thing that she did for me, though, was not originally intended as a favor, but we soon realized that it meant significant change was to come. She asked if I could figure out a way to paint in my watercolor style on a bottle of champagne for her best friend’s wedding shower. And that was it! I began experimenting with different surface media, and found a combo that allows me to maintain my watercolor style on glass bottles. Once that first bottle was posted, I started to understand what it would mean for Paper Gems Co in the future. My business is now split almost 20/80 between stationery products and my hand-painted bottles. 


4. Around 90% of my bottles are wedding or engagement elements. The remaining 10% range from anniversary gifts all the way to corporate ’thank you’ gifts. 


5. My all-time favorite and go-to (as you can probably see) is Veuve Cliquot. Not only is it an absolutely timeless, quality brand, but their label simply screams “class,” and that’s something that Paper Gems Co holds as a core value. Everything we create, regardless of whether it’s a high-class elegant bottle or a fun greeting card, is of the highest quality, refined, and tasteful. 


6. This year, I plan to expand into a few new areas: I’ll be offering many more creative wedding services, such as invitation and announcement artwork, place cards, and custom wedding memorial paintings. I’m currently working on a watercolor monogram line for all types of stationery: notecards, organization lists, gift tags, etc.  I’ll also be able to take more commissioned pet portraits and house landscapes, which I’ve always loved creating!


I’ve had so much fun working with my 2019 clients to create their one-of-a-kind gifts, each containing symbols of their lives, love, and celebration, whether that’s their golden retriever, wedding venue, Mardi Gras krewe, or LSU football.

I am truly inspired by each person I work with in seeing the amount of love they are pouring into their gift bottles, and trusting me to capture their vision for them! 

In case you’d like more about the process: Our painted bottles carry a lightness and elegance due to the use of watercolor paint. In order to achieve this, I apply a unique base coat comprised of a variety of media. I then paint 4 layers onto the glass, each drying before the next coat is applied. Once the layers have dried through-and-through, around 4 hours later, I am able to begin painting my client’s unique design, finish it with a tough acrylic coating, and wrap a white satin ribbon around the neck to top it off! 

The Face behind the designs! Cheers to this cutie, thanks for letting us feature you Sophia! We can’t wait to see what other designs you come up with! May you continue to prosper in your love for art, you are a natural at this! Keep it up. We are so proud of your work and love your Custom Bottles!

Sofia Ungarino
Paper Gems Co.
Owner & Artist

Weddings + Covid-19

Dealing with the outcomes of planning during the pandemic!

A Note from our CEO

The Ultimate Checklist to help you navigate through these tough times. Let’s get through this together.

  1. Don’t let this stress you out
  2. Take time to seek out options
  3. Make the right decisions / Pick a new date if possible. If not in 2020 in 2021 or 2022!
  4. Reach out to your Wedding Planner, if you don’t have one— reach out to your vendors immediately
  5. Review your contracts / proposals carefully
  6. Even if there is a “no refunds” policy / this is new to all of us and Planners + Vendors are working diligently with our brides to offer refunds during this difficult time
  7. Postpone if you can. Postponing over canceling will help out everyone involved. Most small businesses, will most likely… not be able to survive without you.
  8. Make sure to have a back up plan! We are uncertain of when this will all end. To be safe move your March, April, and May Weddings—- to mid June, July or August.
  9. Update your Wedding Website
  10. Keep up with the News / stay in touch with your vendors

“Social distancing” is a new phrase we all have been hearing lately. To Wedding and Event Planners it’s like “nails on a chalkboard.” —- { What do you mean! This is our livelihood, to plan + coordinate huge Weddings, Events and Private Parties. }

This whole thing, is not only putting a strain on us and our industry, but it effects… each and every one of us. As of now, 80 million jobs are at risk. More than $190,000 dollars have been lost due to the cancellation of weddings. Pleaseeee, we can not stress this enough, “do your best if you can, to reschedule and not cancel.”

This is a true crisis in The Wedding World and we all need to support one another. Our Brides are devastated, lives have been lost and human beings are at risk. We are all apart of this.

Let’s do our part —stay healthy and be safe. Take social distancing seriously. Let’s not infect each other. The CDC just announced that you can only have, no more than 10 people at one gathering for the next 15 days. The US has now put 3 states on lockdown.

