Sep 15, 2007
Bellissima Vita Weddings
I can't speak highly enough about Lisa Zanassi at Bellissima Vita Weddings! She is the most organized, thoughtful and talented woman :) She made my wedding a masterpiece. I completely trusted her to carry out my vision. I had so many little details, that I planned out and she managed to pull it all off. She was great at keeping me oblivious to all the stressful little things that were going on and she was always calm and collected. She also has impeccable taste, so I knew she'd make the best choice when it came to decor changes. She didn't let me down! If you've already booked her for your wedding you made a great decision! If you are still looking for a coordinator, you couldn't do better than Lisa :) I completely (& highly) recommend her!
Services used: Wedding Planning
Buena Vista Winery
Tenaya Bresson at Buena Vista Winery has been such a great help! She goes out of her way to answer all of your questions and makes herself completely available to you even though she is usually very busy with the winery. The winery itself is just an amazing venue. It's the oldest winery in California. It's rustic and beautiful. If you want an outdoor ceremony or reception, their fountain courtyard (located next to their historic champagne cellars) is always cool and shady, perfect for those 100+ summer temperatures! Their tasting room, set up in a historic two story stone building is set up perfectly for dancing (1st floor) and banquet dining on the 2nd floor which is open to below.
Services used: Wedding Venue
I highly recommend Pearl's Place. I ordered my dress for almost half off what the bridal store around the corner was going to charge me! Just make sure that you know exactly what you want before you order...they aren't that good at keeping track of order changes. I also had a mini freak out when I received the dress thinking they had made it with white lace instead of ivory. I talked to someone on the phone that was soooo sweet. They really do care about your order over all :)
Services used: Dress & Attire
They are the most reasonably priced letterpress that I could find and they come highly recommended by many, myself included. MB is the way to go if you already have your design worked out. I never even check out their location even though I'm probably only 15min. away. All contact with them was 98% through email (just the way I like it!). There was no hassle and I was completely overwhelmed with their press & paper quality. Their turnaround time was fast and I even ordered more response cards at the last minute; they were able to get them to me with in a week!
Services used: Invitations
Wild Thyme Catering
A family owned catering business with delicious food & great prices. They used to have a restaurant on the plaza in Sonoma with the same name. People haven't stopped raving about how great the food was (even months later!). They use all fresh local ingredients and are very particular with what they serve. For example when we went for a tasting, they didn't serve us exactly what we had requested because the chef didn't like the quality of the food. he refused to serve it! Which some people might find frustrating, personally I thought it was admirable. In fact we kept the menu semi-flexible, leaving the final choices up to them. we wanted to be sure the food was the best we could hope for. They didn't let us down, in the end we ended up getting exactly what we asked for. And it was scrumptious! I highly recommend them. Joanne pullit it off with out a hitch. She even coordinated getting the rental equipment (incl. their business discount!). The food was amazing and their service impeccable. And they pulled it off for much less than I was even expecting!
Services used: Catering
Thomas Hughes Films
I decided at the last minute to hire a videographer. I had done some initial research and decided that we just couldn't afford one, but after hearing one too many times that you just have to have one, we bit the bullet. Thomas hughes is pretty well known and established and they still had someone available (Benjamin) for my wedding date. Benjamin was great guy. Very polite, quite, professional and unassuming. I can honestly say I forget he was there! Which is a good thing :) He silently went along and did his documentation. It took around 6-7months to get the video back. I watched the highlight video first (12min long) and wasn't that impressed, but then again it was free. It just didn't have the same editing quality as the demos on their site or that they send you. But I did like the full length video (40min) much, much better.
Services used: Videography
Ambassadors Rolls-Royce Limousine Service
Scott fro mAmbassador's Rolls was pleasure to work with. I had seen the vintage touring limo (and its matching partner!) while wine tasting in Napa and I just knew I had to have it for something! That was before I was even engaged. So the wedding was the perfect opportunity! Although I wish I could have afforded to rent both limo's. Leo was our driver and he was a cute older gentleman from Ireland, it was sooo fitting. He was helpful by making up some lost time when we were running late, but just make sure you have printed out direction for them to follow. You have that and your golden!
Services used: Transportation
Carmen Alvarez Photography
Carmen is a true professional. All I can say is that she handled the stress of the day with stride. she managed to keep her calm even though our "picture" time got cut in half because we were running a little late. She handled everyone with grace even though I know I would have snapped with impatience. She also is very reasonable, an all around honest & straightforward photographer that loves what she does. What you see is what you get, she doesn't give you the runaround, which was so appreciated! thanks Carmen for capturing my perfect day!
Services used: Photography
Viola Floral Design
WOW...there are no words to describe how gorgeous the flowers were! From the very beginning Maki & I werre on the very same page. I completely trusted her to run with it, because I knew we had the same vision. My favorite vendor to work with for sure! She was able to give me everything I wanted for under 2k (impressive since I got other quotes at over 8k!!!). She also threw in extra special touches on the cocktail tables & in the bathrooms. She even sewed matching silk covers for the vases on the head table so it would match the decor. Including (but not limited to): 1 bridal bouquet, 1 toss bouquet, 5 bridesmaid's bouquets, 2 mother's nosegays (mini-bouquets), 2 grandmother's corsages, 9 bouts, fountain decor, bathroom decor, 2 altar pieces, cocktail decor, 16 centerpieces, cake table decor, handmade silk vase covers & vases for the bouquets during dinner and a bunch of other arrangements that i know i'm forgetting. she was worth every penny and then some, that's for sure!
Services used: Flowers