Jun 17, 2006
Going in Style Classic Cars
This company was so great to work with and I absolutely loved our driver. He was courteous, always paying attention to details like providing us with mentos, breathmints, a whole bottle of champagne and a balloon wish send off. He also straightened my dress and made me feel very very calm when I was running late to the church. He also gave Austen and I just enough privacy when we needed it. I highly recommend a Rolls as a great option for the newlyweds on their way to the reception. Their prices were also the best I could find for a 4 hr block of time.
Services used: Unique Services
Via Roma Restaurant
The food and atmosphere was great at Via Roma. Domenic (the main chef and owner) was great to work with up to the days leading to the event. Although he was in a meeting during our actual event. Austen mostly worked with him on meal choices, setup etc. We did have a problem with his DVD player so we had to bring our own in to play the slideshow I created on the large projection screen they provide. However, the staff did not know how to use it and so I had to go upstairs and fix the loop all function-since they tried to play Austens growing up slideshow a couple of times. I know it was not their fault since it was not their equipment but they never asked how to use the remote But other than that the room looked amazing, the food was absolutely delicious and the price was great for Federal Hill especially. I got a lot of comments on how everyone had such a good time and was so full. The navy napkins and bud vases they provided looked great on the tables. I will make a suggestion though if you plan to do open seating like we did but have meal choices. Be sure and keep a list of what everyone chose. A few guests forgot which choice they picked and picked the wrong one. My parents thus got surf and turf instead of baked scrod. They still thought it was very delicious. Just a note to remember.
Services used: Unique Services
The cake was delicious at our tasting and they gave us some great samples to take home. We chose the Strawberry Grand Marnier and the marble with white chocolate mousse.. I was very impressed after this. But then Austen tried to drop off our beautiful silver stand that Suzy gave us and they were very rude to him and said they would not accept it. Finally they accepted it after Austen said he would call LP about it. The cake was beautiful the day of and exactly like the picture I showed them included matching the color. I can?t wait to eat the top for our anniversary!
Services used: Wedding Cake
Especially For You
Kymm was great to work with and woke up at 4am to be at my house for 4:45 to start working on 7 girls, me, my mom and flower girl. Everyone looked gorgeous and the girls all loved their hair. I tried to set up a good time frame for everyone to be at my house and worked out really well. My hair came out so classic and very much like the buns of SJP and Audrey Hepburn in my bio. I LOVED it.. Kymm is also so sweet and works great with Kristin Greene (in fact they had just done a wedding together the night before). Kymm also emailed all my girls before to get a good idea of what they wanted done ?some were still undecided that day but she whipped up a style in no time.
Services used: Unique Services
Classic Tuxedo (Quincy)
After dealing with Classic Tuxedo throughout the time leading up to the wedding Austen expressed his opinion to be one "bittersweet" in nature. We were both impressed that in the months leading up to the wedding members of the Providence staff kept calling to make sure that we were getting groomsmen sized. It seemed as if not a week went by without someone keeping it in the forefront of memory that we needed to get measurements in as soon as possible, something that was very helpful. However, once measurements were recorded Austen found that it was easier to deal with the central office personnel than those working at the local office in Providence. Talking to the Boston office ensured that things were recorded properly in the computer and that changes to our order were properly input. The nice thing was that once a change was made or a measurement submitted it went directly into their system and no problems existed in going from the central office to the one in Providence. Unfortunately, the positive experiences hit a bump there. When the groomsmen went in to try on tuxes they were forced to deal with 5 of the 6 guys being forced to get replacements due to improper orders by the Providence office or damaged wardrobe. Austen's vest had dried blood on it! Only one tux ensemble was correctly assembled and ready without hassle. I have to note, though, that even though the mistakes were a hassle and worrying about this stuff the day before the wedding made life stressful Classic Tuxedo did an amazing job of making sure that things turned out well. The poorly-fitted tuxes were replaced within 12 hours and were completely ready the morning of the rehearsal dinner. Austen (who had an in-between jacket size) was sent a special sized jacket so that the other wouldn?t look too big or small on him at the wedding. That about sums it up. Classic Tuxedo was great at customer service but getting the proper fit and items was a bit of a hardship. Their prices, though, are impossible to beat and once we go the tuxes they fit perfectly and looked great. If you are willing/able to keep an incredibly close eye on the order and go in a few days early to make sure everything fits then Classic Tuxedo is the place to go.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Austen and I adore this place because it was the location of our first meeting at the Harvard Model UN conference. The beautiful lobby welcomes you from the first step in and I love how classic old hotel it is. The suite Austen reserved was wonderful and the bellhop even took these adorable pics of Austen carrying me over the threshold. The breakfast in bed and strawberried dipped in chocolate with champagne were delicious and such a great treat. We were able to get an incredible employee rate because of Austen's affiliation with them when he planned the Harvard conferences. They even paid for our valet parking and took money off our bill when the maid mistakably threw out Austen's toothbrush. They were also awesome about getting us a taxi at 4:45am for our early flight to Hawaii.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The church was beautiful and decorated so perfectly. Father Harringtons homily was very touching and all of our guests commented on how heartfelt and personal the ceremony was when it was all put together. This was great since the priest I grew up was transferred 6 months after we booked the church. My moms friend did an incredible rendition of Steve Curtis Chapmans I Will Be Here. Her voice was angelic. The rehearsal went very well and I was impressed at how it all came together! I also really liked how our priest included everyone with a blessing at communion (since many of our guests including Austen?s family were not Catholic). My BIL even asked me what to do during that party and my photographer got a great shot.
