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Once Upon a Time

Rancho Santa Margarita , CA
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What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-Of Coordination, Full Planning, Partial Planning
What types of weddings do you accomodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly

REVIEWS

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Jacquelyn
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Sharon was absolutely incredible to work with. She was helpful, communicative, suggestive and helped alleviate stress for minor details. She kept me on track and her organization helped make our wedding possible. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone getting married.
Sharon was absolutely incredible to work with. She was helpful, communicative, suggestive and helped alleviate stress for Read more...
Sharon was absolutely incredible to work with. She was helpful, communicative, suggestive and helped alleviate stress for minor details. She kept me on track and her organization helped make our wedding possible. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone getting married. Read less
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shanna
Wedding:
9/20/2014
4.8/5.0
Sharon Gall and her wedding planning team are excellent at what they do. Prior to finding our wedding venue, we had literally sat down in person with 10+ wedding coordinators and found there were red flags with all of them that would prevent us from fully trusting them with our wedding. Once we found our wedding venue at the Waterfront Hilton Resort in Huntington Beach, we were extremely fortunate to meet Sharon since she is a preferred vendor for the venue! For our first meeting with Sharon, she was professional and prepared with a packet of questions/notes/talking points to address, which was such a relief because you'd be surprised how many wedding coordinators do not take notes or come prepared to try and win your business. She took her time with us, answered all of our questions to the best of her ability, and if she did not have an answer for us, she would notate it down and be sure to follow-up with us on it.

Despite only having Sharon as our month-of coordinator, we had tons of questions throughout the months leading up to the wedding. At times, the turnaround time on our questions was longer than we would have liked, but we understand that any wedding coordinator will be prioritizing the weddings they have address that week or that month. Regardless, she would always be sure to email us back with clear responses to our questions. Most of our questions were in regards to vendor referrals, and we ended up using a few of her referrals which helped us out tremendously.

We especially found the most value in having Sharon there with her assistant on the day of the wedding. She was assertive with vendors, handled everything you could possibly think of, and made sure we stayed on schedule. She especially helped with a wedding dress emergency during cocktail hour that we can't thank her enough for! If she wasn't there the day of, our wedding schedule would have been chaotic. Be sure to look into Sharon's company if haven't done so already!
Sharon Gall and her wedding planning team are excellent at what they do. Prior to finding our wedding venue, we had Read more...
Sharon Gall and her wedding planning team are excellent at what they do. Prior to finding our wedding venue, we had literally sat down in person with 10+ wedding coordinators and found there were red flags with all of them that would prevent us from fully trusting them with our wedding. Once we found our wedding venue at the Waterfront Hilton Resort in Huntington Beach, we were extremely fortunate to meet Sharon since she is a preferred vendor for the venue! For our first meeting with Sharon, she was professional and prepared with a packet of questions/notes/talking points to address, which was such a relief because you'd be surprised how many wedding coordinators do not take notes or come prepared to try and win your business. She took her time with us, answered all of our questions to the best of her ability, and if she did not have an answer for us, she would notate it down and be sure to follow-up with us on it.

Despite only having Sharon as our month-of coordinator, we had tons of questions throughout the months leading up to the wedding. At times, the turnaround time on our questions was longer than we would have liked, but we understand that any wedding coordinator will be prioritizing the weddings they have address that week or that month. Regardless, she would always be sure to email us back with clear responses to our questions. Most of our questions were in regards to vendor referrals, and we ended up using a few of her referrals which helped us out tremendously.

