Studio A Newport Beach Ca

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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
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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

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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 !

Christmas Styled Photoshoot

For this years Christmas Styled Photoshoot we wanted to give you a super Chic tablescape!

For this first look we wanted to incorporate a modern day sophistication with a twist of romantic elegance.

We collaborated with our gal from SjLetterCo. to give you the ultimate experience. She did all our Calligraphy + Paper goods for this styled shoot.

To visit her : http://Sjletterco.com

The next look we went for more of a Traditional feel. Classic red, with a beautiful silver sequin linen. Red roses and gold accents. Check out our gallery to view our photos up close.

This time we used the same look just changed the napkin ! Look at what a difference it makes just by a napkin swap’ !

Our next look we went for a dark Emerald green charger plate, silver sequin linen, and then we wrapped our gift with a super chic reindeer ribbon. We still kept it classy with a subtle hints of timeless accents.

We loved playing around with these different designs and spending the extra attention to detail. We hoped you enjoyed our Christmas Styled Photoshoot as much as we did’ !

“When you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life.”


We are extremely passionate about our Designs and we loved sharing them all with you! We hope you had a Happy Holiday and cheers, to the New Year of 2019!

Xo , The Ciao Bella Babes

Laguna Beach & OC In December

We have always loved Laguna in the wintertime. The lights the ambiance, the fire red and pink sunsets, it gives us all the feels. 

Taken last night December 10th 2018

We feel like no matter how many times we see a sunset in Laguna it’s prettier every time. Each time it is different, and the true beauty of it is how it changes its colors with every season.  

We love shopping at Fashion Island, seeing Santa and visiting the Christmas Tree at South Coast Plaza. 

Taken from Bluebird Beach Ca 

We busted out the Family Cookbook this week and started to make some Christmas cookies. Let’s be honest the smell of cookies is C H R I S T M A S ! 

Tis the Season 

Butter Ball Cookies 

We love all the Santa’s in OC and how real they look! This year we went to see Santa at Fashion Island. It was our daughters very first time and this being her 1st Christmas we totally thought she was going to cry. But she didn’t. Check out the photos below to see. My husband and I were reminiscing and sharing our seeing “Santa Stories” as we waited in line. 


How cute is Santa’s House ! 

Arabella Laguna

Arabella Laguna

Planning a Birthday Party, Family Reunion or even a Wedding, look no further, Arabella Laguna, in beautiful Laguna Beach, offers a destination venue where you can host your event and also accommodate up to 24 guests overnight.

The manicured English style garden area is a lovely backdrop for all events and in the evening transforms into a magical wonderland as all the twinkling lights in the surrounding trees illuminate the courtyard, which accommodates 75-100 guests, comfortably.

The Verandah area, the lower part of the main cottage, features a very large great room with fireplace, oversized dining table, a large sun porch, a bathroom, and a chef’s kitchen complete with a Viking Range, Traulsen Refrigerator, two oversized sinks and two dishwashers.

Whether you are looking for an intimate location to host a family reunion, a quaint, romantic location to host your wedding or the perfect set up for a big celebration, be it a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc., Arabella Laguna offers all the amenities to make your event a success. Please contact us for rates and further information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Vintage Garden Guest Cottages Wedding Package Accommodations
2018
Congratulations!
If you are looking for a unique, romantic location for your wedding, look no further, Arabella Laguna
is perfect.
Because of the intimate setting, we are a destination wedding venue and require that you rent the
entire property for your wedding. We can accommodate up to 100 people. The Verandah has a
professional kitchen for your caterer, bathroom for your guests, gift room and living room/sunroom
for your buffet and cake table. Arabella has a total of seven studios, suites and cottages, each with its
own kitchen. Combined, they will accommodate between 16-24 people, utilizing all bed space.
The Weekend Getaway Package which is available from September (after Labor Day) through May
(before Memorial Day), includes all studios, suites and cottages for two nights (this does not include
the North Laguna Summer Home), Friday and Saturday. The cost for the Weekend Getaway
Package is $10,000.00.
Additional nights may be reserved if desired. Check in is at 4:00 P.M. on Friday and check out is
before 12:00 P.M. on Sunday.
There is a $1,000.00 security deposit that is refundable if the property is returned as received. A 50%
deposit is required to hold your reservation, with the balance due 6 months before the event date.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to see the property you may call us at 949-376-5744 or
toll free at 866-376-5744.
Best Regards,
Heather Hatzis and Connie Maxsenti

About Arabella
We were established in the year 2002 after a complete renovation of the historic cottages and accompanying studios and suites.

The four buildings that comprise Arabella Laguna surround a lush English style garden and courtyard; surrounded by blossoming white roses, hydrangeas, and trumpet vines and sheltered by towering elms, you may relax in one of the many sitting areas and enjoy the serene ambiance Arabella Laguna cultivates.

Each cottage, suite or studio is equipped with its own full kitchen, stocked with all the necessities to make you feel at home, and with free wireless internet and on site laundry facilities you may further enjoy your time away. In addition, we are located at the North end of Gallery Row providing you with easy access to the beach, shopping, parks and all the seasonal festivals.

