Love Notes & Testimonials

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Elisa, It was an incredible event we had at Bella Collina! Our family and friends thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful setting, delicious food (everyone said it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had) and the great service that you and your team provided. We received amazing feedback from our guests and we couldn’t be happier that we chose Bella Collina. Everyone said hands down this wedding was the most beautiful, fun, wedding they’ve ever been to. We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work. Even when we had to switch the ceremony site to indoors, it was a calm and relaxing experience on our end. I knew I was in good hands and had nothing to worry about. I was very impressed of how the ceremony went smoothly inside even though we did the rehearsal outside. Not to mention the ceremony still looked beautiful inside (way better than I had imagined)! You did a fantastic job guiding all of us, especially, our ring bearer and flower girls, throughout the ceremony. I can’t thank you enough for your hospitality and providing us with such an incredible experience.
— Brooke // 2.2.19
 
Photographer: Ashley West Works Photography

Photographer: Ashley West Works Photography

I cannot recommend Bella Collina enough. Our wedding was everything that I have ever wanted. We started falling in love with the site on the drive up, and just fell more deeply in love the more we saw the location, and worked with the staff. Karen is one of my favorite people ever, and I am so lucky that we got to work with her the entire time. Elisa could not have been more amazing leading up to and on the day of, she and her staff executed everything exactly as I envisioned, and she was so professional to work with, and kept things moving exactly as needed. She answered every question that I had with a smile, and was so incredibly helpful. The food was great, the ceremony site could not have been more beautiful, I couldn’t have asked for anything more!
— Katie // 11.17.18
Karen, We really appreciated all your help and attitude in making Mansi & Brett’s wedding such a success. Couldn’t have done it without you and your very willing and able staff.
— Rita (Mother of the Bride) // 11.11.18
 
Photographer: Cami Jane Photography

Photographer: Cami Jane Photography

I got married at Bella Collina and Karen and Elisa made it the most wonderful experience for us! From taste testing to visiting the venue several times to sort out the details and finalize the layout, we were greeted with the utmost professionalism every time. Not only is the venue beautiful and top-notch, but the staff is outstanding. I couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out!
— Deandra // 11.3.18 // Source: Wedding Wire
Bella Collina is a hidden Gem! The grounds are absolutely gorgeous. The ballroom has wide windows looking at the breathtaking view. The staff is very accommodating and helpful. While planning, my phone calls were answered immediately and I knew we were in good hands early on. Karen Smiley and Elisa Victa were very helpful and an absolute pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Bella Collina.
— Sabrina A. (Mother of Bride) // 11.3.18 // Source: The Knot
Karen and Elisa, I wanted to shoot you both an email saying thank you so much for my perfect wedding. It was the most beautiful wedding I could have ever imagined. Thank you again for all you did! Best Wishes!
— Megan // 10.13.18
Elisa and Karen, Thank you both so much for helping make our wedding such a special day! We had an amazing time and everyone had such a blast, it could not have gone better. It was great getting to know you both and we really appreciate all your help!
— Ben and Becka // 9.7.18
 
Now that the wedding weekend has passed and we are winding down, I wanted to take a moment to thank you and all of the staff at Bella Collina for making the day everything we could have hoped for. We had an incredible time and enjoyed every minute! You and the staff were so professional, kind, and gracious. Our guests kept telling us it was one of the best weddings they have ever attended. Thank you again for hosting our very special occasion!
— Tina and Will (Parents of the Bride) // 9.1.18
Photographer: Gina Purcell Photography

Photographer: Gina Purcell Photography

Elisa, HOLY MOLY! You are amazing and absolutely gifted with creative talent. We trusted in you from the very beginning and I had no doubt our wedding would be beautiful, but that expectation was exceeded! Our wedding was the best we have been to not just because it was ours, but because of you and your team. Thank you for everything!
— The Bledsoes // 8.18.18
Elisa, I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for Joe and I’s wedding! I am not kidding when I say it was the dream wedding. I loved everything about the decor, the flow was amazing, and every single detail you prepared made the night run so perfectly! You really helped make the perfect wedding a reality for us.
— Aubrey // 8.4.18
Photographer: Anastasya Photography

