jocemae

WEDDING DATE:

Oct 28, 2011

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Aihara Visuals
 
( 4.8 / 5.0 )
Kim was outstanding. We used her for our rehearsal dinner luau and she took so many group shots, shots of us alone along the rocks and also tons of pics of the luau as well. She sent us a few teasers and they were absolutely beautiful!!! She was definitely a great decision that we made, especially since we didn’t take any engagement photos.
Services used: Photography

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Boutique Victoria
 
( 4.6 / 5.0 )
Victoria was one of the most important vendors to me because I always had this dream of what I wanted to look like as a bride. It included tons of adjectives: elegant, bohemian, natural, Hawaiian and the list goes on and on. I was originally just going to wear flowers in my hair but I just couldn’t totally get with it. I saw Alicia Key’s headpiece during her wedding and something similar on another bride and knew that it was the look I was going for. I scheduled an appointment and my mom and I met with Victoria, and together we were able to collaborate and create the most amazing hairpiece and matching earrings, better than my wildest dreams. Victoria is so incredibly talented. She is expensive but well worth it. She also makes the most stunning dresses! When she becomes world famous, I will always remember what a sweet person she is and how much fun it was to work with her to create my dream wedding accessories.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Dellables.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Della is an absolute genius!! Seriously there were no words to describe the feeling I got when I first saw my bouquet. It was breathtaking. From day one, I clicked with Della. When DH and I went on a scouting trip to Maui a year before our wedding, we had the chance to meet with Della, and she is seriously one of the sweetest and funniest women known to man. We were able to bounce ideas off of each other and share tons of design concepts. Being type A, its hard to let go of control lol but I felt so comfortable that she would do an amazing job that after I gave her all of my inspirations, I told her to have fun and boy did she ever! Creativity is her God given talent! I can’t believe how blessed we were to have her create our flowers!!! I count it as even more of a blessing to have even met and worked with her beautiful spirit. She created a wedding so beautiful that it was literally more incredible than my vision could have ever been!
Services used: Flowers

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James Rubio Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I changed wedding day photographers. My luau photographer was originally our wedding photographer but when we saw James’s work, we were so enamored that we knew we had to have him too!!!! He is such a crazy sick artist!!!! His command of natural editing, lighting and arranging is the best I have ever seen. He is just so creative and incredible and such a nice person. We felt so comfortable with him from the start. After we saw the teasers, we said to ourselves WOW!!! He made us look like celebrities. He is by far one of the very best spur of the moment decisions I have ever made in my life!!!! He is just utter and complete photographic perfection.
Services used: Photography

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Jos A Bank
 
( 3.2 / 5.0 )
We had a few issues with Joseph A Banks but in the end the suits turned out wonderfully. Originally, DH and the groomsmen were going to have slightly different color suits but when we placed the order and they came in, the color was totally different. Turns out the color online isn’t the color in real life. When we attempted to change the color, they said they would not be making the suit any longer since they were officially out of stock. We searched high and low for a replacement suit there and found one that worked out well. The only other issue we had was that when the suits arrived from tailoring, my brother’s had pen mark stains on the front and we were nervous that they wouldn’t be able to get it out before the wedding which was a week away!!! Thank God they were able to fix them.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Macy's Bridal Salon
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
I had an absolutely horrific experience at Macy's Bridal Salon. Everything outside of my consultant Theresa was pretty bad. Theresa was a pretty good consultant and was worked with me three different times to find the dress of my dreams, which I did find at Macy's during a trunk show. However, I didn't feel the service was the greatest. I saw many brides being given accessories to try on while they dress shopped and several were showered with attention that I just didn't seem to get. We purchased my Marisa during a trunk show and my mother had to pay the complete amount in full. She was never told why. When the dress arrived, it was absolutely huge!!!!! Massive on me and would have to be taken in several sizes. When we began the alterations process, we were quoted an initial price by the head alterations director of $650. When we finally began alterations, she told us $800 with an additional $60 per hour for adding beading and said that I had several fittings before (not true, only tried the gown on for my mother and friend to see) and thats why there was an additional charge and it would have to be paid completely in full. This was said with a complete attitude as well. My mother went ahead and paid for the alterations in full but I was able to swing a miracle and get another AH-MAZ-ING seamstress to take on the dress at the last minute. Of course, after being faced with potentially losing our business, they offered to do the alterations for $650. We of course said no thanks but to this day, my mom is STILL WAITING for her refund. It has been at least 3 months now. She has called several times and it is still in the works. A very bad experience overall. I seriously wished I would have purchased my dress from Pearls Place or Netbride instead. I would have saved way more than the actual trunk show discount.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Mary Catomy
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Goodness, I have to thank God and google for helping me to find Mary!!! She was seriously a Godsent. I had some service issues with the bridal salon where I purchased my dress, and I knew that I did NOT want them to alter my gown. We were quoted probably close to triple what we ended up paying for Mary. She literally took my dress in 4 sizes (bridal salon ordered the dress WAAAAYYYY too big), hemmed it, bustled it, added crystals to the delicate lace siding, altered my mom’s dress, my rehearsal dinner dress and my mom’s rehearsal dinner dress and all for hundreds of dollars less than what Macy’s quoted just to take the dress in!!!! She was the most amazing vendor in the world!! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. P.S. Ladies, Mary is a super busy lady. I seriously booked her services before I ordered my gown. I suggest you do the same!!!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Maui Makeup Artistry-Hair & Beauty Bar
 
