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May 28, 2011

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Finding the right officiant was my hardest decision throughout the wedding planning process. I could not find exactly what I was looking for, and it turned into a stressful search. We wanted a ceremony that was somewhere between civil and religious, and the ability to write some of our vows/have general input on the ceremony. I was surprised by how hard it was to find all of that in one person. Somehow I was fortunate enough to stumble across Joseph. He was truly a blessing. He met with us ahead of time, really got to know us and wrote a beautiful, unique ceremony tailored to us. If I could give him more than five stars, I would!

From our first phone call, Joseph immediately put me at ease. He is organized and knowledgeable, but also very easygoing. At our first meeting, he demonstrated that he was prepared, excited and cares deeply about what he does. He has a huge heart, and genuinely cares about his clients. He was always prompt and prepared for emails, phone calls and meetings. As far as the ceremony goes, he can provide as much or little structure as you want, and will work with you until you have exactly what you want.

On our wedding day, Joseph performed a thoughtful, warm and unique ceremony using our own words, stories and thoughts. He has a great presence and very professional appearance. Our friends and family thought we had known him for years! He went above and beyond for us, and we will never be able to thank him enough for making our wedding day absolutely perfect! I highly, highly, highly recommend Joseph. Call him and end your frustrating officiant search. He is the one!
Services used: Officiant

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Caitlin's Creations
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Caitlin and her staff were, in a word, amazing! From our first meeting, I had complete confidence that she would take care of us. She is very upbeat, super organized and follows through on her promises. She laid everything out for us up front: our payments, important dates, meetings and expected delivery of the photos after the wedding. She also has an excellent contract that made us feel comfortable that we would have a photographer on the wedding day, no matter what! She is flexible with her packages and always gave us terrific customer service, even though we were on a smaller budget. She was always very quick to respond to calls and emails, which was much appreciated! She even took time to meet with us a couple days before the wedding, since she hadn't had a chance to meet my fiance. She also gave us guidance on how to plan our timeline for the wedding, and actually helped keep us on schedule throughout the day.

As far as the actual photos themselves, they are STUNNING! Caitlin beautifully captured the small details, and more importantly, the spirit and emotion of our special day. She and her staff were very easy to work with, and they caught every important moment. They were also creative and open to our ideas, which made it so fun! I was a DIY bride and added some personal details to our wedding; Caitlin got fantastic shots of each and every one, so that I will be able to look back and remember all of my hard work! Our wedding was outside, and many photos were taken at sunset and then after dark with very little lighting. She made it all work, and the photos turned out wonderful! She and her staff even stayed a few minutes past their scheduled time to get our departure. And the best part is that we had our photos in hand less than one month after the wedding! Her photography was worth every penny, and we are thrilled with the service and photos we received!
Services used: Photography

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David's Bridal
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I originally purchased a dress from David's Bridal (San Pedro location), and had almost immediate buyer's remorse. In fairness, I dropped into the store on a whim one Sunday, and ended up trying on dresses! It was very busy, and I didn't particularly click with the sales associate I met. Before I knew it, I was taking home a floor sample that everyone had tried on, and I was having major anxiety. Luckily, I acted quickly. I called back the next week and asked to meet with a manager. The manager was very gracious, and said they could do an exchange for another dress. I made an appointment -- on a quiet weekday this time -- and went back to meet with a different consultant. The experience was night and day, and I found the perfect dress! It took about two months for the dress to come in, and I took it somewhere else for alterations. Overall, I was very happy with my dress! Make a weekday appointment here, if you can. They can give you much more personal attention.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Eden's Echo Floral Design
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Erin did such a spectacular job on our wedding flowers! My bouquet was beyond stunning, it was a work of art! We planned to give my bouquet away at the reception during an anniversary dance honoring the longest-married couple. When the time came, I can't lie -- it was SO hard for me to give up that gorgeous bouquet!

Erin took my vision and ideas and absolutely ran with them. She was one of the only vendors that we truly trusted to "do her thing", and we knew it would turn out fabulous. The day before the wedding, she came across something that she thought would be perfect for my bouquet and added it at the last minute. Such gorgeousness! She also very kindly incorporated lace from my mother's wedding veil and a brooch on my bouquet, and pendants that I provided for my bridesmaid bouquets. I went into my first meeting with her not caring much about the flowers. By the end of that meeting, she had me so excited about what she could create! And we were a fairly small project for her -- just my bouquet, our bridal party/attendant flowers, cake flowers and two ceremony altar arrangements. We had a small flower budget, and I love that Erin always made helpful suggestions to help us stretch our dollars. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, too! She truly loves what she does, and makes you feel like you are her most important client! Believe all of these wonderful reviews, Erin is the BEST!
Services used: Flowers

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I purchased several items from Etsy for my wedding, and was fortunate to have great experiences each time. The following were some of my Etsy purchases:

- Chapel length veil (abusymother)
- Burlap clutch (UnabashedBliss)
- Ivory hair flower (EnchantedlyYours)
- Brooch bracelet (GammaGirl2004)
- Rustic garter (RockCandyVintage)
- Personalized dress hanger (LilaFrances)
- Personalized handkerchiefs (ccbgknikolich)
- Custom decals (Elephannie)

I tried to read all of the reviews on each vendor and always communicated with them before I purchased any items. I received prompt responses, reasonable shipping times and the items arrived exactly as I ordered them. I was thrilled with each Etsy vendor I worked with, and would recommend them to any bride!
Services used: Unique Services