Industry experts are seeing a huge influx in Fall + Winter Weddings. We want you to know you are not alone. Many brides are feeling like their Dream Days have been taken away from them. Let’s not get discouraged, stressing out doesn’t help anything. Things will get better it’s only inevitable. We can not control what the future holds but we can control our emotional state. Let’s try to stay positive, have a hopeful mindset and focus on self-care. The Ciao Bella Babes are here for you during this difficult time. Please reach out to us if you need professional advice or anything at all.

Mansion Celebrations

We wanted to do something fun! We gathered up some models and designed a Gatsby Themed 1920s inspired shoot, at this jaw dropping Estate & Mansion here in Orange County.


This Estate is phenomenal. It’s picturesque grounds make the perfect backdrop from any angle. 

 This charming & enchanting Estate, is the perfect location for your Dream Day Wedding, your next Event, Party, Celebration, Corporate Party, or Holiday / Company Gathering! Imagine hosting your next Cocktail or Private Party, Family Reunion, Special Occasion, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower here!! Venue + Rehearsal & Overnight Accommodations available at this property.

The Mansion is nestled on approximately 5 acres of land, has luxury living accommodations and entertaining at its finest. This Estate is comprised of an 18,000 square foot Main house and an impressive 5,600 square foot Guest House with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms that can be rented out separately. Midway between both houses is a lush tropical resort style 30-foot pool engulfed in large rockscapes, waterfalls, hidden grotto, elevated Jacuzzi, and expansive terraces featuring imported African palms trees and it’s own Private Vineyard. 


We had all the glitz and glam styled for our day. From eye masks, twinkle lights, to black balloons. We filled the Estate with all the necessities to make due for a glamorous shoot!

We are super excited to share photos from our Photoshoot. We hope you enjoy them. Drop a comment a let us know what you think. Also we would love to hear your thoughts on a theme we should shoot for our next Photoshoot! Is there anything in particular things that comes to mind!?? If so, please —-Share!

That’s a wrap what a fabulous turn out. We are thrilled with the way everything came together. If you are interested and would like a personal tour of this venue please send us a message or contact us at 949.514.1651.

The Ultimate Guide Choosing the Right Colors

When it comes to your Wedding Day colors, you will want to incorporate the right color palette.

Picking and choosing your colors doesn’t have to be hard. Just make sure it compliments both you and your fiancé.

Play around with your favorite colors. Make sure it’s not to girlie or too masculine. Try to find a happy medium that you and your fiancé can both agree on.

Try to limit yourself to 3-4 colors max. We usually tell our brides to pick 3 colors. Two to three main colors and one pop color. For example: here is a beautiful combination below, Blush pink and Ivory with a pop of gold and lush green as your accent color. It’s always a great idea to keep your linen colors neutral. Ivory is a common choice, it’s clean, luxurious and subtle.

Speaking about linens, when you are deciding which kind of linens you want, be sure to remember there are all kinds of textures in the color you want! To add elegance, textured linens is the way to go! Believe it or not, velvet linens are very popular right now. Sequin linens are always a hit too! Especially for your sweetheart, head table, cake table or sweet treat buffet table. It’s lovely to have those linens in something different than your dining table linens.

There are new trends happening constantly in the Wedding World, and we are here to let you know what they are! We like to be in the now, and our Ciao Bella Babes love to live and breathe Weddings, and what’s trending! They are your go-to-gals when it comes to designing!

What we have discovered, is ….having the right floral, is everything! No matter how much, we, as wedding planners decorate, nothing compares to when the florals arrive! Be sure to hire a florist you love or trust! We have many florist we have built long lasting relationships with, over the last 15 years and that relationship…. is everything! When you have worked with someone in the past, you know what to expect! You know exactly what you will be getting, the quality of their work + arrangements, and them arriving in a timely manner. This will literally change the whole look, walking into your Wedding day, and it all depends on your floral arrangements! It’s a huge part of the design and decor! Even if it’s a bunch of lush greenery and few floral pieces, this is one of the biggest elements to your day! So choose wisely.

When you hire a Wedding Planner you can trust, you will be stress free. They will be in your best interest, hire on the best vendors for you and accommodate your every need.

“Every Bride has a story to tell.”

– The Ciao Bella Babes

Tropically Island Breeze

Summer started and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for parties events and wedding tablescapes.

