Fullerton, CA 92835
I fell in love with a venue close to my parents' house and was dead set on having my wedding there--there didn't seem like anything was going to convince me otherwise. That was, until my fiance and I had dinner at Summit House Restaurant. And then it hit me that food was a really important aspect to our wedding. Once we saw the view and banquet room, the other venue wasn't a sure thing anymore.
My fiance and I decided to do a taste test of the two venues--Summit House won hands-down! Additionally, Summit House was a more convenient location for guests and vastly more cost-effective.
After we booked, we were positively reassured by each vendor we spoke to that Summit House was known for their incredible professionalism. Carmen was always VERY HIGHLY spoken of.
Being an extremely pessimistic person, I was skeptical that the wedding and reception timeline would flow smoothly.
I can now say that I have experienced the following: the extent to which Summit House and its staff are commended is truly earned.
I did not have the best morning with a few issues arising before we arrived at Summit House; however, as soon as the wedding proceeded, I had forgotten my earlier troubles. The outdoor Gazebo was lovely and convenient, and the timetable for the wedding moved smoothly.
These are the following reasons I'm grateful we had our wedding/reception at Summit House:
1) Friendly and OBSERVANT staff--the wedding coordinator was able to spot/take away unsightly accessories from family members before they made it down the aisle and into our photos--oh, bless her!
2) Doting staff--the maître d’ and waiters followed my husband and i EVERYWHERE, especially while we went while we were taking photos anywhere the photographer wanted to around the grounds...our waiter ensured I had endless mojitos and he even held my bouquet for me when I was tired. The maitre d' also paid special attention to our parents, which my mother happily commented to me about afterwards.
3) Smooth pre-reception set-up--we had last minute details for the morning to be taken care of, e.g. last-minute decor setups and late RSVPs, and these were handled without a hitch by Carmen and her staff.
4) Customized venue and a flexible bar and food menu--we elected to have a selection of 4 meal choices by RSVP and Carmen gave us some flexibility with the chicken selection to our liking even if it wasn't on the menu. Additionally, she was very accommodating in having the bar set up in a different location due to logistics for our reception. The basic wine selection was superior to most wines I've had at other weddings.
I could ramble for a few additional pages, but in summation--my husband and I had no regrets in having our "party" at Summit House and look forward to having our anniversary dinner back there in a year.
Angie is one of my favorite wedding-related professionals. Undoubtedly, I have no regrets about having her do my hair and make-up--she did my trial, engagement session, and wedding. She's a consummate professional and is always timely in her correspondence and for her appointments. Her follow-up always astonishes me (in a good way).
Each time she did my hair/mu, her work looked different in a subtle way and was situationally appropriate; I was always pleasantly surprised. She even adapted her work to use my usual foundation make-up, which made me very comfortable, and she uses high-quality make-up and hair products. Her pricing is competitive to other make-up artists I was considering.
For the wedding party, she and her assistant did hair/mu for me (the bride), MOH, and two (of three) bridesmaids. Her assistant also did the makeup for the mother of the groom. Everyone Angie and her assistant worked on looked GORGEOUS. If I had a nickel for each time someone came up to me to tell me how gorgeous my bridesmaids looked, I could pay for the wedding! (They also told me how lovely I looked as well!).
I was never one of those brides that was enthusiastic about wedding planning, but there were two things I looked forward to--cake tasting and each time Angie did my hair/mu. I didn't think it was possible, but she made me feel PRETTY and JOYFUL each time she worked her magic. The girls she worked on for my wedding felt pretty and loved her work as well. It also helps that she has a fantastic personality while maintaining her professionalism. My wedding party enjoyed interacting with Angie. One of my only regrets is that I won't likely be seeing her soon again now that the wedding is over; however, I'm telling all of my friends and family about her spectacular work!