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Bella Collina wedding

This was such a beautiful wedding story to be a part of, and during the ceremony and in the ballroom we had signs via birds and dragonflies that those that had departed were there and happy for them!!!  I’ve said it before and i will keep saying it, if you are not wanting or having ocean as your ceremony backdrop, this would be my choice!!  just gorgeous.


The ballroom has 2 sides of 4 that are windows and one opens to a side patio, which is a great place for the photobooth and bar.  Bella Collina has the wine barrels and we use them at all weddings somewhere.  Below we added personal items to the ‘fireplace’ area in the ballroom.

For once i had a photographer that took the same photos i did and need/like, hers were much better than my iPhone ones tho, thus the reason you hire a pro, lol, thanks to Marie Sam.  My trusty side kick was with me on this one providing all the music, Peter/Vive Entertainment, and we both love working with and have known Karen at Bella Collina for years, since her Ritz-Carlton days xoxoxox

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Add a comment April 9, 2020

Bella Collina wedding

Oh how i love a Bella Collina Golf Club wedding, the best kept secret in south OC I always say and we are fortunate to have done a few there now.  From the beautiful ceremony backdrop, to the ampitheatre seating for the ceremony to the exclusivity feel you get, especially when you are the only thing happening there later in the evening, I love it.

For Catherine’s wedding she wanted it all outdoors and that was a first for me, and thank goodness mother nature took care of her and it all happened exactly as planned, again the beauty is, being the only event there if the weather had not behaved, we could have moved inside, whew!!

Catherine’s parents were at each meeting and just a lovely family.  The tasting was amazing thanks to Karen the Queen of Bella Collina.

The driveway is fabulous, just like driving down a driveway in Tuscany to get to the main villa or winery you may be visiting or staying at, and here they provide a golf cart and driver to take you all over the grounds after the ceremony to get the great pics.


Great vendor team on board, thanks to Gina Purcelle for the lighter pics above, the darker ones are mine, lol, my first wedding with Jack Farmer/dj-mcee and what a great job he did-he had that dancefloor packed, wedding cake by Simply Sweet Cakery, coach transport-how we got the guests up/back so drinking was not an issue-through Stack Ground-they have beautiful vehicles all sizes, Signature Party Rentals for all the tables/chairs/dancefloor you see, and Devynn’s Gardens for the lovely floral that worked with the theme beautifully, and to Karen and the team at Bella Collina, love being there and working with you all.  xoxoxxo

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Bella Collina wedding reception

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Armaan and Shawn had a multi day event but we just handled the one day with them.  We started at the Sikh temple for a ceremony, then the guests had a nice break to relax/get ready for the evening event which was held at Bella Collina Golf Club in San Clemente.  They had cocktails while overlooking the golf greens and the hills surrounding, its such a beautiful view, and then in the dining room we had a mix of long and round tables for guests.

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I helped them pull their vendor team together for all events, even though we were only physically present on the one day.  I handled the ceremony at the Temple and Teri handled the event at Bella Collina.  Jim Kennedy/photographer, Robles Video/so fun to see you a few times in a couple of months, my awesome Oscar who does such a beautiful job for hair and makeup for my beautiful Indian brides, and not that you can see it, but Matthew of OCAVS did a great lighting job at Bella Collina.  Pics above courtesy of me and Teri!! lol

Then I got to see all the aunties and relatives and bride/groom at another wedding a few weeks later, love it!!

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Bella Collina-San Clemente

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Now most of my weddings are at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna and St Regis Monarch Beach but I came across this venue a few years ago and have waited for the right couples to come along to have their weddings there and finally this year, had two weddings here.  Look at that ceremony backdrop, who knew in the OC you could find this amount of open space no more than 10 minutes off the 5 freeway.  The ceremony setup is great, the chairs are on levels that are amphitheatered down to the ceremony platform area.

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Stacy and Tom and I spent a whole day driving around the OC looking for their perfect venue which they thought had an ocean backdrop, I made this our last stop knowing they would love it, and they did.  The building/area is yours only after the golfers leave, and it reminds me of a beautiful lodge on the east coast or Scottish moors areas!!  The cocktail area is inside/outside and has views over the greens/valleys and the ballroom is one wall of windows with the same view and also an outside patio and has really friendly feel.  Our colors and rentals fit in beautifully.  Karen and the team there are a joy and easy to work with for sure.

