Jul 03, 2008
My BMs got their dresses on sale here, and said the service and turnaround was great. They all seem to like their dresses a lot and they looked absolutely beautiful in them on the wedding day! :) One complaint is some fabrics don't go up to size 16, which can be a bummer. However, you couldn't really tell the fabrics were slightly different on the day of/or in pictures (two of the girls were in chiffon and one in silk tricotine). It probably helped that the dresses were all black and mix-n-match styles though. I thought they all looked great and they all told me the dresses made them feel good and were re-wearable!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Kate Baker Floral Design
Kate was amazing to work with. I didn't know a lot about flowers when I started planning but I did know what I liked and had a general feel for that I wanted my floral design to reflect. Kate completely understood what I wanted and was able to translate my scattered thoughts and ideas into an absolutely, positively, drop dead gorgeous floral scheme. I was blown away with everything on my wedding day-- the bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony decor, and even the cupcake table! She really delivered everything we wanted and then some! Kate not only figured out my exact sense of style and delivered it, but she also used such high quality, premium flowers. I was definitely on a budget and yet my florals all looked like high-end, extremely expensive pieces. I highly recommend Kate because not only is her work beautiful & high quality, but she also was also great during the planning process, making sure we stayed within our desired budget, and that we achieved our vision for the day! Thanks Kate!!!
Services used: Flowers
Blushing Bridal Makeup
My DOC recommended Blushing Bridal to me and I'm so thankful she did! Annie did my make up on my wedding day, and Helena did my hair. They both did a beautiful job-- I felt gorgeous and everyone told me how stunning I looked! They arrived right on time, got everyone done right on schedule (the BMs & moms got their hair/make up done too), and were a total blast to hang out with while we were getting ready. They also made my bridesmaids and our moms look amazing! Annie & Helena are extremely talented & professional, but also just so fun & calming-- which I think is important too since you are spending a good chunk of your wedding day w/ your hair & make up team. And...my make up looked great all night to boot!! Thanks Annie & Helena!
Services used: Beauty & Health
Just Chic Events
I don't think I would have had my perfect, dream wedding without Paola! After the venue, she was the first vendor I hired. I just knew she had the passion, knowledge and sense of style I was looking for in a wedding planner. I booked the "Semi-Full Coordination" package, making her more than just my DOC-- she was my wedding planner! And plan she did! Paola helped me find practically all of my vendors (and her references were spot on as all my vendors were FAB), she also helped me figure out & plan all my details. She helped me come up with a full design concept for the wedding. She made sure I was on track with my DIY projects, and that those projects were really contributing something special to my event. She helped me with my budget, and told me what areas I could skimp on, and what areas were worth the extra money to get the wedding of my dreams! There was a point when we were emailing back and forth a few times a week, I think, and I know we talked pretty regularly the whole planning process. She always responded enthusiastically & promptly to my emails, and she always had answers for me. She was really amazing the whole year of planning, and I do believe that I could not have gotten through it without her! On the Day Of, Paola was just as organized and on top of things as I thought she would be. She decorated our event so beautifully & made sure all my careful details were displayed in the most eye-catching and thoughtful ways. She made sure all the personal flowers got to the right people. She made sure our day ran smoothly, and on schedule. There were no bumps that I knew of, no problems that were brought to my attention. It was as stress free as a wedding could be and I'm sure Paola had a lot to do with that. Thank you Paola for all your hard work. I will miss all our emails and planning! To the future brides-- don't think twice about hiring Paola! She is the best and it is a decision you won't regret!
