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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

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

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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

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

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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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!

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