SFBridefromLA

WEDDING DATE:

May 23, 2009

SFBridefromLA
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Bluume
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
My wedding hasn't occured yet either but i wanted to write a review for Christine and her team also. Actually, i think they have been my best find yet!! I met with Christine at a local spot and we talked about how I envision our wedding will look like. I didn't have an exact idea, but more of a feel of what I was going for. She knew exactly what i was talking about! Her turnaround time (for the quote) was just a couple days and her prices are just AMAZING! I actually didn't want to write this review in fear that she would get too popular and then she'll raise her prices! Like noegirl, I feel very lucky in finding Bluume and cannot wait to see their work! EDIT: My wedding was a month ago and decided to follow up on this review that I wrote for Christine/Bluume flowers. It is really difficult for me to say this but I was a little disappointed in Christine in her services the day of the wedding. I understand our wedding was on a busy wedding weekend however, if you promise to be at the venue a certain time, i expect you to be there.. within that hour.. My DOC was going frantic because the florist didn't show up until 45 minutes before the ceremony. Luckily, there was only one thing to drop off for the ceremony and rest of the flowers were for the reception area.. Another reason I was disappointed with Christine is because of my bouquets. Before the wedding I discussed in detail and showed Christine pictures of the bouquets that i loved... The day of the wedding, my bouquet was small and it wasn't how i pictured it to be...My heart sank when the assistant brought them over to me. I also wanted my MOH's bouquet to be a little larger than the other bms...but it was the same size. Now Christine did offer to fix that for me but it was after the ceremony and I was waiting to go take pictures w/ my photog... i didn't have time for her to fix the bouquets.. The last reason why I was somewhat disappointed in Christine is because of her assistant. My DOC was going to pull her hair out because of this person. The bouts didn't come w/ flower pins!! So when my DOC asked the assistant if she had extra, the assistant pulled out her phone and said "wait, let me ask christine" (christine wasn't even there!). The assistant even asked my DOC for scissors!! DOn't you come prepared to a wedding w/ all your florist gadgets? *sigh* The 2 stars is for the reception flowers. All my guests loved them and so did i. They were exactly how i pictured them to be. (pib) We had a lounge area and that was decorated beautifully too. The -3 stars is for the tardiness, assitant, and the bouquets.. Her prices were very reasonable and she is a sweet person, and my flowers were beautiful. They just weren't how i imagined it to be... I would suggest any bride that goes w/ christine to ask for mock pieces and discuss with her in detail in what you expect/want from her. I know my review may sound like i'm being bridezilla-ish but when a vendor tells you she totally understands what look you're going for and her portfolio is exactly how you picture your wedding flowers to be and she returns you with something different you can't help but to feel really disappointed in them.
Services used: Flowers

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I bought my Maggie Sottero dress from here. The actual store is kinda busy...lots of brides and lots of sale associates! I heart my sales associate (Jessica) she was very helpful and instantly knew what kind of dresses I would look good in. The other girls were very friendly and helpful also... They have a good selection of dresses that range in price~ I ended up buying the sample dress (which was practically new) for a good discount! I would totally recommend this shop to any brides that are looking for a good variety of dresses for a great price!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Thai Mai Photography - CLOSED
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Thai is an AWESOME photog!! Not only is his work beautiful and stunning, he's a great guy and easy to get along with. He makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera (even to those who are very camera shy! like us!!). Him and Giao (his wife) are the sweetest people and i can't rave about them enough! I'm very excited to have them both at our wedding!!
Services used: Photography