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New Road Productions
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We are completely in love with the wedding video Wes created for us! We had a limited budget, but Wes had some reasonable packages available, and flexible payment options. He was great to work with leading up to the wedding, and always responded to emails quickly. For a small fee, he traveled to San Antonio for our wedding. On the wedding day, he stayed in the background, but still captured absolutely everything! Our video is PERFECT! Wes captured all of the fun and special moments, and the video itself is very high quality. It is impossible to be everywhere and see everything on your wedding day, so it is very special to be able to see it all later! The online link was awesome and made it very easy to share the video. Our friends and family members have laughed and cried after seeing the video, and we feel that it was worth every penny. We are so grateful to Wes, and wholeheartedly recommend him!
Services used: Videography

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Professional Entertainment Services
( 4.8 / 5.0 )
Jesse was a great DJ for our wedding ceremony and reception! He was very high energy and extremely flexible when it came to creating our playlist and structuring our reception. He is the exclusive DJ for Spring Hill Event Center, and we were a bit nervous about having to use someone that we did not personally select, since we had some specific music requests. He eased our fears in the first meeting, and we felt confident he would pull off our music perfectly. He has a huge music library, was very open to our ideas, and also contributed some suggestions of his own. He was a terrific MC at the reception, and did everything exactly as we hoped. Don't worry if your communication is slow at times during the planning process. He will meet with you shortly before the wedding, and will be well-prepared for your day!
Services used: DJ

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Seventh Heaven
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Michelle with Seventh Heaven Cakes did an outstanding job for us! She is very reasonably priced, and more than worth the price for her skill level. Every meeting with her was fun and informative. She gave me three huge portions/flavors to sample at our initial meeting, and I had plenty to take home for my fiance and parents. She is kind and creative, and was able to bring my vision to life. Our cake was absolutely beautiful! She showed up early to set up our cake, delivering it herself. She placed the flowers from my florist on the cake and also waited for us to deliver our cake topper, which we had forgotten to give her ahead of time! And her cakes truly tasted DELICIOUS! We received countless compliments on both of our cakes. (The pink champagne cake is divine!) Michelle is honest and upfront about what will work best for your cake(s) and she will work hard to make everything perfect. She truly cares about her creations and clients! She prefers phone calls/text messages for communication, so that is always the best way to reach her. I wholeheartedly recommend her!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Signatures by Sarah
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
What else can I say about Sarah that hasn't already been said? She is absolutely WONDERFUL to work with! She is flexible, creative and a talented designer. I had so much fun working on designs with her! She brought my vision to life for so many elements of my wedding -- invitations, candy buffet sign, stickers, monograms, etc. She always welcomed my feedback and questions, and insisted on working until she got things exactly as I wanted them. She is very responsive and has a quick turnaround on her designs. I cannot recommend Sarah enough -- we will be calling on her for all things creative long after the wedding!
Services used: Unique Services

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Spring Hill Event Center
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our wedding at Spring Hill was incredible! I almost skipped this venue entirely during my search, but my brother had been to a wedding there and suggested that I check it out. Thank goodness he did, because it was perfect for us! The photos on the website do not do it justice. It is gorgeous! Elegant, but also laid back. We had our ceremony and reception at Spring Hill, and the great thing about the venue is that you get to use the entire facility/grounds. We got married outside in front of the fountain, then moved inside for dinner and the toasts. The food was AMAZING! Spring Hill was very flexible about creating a custom menu for us, and many of our guests have told us it was the best wedding food they have ever had. We changed things up by going back outside for dancing. It was fabulous, and the venue/DJ made our unusual request seem like no trouble at all.

The staff was always very helpful and easy to work with throughout our planning process, and they were extremely accommodating with my extra requests and details. I was always surprised when I asked about something, and they told me that they could provide it or handle it for me. The coordinator I planned all the details with before the wedding (Sara) was the same coordinator on the wedding day, which made everything seamless from start to finish. The entire staff was completely on top of things on our wedding day, and they went the extra mile with thoughtful details -- packing a bag in our getaway limo with food, cake and champagne for my new husband and me to enjoy at our hotel; packing up all of our leftover food and sending it home with my parents (so nothing went to waste!); and packing all of our gifts and personal items up for our parents after my husband and I had departed. I can't say enough wonderful things about this venue, and feel that it is an absolute steal for everything that they provide! If you are looking for an indoor/outdoor venue with awesome food and a wonderful atmosphere, I highly recommend checking out Spring Hill! (Tip: Check their website for an upcoming Open House -- it's an easy chance to check out the venue and sample the food!)
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Vanity Room
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Kellie ROCKED! I have never received so many compliments or felt so beautiful! Exactly how a gal should feel on her wedding day! My makeup lasted for 12+ hours, despite 100 degree temperatures and an outdoor ceremony/reception. We did a trial a few months before my wedding, and I was very impressed. I gave her an inspiration photo and she did an amazing job interpreting it. She also took photos and made notes at my trial so that we could duplicate the look on the wedding day. I believe she uses GloMinerals, and it has an extremely smooth, natural finish. It looks awesome in person and photographs beautifully. (No ashy/halo effect like other mineral makeups!) I thought her prices were very reasonable, considering she travels to you. On the wedding day, she and an assistant came to my home and did hair and makeup for me, four bridesmaids, my mom and aunt -- in less than four hours! She was on time and worked quickly, but we never felt rushed. She did something unique for each person, and everyone looked absolutely stunning. Some girls brought inspiration photos and others simply asked her to be creative. Either way, she worked her magic! Everyone was very happy with how they looked, and our group had very high expectations! People are still talking about how amazing all the women in the bridal party looked that day! And my husband, who prefers me without makeup, was blown away! All thanks to Kellie!
Services used: Beauty & Health