May 31, 2009
Cheek Couture On Location Hair and Makeup
Molly and Dottie were such a great addition to my wedding day. I cannot express how pleased I was with their work. They are so sweet and hip, but most importantly amazingly talented! They were so helpful and willing to answer any and all of my questions and concerns prior to me booking them. We had so much fun the day of my trial and on the day of the wedding. They were punctual both times with a stress free attitude that definitely helps on your wedding day! They were so open to any changes we wanted to make and made sure everyone was 100% happy before they completed the look. They also did my two sisters and mom the day of the wedding and everyone was extremely happy with their hair and makeup. My hair stayed all day and night and the makeup didn't even need to be touched up! I would HIGHLY recommend this amazing duo for any special event!
Services used: Beauty & Health
Arsine at Shirvan was such a pleasure to work with. My venue was not a typical wedding venue and basically had to be transformed. I had a vision in my head and Arsine surpassed all of my expectations for our flowers! She was the only vendor where the original quote came in below my actual budget without even telling her what my budget was. Most places do not offer a trial and with Shirvan it is included in the package. After my trial I was having some doubts about how it came out and Arsine was very patient and open to making all of the changes I wanted. I didn't have a chance to go back and meet with her before the wedding, but when I saw all of the flowers I was blown away! She did an amazing job! I would highly recommend Shirvan for any special event!
Services used: Flowers
Kristeen LaBrot Events
Kristeen is an absolute pleasure to work with. She takes into account every detail and desire you could possibly imagine and provides endless ideas and creative solutions. She is so resourceful and is definitely the person you want on your team for your special day. She goes above and beyond and is so helpful every step of the way. Her eye for design is amazing and she is able to tie in all of your ideas to fit your theme in a modern, classy and elegant way. Your wedding day should be a reflection of you and Kristeen knows how to make each event unique and flawless. She is open to anything and constantly searching for new and exciting inspiration to make each event one of a kind. Her day-of coordination skills are impeccable. There is no detail that gets left behind and rest assured your day will run as smoothly as it possibly could. Having a coordinator the day of your wedding is the best expense you can possibly incur. Kristeen is truly one of a kind!
Services used: Wedding Planning
Lots of people struggle with hiring a day-of coordinator. I took every past bride's advice to hire one and Kelly could not have been a better choice! She was so awesome to work with the entire way through the planning and did an AMAZING job of pulling off the big day. We got married at our childhood summer camp that is NOT a typical wedding venue so Kelly definitely had her hands full. She was up for anything and did a great job. She was very organized prior to the big day so there wasn't anything she didn't have an answer to when the day actually came. Everything was perfect and went so smoothly. I would highly recommend Kelly as your wedding coordinator!!
Services used: Wedding Planning
Jennifer S Rau Photography
Update after the wedding: We just got our photos and we're only about 5 weeks after the wedding. They are absolutely stunning and I can't say enough about Jen. We are beyond pleased with her work and will be using her as our family photog for many years to come! Jen shot my future brother and sister-in-law's engagement and wedding and we absolutely fell in love with Jen AND her pictures! I feel that the most important part of your wedding is the memory of it and Jen's photos capture the beauty of the day tremendously. We just did our engagement shoot and the pictures are to die for. We can't wait for the wedding! Jen is so ridiculously talented and so down to earth and her laid back personality and genuine realness makes her the ideal photographer to work with! She truly makes you feel so comfortable and beautiful from the inside out. More to come after the wedding!! Here is a link to some of our engagement pictures http://blog.jsrphotography.com/?p=179
Services used: Photography
House of Brides & Tuxedo
My initial experience with Maggie, the store's owner, was pleasant and I was excited to find my dress for an amount much lower than other stores were charging. I was torn between two dresses at the time but she only had one of them in stock and persuaded me to purchase that one. After placing the order, I felt the other dress was a better choice and she was accomodating with changing the order with the dress designer. She quoted me a very reasonable price for alterations and talked about her years of experience with dressmaking so I decided to do them with her. This was where I made my mistake. Each time I went for a fitting, even though I had an appointment, I waited over an hour while she worked with other brides. She is very disorganized and has no help in the shop. It is extremely cluttered and there is no comfortable place to sit and wait. During my first fitting, she had not taken in the dress enough and there were hems and seams hanging off all over the dress. During my second fitting, she still had not taken the dress in enough and she recommended I put a safety pin on the sash the day of the wedding instead of sewing something to make it the way I wanted. My friend and I looked at eachother in amazement. When I went in the third time, the dress was still too big and at this point, somehow during the alterations process she somehow created a large bubble in the bust of the dress and told me it came from the dress designer like that and it would be hours and hours of work to fix. I decided to take the dress as it was and take it to another seamstress to complete. It is now costing me an additional $450 to complete the dress. I have tried for 2 weeks to get in contact with Maggie to explain what happened and see if she would be willing to compensate me in any way but the phone rings and rings and there is no answer. I was finally able to speak with her today and I told her I'd like to be able to give her a good review even after this fiasco. I think the right thing to do would be for her to refund the amount she charged to take in the dress since I have to pay to have it taken in again and to have the bubble in the front fixed. She would not let me talk and continued to scream and after I told her I wouldn't be able to give her a good review, her exact words were "my work is perfect and the dress fit you perfectly when you left, there is a god and he will get you." I felt this was completely inappropriate behavior. She will give you a great price on the dress but I would highly recommend taking it elsewhere for the alterations.
Services used: Dress & Attire