Photographer: Anastasya Photography

We had our wedding at Bella Collina last weekend. The venue is absolutely beautiful. The ceremony site overlooks the hilly golf course / surrounding area and has a long aisle. The banquet hall is lined with windows all the way around that overlook the same view. Karen, Elisa and the entire staff made the experience easy, seamless, and so special for us and our guests! Elisa was our coordinator and was so great to work with, personable, extremely accommodating and amazing at her job. We cannot thank her enough for making sure our wedding ran smoothly! If you are looking for a stunning venue and a stress free planning process, go to Bella Collina!
— Fatima // 6.24.18 // Source: Yelp
From the moment we saw the outdoor ceremony site my husband and I were in love with this hidden gem of San Clemente! Karen was so wonderful and answered every single question I had and made everything so easy with the planning process! Elisa, their day of coordinator was absolutely fantastic and made sure everything I brought was in the correct spot and thought of everything! I literally didn’t have to worry about anything! My husband and I we’re blown away at how amazing everyone is and made our wedding day the most perfect day! We cannot thank them enough for everything they did for us.
— Catherine // 6.16.18 // Source: Wedding Wire
Elisa, Thank you so much for being a part of our day. Thank you for all your help beforehand and executing everything so smoothly that I could enjoy the whole night with everyone. You were amazing; without you’d I’d have way more grey hairs!
— Bianca // 4.14.2018
Words can’t express what I feel when I think about our wedding day. It was beyond perfect and everything we wanted. Bella Collina is magical and all of our guests complimented the venue, food, and service. Everyone had such a good time! It made my heart happy to see everyone out on the dance floor or chatting enjoying their drinks by the bar. Karen and Elisa went above and beyond for us. Karen even ran to Target for me for sticky tape to make sure I didn’t fall out of my wedding dress. And Elisa literally put so much work into making our day perfect. I trusted her from Day 1. She’s so organized and on top of everything. We had a large bridal party of 18 people and all of them have lively personalities and the fact Elisa was able to wrangle them she deserves an award. Bella Collina was the best decision I made for our wedding. I wouldn’t change a thing! I highly recommend Bella Collina and Elisa as the coordinator for a wedding or any event.
— Chelsea // 3.31.2018 // Source: Yelp
Photographer: Prince Productions

Photographer: Prince Productions

Bella Collina gave my husband and I the wedding of our dreams and more. The staff was so helpful, the food was delicious, and the venue was spectacular. Elisa, the day of coordinator was outstanding adn did such a beautiful job - we can never thank her enough!!!
— Amy // 3.24.2018 // Source: Wedding Wire, The Knot, Yelp
Karen and Elisa, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for all your help last weekend on Niku and Colin’s wedding. It was definitely a pleasure working with you both and I must say it was one of the smoothest weddings I’ve ever done. Your banquet captain was so helpful and amazing throughout the night.
— Haleh, Details by Haleh // 3.17.2018
Photographer: Cami Jane Photography

Photographer: Cami Jane Photography

Dear Elisa, thank you so much for all you’ve done to make Sara and Robbie’s wedding day a magical event! The evening went off without a hitch; you and your staff are top notch and thought of every detail. We are all so grateful for your knowledge and expertise, but mostly, we appreciate the soul you put into your work. We are looking forward to working with you again soon! Thank you, Karen for also being a special part of their day. Take care and the best always! With love and best regards, Diane Shepherd and Sara and Robbie Grant
— The Shepherds // 3.10.18
Big thank you to Karen and Elisa, you two made my wedding so spectacular! Not to mention the amazing surroundings and beautiful venue. My wedding was more than what I could have imagined. Thank you!
— Heather // 10.21.17 // Source: Facebook
Elisa, Thank yo so much for all you have helped me with for my wedding. You helped take my stress away and make everything beautiful! It’s been a pleasure meeting and working with you!
— Erin // 10.14.17
I had my dream reception at Bella Collina. The venue was the perfect location for the romantic themed dinner and dancing event that I wanted. The views were outstanding, the venue is beautiful with lots of character, and the food was beyond amazing! I worked with Karen Smiley, the Director of Catering and Sales and I can’t say enough that she was patient and responsive and flexible! I also invested in Elisa Victa as a “day of” coordinator and the time that she saved me as well as her flawless execution and attention to detail was worth every single penny! The expert and professional team of Karen and Elisa are the force behind why my wedding reception took place error free! I highly recommend this beautiful Golf club to everyone!
— Shervita // 8.17.17 // Source: Wedding Wire
This is the best place ever. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to get married. Everyone complimented on our ceremony and reception. The guest all talked about how the venue was breath taking. The food was excellent. I felt like we got the best of everything here. Also, if you decide to go here, hiring wedding coordinator Elisa is the best thing we did. She has a lot of patience and was very understanding of my needs. She never got frustrated or bothered with my many requests and last-minute curve balls. She is amazing at her job and such a nice person. I can’t say enough nice things about her.
— Krissy // 7.22.17 // Source: Wedding Wire
Photographer: Kelly Waterman Photography

