Aug 27, 2010

Laffler Photography
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Todd is worth every penny! His work on his site and blog speaks for itself - vibrant, alive, sharp, artistic! He's such a pleasure to work with because he genuinely loves what he does. It was so exciting to see him giddy when he got good lighting and a great shot. Make sure you schedule in a lot of time before or in between your ceremony/reception to let Todd do his magic!!
Services used: Photography

sachiko hair and make-up
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Sachiko is amazing! Show her a picture of any hair style and she can replicate it! My hair and makeup trial was awesome - she did 4 different hair styles and they were all so nice that it was difficult to choose just one. On the day of, she did 8 services (hair/make-up combinations) efficiently and always with a smile or an awesome story about her family and travels. Even when she was done, she insisted on staying to watch me and the bridal party take pictures. She was even there to apply bug spray! Sachiko is such a sweetheart and a talented stylist!
Services used: Beauty & Health

Santos Florist
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Manny is a genius. I didn't know much about flowers so I required a lot of hand holding. Luckily he has books at his shops (both of which are beautiful!) of his past bouquets and centerieces that you can pick from or customize on your own. I pointed to a few centerpieces that we were attracted to and he took it from there. I was a little nervous, but when we came in a few months later to see a sample, we were blown away!

We were able to have all tall centerpieces, while other florists said our budget wouldn't even cover short centerpieces. In fact, Manny even allowed us to give away the entire centerpiece to our guests at the end of the night - vase, flowers, and all!
Services used: Flowers

( 2.4 / 5.0 )
We used a Santos SUV limo for our August wedding. The vehicle outside and inside was beautiful and spotless, however our driver was not very professional. He arrived early, but seemed sour that he did. In the short time that I did speak with him I think he made a racial slur/comment but quickly covered it up. He hopped about 3 curbs just driving to the church. At the church, he was trying to be helpful by insisting on organizing the bridal party line-up, but instead he got in every one of our pictures (now I'll forever have our driver in my wedding photos). That was what our rehearsal was for - so our bridal party would know their order. That's not what we hired our limo driver for. Sadly, he was very poor at that - on the way to the reception venue he took the route with more traffic and even when the road was clear his driving was stop and go which made everyone very nauseous.

I would have liked our limo driver to be a GOOD driver and not a wedding coordinator/organizer.
Services used: Transportation

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We just returned from our honeymoon and I couldn't wait to write a review for The Palace! It was an absolute dream wedding from the planning to the actual day.

Everyone we met at The Palace was professional and helpful. I must have emailed Melanie, our catering manager/planner, a million times and she was always there with a quick response and a smile. She didn't forget a thing - even making note of my husband's favorite dessert that we had tried at the tasting and having the chef make it especially for him on our wedding day!

Unlike some other reception venues, The Palace didn't at all feel like a "wedding factory". The cocktail hour was amazing! We lucked out with great weather and were able to use the outdoor patio. The stations were set up out there and most of them are made to order so it never felt like generic, catered food. Our guests are still raving about the dinner appetizer and entrees. And of course the wedding cake - TO DIE FOR!! We had shown Melanie a picture of our dream cake and were a little worried that the intricate design would be too difficult. We were floored to see our gorgeous wedding cake just as it was shown in the magazine...and it was delicious!!

I could go on and on, but the main point is: Don't hesitate to get married here - you absolutely won't regret it.
Services used: Wedding Venue