Prettylady1214

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 25, 2006

Prettylady1214
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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This was a referral from Tina LaMorte. This was my 3rd florist but they say the 3rd times a charm & it sure was!! We 1st hired Floral Designs by Cindy but I realized that I was not able to get the most bang for my buck. I know her work is amazing & her quality is great! She & I had a great relationship but in the end, we had to look out for our budget. I would recommend Cindy if you have budget because you will not be disappointed. Sosince money was an issue we booked AW Florist. Adam was great to work with overall. I had no problems with him until a few months before our wedding. We saw his work and we were not pleased. I was going to stay w/him because he had most of our money but MH said no way. He told me that we needed to cancel our contract b/c he did not want to see me stressed out on our wedding day. So, with the help of Tina La Morte and MH they both called Adam he gave us our money back. Adam was very professional. I would NOT recommend him. NOW On to Debbies Design. Tina knew I was worried because here I was 8 weeks before our wedding and NO florist!! She gave me a few people to call and Debbie was on her list. Budget wise, yeah, we had to increase our budget a bit. I ended up working with Pam who is a DOLL!!! I had no pictures to show her but I explained what I wanted. ALSO, what I loved about this vendor is that they leave no surprises. They ask that you go to see a sample centerpiece and bouquets the day before the wedding. When I walked into her store the day before our wedding I CRIED!! The flowers were amazing. Ladies I was like WHAT!! These are MY flowers! NO Fing WAY!!! MY FLOWERS!!! I cried like a damn baby! Pam just out did herself. She took my idea & vision & just made a beautiful work of art. The women was so patience. She gave me her cell # to call her w/any questions while she was on vacation. Well, I didnt bother her on vacation but I did call her to talk about some new ideas I had & she was amazing. I have nothing but great things to say about them. Also, Primavera asked them for their business card b/c they said they have never seen their ballroom look amazing! This was another vendor that my mom was blown away. She told me during cocktail hr. I dont know what you paid for these flowers but whatever it was, it was worth it. You should hear what people are saying when they walk into that room. The flowers lasted almost 1.5 wks. Actually, my bouquet & a few callas lasted even 2 wks after I came back from my HM! These are true artist! They are not the most expensive nor the cheapest but I felt w/them I got the most bang for my buck! OH I have to also mention, even the MEN noticed my centerpieces! MEN!! That spoke volumes to me. I had my friends husband & boyfriends coming up & telling me they never seen flowers like these before. I know people say not to spend money on flowers but keeping it real, they totally create the ambiance in the room! I just loved them! I can go on & on..they are amazing!!!
Services used: Flowers

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Art of Flamenco
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Thanks to Monitosgirl for this recommendation. The dancers were a HIT! I wanted to incorporate a dance that blended both FIL culture (Guyanese/Indian) & my familys culture (Hispanic). Alex suggested who she used & Jorge was excellent. For starters, he invited us to see his dancers perform in NYC. He did not charge us a cover & we had apps & sangria at no cost! GREAT business man. We discussed what I wanted & price & MH & I were hooked! They performed the entire cocktail hr which got the guest all warmed up for the party & 20 min during dinner. This was one of my highlights. When MH & I joined our guest for cocktail hr the minute we heard that music we started to dance in front of them. We have some great shots of that. Also, my mom (who is a nut) also danced with one of the dancers after MH & I did! The music was excellent! The women wore beautiful dresses! We had 2 guitarist & 2 dancers. They sang & dance. THEN during dinner, the main singer/dancer dedicated a song to us. She pulled us out on the dancefloor. MH & I were like OH CRAP! I guess we dance We had no clue what we were doing but we had a blast! & We walked out of the ballroom dancing with them! It was GREAT! The crowd LOVED it! I was watching the guest face & they just ate it up! They were so into it. What was nice is that people said they only see Flamenco dancers on TV & how beautiful it is live! Thank you Alex for the referral. You hooked it up for me!
Services used: Unique Services

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Coleman's Tuxedo
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
MH was having a hard time choosing his tux. The store has a great selection & were so patience with him. He went back like 4x to look for his tux & they were great everytime. We had NO issues with the tuxes. Great service & on time delivery.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Toppers With Glitz
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
It was so beautiful! Sarie was sweet to work with and even rushed my order. I ordered it so close to my wedding date. I know many people just use their initial but we wanted to follow through with our theme and she used our monogram. It was beautiful. People never saw that before. My friends were like, Where do you get these ideas from? it was very different! A bit pricy but so pretty!! Its a great keepsake from the wedding.
Services used: Unique Services

