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 

Being a Bridesmaids

Have you ever wondered what your official role, as a bridesmaid really entails ? Well, we are here to give you the scoop on your job as a Bridesmaids and the proper Etiquette—-

If you were asked to be a Bridesmaids it is such a compliment and an honor. For some this is our first time, for others it’s their 5th time! But some of us, have never been sure of our duties, and some are not financially capable of these duties. Not to fret! We are here to help guide you. Plus, you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money, if you get creative !

Step 1: See how many Bridesmaids your Bride chooses. If there are only a few of you that’s cool, if there are a lot of you even better! Everything can be split to make it more affordable for everyone. The Maid of Honor, or Matron of honor, will be the one who will be taking the lead.

Step 2 : Wait for their direction first before jumping the gun, with color schemes, bridal shower themes and bachelorette ideas. They may or may not have already discussed this with the Bride.

Photo image via : Ciao Bella Weddings & Events

Step 3 : Go out to brunch together, get to know one another, try to collaborate, brainstorm ideas or exchange numbers if you have not already. Since most of the time not all bridemaids happen to be friends, just happen to share a common bestie!

Step 4 : It’s not about you it’s about them! Make it that way. Show them you care and make the BRIDE feel SPECIAL, that’s the BIGGEST JOB DUTY YOU HAVE as a Bridesmaids, and is will weigh the heaviest yet it doesn’t cost a thing.

Step 5: Plan out what everyone’s jobs is and make a spreadsheet. This way nothing is bought twice or overlooked.

As a Bridesmaid we all know we are going to be in uniform of some sort, matching dresses, jewelry, matching style of dresses, maybe in different shades of the same color, matching shoes, matching hair styles; matching nail polish—- so many things you obviously see yourself spending money on.

Some Brides don’t mind which shoes you get, as long as they are closed toed or open toed-shoes, and one color nude or dark beige.

But then there are other brides, who want all their girls in the same exact shoes and are more lientent on the dresses; where they give you a color and tell you, that you may buy the dress whenever you like, so you can control the price.

We know how hard it is to ask a Bride these questions, but know that it is ok to do so. Like, do you have an idea of what we are going to be spending money on, { sometimes the Bride will buy all her bridesmaids matching robes for getting ready or the earrings she wants you to wear the Day of } So be aware of this and factor it in. You won’t be buying it all.

The bride will eventually have the Maid of Honor tell the rest of the Bridal tribe, what the Dress code is. At that time they will give them the 411, on the items they need to be purchasing.

We hope you enjoyed our segment on Bridesmaids Etiquette !

Xo- Ciao Bella Babes

Bravos RHOC Lynne Curtin Designs – Jewelry Line

We got the pleasure of connecting with The Former RHOC Lynne Curtin, for a recent Event at the OC Peel Bar, in Newport Beach.

Photos via Lynne Curtin

Where we got the scoop on the latest technology, and the 411 on all things beauty.


Valentine’s Day? Gift ideas…you ask! Check out what we have in store for you down below!
We will let you take all the credit and you can thank us later..

Take note : We all know what women really
want… this Valentine’s Day and that is
jewelry and to be pampered of course !
Location @ocpeelbar | @lynnecurtindesigns

Looking for something sweet, sassy and classy for your loved one this Valentine’s Day?

Wait for it .. wait for it… { Now go check out @lynnecurtindesigns_ Jewelry Line } We love everything she has going on’ !

http://Instagram.com/lynnecurtindesigns_

Shop today! http://www.lynnecurtin.com

We had such an incredible time sipping champagne, networking, and meeting fresh new faces in this industry !

We know how much our Brides, and their Bridesmaids, like to be pampered, so we wanted to head over to the OC Peel Bar and see what they have to offer! Can we just say, this is absolutely the most perfect place for all your Bridal beauty needs!

Host your next Bridal Shower, Pamper Party Or Hydrafacial today! You will not be disappointed! Let them know Ciao Bella Babes sent you, to get the full red carpet experience!

We hope you enjoyed our new Blog post Happy Valentine’s Day Darlings !