We love to watch and see all the new innovated ideas people come up with! Just like you, we enjoy all the bright vibrant colors and ideas that Wedding & Event Designers display, for celebrations + Wedding days!

This is what we have seen thus far! A ton of gold painted pineapples, floating floral, leaves under plates, and a mixture of texture linens being displayed.

The color palettes are to swoon for! The tropical trends are taking over and we love seeing it all unfold.

Todays Wedding trends are a must see! And we are bringing it to you first hand. Here we go, hold onto your seats, you are in for a big treat!

Check it out! We hope you are all having a fabulous day! Xoxo, The Ciao Bella Babes

Bridesmaids Dress Trends

Take a peek at these beautiful Bridesmaids dresses that are trending Now! 

Can we all agree BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES have come along way { since the 80s, 90s and even, just 10 years ago’ ! } I mean …..now they can be reworn, for other occasions, Parties or outings! And they aren’t, these, huge …puffy …shoulder pads… or obscene dresses, we would never be caught dead in! Can we get a hallelujah! 

5 Stars on @yelp BBB Accredited Laguna Beach Wedding Event Planners + Luxury Designers. Book your Free Consultation w/one of our Planners today. By Apts Only. For More Info call 949-514-1651

Shoe Styles 2019

If the shoe fits BUY IT! Wedding day shoes can most certainly be a big deal! You want to make sure you have the right shoes!

This day in age, it’s all about the looks but we would have to honestly say comfort is key!

Fancy shoes can be comfortable, if you get the right pair. We suggest trying them on in person first! And grabbing an extra pair for after ceremony is over, if you want to change them!

Check out some of these hot numbers we found! We absolutely love the look and feel of them! Sexy yet sophisticated!

Let us know what shoes you love best! Drop a comment below we would love to know-

Xoxo, The Ciao Bella Babes

Wedding Shoe Links :

https://www.chanel.com

https://www.valentino.com

http://us.christianlouboutin.com

https://us.jimmychoo.com

https://www.manoloblahnik.com

CBWP Summer Solstice 2019: First Day of Summer

Today was the first day of Summer, so why not kick it off with some fun, vibrant Summer colors!

We decided to mix it up and go all out! We love mix matching plates and playing around with colors! Especially during the summertime. We got the inspiration, while waking around Laguna Beach, and seeing all the beautiful flowers that were in full bloom.

We then grabbed a few pieces from our warehouse, bought some new items at HomeGoods, and went to work.

We staged this to give you some fun inspo for a Summer vibe, Bridal Brunch, Bridal Shower or even, the morning before your Dream day!

We love to incorporate color blocking, mix matched patterns, Good China and lavish tones! Check it out! Let us know what you think. Comment below. We would love to hear from you!

Xoxo, The Ciao Bella Babes

CBWP Dream Team

Hello there! We are The Ciao Bella’s ready to exceed all of your expectations! Let’s meet the CBWP Team.