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robin K design
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Let me start this part off preferencing, MH is a graphic designer. He was still going through school or he would have tried to work on our stationary. But he was extremely picky about our stationary since its his passion. We looked high & low for invitations & NOTHING compared to Robin K Designs! Robin did our STD, Invites & created our monogram. This woman is so talented! Our stationary was so beautiful! Several of our guests have kept them which is a huge compliment to Robins work! She really captured our vision & worked with what I wanted & showed me where we can save money & where to put more money into. Totally worked with our budget. When people received our invites they called & said they were the most beautiful invites they ever received. They were not sure if they could afford to attend the wedding. Even asked if it was black tie - which it was not. If she is in your budget its a no brainer. She will totally set the tone of your wedding. Im so thrilled with our STD & Invites. They were perfect! Classy, trendy, elegant! Just PERFECT!! Robin lived far from me but she works very well via email. She was very responsive & she never once missed a deadline! Also, this women has the patience of a saint! It took us MONTHS to figure out our monogram but once we did it was perfect! She showed us so many options & really helped us sort through our thoughts. She is no pressure. Why should she be? She is so high in demand she does not need to pressure people. Robin is just an all around great person with creativity and talent. LOVED her!
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
MH really took the lead with the limo. We searched high & low and in the end, he felt the most comfortable with Rich from Santos. He was just a great guy. I had an issue with one of his drivers at another wedding a few months before my wedding. I shared my disappointment and I hoped that it would not happen again. The good thing is that he had already let that driver go even before I spoke to him. In the spirit of making it up, Rich himself was my driver. I cant begin to tell you how amazing he was! This guy is just a class act. The limo ride was one of my highlights as crazy as it sounds. MH & I hooked up the stretches w/booze..lots of booze! Our BP was having a great time! Almost of the BP was wasted BEFORE cocktail hr! I laughed! MH said its a sign of a great party! One of the GM could not even walk in for the intro & we lost another 2 more around dinner time. Personally I got a kick out of it. But..back to the limo, the ride is so much fun. Nobody talks about the limo ride. Can I just tell you going to the church & after the church its like the road opened up for us. People were driving by waiving, hocking, giving us thumbs up. It was a blast. Going to the church, I was with my brother & mother both were giving me away! We saw my brother waving back & doing the Pope wave. It was hysterical! Rich just laughed & totally blended in w/my crazy family. Then on the way to Lamberts Castle the people were yelling out the windows to MH & I wishing us well, beeping & blowing kisses. It was theeee best ride of my life! Rich said its like that for every wedding. We had a blast. Also, I gotta tell you, since our priest ran late Rich was all over it. The man kept me calm the entire time. When nobody was giving me answers he went & got me the answers. He kept fixing my train & just a great guy! Also, at Lamberts Castle when we arrived he asked if it was ok if he goes like 5 min down the road to fill up the rolls w/gas. I thought that was great customer svc. The biggest thing of all even though we ran late w/the church the man got us to cocktail hour ON TIME! That was huge. He told us not to worry. He kept tabs on the traffic for us & got us there & didnt miss a beat! HIGHLY recommend them!!
Services used: Transportation

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Ah, what can I say about Milton. He is just amazing! We had no worries with him! We booked him 2 yrs before our wedding and during the course of the planning we became very close to him & many of his photographers. If you meet this man you will instantly be stricken by his laughter, love and amazing talent. When we 1st met Milton we were instantly BLOWN away by his work. We were so lucky to have Milton for our wedding day but regardless, everyone in his studio is just as talented. For our day we had Milton, Liz and Neil. Talk about the A team. I felt like a celebrity with all these amazing photographers snapping away! Also, we has a 2nd engagement shoot w/Liz and this women is the female version of Milton. She is incredible. She just makes you feel so comfortable with the camera. At the reception they set up their laptop with pictures that were taken during the day. I had my friends running up to me on the dancefloor saying, Those are the most amazing wedding pictures we have ever seen. Where did you find them?!?!. I also had people ask me if I spent $10,000 on my pictures because they are that good! We got our proofs back & everyone that I show them to, they all tell me that I should submit them to a magz. Its so flattering! If you hired Milton Gil photography you will have theee best pictures! You will NOT be disappointed! If you are considering it, seriously what are you waiting forRUN & BOOK THEM!!! I am thrilled with the proofs!! I cant stop looking at our pictures. They are just breathtaking amazing!!
Services used: Photography

