Jul 19, 2008
Blue Lotus Photography
Josh and Sandra are truly amazing! Not only are they artistic and incredibly talented, but they are so much fun to work with. My husband and I felt so comfortable around them and I know that translated to natural looking photos. Josh and Sandra are a husband-wife team and have a ton of experience. They are so knowledgeable about weddings that I felt like they should have been my wedding planners, too. I definitely hunted around for great photographers because that was really important to my husband and I (we didn't do video). As soon as I met them and saw their work, I knew that I wanted them to be a part of our wedding.
Services used: Photography
Have Your Cake
Maralyn is so great and her cakes taste amazing! Her bakery is quite inconspicuous and I think clients flock to her mostly by word of mouth. Thank goodness a friend pointed us in her direction. Our cake was gorgeous and Maralyn was great about coordinating the delivery with the florist and wedding site. It was delicious and many of our guest commented on it. Yummmm... writing this is making me hungry! Oh, and I found it best to reach Maralyn by phone instead of email.
Services used: Wedding Cake
The Mountain Winery
My husband and I had our wedding here and it was truly gorgeous! The site was pricey for our budget, but we don't regret choosing it and our guests, both local and out-of-town, loved the setting and scenery. Oh, and the wine is tops and the weather is almost guaranteed to be fabulous during the summer. The winery has had extensive renovations in 2008. They no longer have the wishing well, so ceremonies are held at a patio-type area that they call the vista point. It's right near the chateau deck where the receptions are. Definitely go visit if you haven't seen the site since the renovations. The only reason I chose 4 stars and not 5 is because the winery's fabulous wedding coordinator, Kristi, is on maternity leave and her replacement was not as helpful or knowledgeable. She was flaky and had trouble getting our menu and details straight even after my family had clearly specified what we wanted several times. Hopefully with time she will get better.... or Kristi comes back soon!
Services used: Wedding Venue
My husband and I are so glad that we chose Sound in Motion. The whole group is incredibly professional and really has its act together. Our DJ worked with us to plan our music and really tried to understand the vision and atmosphere of our wedding. So many of our guests commented on how great he was! Our DJ wasn't overly involved (which we liked), but he did exactly what we needed of him and he kept people on the dance floor. I never worried once about not having a back-up or equipment failure; SIM always has a DJ on call with extra equipment ready. Our DJ arrived 2 hours before the ceremony began and we felt really confident in him. Perhaps they are pricey (I think it was around $1000 for the whole wedding), but I don't have much to compare to.... but I really think it was worth it!
Services used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Videography
Bridal Image of San Francisco
After visiting several bridal shops, I was still dress-less and feeling like I would never find my 'perfect' dress. Thank god I stumbled upon SF Bridal Image. I love Elizabeth, she's so wonderful. I felt like I got to know the staff there pretty well and they all always remembered me by name when I came in... sometimes months apart! Additionally, by the time my dress came in I had dropped 2 dress sizes and it needed extensive alterations, but their seamstress did a wonderful job and worked hard to get the prefect fit after several fittings. She also made the bustle incredibly beautiful! My dress was so gorgeous and I felt like a million dollars in it. I can't wait to send Elizabeth a card and a picture from the wedding to thank her and let her know how it went. This isn't your posh boutique, but they do have some great dresses at an affordable price and the women who work there are so great at what they do! This is a definite must-visit in the bay area. They are appt only.... but you are helped one on one.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Joanne Kim Hair and Makeup Artist
I found Joanne through Yelp. She got rave reviews and her prices are reasonable. Additionally, I preferred an Asian make-up artist as I am asian, so Joanne fit the bill! I did a hair and make-up trial with Joanne a few months before the wedding and was totally impressed. I had my engagement session with our photographers later that day and they said it was one of the most natural jobs they have seen... and let me tell you, I don't think I've ever looked that pretty in my life! I wanted to take Joanne home with me! The make-up felt natural and not too heavy and she did a great job with the fake lashes. I felt like she listened to me and quickly understood my style and vision. She also does a great job with hair (although I only wanted something very simple) and can work quickly. Joanne also did make-up for my bridesmaids and they looked stunning and all loved her. We were glowing all day. Thanks, Joanne!
Services used: Unique Services