Meet Ciao Bella Michelle – Day of Coordinator
When she isn’t organizing, creating or delivering you the 5 star experience you could find her traveling, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, or laying out, catching those sun rays. Michelle is very reliable, a team player and one of our Leads for Day of Coordination. Our Brides would say that “Michelle is always happy, smiling and going above and beyond!” We love having Michelle on the CBWP Team. She has been with us for over 6 years and we couldn’t be more thankful for her and all the Weddings she has been apart of. She is an expert when it comes to planning. She exerts charisma, never falls short of her tasks, is always helping others finish theirs. She knows the ins and outs like the back of her hand and is great at attending to our Brides and Grooms. We can always count on Michelle. She’s humble, brave, talented, and very calm in a sticky situation. Not only is she an amazing asset to us but to anyone else as well. She is the one we can call upon in any situation to be there for us in a heartbeat. We love Michelle !
Meet Ciao Bella Jess – Planner
When Jess isn’t curating Wedding or Events you can find her up in the mountains snowboarding or at the beach swimming like a mermaid. Jess is a one of a kind and one of our main Wedding Planners and Coordinators. She excels where others fall short, she is very energetic, loves love and of course Weddings too! She has what it takes to handle every aspect on her own. She is a people pleaser, and loves to plan! Her execution is flawless and she pays extra attention to the pretty little details. Our brides would call Jess “ A go-getter !” We love having Jess on the CBWP Team. She has done all of our extravagant and over the top Weddings with us! She will continue to impress us with her creativity! We just love Jess!
Meet Ciao Bella Maria – Planner & Social Media Guru
When Maria isn’t Planning, you could find her crafting, sewing, making new designs or fashion pieces, enjoying her family, working out, or planning her own Events. Maria is a jack of all traits! She can wear many hats! Maria is dependable and an asset to any company she works for! She can tackle any and all obstacles, she is the most amazing person to work with and the complete package. Maria delivers her expertise to all Weddings and Events. She is known for being at a location before her scheduled time. Our Brides would say “ Maria has everything it takes to shine !” We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Maria on board the Ciao Bella Dream Team.
Meet Ciao Bella Sierra – Make Up Artist & Day of Coordinator
When Sierra isn’t doing make up or leading a Wedding or Event you could find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen for her family. She is a loving and caring Mama of two, who is dedicated to her family. Sierra has been with us since day one and enjoys every little aspect of the planning process. This little bombshell is reliable and self – sufficient! She will be at a Wedding before the sun rises to set up shop for our Bride and Bridesmaids getting them all glammed up for our Brides Dream Day. But wait there’s more, she will pull a double shift and work until the nights end to help with everything in between! From setting up to strike this Mama has what it takes to succeed at life. She is vibrant, full of love and has great energy, we love having Sierra on our squad. Our Brides would say “She’s ahhhhhmazing !” If you ever see Sierra say hi! She is the one you will see walking around with a smile on her face, never stressed and filled with passion for this industry. Let’s give it up for Sierra!
Meet our Owner- Ciao Bella Christina
Principle Planner & Luxury Wedding Designer Christina is our networking Queen, meeting new people is her “thang”, building new relationships with other vendors and getting to know new prospects daily is her jam. She has that lovable spirit, and has that relatable personality that’s attracts you to her. Christina always makes sure all ends are tied, all needs are met, and cradling every aspect of the planning process with the utmost care. Treating each Bride as if they were her own best friend. She is the kind of person who makes you feel good when you see her! But when she’s isn’t planning a lavish party, and extraordinary Event or Luxurious Wedding, you can find her beachside with her family and friends. She is a Mommy to be of two under two, a trophy wifey, and amazing entrepreneur. She found her niche decades ago, coming from a big Italian Family, always helping her Grandma and Aunties planning Parties, and creating enchanting moments with darling little details. It was in her nature to be a Premier Planner. She started her company straight out of high school while still attending college to get her degree in Business Management. What separates her from the rest is her enthusiasm, dedication, passion and love for her clients. She is loyal, respectful, responsible and creates these everlasting moments, people swoon for! Her relationships speak for themselves, time and time again you will find her catering to her clients needs. She is the woman behind the scenes, a curator of all things pretty, and her love for this industry is extremely effortless. She’s a natural and cultivates every Event or Wedding into a timeless masterpiece. She delivers the ultimate experience with everything she touches! She was born in Hollywood and raised in Laguna Beach, attending El Morro Elementary, Thurston and Laguna Beach High School. She was a LBHS Cheerleader and became known as your “go-to gal” for planning a good party.
“Team work makes the Dream work darllllinggggg!”
We had so much fun shooting our Team Photos in our hometown.

Make Up : https://www.instagram.com/sierradawnmakeup/
Jewelry : https://gorjana.com/
Location: Laguna Beach, California

https://www.visitlagunabeach.com/

The Ultimate Wedding Day Headpieces

Omg you guyssssss! Have you seen these beautiful headpieces! Coming to a town near you! These gorgeous, jaw dropping headpieces are the New New!

These statement pieces are making headlines at the Berta Fashion Show and we can’t wait for you to see!

What are you planning to do with you hair for your magical day? Do you want to add an extra flare to your hair? Take a look at these beauties before you decide. From stunning hair pieces, to statement headpieces, to some extra bling, we are absolutely in love with it all! It’s a great way to portray your personality on your runway, or down the aisle shall we say!

Photo via Berta

Photos via Pinterest

In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. —  Maya Angelou


Photo via Pinterest
Photo via Lovmely

Next up on our radar are these breathtakingly beautiful Quartz Crystal Crowns! Let us know what you think, leave a message below our blog! We love to hear feedback about which you love the best, the Crowns, Headpieces or Hair essentials!