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
In one word AMAZING! Just PERFECT! This place by far exceeded my expectations. We only got 1 complaint from our guest too much food!! Never thought that would be a problem. We had Steve as our MatreD & this man took care of us w/kit gloves. Everything he did was done w/a genuine smile. He did things that I didnt even have time to ask for. For example, at one point I was looking around for my veil but didnt say anything to anyone. In less then 1 min. later Steve walks over with my veil in his hand. Its like the man read my mind. My mom is so difficult. She was not happy when I 1st booked PR but its what MH & I wanted. Anyway, the day of the wedding my mom said that Steve & the staff were all over her & our families that they felt like the bride & groom. The food & service were to die for. This place is a hidden gem. It was so beautiful & they did such a kick a$$ job. I could not be happier with the place we choose. Let me put it to you this way, you know you had an awesome wedding when you wish you were guest at your own wedding. Does that tell you what an incredible job they did!
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Alex (Monitosgirl)
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Seriously, where do I begin. I love this women! I have no words to express how thrilled we were with Alex, her ideas, work, passion & just love for her clients & making their day perfect! You can tell that from the bottom of her soul she truly enjoys doing this for brides. Ladies my day of stationary was incredible! She has such a vision & taste that is beyond measure. Alex did EVERYTHING for us!!! Programs, Menus, Seating Cards, Bathroom Poems, Memorial Poem, Sandal Poems, Bubble Tags, Tags for the bubble basket, Notes that went inside the favor boxes, beautiful gold wax seals, Table Names, Tent cards for the tables for the dancers. Alex also became such an incredible friend. She helped me in more ways then just creating my beautiful stationary! She was my sounding board the last few weeks before the wedding. She helped keep me focus and reminded me everyday to enjoy the last few weeks because they go so quickly! Alex I adore you & wish you so much love & happiness! Youre a beautiful women inside & out! Thank you for everything!
Services used: Unique Services

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Sonido Con Clase
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Camilo Rodriguez 9/10 - I think this will be my only rating under a 10. Heres the scoop. Overall, Camilo did a kick a$$ job! I cant begin to tell you the compliments that we got from our guest. They said all they remember is dancing & eating the whole night. So thats a sign that he did an incredible job! He was great to work with the entire process. Very professional and easy to work with. He played from our must play & must not play. We didnt give him too much restriction since weve seen him spin at 2 wedding & our feet were killing for days! The dancefloor was packed from the second he started to the end of the night. People told me they did not want the night to end. My poor grandmother in law has a bad hip & she was out there shaking her thing! Then she paid for it for a few days ! Bless her heart! My mom was out of control. She was tearing up the dancefloor! It was insane so tech wise & music wise he tore that roof off! We also had 2 huge plasma screens and people taking pictures & video on putting it on the plasmas. It was a party like no other. Everyone thought that was really cool!!! Ok so, heres the problem for the 9. From a guest perspective he was a perfect 10 but he messed up on something & I was PISSED!!! He was suppose to send to us the worksheet prior to our final meeting. Well, it never arrived so he said not to worry, we can do it together. He asked us the questions & we answered them easy right! Well..heres the problem. He messed up our 1st Dance. It was just suppose to be MH & I dancing. Well, he brought in our BP & our guest to dance. Now, everyone LOVED joining us b/c that floor was packed! When we look at the pictures we laugh b/c while we were PISSED like all HEL* everyone was LOVING IT & really enjoying it! I stormed off the dancefloor (during the song mind you) & let me tell you I tore him apart!! He apologized & in all fairnesshe made it up. I didnt let it ruin the night & he did do a great job. Well, this is when Oh So Fab jumped in & gave me solutions. I left it up to MH to do what he felt was best. Well, about an hr or so into the night, the DJ calls us onto the dancefloor dedicates our wedding song to us & we danced it alone. So, in the end he did fix it & I did dance my wedding song twice & it was more special. At the end MH lifted me & spun me around. It was so beautiful. Sothats the reason for the 9. Would I refer him YES but I would go through that worksheet with a fine toothcomb. Other then that, he was amazing & had the party going the whole entire night. We dance our booties off!! Im afraid the podiatry bills will start coming in!
Services used: Unique Services

