Saint Helena, CA 94574
I really enjoyed our welcome dinner at Tra Vigne. The venue is lovely and our room - the Cantinetta - was a great size for our small party. Dinner was excellent (the spinach ravioli is *amazing*) and the service was perfect. Overall, our meal here set the tone for our "wine country weekend" well.
Our DJ from AMS, Alex, was fantastic. We booked and coordinated solely by telephone / email, so I was a bit apprehensive going into the event (despite a few excellent planning conversations). I need not have worried! Alex was (as cheesy as it sounds) more than a DJ - he was an integral part of our event.
He was on site early for setup and seemed to pitch in wherever needed. When an accident on the main access road to our site delayed 90% of our guests and pushed our event 30min, Alex worked easily with our coordinator and other vendors to re-fit everything into the modified timeline. Immediately after the ceremony, Alex was on hand to check if DH and I needed water, champagne or anything else. His music selections through dinner were *exactly* on target with the mood and tone I hoped to set.
The reception went off without a hitch. I gave him freedom to work with our playlist (avoiding anything horribly cliche and sticking to a VERY limited set of genres) -- and all his selections, even those that were his suggestions, were perfect! Alex continued to checked in throughout the night to make sure that we knew what events were coming up, that we were happy with the music, that we had drinks, etc.
In short working with Alex was a bit like having a second coordinator... but in a surprisingly subtle way. 5 stars, highly recommended, two thumbs up!