Photos via Pinterest

That’s it for our Segment on The Ultimate Wedding Day Headpieces! We hope you enjoyed seeing all the difference styles and it gave you some inspiration, for your Wedding Day!

Have a fabulous day Bella’s!

Xoxo- The Ciao Bella Babes

Getting Ready Wedding Robes

Good morning Bella’s!

Ok, so today we will be talking Lace VS Silk Robes. Which are you heading towards on your Dream Day. We have always loved a beautiful silk robe, but have you seen the latest!!

Lace robes are now, the new go-to! A hot new number, Wedding Ready Wear item, all the Blushing Brides have been buying lately.

Here’s a look at some gorgeous brides taking it to the next level. Whether it’s for your Big Day, or for your infamous Bachelorette party! Lace and tulle is back in style, no more silk, out with the old in with the new!

Photo via Homebodii
Photo via Homebodii
Photo via Pinterest
Photo via GirlandaSeriousDream
Photo via LaBelleTheLabel
Photo via LaBelleTheLabel

We feel like lace is the ultimate, sexy yet sophisticated balance, to your Getting Wedding Wear plus it photographs so well.

So there you have it! Cheers to you! We hope you enjoyed our Blog about Our Getting Ready Wedding Robes! We love sharing the hottest new trends with you! Stay tuned for more—

Xoxo– The Ciao Bella Babes

Wedding Robes VS Rompers Ciao Bella

Hello Gorgeous!

Today’s wedding style is not only moving in a fast pace, but it’s always fun to see what’s going to happen next!

Right now, we are seeing Rompers more than the traditional getting ready robes—- and we are lovinnnn it!

Photo via Plum Pretty Sugar

Well, we are giving you the 411 on where to get these beautiful matching Bridesmaids Rompers. Head over to Plum Pretty Sugar online and you will find a ton of styles, prints and colors to match your Wedding theme and scheme.

Photo via Pinterest
Photo via Plum Pretty Sugar

How do you feel about these new “Getting Ready, Wedding Trends?” We think it’s super cute too, and we can’t wait to see what’s next! Well that’s it for Rompers VS Robes! We hope you enjoyed our segment. Have a fabulous day dolls.

Xoxo- The Ciao Bella Babes

Wedding Trends for 2019 & 2020 Ciao Bella

We are predicting some amazing Wedding trends, making statements for 2019 & 2020. This Spring and Summer you will be seeing a lot more accessories, for our beautiful upcoming Bride to Be’s!

From Jean Jackets, or the hipster leather jackets, to these darling Hats! Let us know what you think? We are swooning over these looks!

Photo via Green Wedding Shoes
Photo via Green Wedding Shoes
Photo via Green Wedding Shoes
Photo via Green Wedding Shoes
Photo via Crazy for Us
Photo via Wedding Daily News
Photo via Pinterest

“Every Bride has a story to tell. ” – Christina Sorensen

As we approach the Summer season, we wanted to jump on here, and give you the 411 on some new Wedding trends, making waves! You will be seeing some of these looks this Spring and Summer, and we are not mad about it! We feel like these trends will spill into the next year as well.

The Brides, this day in age, are all about chic style and upcoming trends! Plus adding a dramatic “Wow Factor” …..never hurt nobody!

Photo via Belle The Magazine

We hope you enjoyed our Wedding Fashion Trends, hat segment. We are always bringing you the latest and greatest, in the wedding world! So stay tuned to see what’s new! Check back in with us to see what we have up our sleeve!

XOXO- The Ciao Bella Babes

Longacre Wedding Tasting

We held a Wedding tasting for our beautiful Ciao Bella Bride and Groom. Brought to you by @AllThingsFabulous Catering : Chef Dani Leyva // Go to her Instagram to follow her and her awesome feed!

On the Menu :

-Mini Crab Cakes
-BBQ honey glazed meat balls
-Chicken Skewers
-Steak bites with asparagus & -caramelized onions
-Bruschetta bites

Decadent Desseet : Homemade Pazookies

Seriously, the cutest and sweetest couple ever!!

CBWP Celebrating International Woman’s Day Today

On a day like this, the Ciao Bella Babes would like to take a moment to show some love! Let’s go out of our way today, to lift each other up, to pick up the pieces, where others let fall.