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Tony Santana Cigar Rolling Company
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
For about 1 yr prior to our wedding I knew I wanted a cigar roller. I wanted a very Latin theme & it would just fit. Well, MH hated the idea. For months I begged & begged & finally he agreed to it! We were referred to Tony by Primavera. He is their house roller. He was a HIT!!! We called around & nobody compared to Tony. Ok..heres the deal. Tony owns a cigar store in Nutley. We met w/him & clicked in like 5 min. You can see the passion this man has. He told us, its an honor for me to be a part of your day. He just dosent roll cigars. He tells people the story about cigars & how they are made etc. He is straight from Cuba. He used to work for the govt but decided to follow his passion for Cigars & opened up his store & began to do weddings! Hes in this business for the long haul. Tina LaMorte came up to me & said, My God where did you find this cigar roller Hes AMAZING! My boss & co-workers are big cigar smokers as well as my moms friends. They were like this was such a great idea! What a great classy touch! The best thing about Tony is that he rolled for THREE HOURS! Oh & what a great guy listen to this..we had him by the inside bar at Primavera so that he could see the party & people didnt need to leave the room to see him. He had a blast at our party! The man rolled an extra 100 cigars because he didnt want to leave! He said he felt like he was a guest more then a vendor. He is just great!!! Another thing w/Tony. He has a very beautiful tradition where we hand him the cigar leaf & he rolls it for us & its meant to bless us for 100 yrs of marriage. He also gave MH a special cigar to smoke w/the dads & GM. Also, we got 5 unique cigars that we smoke every 5 yrs of marriage! Lastly, in addition to your typical cigars, Churchill/Corona etc..he has ladies cigars w/vanilla, cherry, wine & some other type of high grade Cigars. He was such a FIND!! I gotta give thanks to Primavera for the referral. I would recommend him with my eyes closed shut! AMAZING guy just all around & vendor!!
Services used: Unique Services

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Salon Moulin Rouge
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Katee 10/10 Ive been going to Katee for about 10 years. She owns the salon. Overall my hair was ok. This was of no doing of Katee. The problem was the weather. My mom had to touch up my hair before we left w/curlers. Katee listened to what I wanted & she did do a great job. The only problem is that I felt like I had so much hairspray & that my hair was stiff. Other then that, she was great! She also helped me prior to the wedding with deep conditioners, color & cuts. It was a whole process for her. Not just the day itself.
Services used: Unique Services

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Bridgewater Marriott
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Melanie Degraw was my contact. Primavera does not have this hotel on their vendor list but I still decided to check them out & Im so glad we did. The hotel is so beautiful. MH got ready there & they took great pictures in the suite and throughout the hotel. It was beautiful! Melanie was excellent. Super responsive. Even on her day off she would answer my email. We paid for breakfast the next day for our guest & the food was great. They set up a private room for us. They did such a nice job! The room was clean & the set up was great. Also, MH realized that he left his shirt there & my MOHs boyfriend left his shoes. They called and immediately shipped it to them at no cost. Great staff & just a beautiful hotel. Also, they were CHEEP!!!! So much less then the other hotels in the area. Highly recommend them & Melanie was fantastic!
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Adega Grill
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This place was excellent! We wanted something very close to the Cathedral. We ate at a few places nearby and we felt we got the most bang for our buck at Adega. The food was amazing! They were so attentive! Excellent sangria (big bonus!). We had a private room in the back & it was just beautiful. They also had their piano player there which was such a nice touch. The food was served family style which was a big hit because everyone just CHOWED down! They also had private parking across the street. We also arrived early so that we can drop off the BP gifts. No problems what so ever!. Also, MH forgot his VISA there & they called me right away. He went back to pick it up and he told me the lounge attached to the restaurant had a long line of people waiting to go in. As part of our package we were give VIP access to the lounge. We didnt take advantage of it because we wanted to get some sleep for the next day. Highly recommend Adega.
Services used: Unique Services

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Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
this place is so beautiful. We worked with Mary Clare who you keep it all together. We were very lucky that our date was open considering they only do one weddings on Friday. The beginning process is a pain but once you get the necessary paperwork in they really do such a beautiful job. They do such a nice job at getting their couples ready for this big commitment. I know people complain about their rules but IMHO, it didnt bother me. I didnt think it was bad at all. The church is so beautiful & the few things they ask of you are to keep the church looking beautiful. We used the priest from my husbands church. This was I think the biggest problem we had on the wedding day. MH priest is a DOLL. Just the sweetest man you could ever meet & he was thrilled when MH asked him to marry us. MH was his alter boy growing up so it was very special to both of them. Well, the day of the wedding, unfortunately the priest got the time confused. He thought it was at 6pm & the ceremony was at 4pm. We started about 1 hr late. He felt terrible. In the end, it didnt marry. We were married & it was beautiful!!
Services used: Unique Services