Sep 01, 2009

( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Rhee is a great photographer, she captured every single detail of our wedding day and the pictures were excellent! She was also a blessing on the wedding day, assisting me with various aspects of the days from getting ready to coordinating with the wedding planner. She's not cheap, but I would say the quality of her work and her wonderful personality is definitely worth the price.

The reason that I gave her 4 stars instead of 5 is because there were quiet a number of things that we felt should have been but were not disclosed to us at contract signing that were critical to our selection process. Don't get me wrong... her work is a solid 5 star and we have no regrets in choosing her. However, the things that she neglect to disclose definitely caught us by surprise and may have been a deal breaker if we had known at the time of booking. I listed these out here so that other couples can make an informed decision and hope that Rhee will make sure to disclose these critical details to her future clients to ensure there are no surprises. Most of us are new to the vendor selection process and may not always know the "right questions" to ask in order to receive the "right answer".

1) Although most packages include the digital negatives of the wedding day and a free engagement session, it'll cost you extra if you want copies of the engagement images. They are not cheap either... let's just say that the image price is almost equivelent to an engagement session w/image that other photographers may charge. Because we were on a tight budget leading up to the wedding and were not made aware of the extra cost, we couldn't squeeeze in the additional funds to purchase them... sigh...=(

2)If you decide to have an album, the wedding day images will not be provided to you until you've approved your album design. There may be a long queue before your album is worked on, so be prepared if you don't receive your image disc for a good number of months (over 5mo for us!)after you've selected the album pictures. Another big surprise as we had planned to make Thank You cards with our wedding picture but were unable to do so because of the time it took to receive the images.

3) Extra album pictures in addition to what's included in your package is charged per picture, not per page(method used by book binding companies and many photographers). This I understand since extra time is spend editing each picture that goes into the album. However, be aware that these edited images in your album will not be provided to you. I didn't ask, but pretty sure you'll have to pay extra if you want them.

Hope this helps.
Services used: Photography

Thai Mai Photography - CLOSED
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We did an engagement session with Thai last month and LOVED the pictures! Thai is a talented photographer and is very easy to work with! we were looking for someone to shoot our tea ceremony in the morning and have decided to book Thai once he showed us our pictures! His price is VERY reasonable and his wife Giao Nguyen (www.giaonguyen.com) is also a talented MUA and bridal accessories designer. Can't wait to work with them on my big day!
Services used: Photography

Giao Nguyen Makeup Artistry & Hair Design
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Giao is the best! I went to her for hair and makeup trial after doing tons of research online and discouraged by some of the outrageous prices charged by many makeup artists. She is very detailed and patient with my hair and makeup and took the time to make sure EVERYTHING is perfect! I absolutely LOVED my hair! I was surprised at the look she created (many soft curls) as my hair is not that long. Even my girlfriends are like "wow.. did she use extensions?" (see pics in profile) She's been in the wedding makeup and hair industry for over 10 years and her expertise really showed! Giao and her husband Thai who's a photographer are both so easy to work with and really listened to what I wanted. I was doing an engagement session with Thai after the makeup/hair trial, and my hair was too curly from the updo... so, Giao quickly did her magic and created a cute half-up do for the engagment shoot. We met up with FI's family for dinner at night and they even LOVED the "quick fix" that Giao created! She also made me a custom hair piece that matched my outfit to wear for the engagement shoot...it looked amazing in the photos! Thanks Giao and I can't wait to work with you and Thai on my big day!
Services used: Beauty & Health