An awesome vendor team was hand picked: Frank Salas/photo-thanks for the pics above, Karen’s Flowers, Peter/Vive Ent-dj-ceremony thru the end, Shane Productions/video, Rentals/Monico.

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Bella Collina Golf Club Wedding

Here is a find in the southern OC that I just love.
If you can’t afford the ocean, aren’t really wanting anything inland or too golfy, come and check this property out.
The first thing that strikes you is the drive down this lovely long driveway with cypress trees along it, you drive down down like a roller coaster ride, very cool, you see tinges of wine country, wine barrels etc along the way. Then you head to the ceremony site, such a smart idea, the aisle goes down hill, so the guests are in ampitheatre seating, but the back row is the highest, so everyone has a great view. You get married on a round brick platform, and your background is rolling hills, infact everywhere people look it is rolling hills, who knew we still had so much open space in the OC. The golf course is there, but the difference between this and other golf clubs is, that is not the focus of the view, it is part of the view. The dinner/dance is held in a large banquet room, that is the size of a small ballroom, difference here is, there are windows all around so until it is dark the view is still there, a fireplace gives the feeling of intimacy, and there is a balcony off to one side for anyone needing fresh air etc.
You will be the only wedding happening, the building looks like a Southhampton lodge so gives the appearance of a home, the pricing is very hard to beat, and I think will become very hard to get a date at once more people find out about it.
Let me help you book and plan your Bella Collina wedding.
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Out & about in 2011

Well you can’t be of use to your current couples, let alone future couples, if you have no idea what else is out there, or what seems to be the ‘in’ thing etc.  So if I get an invite, I am there.  Below is a smattering of some places I was invited to events at in 2011 that I normally don’t get to do weddings at, and any comments/thought I may have.

Fairmont Newport Beach, a really nice yet I think forgotton property on MacArthur Blvd close to John Wayne Airport.

Dove Canyon Country Club, a really lovely area tucked up under the Saddleback Mountain.  A couple of hotels about 10 mins down the toll road for your guests to stay at.  If a canyon/nature backdrop that comes with a feeling of elegance and specialness is what you are looking for, this could be the spot for you.

The Waterfront Beach Resort – also in the past known as the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, still under the Hilton umbrella, just rebranding the name.  Had a couple of events to go to here this year including just recently their first every xmas tree lighting which I was honored to be part of a very small group invited to.  The girls who handle the weddings here, Vanessa and Danielle are a blast, love their jobs, brides, and having a good time.

Bella Collina Golf Club – this is a  pretty new facility that has got such a lovely italian feel to it, from the long driveway lined with the olive/cypress trees to the view from the ballroom/restaurant and the lovely ampitheatre area they have created for wedding ceremonies.  But the big secret here is, just off the main parking lot is a lovely little organic farm called Villa Romano Green farms.  They sell produce and everything is so fresh and good.  I happened to enjoy a dinner on the farms land where we were up above the golf club, sitting at vintage style tables and items that had been placed there for our dinner, with views to the ocean in the distance.  We ate fresh beautiful vegetables and meats and drank some lovely wines provided by a couple of the chefs that buy their food from Farmer John.  I see this for a never to be forgotton rehearsal dinner or a group of friends that enjoy good food, wine & views but can’t get to italy together, or a special birthday or dinner celebration.  Really inspiring and memorable.

Surf & Sand in Laguna – well this is a great hotel (had my 30th birthday on the top floor when it was a restaurant) with a pool area that looks right to the waves crashing/sand, has a lovely spa, great food in Splashes, and very popular for wedding celebrations, the only kicker here, is that the reception rooms don’t have ocean views, but the F&B minimums reflect that, so it evens out.

The Deck/Pacific Edge – I had done a wedding here at the end of 2010 and I had a feeling things were a foot, I was so right.  You can still rent out the house/deck area for a private event, but it really is now set up as a great place for cocktails/food open air looking out to the ocean, cool hip bar & funriture all on the deck.  Then the hotel rooms that connect to the ‘deck’ have been setup now so they can be rented out as loung rooms with cabanas outside or you rent the cabana for the day.  Very unique use of space, but so makes sense and I can see locals even booking a cabana for the day, hanging out on the beach, eating from the Beach house restaurant (they will bring the food & drink to you all day long), nice and comfy and a lot less than owning land along the coast.  For out of towners, if you are in town pre wedding, I see the girls hanging out in a cabana for a day/afternoon, there is a nice day spa just up the road you can utilise too or take the loungey room too and have a masseuse there all day to pamper you all.