We especially found the most value in having Sharon there with her assistant on the day of the wedding. She was assertive with vendors, handled everything you could possibly think of, and made sure we stayed on schedule. She especially helped with a wedding dress emergency during cocktail hour that we can't thank her enough for! If she wasn't there the day of, our wedding schedule would have been chaotic. Be sure to look into Sharon's company if haven't done so already! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sharon Gall did a fabulous job coordinating our wedding! Sharon is professional, FUN and easy to work with, trustworthy, caring, organized, and easy to get a hold of! Sharon's years of experience allowed us to enjoy the wedding process and more importantly, our wedding day. Many of our guests commented on how smoothly our wedding went. For us, Sharon's knowledge helped us think through and plan for situations/circumstances that we wouldn't have thought through on our own. I am very grateful and happy that we chose to work with Sharon and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for wedding coordinator (and I highly recommend that you use a wedding coordinator)!
Sharon Gall did a fabulous job coordinating our wedding! Sharon is professional, FUN and easy to work with, trustworthy, Read more...
Sharon Gall did a fabulous job coordinating our wedding! Sharon is professional, FUN and easy to work with, trustworthy, caring, organized, and easy to get a hold of! Sharon's years of experience allowed us to enjoy the wedding process and more importantly, our wedding day. Many of our guests commented on how smoothly our wedding went. For us, Sharon's knowledge helped us think through and plan for situations/circumstances that we wouldn't have thought through on our own. I am very grateful and happy that we chose to work with Sharon and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for wedding coordinator (and I highly recommend that you use a wedding coordinator)! Read less
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Leslie
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Sharon is awesome!!! Great to work with, very flexible and professional. Extremely satisfied !!!
Sharon is awesome!!! Great to work with, very flexible and professional. Extremely satisfied !!!
Sharon is awesome!!! Great to work with, very flexible and professional. Extremely satisfied !!! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
4/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Sharon Gall was fabulous to work with. Was extremely considerate of my wishes but offered fantastic suggestions. I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Everything went off without a hitch and was perfectly seamless. It was wonderful to have everything taken care of. Couldn't have wished for a better planner.
Sharon Gall was fabulous to work with. Was extremely considerate of my wishes but offered fantastic suggestions. I didn't Read more...
Sharon Gall was fabulous to work with. Was extremely considerate of my wishes but offered fantastic suggestions. I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Everything went off without a hitch and was perfectly seamless. It was wonderful to have everything taken care of. Couldn't have wished for a better planner. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.4/5.0
I had read rave reviews on Sharon (Once Upon A Time), so I set up an appointment to meet with her. When I did, I thought for sure we would get along great and she was going to oversee one of the most important days of my life. Unfortunately, I ended up being completely wrong and let down 150%. She had completely disregarded our signed agreement starting with not showing up to our tasting to not even having the professional courtesy to contact me back (when an issue arose at the ceremony location). I understand life happens, but I know that if I were to just disappear from my job for over a week that it would not go over so well with the boss. When confronted on that, her reaction was extremely defensive and rude. I could go on and on about lies she had told me and things that were said, but I won't. All I can say is please save yourself the headache and drama and go with a different wedding planner. This planning process is already stressful enough, the last thing you need to do is add more to it.

-Disappointed Bride
I had read rave reviews on Sharon (Once Upon A Time), so I set up an appointment to meet with her. When I did, I thought Read more...
I had read rave reviews on Sharon (Once Upon A Time), so I set up an appointment to meet with her. When I did, I thought for sure we would get along great and she was going to oversee one of the most important days of my life. Unfortunately, I ended up being completely wrong and let down 150%. She had completely disregarded our signed agreement starting with not showing up to our tasting to not even having the professional courtesy to contact me back (when an issue arose at the ceremony location). I understand life happens, but I know that if I were to just disappear from my job for over a week that it would not go over so well with the boss. When confronted on that, her reaction was extremely defensive and rude. I could go on and on about lies she had told me and things that were said, but I won't. All I can say is please save yourself the headache and drama and go with a different wedding planner. This planning process is already stressful enough, the last thing you need to do is add more to it.

