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Nov 20, 2010

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Amber Event Production
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When I started looking for vendors I had no idea where to begin. Luckily for me PW's own Par228 was using lighting as well, and she recommend Amber to me.

When I met with Amber she was very professional and helpful. Like others, she showed me a slideshow of her work; which I had seen a few on her website prior to meeting her. If you are like me you want to see the actual product and not just images of it. No problem, Amber showed me different colors of lighting, asked questions on our color scheme, etc. We decided that LED's would work best since I didn't want to commit to one color the entire night. With the LED's the colors could change throughout the night to give a certain feel. Along with the LED's we had pin spots, etc.

DH and I are so happy that we decided to have lighting at our wedding, it was money well spent. The ambiance that was created was great, and we are so happy with what Amber provided!
Services used: Flowers, Unique Services

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Beauty by Jill - Professional Makeup & Hair
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jill was one of two hairstylists that I hired for my wedding. Jill was very easy to work with, and responded quickly to emails/questions that I had. Her prices are VERY reasonable. She charges a small mileage fee to travel to your hotel, but I think it's worth it to have someone come to you rather than you going to them.

She was extremely nice, and has great skills. All of my bridesmaids & flower girl loved their hair, and I loved how it stayed the entire night.

I would highly recommend Jill to other brides, BM's, etc.

Thanks Jill for all your work- I just hope my BM's tipped you! ;)
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Beverly's Bakery
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Scheduling our tasting at Beverly's was very easy and not complicated at all ( which by the way it shouldn't be) unlike some other bakeries out there.

We met with Jennifer, who happened to be the owner. We discussed ideas, and flavors, and had HUGE pieces of cake to try. The cake was DELICIOUS. We decided on the flavors, but hadn't nailed down our design since DH and I were going for different looks. I wanted a plain cake, with big peonies on the top. He wanted something completely different than that. In the end we decided on a design that we were both happy with.

When I went in to finalize my order with Jennifer, DH and I decided on a 4 tier cake with French Buttercream Frosting. There were going to be scrolls on two of the layers, and fondant design on the other two;dusted with a cream shimmer.

1. Bottom Layer- Marble Cake w/ 2 layers of chocolate mousse and 1 layer of ganache.
2. Middle Two Tiers- White Cake w/Raspberry Mousse
3. Top Tier- Marble Cake w/ 2 layers of ganache and 1 layer chocolate mousse.

We had quite a bit of cake left over, but I think the venue cut the pieces way to small, not Beverly's fault. Everyone loved the cake and actually wanted a second piece.

I would recommend scheduling a tasting here, and who knows your venue may even include it in your package. Word of advice: Choose carefully. Don't choose a vendor that can only create beautiful cakes,but have no taste or worse makes you regret your choice. You need both aesthetics and taste, and we got both at Beverly's.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Crowning Glory Designs
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I knew I was NOT going to spend $400+ for a veil at the bridal salon,so I turned to PW. Luckily Candi was another great find. When I met with her she was extremely welcoming. She educated me on all of the different types of veils that I could choose from, along with choices of lace. Who knew that there were so many?! I sure didn't. We discussed ideas in terms of what I wanted. My dress had not come in yet, so I was armed with a photo only! I decided on a 42inch fingertip veil, with 1.5'' of lace. Most mantillas that I had seen up until that point had very thick lace. I decided I did not want this, since I thought something that thick would take away from my dress. Candi gave me options on the type of lace I could pick. It was nice to see options in all price ranges. It took about 1.5 weeks for my veil to be completed. I was extremely happy with the price ( <$100) and the quality of it. Thank you Candi for making my "dream veil".
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Elegant Chiavari Chairs
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I <3 Juanita. I originally found Juanita on PW, but my Coordinator referred her to me too. =) Her prices are by far the BEST prices that's I've seen in L.A. and Orange County. We paid $4.00 per chair with the cushion! Some places were trying to charge $8.00/chair- RIDICULOUS! She has fruitwood, white, black, gold, silver. We picked the gold chairs. Some vendors may try to say " well for $4 I can bet they are flimsy." ( Yes I had a vendor tell me that). I can assure you they are NOT. We didn't want to have the hassle of storing and shipping 150+ chargers, so we rented them at $.50/each. The only problem I had was she was kind of "forgetful" at times. I went to orange county from my home and was told by her that she would be there. She wasn't, needless to say I was irritated by this. In all I would recommend Elegant Chiavari Chairs. However, make sure you follow up with her as sometimes emails and voice mails will go unanswered for a while.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths

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La Soie Bridal
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Originally I went here to compare prices of certain designer. I decided to try on some more dresses from different designers.

