Category: Ciao bella wedding planning

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! 

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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/

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/

The Ultimate Guide to The Perfect Proposal

Ciao Bella’s Ulitmate Guide To The Perfect Proposal

1. Hire a professional !
2. They will help you find the perfect spot and location. They will help you design, decorate, stage and set up the proposal accordingly, with the right vendors. They will listen to your specific wants and needs and create a once in a lifetime moment.
3. They will make sure it’s magical !
4. They will hire a photographer and videographer duo for you.
5. Make sure you pick or choose a sentimental location or your personal planner can help assist you in doing so if you haven’t decided already !
6. Speak from the heart when you propose ! This is huge, and very important ! Don’t try to use big words to impress her you got this far right, just be you!
7. Don’t take too long- make it short simple and sweet!
8. Stay in the moment, it’s totally ok to be funny, silly or even laugh, it makes due for even better shots and footage for the photographer and videographer !
9. Look into their eyes when you are speaking, I know you might be nervous, and you will want to shy away from their eyes but steady contact is key ! Just try your best to focus, for that special second, on the way they look at that very moment in time and memorize it.
10. Then your coordinator and Personal planner, will plan for you and your fiancé { yes I said it fiancé !!! } to enjoy a limo ride to a candlelit dinner for the two of you , at your favorite resturant, where a table filled with rose petals, and bottle of your favorite bubbly will be waiting for you. { with your choice of any color rose petals – of course }

Call to get Rates or to Book The Ciao Bella Proposal Package today !

Xo – The Ciao Bella Babes

Wedding Estate Venues

This Hidden Gem is nestled away in the hills of Laguna Beach.

Enchanting and majestic this Historical Landmark, is the perfect place to say “I do!”

Host your next Celebration, Holiday Party, Event or Family Reunion here! This secret garden, is situated in the heart of Laguna Beach.

High Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Low Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Overnight Accommodations:
Up to 24 guests

The Low Down: Venue + Rehearsal & Overnight Accommodations available at this property ‘
Ceremony: 70 guests seated + Bridal Party
Reception: 80 guests

Venue Style: Tuscany / Garden Party / Spanish  /  mediterranean / Coastal / Suitable to accommodate all sorts of themes.

Venue Type: Estate / Villa / Private Mansion

Views: Ocean / Garden / Hills

Types of Occasions: This Venue is the perfect location for a romantic and intimate Wedding, Event, Party, Celebration, Corporate Party, Holiday or Company Gathering, Cocktail or Private Party, Family Reunion, Special Occasion, Bachlorette Party, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, anything really, you name!

Our calendars are filling up quick and 2019 & 2020 is booking up fast, to reserve your dates, or to check availability, rates or to tour the Estate please email us.

This Secret Garden Estate is only 650 steps from Heisler Park and only 1000 steps to the pacific and sandy pristine beaches of sunny socal. This Hidden Gem offers fee WiFi and has been newly renovated.

Features 6 Villas and 7 total Exquisite Locations on this Hidden Gem :

Foxglove Studio 2 ppl
Heather Studio 2 ppl
Lavender Suite 3 ppl
Delphinium Suite 4 ppl
Violet Suite 4 ppl
Jacaranda Cottage 5 ppl

Historic Main Cottage : The Main Cottage or house is used for a Common area, the Kitchen Dinning Room, Living Space is for all the Villas.

Call : 949-514-1651

For more information, or to Schedule a meeting, to tour this Estate please email us.

By Appointment Only.

Budget Savvy Brides Listen Up

CAN WE GIVE YOU ONE MAJOR PIECE OF ADVICE

We promise, you will want… to thank us later!

Spend the money on a Wedding Planner, trust us when we say, it will end up costing you more money literally, if you don’t.

Any Wedding Planner knows how to save you money. But most of all they know where to spend it.

Your Wedding Planner knows how to make it look more expensive than it really is, by adding special touches, and details where it matters most.

Wedding Planners are here to give you the best advice, save you the most time & money, and they will guide you in the direction, towards the Wedding YOU deserve!

Not a DIY nightmare, that will end up driving you crazy, and your relationship in a downward spiral. We are being honest here, and we want to help you avoid any kind of disaster.

We know how challenging, planning your own Wedding can be. ( We have done it before, and trust us when we say it is NOT easy ) and how many countless hours, and time it takes away from your new phase, of the “Fiancé Engagement relationship”, is just ridiculous. You should not do that to yourself.

We know when Brides, start to take short cuts, or take on too many DIY projects, and start to spend way too much time calling vendors and comparing prices… that it has only just begun.

( Yet do you have any clue what things costs, or should costs, or how much you need to budget for each Vendor, or how much to save for your Big DAY ??? )

Biting off more than you can chew it is not fun for anyone. Especially not your fiancé, or your family members, nor is it fair for you.

Being a budget savvy bride doesn’t mean you are cheap. It means you are conservative, and you don’t want to splurge on this one day, that is bound to drain everyones bank accounts.

It’s for the brides, who are mature enough to say to themselves, what do I need, want do I want, and what can I live without.

From the Day you get engaged, it’s like a ticking time bomb. I mean…… am I right ladies??????!! This is suppose to be an EXCITING experience, isn’t it. Not a stressful one.

Ever wonder, how you are ever, going to afford the WEDDING of your Dreams?? When even, just hiring a Wedding Planner can seem unaffordable to you right now ?

We are here to help YOU!!!

Our Ciao Bella Planners are Budget Savvy, and ohh soooooo very knowledgable. Our Wedding Packages come with a Complimentary Creative Designer, who can help you design your one of a kind wedding. Your Wedding Planner will also work as their counterpart, to plan and coordinate your every need.

Now, We are going to give you a list of locations in our Hometown, that are fun, feasible, affordable and right by the Beach!!!

I know, I know, you think we are kidding, but we are not !!! HERE IS THE LIST!!

Ciao Bella Budget Savvy Laguna Locations:
1. North of Main Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
2. Rockpile Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
3. Picnic Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
4. Heisler Park Gazebo / & Heisler Park Grassy Lawn
5. Crescent Bay Park Amphitheater
6. Laguna Beach Art Museum
7. Forest & Ocean Gallery
8. Pearl St Beach ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )
9. Shaw’s Cove ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )
10. Moss Point ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )

ALL WEDDINGS REQUIRE A PERMIT FROM THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH

MORE OF CIAO BELLA’S FAVORITE SAVVY LOCATIONS IN THE OC:
1. Ole Hanson San Clemente
2. Doheny State Beach Dana Point
3. Califia Historic Cottage San Clemente
4. Lantern Bay Park Dana Point
5. Heritage Park Dana Point
6. Baby Beach / Ocean Institute
7. Cannons Dana Point

ALL WEDDINGS REQUIRE A PERMIT IF IT’S OWNED BY THE CITY OF THE VENUE LOCATION

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