Casa Romantica, San Clemente, a view that is hard to beat looking out to the San Clemente pier.  The Villa itself is different, you can make use of the inside or as most seem to, do the dinner/dancing in the courtyard area.  Think everything must be done by 10pm, and my only real thought here is, by the time you pay their site fee, get the caterer, rentals etc, I think you may be just under what it would cost to be at a five star like the Ritz Carlton, so then it really comes down to if this feel/look is more you and your guests and you are okay paying that much.

Was invited to an evening at a Mansion up on the hills in Yorba Linda.  As I was getting off the 91 I happened to look up and saw a blue glow on the top of the hill and wondered if that was where I was going, sure enough.  Right on the peak, surrounded by huge homes/mega homes, this massive white  mansion with a huge glass enclosed pool, an upper ballroom area with a stage, tennis courts and grounds all around that can be used for everything, ceremony thru cocktails to dinner/dancing with views to the ocean that were pretty stunning.  I happened to be in that area again last week during the day and looked up, no blue light as it was daytime, but that house is very hard to miss once you have been there, seen it or know where to look.  Amazing.

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club & Talega Golf Club, seems to always be a couple of events a year at these properties, very calm, both offer different feel/style of events, very reasonable pricing!!!

Wyndham Orange County – as happens with all/most hotels, the catering/wedding teams change.  We are now with our 3rd lot of new people since I have been showing this hotel to couples as a potential for their budget & style, and doing weddings there.  As this industry is small it is a team I know, and in order for this behind the OC performing arts center hotel to become known, needs this team under the leadership of Terri.  It really is a gem of a hotel in a great location with a water view (may not be the ocean but it is water!!) and a nice modern/contemporary feel.  A small group of us experienced the chef’s creativity at a lovely lunch, very impressive, the service was great also.  Here you can do the cere ‘lake’ side, cocktails also, then move to an upstairs ballroom, very private and a good size for100-150 guests to have a ballroom feel but not feel like they are in a huge cave.

Planet Hollywood – fun fun.  What a great hotel, great rooms, just a cool vibe.  For your bachelorette party or even a quick honeymoon if you considered your S Ca destination wedding part honeymoon too, stop here on the way home for a whole different  feel.  Vegas is soooo great now for excellent restaurants, night clubs, shopping, shows, and of course, around the pool people watching!!

Disney’s Grand Californian hotel, had a end of year dinner there last week.  I was part of the thought process that went into the ceremony and ballroom  areas of that hotel and when it opened had my wedding office with bridal salon right there in the hotel.  I go back quite often, it doesn’t change, keeps to the plan, the different feel/atmosphere it offers to anyone in the area.  Anyway, this is the least Disney of the banquet rooms between the three hotels, excellent food, and funny to say, but after 11 years away, pretty much the same staff there both in banquets and in the wedding team, offering the service you expect from Disney.  It’s like going/being home anytime I am with those lovely folks.  Very comfy.

A small group of us co-ordinators get together each month and experience some of the newer/older restaurants in the area that are great for rehearsal or pre/post wedding events, as well as hotels or locations that are a bit more boutique feeling.  So too many of them to mention.  Yes, the seasoned girls of the OC are all friends and share info on great vendors (and unfortunately sometimes, not so good, so we warn each other in order to protect our couples), things we have seen/learned etc.  We are a great resource to each other and that in turn rubs off onto our brides.  We each have different styles and personalities and offer different  services, so very rarely do we get interviewed by the same couple, so there is no competition between us, we have come together due to our passion and love for what we do and our longevity/knowledge.  We have seen many vendors come and go, as well as co-ordinators!!  One of our group is even a guy, so he is great to calm us down when we get a little bit too passionate over a certain situation that may have come up.

And, there are places/events I went to, that I would not mention for various reasons, but none of them good.  So good thing I do get out there or your time may have been wasted also, much better to be my time.

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