All these unique qualities provide you with a more intimate one of a kind experiences you discover the many charms of Laguna Beach.

We look forward to your visit with us!!

The Ulitmate Guide to Wedding Do’s & Dont’s

Hello there gorgeous girls

We have some very informative insight and we are so very excited to share this with you guys! We are able to offer our brides advice we never could before. For years of planning we thought we were pros but yet, did we didn’t have any idea the insight at that time, that we’re about to share with you today.

After countless Weddings and years of planning, we thought we were experts, pros, yet we never knew how it was to be a real Bride …ourselves, until we up and got married, of course !

Now, let’s sit back and rewind time. If we knew half, of the things we knew today, after walking down that aisle, we would’ve been able to offer our Brides some wonderful in-tell !

This being said we are so pleased to announce some very helpful for Ciao Bella Tips and Tricks for you, our New and upcoming Brides.

Ciao Bella Tips & Tricks take Note:

1. A huge tip you want to avoid is don’t overdo the DIY items, ask for help.
2. Find a bakery near your venue so you don’t have to worry about it being in the vehicle for too long, traffic, car accidents etc. The Wedding Cake needs to be set up 3-prior to reception.
3. Buy two sets of wedding shoes, one beautiful pair and one more comfortable pair- for dinner,dancing and after hours.
4. Don’t drink too much the morning of, I know I know we are about to sound like your parents right now but just trust us when we say, you’re not going to be able to last all day.
5. Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast! I know, now we still like your mother but this is very important! We know how nerve-racking it is to eat early in the morning, on your wedding day nonetheless, but it’s a must.
6. Make sure all of your girls / bridesmaids are well rested.
7. Take a second to breathe and enjoyed each and every moment. This is the day…. you’ve waited your whole life for…..take every second of it in.
8. The day goes by so quickly, be make sure to at least say hi to all the guests who may have traveled far, to be there for you on your Wedding day-. If you can’t get around to saying hi, to everyone —that is.
9. We learned it’s best to do a Thank you to the guests, with our Bride and Groom, with a song after the of the toast speeches.( To accomplished this ) Play a song like “ that’s a more ‘ – “ and have the bride and groom, go around to each table and cheers all the Guests, at each of the tables. It really makes it easy, and it gets the crowd going too! Be sure to make eye contact, or say hi to each of your guests as your doing it. ( Plus it’s FUN ) And your guests will love the interaction, trust us !
10. After that’s done to wrap up the Toasts and Speeches, be sure to thank your guests for coming. ( Once you are back at your headtable or sweetheart table, over the microphone. ) We always like to end, our Ciao Bella Weddings with a thank you speech, from our Bride and Groom. It’s super sweet thoughtful and respectful to your guests for coming to share your love on this very special day of yours.

Ok my pretties, we hope you guys enjoyed our talk — for the latest and greatest, Ciao Bella Tips and Tricks on the blog today! Happy Planning! And happy holidays Ciao for now!

Thanksgiving DIY Designs

Ciao Bella’s Thanksgiving DIY Designs

The holidays bring out the best in us, in all of us we hope! We enjoy giving thanks, not only on Thanksgiving, but throughout the year!

As we sit back, and think about, all the amazing weddings and events we have accomplished thus far, we are left with the utmost gratitude. A smile from ear to ear.

Creating magical moments for our Brides and seeing the excitement in their eyes, when they walk into their venue for the first time, is such an incredible feeling. The confidence and reassurance they get when they see us is so fulfilling.

Designing spectacular events for clients is something we have always dreamed of doing. We cherish the memories we make with our peers, our professional team, and the friends that have turned into family, over the years of being in this industry.

To us, this is what life is truly about. Loving what you do and feeling passionate and proud of your work, is the best feeling, and the greatest gift you can give yourself.

This Thanksgiving we want you to reflect on your accomplishments and give thanks to all that you do for yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back as the year closes and comes to and end. Be thankful for your surroundings and enjoy your life.

There are so many things to be thankful for. Make a list and read it off to yourself. Appreciate the little things and celebrate all wins.

Stay strong always and hold your head up high! We love you, you are amazing and you are killing it -at this thing we call life.

Now, onto our Thanksgiving Tablescape Designs.

This year we couldn’t decide so we did two looks. We would love to hear your feedback.

First look:

We went for a a simplistic chic natural feel.

We used Crystal glasses, Crystal candle stick holders, a beautiful Bohemian chic linen napkin with fringe detail, and the same charger plates for both looks. We loved adding black candles sticks for flare. Paper straws which we do not like to use personally but love to stage and design with ! Crystal Accent Votive candles and white spray painted pine cones.


Second look:

We went for more of the traditional feel.

This was super easy to accomplish. We spray painted some leaves, rose gold metallic, added a few succulents, and some branches of leaves we clipped from the front yard, added a few fresh and trendy elements some Moscow Mule cups and tadaaaa. We had a super cute gingham black and white print runner, that we used to add pattern. Let us know what you think? And which you like best! Leave a comment below!