Category: Laguna beach

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 

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/

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