Xoxo— The Ciao Bella Babes

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/

Studio A Newport Beach Ca

Photo via Ciao Bella

We got the pleasure of meeting with Audrey over at Studio A, today.

Photo via Ciao Bella

She is a an amazingly talented, hair stylist at Studio A, and the Owner of Classic Newport Weddings; which she began in 2014.

Photo via Studio A

A little background about her: She has been doing weddings over 19 years ago and has been married for 14 years. She is very passionate about her job and professional, to say the least. We loved her energy and enthusiasm!

We are super excited to collab with her and her team for upcoming Weddings, Events or Birthday Parties.

Photo via Studio A
Audrey Hair Stylist

Her team offers the latest techniques in styling including airbrush makeup, Keratin Smoothing Treatment and hair extensions.  They offer a discounted price, for a trial styling. If you are interested in coming in to meet with them prior to your wedding. Appointments upon availability. Please contact them for bookings.

Photo via Studio A
Photo via Studio A
Photo via Ciao Bella

We recently got the pleasure of doing a Wedding in a Laguna Beach with her and her team. Can we just say our bride was enchanting. Absolutely stunning, a natural beauty to begin with but even more exquisite than we could have imagined after the glam squad! We will be posting photos of our Bride, Falon’s hair and make up below.

We hope you enjoyed our Blog post ! Xoxo The Ciao Bella Babes

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Chocolate Monogram Wax Seals DIY Guide

Ciao Bella
Chocolate Monogram Wax Seals | DIY Guide

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Monogram DIY Wax Seals

We had so much fun making these ! We love wax seals so why not make them chocolate ones !

  1. Melting your chocolate…It’s not always easy. Try not to burn it! Ok so start by placing your white or milk chocolate morsels, in a miscrowave safe bowl, on a lower power setting for like 10 seconds or until its melts, make sure to check every 5-8 seconds by stirring it.
  2. Then place your wax paper down over your cooking / baking sheet and place a tiny amount off of the tip of your teaspoon, in a small dime size circular shape.. try to make them at least 5 cm apart if you can.
  3. Have your wax seals in ice. The metal part must be ice cold in order for the chocolate to peal off easily.
  4. If you make a mistake { like we did… wash it off with hot water and start again. Place the wax seal in ice.. we like to use a small bowl of ice.
  5. And stamp it just as you would a regular hot wax seal, but using your choice chocolate, instead.
  6. Make sure you do it right as your chocolate starts to harden, having the perfect timing is everything.. play around with it. It took us a few tries to get it down right. }
Place your chocolate in tiny dollops like so. The ones in the picture are way too BIG !!! Make them around a dime size.. this is what not to do …{ In the picture above… we like to see if you are paying attention…. is that wrong of us?? }
DIY Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate Monograms

The Ciao Bella Babes love to create pieces that are custom made and editable too’!

How about these DIY Monogramed Chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Super cute and easy too!

You can add them to cupcakes, your favorite candy box whatever you wish to do! We like to do something new for our Hubby, so we thought we would share it with you!

We love to inspire you, for Valentine’s this 2019 or just because!

This is even an awesome idea to incorporate your new last name at your Wedding or Engagement Party!

Try it for your next Birthday party or private extravaganzas! I mean …{ Who doesn’t love their initials or the Letter of their last name everywhere ? }

White Chocolate Monogramed Wax Seals

2019 & 2020 Unveiled To Veil or Not to Veil

Ciao Bella is breaking down the Wedding Rules —or should we say, do’s and don’ts to wearing a Veil, or not wearing a Veil on your Wedding Day. — Written by Ciao Bella Christina // Images via Ciao Bella Wedding & Events ™️

Things to consider, tips and tricks when purchasing your Veil. Opting for other options. We wanted to give you the scoop whether to Veil, or not to Veil, in 2019 & 2020.