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Once Upon a Time responded with the following comments:

While it's nice that Wedding Wire provides an outlet for brides to give reviews, it's unfortunate that they do not validate the statements to be true before going to print and should remove any reviews that are factually not true, as such the case with this review from a former bride of mine, named Stephanie. I'm disappointed that she took the time to state untruths and I'm not going to allow this without stating facts. Thankfully, I never delete my emails and I have everything in writing. FACT 1: I did not "miss" a tasting...Stephanie emailed me on Sept 5th to notify me that she scheduled her tasting for Sept. 10th. Within 24hrs, I responded to her email to let her know that I already had a prior meeting scheduled at that time and would not be able to attend. I also asked her why she was doing her tasting 7.5 months before her wedding (they are typically 2-4 months prior) and she wrote back that she "wanted to get it out of the way" while her fiance was in town. FACT 2: Stephanie notified me in the early evening on Sept 30th that the park she wanted to book for her ceremony was already booked. I told her that I would be happy to assist her with finding a new venue. However, due to a family emergency the following morning on Oct 1st, I ended up needing to be with my daughter in the hospital for the 3 days immediately following that phone call, and had 3 events that same week. Once I could come up for air from this unexpected week, I apologized to Stephanie for my delay in getting back to her and shared with her the events that had taken place, in which she showed absolutely no compassion or understanding. Yes, "life happens", and I can sincerely say that I do my best to accommodate all of my clients to the best of my ability, and as a planner, I know that you have to leave a little room in life for the unexpected and embrace it as best you can.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I began working with Sharon over 18 months before our wedding and she was exceptional the entire time. We could never have had the wedding we did had it not been for her expertise. She is incredibly talented and has a vast network of wonderful vendors with whom she works very closely. When the vendors learned I was working with Sharon, there was never a question if they were available to work our wedding, that;s how much they all adore her. Sharon is an absolute delight--she kept me sane both the day of as well as the many months leading up to the event. I loved working with Sharon and would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who wants a top-notch, class act wedding planner.
I began working with Sharon over 18 months before our wedding and she was exceptional the entire time. We could never have Read more...
I began working with Sharon over 18 months before our wedding and she was exceptional the entire time. We could never have had the wedding we did had it not been for her expertise. She is incredibly talented and has a vast network of wonderful vendors with whom she works very closely. When the vendors learned I was working with Sharon, there was never a question if they were available to work our wedding, that;s how much they all adore her. Sharon is an absolute delight--she kept me sane both the day of as well as the many months leading up to the event. I loved working with Sharon and would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone who wants a top-notch, class act wedding planner. Read less
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Carly
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Sharon Gall was my wedding coordinator (also does entire wedding planning) for my wedding in June. She was very professional the entire time leading up to our big day. She dealt with my crazy family leading up to and during the wedding, which is a lot on its own.

Sharon is an expert in her field, she did not hesitate with anything which made my now husband and I feel very comfortable having a great time at our reception. She worked with all of the vendors and answered all of my questions no matter what time it was!!

If you are looking for a wedding planner/coordinator, make sure to check her out! She is resonably priced, friendly and hard working.

Carly E.
Sharon Gall was my wedding coordinator (also does entire wedding planning) for my wedding in June. She was very Read more...
Sharon Gall was my wedding coordinator (also does entire wedding planning) for my wedding in June. She was very professional the entire time leading up to our big day. She dealt with my crazy family leading up to and during the wedding, which is a lot on its own.

Sharon is an expert in her field, she did not hesitate with anything which made my now husband and I feel very comfortable having a great time at our reception. She worked with all of the vendors and answered all of my questions no matter what time it was!!

If you are looking for a wedding planner/coordinator, make sure to check her out! She is resonably priced, friendly and hard working.