To remind each other how beautiful life can truly be, when we sprinkle a little generosity!

At CBWP, we do not compare nor compete, but admire! We loveeeee love, to show love, to others in the industry, and leave a lasting impression.

As we go about our day today, let us be reminded not to judge, not to compare, nor compete. But to give words of encouragement, engage with others who you never have before. Give more compliments, share your secrets, tell someone you love them or their work! And how lucky you are to be apart of their journey, in their lives!

Let us spread the cheer and reach out to those far or near !

Today we celebrate you! A new you! A new beginning of being the best version of you, you can be! Cheers to us, cheers to the women we know, the woman we may raise, and the women we want to be! Here’s to a day, where we think more about others, to showing kindness, not weakness, to let’s others know we can strengthen the bond and relationship between other women! Who ultimately and unconditionally care for one another!

Food for thought : Let us be one. Woman who support woman, is the best thing! It’s a movement in itself.

We would love to hear from you. Write us below!

XXOO – Ciao Bella Babes

Paul + Falon’s Laguna Beach Mozambique Wedding

Magically making every Bride & Grooms Dream come true !

What match made in heaven these two are. From the moment we met them, we could feel their chemistry and could see the sparks in their eyes. It was such an honor, to not only plan with this amazing couple, but also be apart of their magical day.


Watching the two of these love birds connect for their first time in their purest form, as they did their first look, was such an incredible moment to see! Then, I look down and there is this beautiful heart rock right beneath me. It’s like it was meant to be!

Take a look at these “heart felt moments” we got to capture behind the scenes of the photogrpaher and videographer, { while we were running back and forth, to and from the Venue at Mozambique to Pearl St Beach— while setting up. }

There comes a time when all your stars align, you are no longer searching for your soulmate, but stumble upon them. Knowing that sometimes they were in front of you all along. With every heart beat you two are one, your souls sing, your minds speak and your hearts listen.

Listening to the speeches that filled the room, you knew what an impact these two, incredible people, have made on others, and in their lives. What a beautiful moment in time.

This Wedding was filled with top notch local Vendors. Each one of these Vendors played such an amazing role in making this day seamless, magical and incredibly perfect ! Here’s the line up ! Trust us when we say —you will want to follow each of these wonderful Vendors on Instagram.

Full planning : @ciaobellaweddingplanning

@sierradawnlomonaco @ciaobella_m_antonieta 

Gown via @watters 

Venue: @mozambiqueoc 

Bride: @livelagunabeach

MUA : @_beautybykristy @amybatlowski 

Hair : @hairbyhoneycutt | @studio_a_hair @classicnewportweddings 

Name Cards : @sjletterco 

Film @austinfphoto 

Photo : @karenephoto 

Rentals : @bakerparty 

Floral : @ciaobella_m_antonieta @ocwholesaleflowers 

Two Time Emmy Nominated Hollywood Celebrity Make Up Artist

We had the pleasure of meeting with the most genuine, sweetest and very incredibly talented, …..two time Emmy nominated, Hollywood Celebrity Make Up Artist, DeeDee Marcelli; at the cutest Cafe called Aroma Cappuccino Café, in L.A.

After countless emails and efforts, to meet, {with both of our busy schedules conflicting…} today, we finally got a chance to catch up with DeeDee, personally….. and discuss Business, as well as new ventures!

We are so thrilled for our new network and upcoming Brides! As we continue to grow our top, A-List Vendors at CBWP, we are constantly establishing new relationships and gaining the true respect, the trust we build from day one, behind the scenes. With this being said, each meeting is held with intent and carried with integrity.

Each of our Ciao Bella Brides are able to pick and choose from our CBWP Master list, which is complete with qualified professionals, that we either work with personally, or know professionally. Most of the time it consists of Vendors we have worked with in the past. From experience, we know how imperative this is to the Wedding planning process, in order to make it a fabulous and flawless extravaganza!

We are honored and so ecstatic to be able to offer these levels of services, to our high end clients now. { Because this two time, Emmy nominated Celebrity, Hollywood Make Up artist has an incredible portfolio, filled with A-list actors, artists and celebrities…she has worked on. Wait until we reveal it below! }

Photo via DeeDee Marcelli

Drum roll pleaseeeee, we are happy to announce that she will now be working with us at CBWP, when she is not on set that is!