( 4.8 / 5.0 )
I just have to say that Liz is so incredibly talented. It’s so difficult to trust your makeup to someone when you don’t see any faces on the island that look like you. I never saw any photos of African American brides or brides with darker skin tones on Maui and that initially concerned me. I also have had skin problems since birth, and I needed someone that would give me the illusion of pretty decent skin. I did tons of research to find someone that would be able to handle a bunch of techniques, such as airbrushing, and also had a lot of experience working with different ethnicities and I found the perfect artist in Liz. She did my makeup for both my rehearsal dinner and wedding. When she was done with me and my bridal party, we were absolutely flawless!!! And she is a bunch of fun too. Definitely loved having her energy in our hotel room when we were getting ready.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I was a tad bit worried about how the cake would turn out after reading several mixed reviews. So how was the cake you ask? It was pretty good, some flavors definitely better than others and nothing was terrible. We had 4 flavors in total, red velvet, chocolate with mousse filling, white cake with strawberry whip and lemon with raspberry whip. Everything was pretty tasty except the chocolate cake was a tad bit dry. The red velvet was yummy from what I tasted. My mom said that she had a piece of white cake with pineapple filling. Umm not exactly what we ordered but she said it was very tasty. Also, the cake did look very beautiful (though we found just a few cracks on the side) and it was exactly the design that we wanted. All in all, it was a very solid experience.
Services used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Favors & Gifts

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Pearl's Place
 
( 4.6 / 5.0 )
After finding an Enzoani dress that my mom would look absolutely dynamite in, we scoured every store to either find a trunk show or a discount on the dress since it was quite expensive. We were able to find it at Pearl’s Place and got it for much less than we could have gotten even at a trunk show. We save well over $100 bucks on the gown and we received right around the time they said we were. It was in absolute perfect condition. I would recommend using them in a heartbeat. In fact, I wished I used them to purchase my own gown.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Reverend Pia Aluli
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Wow is all I can say. Pia was extraordinary. We had him co-officiate with my grandfather, and he was just so amazing and accommodating. He did a Hawaiian chant at the beginning of the ceremony that was just so beautiful and unique. We couldn’t have made a better choice for an officiant.
Services used: Officiant

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Seawatch Restaurant
 
( 4.4 / 5.0 )
We used Molokini Lookout for our ceremony location. After we saw it on a scouting trip a year before, we knew we had found the absolute perfect place to get married. We were looking for a place that would be ultra private and overlook the water but not be in sand. My DH did not want to stand in the sand and he made that very clear from the very beginning. Well when we saw it, our jaw literally dropped. It has the most incredible view. The day of our wedding, our guests were soooo in love with the view that they couldn't contain themselves. We had the entire space to ourselves. The only con is that you have to pay for a shuttle for guests to travel to the site but other than that, it really is an A+ all around!
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Sweet Peas and Seashells
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Michelle was one of the best decisions I made regarding my wedding. When it comes to décor and pulling a vision together, few people rarely understand how important the paper products and graphic design elements are in achieving such a cohesive event. From the first day I contacted Michelle, she was an absolute joy to work with. She understood right away my vision, and she literally took it to a whole different level of excellence. Michelle designed our invitations, menus, chair signs, programs and bar menus, and she knocked it out of the park on everything!!!! She is so amazing. You are crazy if you don’t book her right away!!!
Services used: Unique Services

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The Perfect Wedding Maui
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Goodness gracious, Cherise was such a life saver. Because I plan events, I knew that I would need someone to hold down the fort in Hawaii and give us insightful knowledge of things. From day one, she gave us so much support in every possible way. Planning a destination wedding is always a huge risk. You have to find someone that you can trust and rely on to give it to you straight so you can make the most informed decisions possible. During our scouting trip, she took us around the island to look at the locations we were interested in and also introduced us to our florist even before we gave her any money!!! She responded within 24 hours on any question that we had and was incredibly organized. Believe me when I say I would recommend her in a heartbeat. This is coming from a event producer myself who is type A all the way. She impressed me beyond belief!!! And she is an absolute beautiful soul! I adore her. She is an unbelievable pro, and you can’t go wrong with using her at all!!!
Services used: Wedding Planning
The Perfect Wedding Maui
Thanks Jocelyn! You were amazing to work with. I loved your vision! Congrats on being published. Check it out at
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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Using Antonietta was such a great decision. After trying on veils at the bridal salon, I found a cathedral length one that was simple and elegant but the cost was $400 bucks. Seriously, for a piece of silk tulle and a comb? So I searched high and low for someone who could just make my veil in Chicago at an affordable cost. I contacted Antoinetta after seeing her amazing work online, and I came to her condo to view veils and try on several different lengths and styles. I originally ordered a cathedral veil with blusher in regular tulle for $100 after I found out the cost of the silk was much higher but when she left me a message saying my veil was ready, she told me that she used the silk and threw it in for free!!!! It was seriously the most special thing I ever heard!!! She does the most beautiful work and you cannot go wrong with using her! She is also as sweet as pie.
Services used: Dress & Attire