Carly E. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Sharon Gall the owner of "Once Upon a Time Weddings" made my wedding day stress free and glorious. I couldn't recommend her highly enough. She is professional, knowledgeable, savvy, honest, hardworking, detail-oriented and compassionate. My fiancé and I felt we had a strong advocate who was willing to go to bat for us with vendors, and when needed, our families.
We planned our California wedding from the East Coast. Sharon was easy to talk to on the phone, and prompt with emailed follow-ups to questions and ideas. She has done many weddings and the checklist we filled out with her was comprehensive. She met us each time we flew in for tastings or to tour the venue. She contacted each of our vendors when we first hired them, whenever there were questions, and then closer to wedding. When we couldn't find a D.J. she recommended a great one. She ran the rehearsal efficiently and with the humor it deserved.
The day before the wedding she picked up all of our table decorations, ceremonial items, my wedding dress, and the guest gifts to bring to the venue. When my wedding party arrived at the day of the wedding everything was already in motion: our green room was laid out beautifully, the flowers had arrived, the tables were being set, the photographer was clicking away. My girlfriends and I were able to focus on getting beautiful and having fun.
Sharon orchestrated picture taking, keeping my husband and me from seeing each other, and helping the guests to their places. She must have done a million other things I did not know about as well, because no one asked me or my party to do anything but enjoy ourselves. On that day she kept us on schedule, and did the thinking for us. All the tiny details we sweated over were executed to perfection. Our guests knew what was happening and where they needed to be. And during the toasts she sewed up my bustle, as I had ripped it on the first dance. Work with her, I couldn't imagine a better wedding planner.
Sharon Gall the owner of "Once Upon a Time Weddings" made my wedding day stress free and glorious. I couldn't recommend Read more...
Sharon Gall the owner of "Once Upon a Time Weddings" made my wedding day stress free and glorious. I couldn't recommend her highly enough. She is professional, knowledgeable, savvy, honest, hardworking, detail-oriented and compassionate. My fiancé and I felt we had a strong advocate who was willing to go to bat for us with vendors, and when needed, our families.
We planned our California wedding from the East Coast. Sharon was easy to talk to on the phone, and prompt with emailed follow-ups to questions and ideas. She has done many weddings and the checklist we filled out with her was comprehensive. She met us each time we flew in for tastings or to tour the venue. She contacted each of our vendors when we first hired them, whenever there were questions, and then closer to wedding. When we couldn't find a D.J. she recommended a great one. She ran the rehearsal efficiently and with the humor it deserved.
The day before the wedding she picked up all of our table decorations, ceremonial items, my wedding dress, and the guest gifts to bring to the venue. When my wedding party arrived at the day of the wedding everything was already in motion: our green room was laid out beautifully, the flowers had arrived, the tables were being set, the photographer was clicking away. My girlfriends and I were able to focus on getting beautiful and having fun.
Sharon orchestrated picture taking, keeping my husband and me from seeing each other, and helping the guests to their places. She must have done a million other things I did not know about as well, because no one asked me or my party to do anything but enjoy ourselves. On that day she kept us on schedule, and did the thinking for us. All the tiny details we sweated over were executed to perfection. Our guests knew what was happening and where they needed to be. And during the toasts she sewed up my bustle, as I had ripped it on the first dance. Work with her, I couldn't imagine a better wedding planner. Read less
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rjones
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Hiring Sharon as our wedding coordinator was the best decision we made. Even though we only booked a day-of package, Sharon met with us early in the planning process to make sure we were headed in the right direction. She is knowledgeable, professional, organized, and detail oriented, always bringing great ideas to the table. On the day of the wedding, everything ran smoothly, and I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Sharon and her team were an outstanding group from start to finish, and we had a great time with them! I highly recommend Once Upon A Time for a top-notch experience!
Hiring Sharon as our wedding coordinator was the best decision we made. Even though we only booked a day-of package, Read more...
Hiring Sharon as our wedding coordinator was the best decision we made. Even though we only booked a day-of package, Sharon met with us early in the planning process to make sure we were headed in the right direction. She is knowledgeable, professional, organized, and detail oriented, always bringing great ideas to the table. On the day of the wedding, everything ran smoothly, and I didn't have to worry about a single thing. Sharon and her team were an outstanding group from start to finish, and we had a great time with them! I highly recommend Once Upon A Time for a top-notch experience! Read less
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