Photo via DeeDee

So be sure to reach out to her on her site or Instagram @deedeemarcelli , upon reserving your Wedding date; make up artists are usually the first person, you will and set an appointment with, as a Bride, for your Bridal Trial, because they book up quickly.

DeeDee’s Professional Portfolio

DeeDee ran the head of the Make-Up Department for Dwayne { The Rock } Johnson’s new show, that is out right now called The Titan Games, on NBC.

Photos via DeeDee Marcelli
Photo via DeeDee Marcelli
Photo via DeeDee Marcelli

During our meeting with DeeDee we were able to ask her a few questions that we thought you guys, would like to know as well.

  1. What’s your favorite part about doing make up? “Making people feel their absolute best”
  2. How many years have you been in business ?   “20 years in business”
  3. What were you doing before you became a make up artist? “I was a singer. I loved to sing. My mom was a singer and my daughter is too.”
  4. How did you get started ? “I worked hard. I was working as a singer and then started doing Make-Up on the side. The Entertainment industry is all about contacts & networking. I like to think that my hard work has sustained me and helped to give me the career that has lasted for decades. Giving everything you have,  with a smile, is what I believe has kept me in the loop.”
  5. Who are some of your favorite celebrities & faces you have worked on? It can be both Males & Females…

-Alicia keys 

-Olsen Twins Mary Kate and Ashley 

-Betty White 

-Queen Noor of Jordan 

-Cheryl Hickey

– Cory Booker

-Mrs. Nancy Regan The First Lady

-Tom Cruise

-Terry Cruise

-Ben Afflect 

-Denzel Washington 

-Clayton Kersaw 

-Michael Douglas

-Will Farrell

Arnold Schwarzenegger

-Magic Johnson 

-Taylor Kinney 

-Kenanu Revves 

-Adam Devine

-Tobey Maguire

-John Lovitz

-Michael Buble

-Jason Derulo

-Celine Dion

-Will Smith

-Harvey Levin

-Carmen Electra

6. What do you do to make yourself calm?

I like to listen to music..I like Pink ! No..it isn’t classical.

I like Shawn Mendez

or “Imagine Dragons “

Anything that brings good energy .

7. What’s  one of your biggest traits in this business ?

“I am really good with a diversity of people. I think it takes a certain kind of person to know and understand the fine lines of a woman’s face, especially ones of all ages. Anyone can make a young face look pretty. I am trained with making males or females look amazing. I am crediable and very knowledgeable, I am trained with Medical camouflage make up, and Skin care issues; I have also been trained on all sorts of skin tones. I specialize in airbrush, Body airbrush, contour and I am known for my flawless techniques.”

Awards Shows and Red Carpet Appearances

Academy Awards

Golden Globes

American Music Awards

Emmy’s

Grammys

Sag Awards

Country Music Awards

Current or Recent TV Shows

Titan Games-NBC
Hells Kitchen
America’s Next Top Model
So you Think You Can Dance
The Late Late Show
Peoples Court
Black Card Revoked
Snap Decision
Beat the Clock
Name that Tune
Objectified


DeeDee and I photo taken at Aroma on
January 29th 2019

To contact DeeDee visit her Website: http://deedeemarcelli.com/

To be loved by you

This is still going to be the best day in your life!

We wanted to stay positive in these times of discomfort and fear. We promise you your Wedding day will still be the best day of your life, you know why….because you are marrying your soulmate. And no matter where life takes you, you will always have each other. 


You have found the love of your life and as one of our favorite quotes goes, “some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this.”


We know our brides have been shaken up during this whole pandemic but good times are ahead. With pushing back their wedding dates and postponing till later in the year one thing is ultimately clear, we will all get through this together. Trust in us and your Planners + stay strong.

We are working with our vendors and doing our best to get you what you want. We are being flexible and providing you with the best possible outcomes.


With all our love, stay healthy and be safe. We will leave you on this note..”don’t worry about a thing, cuz every little thing… it’s going to be alright” —B.M.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Head over Heels

Swooning over these Dream Day Shoes! We all want a good pair of Wedding shoes but what color do we get! We wanted to give you the 411 on what’s popular in 2020! These heels are all hitting the dancefloor!

Here’s what’s trending. We are seeing a lot of white, neutrals, satin and velvets, + blush pinks in a new color in the mix { and we are not mad about it} !