Services used: Wedding Planning
The Sunset Restaurant is pretty much the best place to get married. EVER. Why? Well you can't beat the location as its right on a beautiful beach in Malibu. The food is absolutely delicious-- yes, even for weddings. The staff is so amazingly organized, helpful, friendly & professional. And the banquet room is so beautiful (and it was renovated in 2009). And for all they offer, it really is affordable and all inclusive (event space, linens, china, silverware, catering, alcohol, valet, etc). I had my wedding there a few weeks ago and it was a dream come true. Like I said, it is such a beautiful location and they set up the ceremony so that you get married right on the beach! But don't worry-- they put platforms on the sand so you never have to walk in the sand if you don't want to! High heel loving brides rejoice! Also, the platforms made it so my older, handicapped family members could still walk to their ceremony seats (they wouldn't have been able to walk directly on sand). The ocean was maybe 15 feet away from us which was a perfect backdrop for our ceremony. Dolphins even jumped during our ceremony-- which was just magical! Kelly Ann, the events coordinator there, is SO sweet and helpful. She went above and beyond to make sure we had a beautiful wedding and had so many helpful suggestions for us throughout the planning process. I love her & you will too! The food at our wedding was excellent!! I'm a foodie-nerdy and really the food was top notch! All our guests have complimented us on it-- and here's the best part: we had ordered the lowest priced food package. But it was still really good-- not your typical "wedding food" at all. When I think about the venue, and all it offered us, I can't believe how little we actually spent on it. Really, I think our wedding could have easily cost twice what it did-- but the good news is it didn't! The Sunset Restaurant really is affordable for all they offer you (location, customer service, excellent food & beverage, etc).It is THE PERFECT spot for intimate, beach side weddings!! Anyone who gets married here is truly lucky!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner
Melissa of Isabella Ink designed all my wedding stationary, including my invitation suite (invite card, rsvp postcard, wraparound labels), programs, escort cards, favor tags and "reserved for" ceremony seating signs. Melissa was so easy to work with and really listened to what I wanted. She made about 5 mock designs for me to look at and then I chose one which we tweaked, and then turned into the theme for all my stationary. I love what she came up with and love that no one else had wedding stationary like mine! I love how unique it was and that it wasn't "cookie cutter." Melissa's eye for layouts and graphic design is truly fantastic and I got so many compliments on all my stationary. On top of her talent she is professional, and so fun & easy to work with. I recommend Melissa to anyone looking for a graphic designer!
Services used: Unique Services
Garvey's Nuts & Candy
This is where I bought all my candy for my candy bar! They have EVERYTHING. Seriously, it's like Willie Wonka's Factory in here-- they have every candy you could ever think of and its bulk & cheap. Perfect!! I loved this place and they had great customer service. Its a little far & hard to find but its totally worth it. You will save money and you can get everything you need/want in one trip! Awesome!
Services used: Unique Services
Crowning Glory Designs
Candi did a FANTASTIC job on my blusher that I wore with my Pronovias Chapel Length Mantilla. Its exactly what I was looking for-- so much better than what the bridal salon offered and so much cheaper too! Plus she is the nicest lady ever!! I love her and am so happy with her work!!
Services used: Dress & Attire
I used them for my wedding linens. They were extremely prompt with emails and helpful with answering all my questions. They were running a 10% off special when I booked them, so their prices were better than other companies I was looking at. The linens were delivered by UPS two days before my wedding which really alleviated stress. On the wedding day the linens were BEAUTIFUL. I ordered the Satin linens and they were a very nice quality and added a lot of wow factor to my event. I give them 4 stars out of 5 because after the wedding there were some problems. They did not include a duffle bag or packing slip w/ instructions on how to ship the linens back to them. They don't do this sort of thing (I know other companies like Cloth Connection do). It is the renter's responsibility to arrange to ship these back within one day which is kind of a huge (not to mention extremely expensive) responsibility to have to deal with right after the wedding. Luckily, my amazing bridesmaid agreed to drive the linens down to them so that we didn't have to pay for the shipping. We left for our honeymoon right after the wedding, otherwise I suppose we could have done this ourselves. I do recommended EDS Linens, but realize if you don't pay the $125 for them to deliver & pick up from your venue, you will either have to pay at least that much to ship the linens back OR you will have to drive the linens back to Irwindale the next day to get them returned on time.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths
In Stitches with Reene
What else can I say about Reene that hasn't been said already? She is just fabulous & I highly recommend her! She is so sweet and great to work with and she really knows her stuff! Her and her assistant Orita made my dress fit me perfectly! It was no easy feat as the dress was huge on me (I am tiny) and it was pulling in certain areas b/c it wasn't really proportionate to my body. After many fittings, Reene & Orita fixed all the problems with my dress and made it fit amazingly. I got so many compliments at the wedding with people saying the dress looked liked it was made for me! I also got this question/statement a lot "How were you ever able to find a dress to fit your tiny frame? It fits you perfectly!" So, well done & thank you Reene! Brides-- I highly recommend Reene! She will make your dress fit you perfectly!
Services used: Dress & Attire
there isn't too much to add to these previous glowing reviews except that my fiance and i ordered my ring here and it turned out even better than i expected!!! we picked out the design from their showcase and asked them to add milligrain edging , and for four weeks i tossed and turned wondering if the edging would turn out okay on the ring. it turned out perfect and i think really took the ring to the next level! a beautiful and delicate detail. they also let us watch as they set the diamond (which is a family heirloom) and even explained the process to us-- kind of a lesson in diamond mounting 101! basically we are thrilled and will be back for our wedding bands!! don't hesitate to go there, or customize one their designs to your tastes-- it will turn out better than you imagined!
Services used: Jewelry