Francesca was helping me, and she was VERY nice, but not fake at all. I told her that I was open to trying on different dresses, with the exception of no taffeta. She pulled a lot of very nice dresses. When she pulled the Enzoani gown I was a little hesitant since it did not look that good on the hanger. EVERYTHING changed once I put the dress on- I knew I had found THE dress. It was perfect for me ,and I didn't not want to modify anything. I kept trying on a few more dresses just to "be sure" and I kept looking over at the Enzoani.

Great thing I got 10% off from a trunk show! My BM's would have got a discount on their dresses here too since I purchased my gown from them. However, there weren't a lot of choices that had to choose from.

I decided not to have my alterations done by their seamstress and they didn't "give me an attitude". =)

I had a wonderful experience trying on dresses here, since there was no pressure to buy. I would highly recommend going to La Soie.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Mariposa Boutique
( 2.8 / 5.0 )
I had gone to Mariposa twice.Initially, I brought one of my bridesmaids to try on dress. N****** was assisting us, well I wouldn't exactly call it assisting as she seemed far more interested in oogling over the women coming out in bridal dresses. I found a veil there that I really liked and was really thinking about purchasing it. I asked about Chantilly lace veils, and was told they are VERY pricey. I felt a bit insulted by this, as if I didn't know this or couldn't afford it.

In all fairness they have a wide range of selection on bridesmaids dresses. So I scheduled an appointment for the rest of my bridal party to go and try on dresses. The girls found the style they liked, but the store did not have the color swatch samples since it was a new color that was being introduced to the line.
I called the designer specifically and asked how long it would take for the swatches to be sent to the store and I was told 5-7 days after the store placed the order for the swatches. Week one went by, week 2, week 3, by this time I was aggravated and called the store. Finally I was able to get the color swatches.

Overall- The experience is hit or miss. My experience was less than stellar. If you have WEEKS to wait for a response then you may want to check this place out.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I knew we HAD to have Shade Tree Films be our cinematographers when I seen their work. I talked to my husband and we decided to book them. All of our correspondence was done via email and a phone conversation with Chad. I would like to think that I am a pretty good judge of character (with the exception of one, which shale remain nameless), and I hit it off with Chad right away. The day of the wedding we had 4 cinematographers, two of which were being trained. We didn't mind since we were/are all students at one time or another. Not only were they friendly, they were extremely professional, even when dealing with someone who was not. I felt very comfortable with them and I believe that it radiated though our video. I knew that editing 10+ hours of work and compressing it to a 20 min film would NOT be an easy task. We got our video last week and there are no words to describe how wonderfully talented Chad, Drew, and the entire crew from Shade Tree are. They captured EVERYTHING +more. We got to experience the moment all over again; the laughter, the joy, the tears. My husband who is a man of few words could not get over how wonderful the video is. I almost want to keep them a secret from our family/friends so nobody will have a film like ours, but of course sharing is caring. So thank you Shade Tree!! Ladies & Gents if you are looking for AWESOME cinematographers w/o the pretentious attitude I implore you to give them a call or shoot them an email, whatever you do get in touch with them! <3
Services used: Videography

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Pussycat Pinup Boudoir Photography
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Initially I was hesitant with having boudoir pictures taken, since the last time I had them taken I gained about 13 pounds. However, Beth makes you feel like a SUPER MODEL. Who doesn't want to feel that way?! She realizes that everyone is NOT a size 2 and 100 pounds.

I had the Triple Threat during my shoot:
Beth- Photographer
Micheline- Makeup
Tara- Hair
All of these women are the best at what they do. The big kicker was that they are all so down to earth and humble, which is a HUGE deal to me.

Not only is Beth is an absolute genius, her attention to detail is by far the best that I've seen!

Ladies- I'm sure you can search google all day long, and hear great reviews about other studios, but NONE of them are in the same category as Pussycat Pinups. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but with Beth you don't get imitation. You get the real deal!

I will DEFINITELY go back, and HIGHLY recommend Pussycat Pinups!
Services used: Photography

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We LOVE, LOVE Rev. Beams.

Prior to us booking Rev. Beams it was required that we meet with him in person. Which in today's day and age is very hard, but when choosing someone to facilitate your wedding you MUST meet with them in person to make sure you mesh well together.

When we first met with him, we instantly knew we had picked the right officiant for our wedding. He truly cared about us, and really listened to what we wanted for our ceremony.
We decided to go a more traditional route with a bible verse and traditional vows. However, Rev. Beams was not "preechy" as some would think. He was very lighthearted, genuine and very sincere.