As most of you know it’s imperative to have one pair of shoes for Ceremony + Professional photos and one pair for Dancing + The Reception.

Most brides are opting for two pairs on their Wedding day regardless of they have an outfit change. Two pairs of shoes are a must! View our gallery below to see what’s hot!

Photo credits : Brides, Wedding Wire, The Knot, Pinterest, Bridal Bliss, and The Planners Lounge.

Morning Lavender

 

Have you ever heard of Morning Lavender?? If not, you will have to look it up.

Morning Lavender Boutique and Café is the cutest place ever to have any type of Event :

-Bridal Shower

-Baby Shower

-Birthday Party

-Gathering

-Or a special event

Located in the heart of Tustin, this little gem is a must see.

It’s open from 9am-7pm. And is easy to see, from the front you will see it’s beautiful Boutique and behind the boutique is the Café.

Before coming here, I always know parking in front of the shop is limited.

There are plenty of spots down the main streets so plan on walking a little bit.

We have been here a hand full of times to meet our Brides. They have a variety of Bridesmaids dresses and gowns in their showroom to choose from. We think it’s such a great place to have a meeting.

We hoped you enjoyed our review and little segment on this hidden gem. Stay busy and be beautiful! https://morninglavender.com/

XoXo- The Ciao Bella Babes

Ciao Bella Baby

Maternity Photoshoot

We decided to do a Maternity Photoshoot near by, our house at the time. We loved the way the greenery was taking over the Pepper fields.


So we called up my brother who is great on the GoPro and has his own Drone, to get that awesome footage, my sister-in-law who knows all my good angles and went for it.

The weather was wonderful a little cold by the time we got down there because it was golden hour, but we had a little sunlight still!

It made due for the best pictures. The last time we got pregnant we, or should I say “I” wanted to get those fabulous sunset on the beach shots. So this time around we went for a totally different feel. Here is our first look.


For our second look I wanted to spice it up and add some color to our wardrobe, so I wore a red dress, and the hubs and our baby girl, Liv wore denim.

I love what a sport she was being especially during her nap time. She did get cranky towards the end, so I knew it was time to go. But I needed up doing a super cute look inside the house as well, so it was great that she wanted to go.

I am feeling great this time around. I’m super happy to be having another baby. I couldn’t be more grateful and blessed to be carrying a healthy baby. We absolutely love our doctors Tiffney and Brian Tran over by Mission Viejo Hospital. They are such a dynamic duo and made my first process of being pregnant a breeze, plus delivery was crazy, and I couldn’t thank Dr Tran enough for being my super hero that day.

The Ultimate Guide to Bridal Shopping

Have you ever wondered what the process is to go Bridal Shopping?

It’s not as simple as you would like, or even think for that matter. If only, you could just call the day of, or walk in, and be treated like you were shopping at Nordys or Bloomies.

Don’t get us wrong, yes you could, but most places are by appointment only and a lot are booked out way in advance. Unless you go to somewhere like BHLDN in Anthropology. They are way more friendly since they are at a Mall and are more welcoming to walk ins.

We are here to give you the 411 on what to do when it comes to Shopping for your Dream Dress.

Here is the Ultimate Guide To Bridal Shopping.

5 things you need to know before you go Dress Shopping

1.Scout out your favorite locations 

2.Book your appointments in advance most all Bridal Shops are by apts only and they get filled up quickly.

3.Go shopping at least 8-12 months before your Wedding or 6 months at the least. 

4.Know that the dresses you try on are usually one size and they will be clipping you into them. It is not your actual dress. Your dress will most likely be custom made accordingly.

5.Coordinate with your Bridesmaids or besties, whoever you would like to go with you and find out their availability and schedule a day that works for you and then.

Wedding Pizza Bar

Happy National Pizza Day! “I love you with every PIZZA my heart !” We love a good pun!

Imagine having a Pizza Buffet on your wedding day! We think this is such great way to incorporate something fun and affordable.

Here are 5 ways your can do it.

  1. Have a Hosted Pizza Bar
  2. Have Pizza served in slices for appetizers
  3. Have it for midnight snacks
  4. Have a kids table set for making mini pizzas and oven roast them
  5. Take them home! Have boxes to-go for people to eat as they go!

Photo credits:

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/

http://TheKnot.com

http://Brides.com

https://www.weddingomania.com/