Jun 04, 2011

( 3.6 / 5.0 )
We recently used Chef By Request for our wedding. We chose them because we had wanted to do a informal "Chicago Style" meal, be able to provide our own alcohol, and bring a home-brew that my husband brewed. They let us do all three! The food was outstanding. We received so many compliments on the beef sandwiches and polish sausages. Guests told us they were the best they'd ever tasted (and both of our families are life long residents of Chicago)! They ended up putting out our "late night snacks" (mini Chicago Style pizza's) with the main course, but they did rectify the situation by ordering Lou Malnati's later in the evening for they do get bonus points for that! The staff was very nice and professional.

The only complaint I have is that it was almost impossible to get a hold of the catering planner Danielle. For two weeks, my husband and I called her every day because we had some questions on some things. The majority of the time we got a message indicating that her inbox was full. If we were able to leave a voicemail, we didn't get any response. She eventually got in touch with us and we were able to go over things. They also charged us $150 for glassware that was gone in one hour. They then ran out of plastic cups and ended up using the cups I had brought for our lemonade stand before the wedding.

All in all, they did provide a delicious, quality meal, at a relatively affordable price.
Services used: Wedding Cake, Catering

Just Love Me {Photography + Design}
( 4.6 / 5.0 )
The girls of Just Love Me are fabulous! My husband (then fiance) was a little nervous about "modeling" for the pictures, buy Jessie and Julie made us feel totally comfortable and at ease during our engagement session. We even changed our engagement session location last minute and they were completely OK with it. It poured on our wedding day while we were supposed to be doing the bridal party shoot and the lighting inside wasn't that great, so these girls scoped out a place protected by the rain outside while they stood in the rain holding an umbrella while the other one took pictures! The majority of our pictures turned out beautifully. They captured most of our details and did an amazing job capturing the people on the dance floor.

We never actually at down and talked about the wedding before hand; they just sent us a questionnaire asking what pictures we wanted taken. As a result, we didn't get pictures of some of the things we wanted. I also wish they would have given us a little more direction on the day of the wedding...there are some pictures where I don't think the groom and I were on the same page (i.e. I"m smiling, he's in serious mode and vice versa), and others where my slip is showing, but other than that they did an amazing job!

The online viewing site is nice and easy to use and the CD of pictures with all rights released is totally worth it!

You will not find a better quality photographer for the price!
Services used: Photography

ShutterBox Entertainment
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Shutterbox is AWESOME!!! I had originally tried to book "Shutterbooth" for out wedding on the recommendation of someone else, but after fifteen phone calls and emails and no response, I turned to to ShutterBox. Thank God! They answered on the first ring, answered all my questions, and sent the contract over within 8 hours! They were flexible with a payment plan and worked with us to design our own little "logo" for the photo strip. The attended was great, our box of props was hilarious, and we loved that you could see the night progress in photobooth pictures on the outside screen. You can view the pics online about two days after the event and they send you a CD with all the pics. You also get a keepsake book where your guests leave you a copy of the pic and write you a message. We love it! I can't stop looking at it!

We didn't receive our CD within the 10 day period, but I called to inquire they were apologetic and sent one out immediately, no questions asked. They have amazing customer service and every time I spoke with someone on the phone they were polite and enthusiastic about our event.

I would recommend ShutterBox in a heartbeat to anyone thinking about getting a photobooth. It's worth every penny! Our guests loved it! We loved it! Thank You ShutterBox!
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I had no idea what I was going to do for my wedding make up when I won complimentary bridal make-up from Tamara Make-up and Hair through a Facebook contest! My make-up artist was Christina and from the second I met her, I knew how lucky I was to have stumbled upon them. So of course, I hired her for the entire bridal party. I wanted a more natural look, and she totally understood and gave me just that! She made me look like me...only prettier! I was a little skeptical about false lashes, but she was right! They made my eyes pop and dramatized the look just enough so that it was awesome but not to over the top. She also made my bridesmaids, mom, and mother-in-law look absolutely fabulous!

Christina was extremely personable and she got a long with everyone very well and my mom was amazed at how professional she was. She was also able to come to the hotel where we were getting ready which took added stress off of us!

I highly recommend this group of girls to anyone who need a make-up artist. If they are anything like Christina, you will surely be amazed!!
Services used: Beauty & Health