Everyone raved on how much they loved our ceremony, but I don't think anyone could love it as much as my husband and I did.

Prior to the ceremony he went to visit me in the bridal suite, and I am SOOOO glad that he did. He made me feel so relaxed prior to the start of the "cry fest". =)

If any so-cal brides are looking for an officiant, you should at the very least consider Rev. Beams as he's the best out there!
Services used: Officiant

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Sparkle Photobooth
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We must have looked at seven different photo booth companies before coming across Sparkle Photo Booth.

Paul was very responsive to any and all questions that we had. There isn't that "fine print" where they try to charge you for every little thing.

Our guests LOVED the booth, and towards the end of the night the attendant came to find my husband and I so we could try and take some more pictures before they were to leave. They have pretty good selection of props. We just received of scrapbook from Sparkle yesterday, and it looks GREAT! My husband and I loved the fact that we received a disk with all of the images that were taken during the night, since some guests took both copies. I wonder if people realize that their R-rated photos will be on the disk? =D

There were a few things that bothered me, but not so much were it would affect my rating for them:
1. Some of the pictures looked really weird. Almost like the camera was being bumped and needed to readjust.
2. Our two flowers girls weren't "tall" enough to get in most of the pictures without "adult" help. Which was bother-some since this was a big factor why we picked Sparkle.
3. Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet Paul in person as we were told he had another event to attend to ( told to us my his nephew) However is nephew was VERY helpful and extremely nice.

We were happy with the fun that Sparkle added to our wedding.
If you want a Photo Booth at your wedding/event you should give Paul ( sparkle booth) a call, or shoot him an email ( which is how I communicated with him).
Services used: Photography

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wedding alterations by Mahtab
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I was torn between two alteration specialists.

I knew after all the reviews that I wanted to get an estimate from Mahtab. Originally I was going to have her:
1. Take in the bust
2. Add Bustle
3. Hem the bottom of the dress

When meeting with her for the first time she was VERY friendly and welcoming.
After trying on the dress Mahtab said to buy a "mermaid crinoline", and that I might not even need to have the hem altered. When I went in a second time ( 1st fitting) I only needed a bustle. She suggested that I not get the bust taken in since it was just perfect, she didn't want to create "spillage".

I had 2 fittings in all. The dress had a 9 point french bustle with ties. The ties held up ALL night, and my dress was rather heavy, and not once did the bustle come loose.

The price was very reasonable, and her work was great.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Weddings by Melinda
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When we met with Melinda we had already interviewed several coordinators. She was only 1 of 2 that made a follow up call to us. From the first meeting I felt as though she "gelled" with my husband and I. He said " I really like her." and coming from a man that speaks few words that says a lot.

Melinda was the BEST wedding decision that we made. During the last week/week and a half Melinda really "went to bat" for us when dealing with a particular vendor. She is a TRUE professional ( and there were several that we met that were NOT). She made suggestions on what she thought would work best ,and we completely trusted her in doing this.

I would often email her several times a day/week, changing the guest list count, the number of chairs we needed, even on the actual wedding day! She was never bothered by this, and often calm, cool, and collected. The ceremony and reception area were far more beautiful than my husband and I ever envisioned.

As it turns out Melinda and her husband were married on the same day as DH and I ( thanks David for sharing your wife with us on your special day too!).

We hired Melinda to be our coordinator/planner, but what we got out of our experience with her was much, much more than that. We gained a great, new friend.

So Melinda if you are reading this-THANK YOU!
Services used: Wedding Planning

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Flowers By Helen
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Words to describe Helen: Wonderful, amazing, talented, gifted, down to earth, fantabulous ( ok, so that may not be a word but Helen deserves her own). When I met with Helen we instantly got along well. She was the most relaxed florist that I had ever encountered. When discussing floral ideas Helen would always email me right away after sending her a message...thank goodness for tech savvy people. Initially I was a bride that said " flowers die I don't want us to spend so much money on them". That quickly changed when I realized how much I loved flowers. We trusted Helen so much with the creation of our vision we basically let her decide what she thought would look best! Now who does that?! When working with Helen we knew we wouldn't have to worry, based on her talent and professionalism. When arriving at our venue one word crossed my mind: WOW! I was truly in awe with what Helen created. I can't choose which piece was my favorite.Everything from the alter arrangements to the bridal party flowers-I LOVED, LOVED my bouquet, it smelled so good. I KNEW she would come up with something great!
Services used: Flowers