Photographer: Kelly Waterman Photography

Absolutely stunning! I could not have imagined having my wedding anywhere else! From the very initial meeting. Karen was personable and delightful to talk to – her personality alone pretty much sold us on the venue. Their competitive prices and multitude of packages and customizability were what drew us in. Planning a wedding out of state AND while in medical school, one of my biggest priorities was communication, and Bella Collina did not disappoint. All my emails were swiftly answered, and they did everything they could to accommodate my schedule when I was in town. Both Karen and Elisa both know the industry well, and I felt completely at ease leaving the wedding day into their hands and their wonderful team. The food was fantastic – we still get compliments on it two months out – and the view just cannot be beat. Tucked away in San Clemente, you get the beach vibe without the mess, combined with class of a country club. Bella Collina will do anything to make sure your day is as special as it’s meant to be.
— Sonia // 6.24.17 // Source: Wedding Wire
Elisa, Thank you for all your help in planning our special day, answering late night phone calls, texts, and dealing with the crazies of our friends and families. I couldn’t have done any of this without you. Ya’ll are family to us! We love you and couldn’t be more grateful!
— Michelle // 6.16.17
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Dear Elisa, Karen and Bella Collina Staff, Thank you so much for all you did for us to make our wedding day perfect! You all made our day and the whole process so easy and we cannot say enough good things about our experience here and working with you all! Elisa, we cannot thank you enough for all you and your team did for us to make our day so easy and flawless.
— Talli and Justin // 5.6.17
We had a wonderful experience with Bella Collina! The venue is beautiful, the food was declicious, and the staff and members are very helpful. My wedding day was absolutely perfect and it was because of our coordinators Elisa and Karen. They made me feel so comfortable and calm on my wedding day. If you are looking for an amazing wedding, Bella Collina is perfect! I would recommend to any bride.
— Megan // 4.8.17 // Source: Wedding Wire
Karen, Elisa, and their teams are pretty much as great as they get! Our guests LOVED the venue (it’s a hidden gem) and everyone commented all night on how amazing everything was. When we drove up for the first time, my husband and I knew we loved the venue. What made us love it even more was meeting Karen and Elisa. They are professional, so sweet and really know what they’re doing! Everything went so smoothly that day of the wedding (or at least they didn’t let me know otherwise!), I can’t imagine getting married without them. They put my mind at ease, I knew that we were in the best hands possible. The view is amazing, the staff is amazing… you really don’t need to look anywhere else. Thank you, Karen and Elisa, for making our day so special. You two are THE BEST!
— Lindsey // 2.11.17 // Source: Wedding Wire
Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club was the perfect venue. The staff was impeccable from the very first day we visited to view the venue to the day of our wedding. I know they always say something goes wrong but our planning and wedding day was perfect. The ceremony location was gorgeous, the food was phenomenal, and it was all affordable for a Southern Orange County wedding. I cannot speak enough about the venue staff. They were not only friendly, communicative, and easy to work with but we were never promised anything they couldn’t deliver. We wish we could get married every year at Bella Collina!
— Nicole // 10.8.16 // Souce: Wedding Wire
Photographer: Top Shelf Photo

Photographer: Top Shelf Photo

This was the first venue we checked out and nothing else compared. It is the most gorgeous location. I loved the tiered seating, flowers along the stone aisle, beautiful trees and greenery around the ceremony site. The reception room is all windows looking out to the beautiful scenery. I had the best experience working with Elissa and Karen. They made my wedding planning much easier. I highly recommend hiring Elisa to do your wedding coordination. I can’t say enough amazing things about how she made my wedding day a success. She was always available to answer any questions I had. She met with me and was very organized. She makes you feel so comfortable instantly. I gave her all my wedding decor beforehand and she set it up exactly the way I wanted it... and even did amazing things with the items I wasn’t sure where to place. She pays great attention to detail. My mom even said that she was very impressed with Elissa and how she made everything very easy for her. The food was delicious. I have received many compliments about how good the food was. I highly recommend this venue and am so glad it is where I chose to have my special day!
— Carrie // 5.29.16 // Source: Wedding Wire
My husband and I got married at Bella Collina on 10-17-15 and could not be more thrilled with our entire wedding experience there. We decided to randomly check out the venue while on a long cocktail hour at a wedding at Talega and instantly fell in love with this beautiful property. You really feel like you are in the middle of a Tuscan vineyard when you enter Bella Collina- something we find at all in our venue search in Orange County. Karen Smiley was so informative and sweet on our impromptu venue visit and we booked our date within a week of checking it out. We had almost 1.5 years of waiting from that point to our wedding and so Bella Collina and Elisa, the Event Coordinator, helped us to plan our most perfect wedding. I was a little OCD and so I emailed Elisa A LOT- and she was always so sweet and made me feel less crazy about the wedding details. On our wedding day- everything went off perfectly- to this day we still aren’t sure if anything went wrong at the venue. We highly recommend Bella Collina to any future newlyweds looking for a venue that is very different from any others in Southern California. The ceremony cite is unlike any other- it really is so gorgeous and I am SO happy we chose Bella Collina. We got our photos back and THIS PLACE PHOTOGRAPHS so beautifully! Not to mention the food is DELICIOUS! and Karen and Elisa are wonderful to work with! They really did help us make our dream wedding come to life!
— Hillary // 10.17.15 // Source: Wedding Wire
My husband I just had our wedding at Bella Collina on September 6, 2015 and we could not be happier with our choice. Bella Collina was the perfect wedding venue for us, from the rolling hills, to the beautiful pathway entrance, and our favorite feature was the ceremony site. The ceremony site had a gorgeous amphitheater set up and a long stone walkway. Our friends and family loved the venue and the food! Karen and Elisa helped us throughout our wedding planning and Elisa and her team at Bella Collina helped us with our same day coordinating needs. The staff was very professional and Elisa was absolutely fantastic!!! I would definitely recommend Elisa to anyone who needs wedding coordinating services. Bella Collina exceeded all of our expectations! Thank you for everything!!!
— Krysta // 9.6.15 // Source: The Knot