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WEDDING DATE:

Jul 23, 2006

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Blu Ruby Cupcackes
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our cupcakes were simply scrumptious! Red velvet, with cream cheese frosting! Becca did a great job finding a way to fit them into my color scheme. Again, she was very personable, and easy to work with. The day of the wedding, it was clear that the flower topper our florist made was way too big..Becca quickly made a new one out of candy roses, and it looked great!
Services used: Unique Services

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Steven Ngai Calligraphy
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
Steven's work is really beautiful, and his price is right, but we had a lot of trouble with him. Apparently, he left our invites for last minute, and then had a final, so it seems like the work started off great, and then got more lazy as he was scrambling to get them done. There were a lot of errors, and he didn't take the time to call me and ask me questions if he wasn't sure about something. I had to readdress many envelopes that I had paid for. He also left the pencil lines he used to address with, so I had to go through and erase pencil lines. Clearly, his medical school studies come first, as they should, but perhaps he should not take on more work than he can handle. He did apologize, and sent me our invites overnight delivery to get them to me in time. All in all, those who did get an invite with his handwriting really loved it.
Services used: Unique Services

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Belair Limousine
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The limo was air-conditioned, and beautiful. The price was fair, and the service was perfect. They were timely and professional, and stocked the car up with champagne, sodas, and water. The tip was included in the price though, but the driver asked my mom for a tip, as well as my DH, and they both didn?t know, so they gave her one..watch out for that!
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
From our very first meeting and tasting, the people at Duxbury have been absolutely incredible. Mark and Justin went far and above the call of duty for us on many occasions. Their attention to detail during the planning process was amazingWhen I gave Justin a recipe of my mothers lemon sauce, and for Greek salad dressing, he drove out to meet me, so I could taste it and make sure I approved (which was perfection). The food at our tasting far surpassed the quality of any of the other caterers we met with. Not only that, but the price was right. My DH is in the event industry, and he said their prices for rentals compared to those he would have gotten for us at discount. At the wedding, everything went smoothly, and people kept talking about how absolutely delicious our food was. One guest told me that it was the best wedding food he had ever eaten. Their service was always so warm, and attentive. I just cant say enough great things about Duxburys Catering! ***btw...They have a valet company they work with, and we found them to be excellent as well.
Services used: Catering

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Michele Stewart
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
She was referred to me by a knottie, who's tan looked great in her pics. She had a great experience with her, but I did not. She charges a LOT of money to do this, but I was desperate for a tan, so I went for it, hoping it would be worth it. It was not. Her baby was sleeping, so she had me go in a random bathroom in her apartment complex that was very hot and damp. She sprayed me down, and then left me there, sweating. I could see streaks forming, so I had her come back and she spayed me again. She was very adamant that the tan would be even in the end. Well, it was not. Luckily, my dress was long, but I had streaks on my legs, and abdomen, and my feet looked dirty, not matter how much I scrubbed them. I have never had trouble with self-tanners, mystic tan, or tanning beds, being that I am Greek, I take to these things very well. I think that the problem was that hot, dank bathroom. Also, she did not warn me that the chemical might come off later, and I woke up the next morning with my bedding all stained and ruined. In the end, my color from the chest up looked really good for my wedding, but I would say, save your money, or else, insist that you not be left in a room to sweat your $85 treatment right off!
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Daylight Events
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I am so so so glad we had mood lighting at our reception. It really created a nice ambiance for dinner, and the red heart and lighting on the dance floor was awesome!
Services used: Unique Services

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Ryan Hutchison - HUTCH ENTERTAINMENT Full Service Wedding DJ / Pianist
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I found him on Craig's list. He has a beautiful demo, and is very well priced! Unfortuantely, I barely heard him, as he played during the coctail hour..but what I heard was beautiful..he was easy to set things up with, and even learned a song we wanted to have played. I highly recommend him! We had an organist at the church ceremony (per church requirements).
Services used: DJ