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( 1.0 / 5.0 )
Jobyna's... I decided to make an appointment at the store since it was "the knot's pick". The dresses there are "couture" and they're all very beautiful but a little pricey for me. The cheapest dress i tried on was a little less than $2k..My experience there was very disappointing...The consultant kept on pushing me dresses that were over my budget (like $3-4k!). When i would talk to my mom in japanese she'll butt in and keep on asking me what i/my mom said and ask to translate- uhh, how annoying! She wouldn't even help me into the dresses I was trying on! She'll just pass me a dress and say "here, try this on".. really?? When leaving, i asked her to write down the style # of dresses that i liked but she replied to me "why? what do you need them for?", she just wrote the description & prices. *rolling eyes* Oh yah, and no pictures are allowed- Maybe the girl was just having a bad day and wanted to go home already (i came in late but i left 1 minute before closing!) But it will be highly unlikely that I will buy my dress from Jobyna's.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Little Blue Box Weddings
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
I contacted Nicol to be my Wedding Day Coordinator for our wedding in 2009. She was very informative and knowledgeable about weddings. It seems as though she has a lot of experiences and she even had experience working w/ my catering mgr at our wedding venue! She had a lot of ideas and suggestions how to make our wedding work. However, when it came to pricing she was a tad bit over my budget, that's when her attitude changed. She asked me how much I was willing to pay and I told her..She wasn't pleased with the amount i chose and I completely understand that she didn't take up on my offer. I really do! BUT! She then said to me "remember- you get what you pay for" blah blah blah "i'm certified!" yada yada yada.. "my prices are reasonable" Blah blah blah... I was kinda shocked but decided to make an appt with her since she was so adamant about her services. I wrote her an email asking if her charges ($1000)are a flat rate or if it includes other charges (i was thinking taxes) and she said it doesn't include other expenses such as mileage, phone, fax.. average $200... I didn't like her answer at all.. i mean, what's the $1000 for?? Needless to say, i didn't go with Nicol. I was very hesitant in writing this review but i didn't want other brides to be disappointed as i was.
Services used: Wedding Planning

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Nicole Ha
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Nicole is so talented and just a friendly person to talk to. Although she works from her home she seems to be very professional at what she does! I absolutely love her work! Its very young, hip,and modern. She listens to your requests very carefully so she can create you dream wedding accordingly! Even my FMIL liked her a lot!! It does take her awhile to send you a quote/email but she did warn me ahead of time that she's busy so it'll take her longer than usual to respond. We won't be going with Nicole for various reasons but its not because of her services and such. And if I could hire her and our florist both i would! but we can't.. :( But i thought she deserved 5 stars because of her work and her personality!!
Services used: Flowers

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Coquette Events
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our original DOC canceled on us 3 months before our wedding date and I was devastated until I found Jamie from Coquette Events! It was definitely a blessing in disguise! Shes professional, stylish, and such a sweet person to work with. She understood what style we were going for and didnt overpower her style/suggestions on us. She let us be us and gave us very helpful advice when needed. We had somewhat of a hectic/chaotic wedding venue and Jamie took care of everything without breaking a sweat! Without Jamie, our wedding wouldve been a disaster!! She was calm and under control the whole time. Needless to say our wedding was exactly how I pictured to be! It was absolutely amazing. Jamie listened to our needs/vision and followed through precisely. And if there was a problem (like the groomsman didnt have pins for their bouts) she would handle the situation efficiently & tactfully. During the whole wedding day, Jamie was invisible but there when you needed her. I never once became frantic or frazzled because I knew that everything was in control I definitely had a peace of mind knowing that Jamie was our DOC. My husband and I were able to enjoy every single minute of our special day and I am so grateful of her for that. I definitely recommend Jamie and her team as any brides DOC!
Services used: Wedding Planning

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Giao Nguyen Makeup Artistry & Hair Design
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I went to Giao for a hair and makeup trial and she did such a wonderful job on both. I had an idea how i wanted my hair to look like and when i explained it to Giao, she worked her magic and made my hair look amazing and my makeup looked beautiful as well. I, however, wasn't used to wearing such dark eye makeup and when i explained this to Giao, with no hesitation at all, offered me another trial (make up only, cuz i didn't want to change anything about my hair)! Giao is so easy going and easy to talk to and not to mention soo sweet! She listens to you in detail of what you want and does her job accordingly. She gives her honest opinion and i appreciate that of her. I couldn't have picked a better MUA for our special day!! I've also hired her husband Thai as one of our photogs for our wedding too!! He is a very talented photog that is very easy going as well. Easy to get along with and just a fun guy. I can't wait to have them both at our wedding!! *pics of both their work in my bio*
Services used: Beauty & Health