A winter coat making statements. No Veil needed.
Both subtle hints of a flower crown and a Veil for Ceremony. Makes due for elegant and timeless shots. 2019 & 2020 we are seeing less flower crowns and more subtle hints of floral in their hair. Like the photos here.
Caught in the moment. Veils have been making statements for centuries. Check out what other trends are making headlines, this day in age.
Our Ciao Bella Brides “Something old” played a big part in this piece. Not only was it her Veil replacement, but a sentimental hair clip, she got custom made from an old heirloom.

Another of one of our Ciao Bella Brides who opted for a waist length Veil, so beautifully done.

Keep in mind some of these things when shopping for your Veil, the type of wedding or dress color you’re going to get? If you’re getting an ivory dress, make sure you’re getting an ivory Veil, if you’re getting a white dress make sure to get a white Veil.

How long the sleeves are? If you are doing sleeves or sleeveless dress, a sweetheart cut neckline, a princess, or mermaid style Wedding gown? These are major factors and the details you want to be aware of When purchasing your Wedding Veil.

Your Wedding Venue. Trust us when we say this will have a lot to do with your Veil on the Wedding day! This has a lot to do with the type of Veil want to choose. Make sure your wedding theme is cohesive, with this being said, that includes your Dress and your veil as well. Some brides tend to forget that.

Yes you should be choosing your Venue first, locking in your Wedding Date, so you can set and send out the Save the Dates. Then is time to shop and pick out your Dream Wedding Dress, and then of course the Veil. { or no Veil }

It should be in that order but if it’s not it’s OK if not don’t fret, every bride is different. This is just some professional advice, to make it most easiest on our Ciao’s Bella Brides. This is a glimpse of what, insider tips we offer here for our Brides. We love to share information insight to them on a regular basis, when they choose us to be their Personal Planner.

Ok back to the basics:

If you have a lot of embellishments on your dress, make sure your veil is less dominating. If you have a dress that doesn’t have any embellishments, and is more of a timeless piece—you can go with a very detailed Veil. When your dress is very detailed and intricate, you can opt for a smaller shoulder or hip length Veil or even one more simplistic, like our Brides have done here in the phots from the Winery Wedding. You do not have to go with a cathedral or chapel style. Keep in mind you don’t want your Veil to dominate your Wedding dress. Pick wisely. Even try your Veil on, with a similar gown in stores if possible.


2019 & 2020 Unveiled To Veil or Not to Veil

Channeling the 1920s

We wanted to create a fun, freestyled Elopement Shoot, channeling and mixing in the 1920’s, 50s, and a twist of the 80s. We gathered up items we had laying around and called upon a good friend to collab with.

The weather was absolutely stunning for our shoot! Everything we were wanting and wishing for. From the misty air, grey skies, and to the gloomy clouds. The moody ambiance, was exactly what we needed to set the scene.

This is a Vintage 1920s classic hand beaded purse from my late Grandmother
The crisp winter air was so beautiful yesterday…while shooting


Young, wild.. and free … until you Marry Me

How to Be a Ciao Bella Bride ? You ask…just give us a ring …

We hope you enjoyed our Styled Photoshoot. We had so much fun shooting with our favorites.

Model: Kristen Schreiber

Assistants : Ciao Bella Michelle & Liv

Photog: Ciao Bella Wedding Planning ™️

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The Ulitmate Valentines Day Tablescape

With Vday right around the corner we wanted to give you some inspo to get your creative juices flowing !

We love, love to design ! Have we ever told you we love to design?? { Hahah, ok no but really } This time we got a jump start ! We went to our favorite store for decor, Michaels Crafts Store.

We found a ton of cute fun things to play with! Candy canes that were on sale from Christmas. A really beautiful white Geode, some red candle sticks, some dainty crystal candle holders and we had the white Sequin linen in-house.

Here’s what we came out with. Let us know what you think in a comment below. We love to hear feedback.

Happy Valentines Day My Ciao Bella Beauties !! We wanted to wish you a fabulous and wonderful Hallmark Holiday !

And any of you newly engaged couples we are here at your service.

“It’s not about the breaths you take It’s about the moments that take your breath away..”

We have a special Valentines Day Giveaway coming up too — So stay tuned! Follow @CiaoBellaWeddingPlanning for more Wedding Fun !