Services used: Unique Services
Golden Gate Studios
Jay was great to work with and the flowers were so beautiful! My bouquet stayed wonderful and was so big and colorful and everyone commented on how awesome both the low candelabra pieces and tall centerpieces looked. Guests couldn?t wait to find out who got to take them home with them. Jay also did a lot of extras like prepare my aisle runner and secure it for the ceremony, tie all the chair cover sashes at the reception and drop off and arrange beautiful roses for the rehearsal dinner and arrange them in Via Roma?s vases. The girls all loved the ballerina style ties on their bouquets also. Their prices and service are great. The only thing that I wish could have gone better was the flowers on the cake server set-they were sorta wilting by the time we went for the cake tasting (I know it was due to the extreme 90 something degree weather though and there is nothing you can do about mother nature). I would highly recommend GG to any bride and enjoy the bouquets and samples he provides-they are gorgeous!
Services used: Flowers
The music and overall feel of the reception was really what Austen and I had envisioned. Aaron worked out all the details with us about 3 weeks before the reception and made sure to be open for communication in the days up to the big day. Everyone said the cocktail hr was wonderful and they really enjoyed the ambiance the live piano playing gave to the room. We were only able to spend a few moments walking into the room to get to the bridal suite but the music was beautiful. Then Aaron worked with all of the bridal party to coordinate a London bridge to be created when they got in for us to walk through. It was so much fun and we got some great videos from guests of our grand entrance. All of the names were pronounced correctly and Aaron was on his toes so to speak on whether he should introduce my grandfather-he found out that day that he would have to leave him out since he could not attend. Aaron then made an announcement about the table cameras and scavenger hunts and was pretty low key. The toasts and dinner went off wonderfully and so did the first dance and parents dances. He cued a song from Sister Act called We Are Family (that my cousin and aunts and my sister and my mom used to dance after her toast on request). It was a great surprise. Aaron even shortened the mother-son dance for Austen and his mom since they are the closest. My favorite part of the specialty dances was when my dad and I did an impromptu fast boogie dance after our slow ?In My Daughter?s Eyes? dance. I just exclaimed Aaron I need a fast song and he was right on it! Everyone joined in and we had some great laughs. The rest of the night the dance floor was packed ?especially during the couples slow songs and classic tunes. There was no Macarena, Chicken Dance etc. like we requested. All very classy and fun like Old Time Rock and Roll to get dancing. I am so glad we chose Aaron-he did an amazing job and I love the monogrammed gobo light he did for us for our first dance-it showed up awesome and guests commented on its uniqueness.
Services used: DJ, Band, Ceremony Music
Keith was by far my favorite vendor. Pictures were very important to me and all of the details were a must. He truly captured our style and we have well over 3000 pictures!! We?ve only got to look through them one time so far on our online previews but I can?t wait to see all the details in person in my actual proofs. Keith has a wonderful personality and really looks for each couple?s individual style. He looked at plenty of samples I enjoyed and also brought over new albums and I always loved all the images and the Graphistudio albums are the best. He is always prompt with emails, phone calls and meetings. The day of-his assistant photographer James-got some awesome shots of Auste and the groomsmen getting ready (which I cherish because I could not be there). He was also there taking lots of angles and the ?pictures of people taking another picture? that we both love. Keith was also great about taking the formals as quickly as possible due to us being late to the reception. The bridal party really appreciated this so they could enjoy some of the cocktail hr while we went down to the beach. There is not a shot I can think of that Keith did not capture. There are so many amazing candids of me crying, emotions and happiness/reactions from guests. He also got all of the shots of the table so I have at least one if not more pictures of each guest. We also got some photos I will treasure forever of my grandfather. Just the emotion and happiness displayed in every image makes me relive the day over. The extra session we took to Boston and the Gardens came out awesome. It allowed for Austen and I to have some ??us? time after the reception was over. Keith even bought us water for the incredibly hot day and James gave me a mirror to touch up my lipstick. The portraits came out awesome and definitely added to the day-especially since Austen and I got a shot in front of the Park Plaza where we met and also of Maggiano?s where we had our first date. I cannot wait to work with Keith and his wife Katie on the gorgeous Graphistudio albums they have. You can see the pictures at his website under My Event Online and then under Nichole and Austen Irrobali. If you decide to work with Keith feel free to use my name as a reference.
Services used: Photography