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1928 Jewelry Outlet Store
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
BRIDESMAID'S JEWELRY: Gorgeous jewelry, at discountgotta love that! It looked sooo good on the girls too. Each got the same necklace, but different earrings. (except my MOH had her own, bigger necklace.) Actually, the ribbon on the necklaces were a different color at first, and Mario had them specially made for me so that it would be red instead!
Services used: Unique Services

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Kim Smith Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My engagement pictures were gorgeous, fun, and frolicky! We placed them around our reception site, used an image for our table numbers, and another for our save the dates. Kim is awesome and very easy going.
Services used: Unique Services

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Grace @ Studio 210
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Leslie is a friend of mine, and she is an insanely busy stylist. But she came all the way up to Pasadena to do my hair and make-up, and it looked absolutely perfect! She is amazing!!!!!!!!!! I was lucky to have her at my wedding too, because it was a record hot day, so she was following me around doing touch ups, till the end of the night when I just said F** it! and just went with the sweaty look!
Services used: Unique Services

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carol sheridan photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Carol's work is fantastic!! During the boudoir shoot, she made me feel very comfortable and so good about myself..she is very creative, and the pictures came out gorgeous...My DH went crazy over them. After my boudoir experience, I was more than happy to have Carol shooting my wedding. She and her assistant were timely, professional, and hidden..they captured all the special moments, without being obtrusive..unless necessary, like while shooting our posed shots. She was really great with keeping us on schedule, and managing our families. We did a combination of film (cross-processed, regular, and sepia) as well as digital. I couldn't be more pleased with my pictures, and they really speak for themselves. The couple things that bugged me, were that the pictures were out of order when we got them, so I had to spend a lot of time putting them in order for viewing. I know it was because she was switching from different cameras and types of film, but it was quite time consuming. Also, when she gave me the digitals, they were all too dark and she had to go through and lighten them...she thought because I am an artist, that I wanted to do the photoshop work myself, but I didn't..no time in my life for that! Other than those two annoyances, everything was perfect...the most important being, that my pictures are amazing and I will love them forever! Our family and friends have been blown away by them.
Services used: Photography, Unique Services

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Just a Girls Event
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Rosie is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! I dont know where I would have been without her! Not only did she help me out so much during the planning stages, but she helped our wedding day run so smoothly. She is kind, caring, organized, and just so helpful. She had a keen way of keeping me calm, and helping me get each task done in time. On the wedding day, she dropped off a snack tray at our room, then dashed off to the site to set things up. She kept the ceremony running smoothly, and the reception too. In fact, I forgot the fire permit in my hotel, ,and we were going to be forced to blow out all our candlesRosie drove out to my hotel room, searched through my binder, found the permit, and brought it back.. I cannot rave about her enough!
Services used: Wedding Planning

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St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The church is stunning, and the staff is very helpful..sadly, the priest is very sick, so they had to find me a replacement for our wedding, (Father Tom Avramis) but he was incredible..people loved him. The only reason they are not getting a A+ is because, they gave me a church coordinator to help with the rehearsal and the day of, and even though we gave the priest, and the chanter a very large tip, they told me that I needed to send $100 to pay the church coordinator, when no one had ever told us this up front.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Castle Green is absolutely gorgeous! The dcor is so classic, and you feel like you have escaped to another world. It has a lot of personality and charm, and our guests had a blast! We particularly liked that they have tables, and chavari chairs which are included in their price. We didnt like that they charge extra for a/c (which barely worked, esp. in the lounge rooms), and it was often hard to get in touch with the person in charge of events there. Also, if you do want to bring your own caterer, you are charged $5 a head. If you can get over the we can add these charges simply because, we can, and we dont need your business attitude, and just take it for what it is, you will love it. It was an incredible and dreamy backdrop for our reception, and I would definitely recommend it!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

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Anthropologie
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: I wanted to choose something that the girls would feel good spending their money on, and that they could wear again. These dresses looked awesome for my turquoise and red theme. The girls chose their own dark red shoes, and I provided the jewelry. The great thing about Anthropologie, is that it is really easy to return items, and they carry their styles at their website for a long time. They also have a wide range of sizes.
Services used: Dress & Attire