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WEDDING DATE:

Jan 24, 2009

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CASTLE FOR BRIDES
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I was referred to Castle for Brides by a friend who had bought her dress there. I didn't find anything I liked in terms of wedding gowns, but was very pleased with their assortment of bridesmaid dresses! In addition, the sales ladies were extremely friendly and helpful, and not too pushy or opinionated. I would definitely recommend it to anyone searching for BM dresses!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I had read great reviews about Torrance bakery so was excited to go for a tasting. Upon arriving at the showroom, I was slightly turned off by the dusty cake models on display and the rec-room feeling of the folding tables laid out in the room. The sales person was very pleasant though, and let us start the appointment 15 min. earlier than scheduled. She brought out the cakes, which were each in individually labeled cups (which is so helpful because it's impossible to remember so many flavor and filling combinations!). We were not impressed by the flavor of the cakes, however, as they were nothing special and tasted like cakes you could make from a mix. Also, in looking through the albums of cake pics, we noticed that the craftsmanship of the cakes they created seemed sub-par, and we could see uneven lines and unbalanced symmetry. This might be acceptable for those on a budget, but even the price they quoted us for a basic cake was around the same price as other bakeries who had better tasting and more beautiful cakes.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Carcano DJ Audio Visual & Lighting
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had met Mike at a bridal expo and were impressed with his outgoing and humorous personality (a big MUST in our book for a wedding DJ!). We visited him in person and he was extremely friendly and professional (and the office was also very neat and organized!). He offered everything we wanted so we booked him on the spot. At the wedding, the lighting package and custom gobo looked PHENOMENAL and he and Stefani did a great job changing up the colors of the lighting and transitioning between songs. If Mike had only said the right names during the introductions (he said the Best Man's name in lieu of the Groom's name!!), everything would've been perfect!
Services used: DJ

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My friend recommended Mariposa and I was not disappointed! Although they have a smaller selection of gowns (compared with some other shops I've been to), they had far and away THE BEST customer service! Ilayda was amazing to work with and provided helpful advice, unending patience and cheery optimism. The boutique is very charming and the gowns are in great condition. I would definitely recommend Mariposa!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had seen ads for Icing on the Ring and decided to go look there since we were in downtown LA anyway. I was really surprised at how friendly and non-pressuring the sales associates were! We had a lot of questions about diamonds (this was early on in the process), and I think they knew we were just information gathering and were still more than happy to show us diamonds and share their knowledge. We didn't end up buying from them, but I would definitely recommend to anyone to check them out.
Services used: Jewelry

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Heidelberg Pastry Shop
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We just booked Heidelberg for our wedding and could not be more excited! We went to so many tastings and were just blown away by the taste of the cakes at Heidelberg! We particularly liked the white, chocolate and lemon cakes! Also, owner Claus was so nice and sincere and we feel blessed to have found them after such a long search! **Update: Our wedding cake from Heidelberg tasted FANTASTIC!!! We received many compliments on it and wish we could've tasted every flavor! The only thing I would've changed was the color-- I had expressed that I wanted it to be a white ivory, and it still came out a bit too yellow for my taste. All in all, we still loved our cake!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Saks Fifth Avenue
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The service I received at Saks was top notch--Debbie and Connie took great care of me and made sure the dress was exactly what I wanted! I would definitely buy from Saks again!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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wedding alterations by Mahtab
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Mahtab was AMAZING and absolutely one of my favorite vendors! She was definitely a bargain (compared to other quotes I received from bridal shops), and she was absolutely a doll to work with-- friendly, experienced, and reliable! She was also able to turn things around quickly for me at the last minute at no extra charge. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Crowning Glory Designs
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Candi was PHENOMENAL!!! She has an amazingly friendly and spunky personality and will go out of her way to help make you the perfect veil! She was very patient in helping me try on many veils and helping weigh the pros and cons of different lengths, cuts, etc. Her price was also extremely reasonable and the quality of her work was great! My veil was about 75% less than what it would've cost elsewhere!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I'm so glad I booked Fiddlestix-- a great value and even greater performance! They played at our ceremony and during the cocktail hour and we were so happy with their professionalism. Also, Margaret was extremely helpful and friendly! :)
Services used: Ceremony Music

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
One of the best decisions I made during the wedding planning process was to hire Ashley! I knew how important a day-of coordinator was and in my selection process I searched for someone who was: 1.) experienced, 2.) organized, 3.) motivated, 4.) a great communicator, 5.) calm under pressure. During our initial meeting and every meeting that followed, Ashley blew me away with her incredible ability to help us organize, prioritize and process all the tasks we needed to accomplish for the wedding. She created extremely helpful tools to help us stay on track and informed such as a vendor contact list, schedule of events highlighting to-dos, bride and groom to-do list, etc. (Although you can download lots of tools online, it makes a big difference to have a professional create a schedule for you and know realistically whether the timing will work!) She was also able to draw on her experience planning so many past weddings to give us suggestions on how to think through logistics and take traditional etiquette into account. Her attitude was always upbeat and positive, and I can't tell you how priceless this was during those times I felt overwhelmed with the wedding planning process. The day of the wedding, there were the small "surprises" that happen at every wedding, but I can honestly say that Ashley handled everything to perfection and my husband and I were able to enjoy every minute of our wedding knowing that Ashley was taking care of things behind the scenes. She shielded us from the small things and let us know when something important happened (e.g., we weren't able to use the sparklers we had bought for the farewell exit). She partnered so well with the vendors and treated all of our bridal party and guests with respect. We received so many compliments about her professionalism and leadership under pressure. I was so blessed to have Ashley as part of our special day, and would recommend her 100% to any bride.
Services used: Wedding Planning, Unique Services