May 23, 2008
Sarah Bastille Photography
Sarah was GREAT. She was just such a sweetheart and so helpful throughout the day in addition to taking about a million shots. Everyone kept saying how nice she was. Our pictures came out BEAUTIFUL- we are both so impressed with the detail of her shots in addition to how many we have- 671! She does amazing work and she captured our day perfectly. We have since done two sessions with Sarah to photograph our son and we were equally impressed with her work. I cannot say enough good things about her!
Services used: Unique Services
I didn`t even know Terry was there all night (which is exactly what you want). Prior to the wedding, the Fishers were amazing to work with- such a nice couple. They clearly have a lot of enthusiasm for their work and are very professional. If you are looking for a videographer or considering one- you must meet with them. Their rates are amazing- I could not find anyone else who beat their price for what they offered and the quality of their work ($799 all day coverage which is an hour before the ceremony through the last dance). They will not send you a demo (they do not feel comfortable sending videos out of their customers) so you have to meet with them, but it`s worth the drive up there. We were happy with our video. There were a few shakey parts, but for the price we paid we were satisfied with the final product.
Services used: Videography, Rentals & Photobooths
I got both our wedding cake and a grooms cake (for the rehearsal) through Party Favors. They did a great job on both and were very accessible for finalizing the details through email (although sometimes it would take a while to hear back- but it all worked out). I had given them a picture of the wedding cake I wanted and explained I wanted exactly the same thing. Ours was sort of similar, but not exact (maybe my expectations were too high). I did think it would look more like the picture I had provided, but it came out nice. I unfortunately didn`t get a piece of it the night of the wedding, but I heard very good things about how it tasted. The groom`s cake I did was a Pittsburg Steelers cake- it had a helmet along with a `terrible towel` (Steelers thing) next to it. DH was absolutely thrilled with it and it tasted great. We also used them for our son's birthday cake- an elaborate Red Sox themed cake- and it came out beautiful (and very yummy
Services used: Wedding Cake, Favors & Gifts
had Michelle for hair and Amanda for makeup. They were both sooo nice and did an awesome job. I went to the salon in Manchester for the trials. The salon is gorgeous and everyone in there was so helpful. I had the makeup done first and asked that it was very natural. Amanda did an excellent job and took great notes. For the hair, I brought in pictures of what I had in mind. It came out beautiful and Michelle took a bunch of pictures to make sure she could duplicate the exact hair style and veil placement. Both came to my hotel the day of the wedding. They were very accommodating in allowing two of my bridesmaids to add on makeup services the day of the wedding! My girls all came out beautiful and I was soooo pleased with both my hair and makeup.
Services used: Beauty & Health
I know people have complained about rude phone people, but I got a nice one. I had them shipped to my work address and they came in 2 months. They were beautiful with original tags.
Services used: Dress & Attire
DePrisco Diamond Jewelers
They were SOO helpful in picking out the rings. They literally let me pull up a chair with a tray of rings and try on ring after ring after ring. I was there all afternoon! I was having such a hard time finding a ring that worked with my e-ring and I really appreciated them letting me do my own thing trying on all those rings (all the places before that would stand there, I'd have to point out which ring I wanted through the glass, try it on, and so forth). Our only issue- they didn`t call us when they came in- I had to call them a few weeks before the wedding wondering where our rings were. They explained that they were short on staff.
Services used: Jewelry
Lucille, the caterer manager, was AWESOME. I can`t even put it in words how helpful she was. She met our limo out in front of the Hellenic Center, whisked us upstairs and from that second on she was a life saver. She brought us drinks, she brought us appetizers, she busseled my dress (by herself), she organized everyone before introductions, she coordinated everything with the DJ- the woman was a godsend. I cannot even say in words how helpful she was to us, our wedding party and our guests. The food was excellent- we had the beef tenderloin and everyone kept commenting on how good it was and how it melted in their mouths. The wait staff was on top of everything and the courses were served very quickly (I`ve been to weddings before where it takes forever between courses and dinner is dragged on for hours). Meetings prior to the wedding were very informative and made us so excited we had chosen them. They were incredibly accommodating and flexible. We met with Rick about 10 months before the wedding and with Lucille a month or two before. Our only complaint- we were able to bring in our own bottles of wine. They were supposed to return to us any unused bottles at the end of the night so we could return them (or use them). Unfortunately, they returned to us five bottles of UNCORKED/RECORKED wine. Completely useless! We couldn`t return them- what were we supposed to do with 5 bottles of wine that had already been uncorked??? It was all thrown out since we didn`t even realize it until we returned from our honeymoon. If you use Vinwood- specifically tell them not to uncork bottles until they are needed!!
Services used: Catering
Pure Energy Entertainment
Mark Dixon was AWESOME. There`s no other word for it. From the second we were introduced he just had everyone on the dance floor. He was fun on the mike (not cheesey) and had fun with our guests. He played all the songs we wanted and the dance floor did NOT ever empty out. I just remember dancing and dancing and dancing all night long at our reception- exactly what I wanted. There weren`t many slow songs, but I can imagine if we did it would have compromised the floor. We highly recommend Mark if you can get him!!
Services used: Unique Services
Lyndsey was great to work with- she does event floral design full time (not just a side thing for her) and even teaches a floral design class at UNH (my alma mater!). She`s very creative and enthusiastic about her designs. Additionally, her prices were excellent. Our bouquets were gorgeous- huge and full (I did upgrade them and add flowers above what she normally does, however). They lasted throughout the entire reception. The centerpieces were PERFECT- exactly what I wanted. They were 15 black magic roses in a clear cylinder vase. Each vase had a tiny red ribbon tied around it. I couldn`t believe how nice they looked. I thought the altar arrangements were beautiful and plenty big enough (I had read other reviews saying they were on the small side). I didn`t find that to be the case (I was specifically looking at them during the ceremony).
Services used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor