marymeganm

WEDDING DATE:

Sep 17, 2005

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
If you are looking for a non-traditional photographer in the Chicagoland area Ocken is fantastic. We were very please with the level of professionalism and that he did everything just as we had discussed. We really wanted to made sure that there were plenty of "candid" shots and not so many posed/forced shots. Chris Ocken did a great job of captuing this while making sure that all of the needed pics were taken, family, first kiss, first dance, etc. We were so please with our wedding pictures that we have hired Chris Ocken to take pictures of our son!
Services used: Photography

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Exclusive For the Bride
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
This place is horrible. I ordered my bridesmaids dresses from this shop, thank heavens I didn't order my wedding dress from here too. All of my bridesmaids were non-local so upon recepit at the shop the dresses needed to be sent to various states. I was told the dresses would arrive the 3rd week in July - 8 weeks before my wedding. When the dresses didn't come in I followed up with the shop - they didn't return calls when they said they would and supplied with me no information. It was up to me to contact them to get some type of info on when these dresses would arrive. All they told me was not to worry. The dresses finally arrived 2 weeks before the wedding and the Exclusives wouldn't even pay the shipping for me - the needed to be shipped overnight so there would be enought time to have alterations done. Exclusives tried to blame this on the vendor so I contaced to vendor only to find out that Exclusives had entered my wedding date as 12/17 NOT 9/17. Terrible terrible service!
Services used: Unique Services

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St. Alphonsus Catholic Church
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in Lakeview was an amazing setting for a church ceremony. St. Al's boasts the longest aisle in the Chicagoland area, drawing many brides to it. However, you must be a parishoner before you can schedule your wedding ceremony there. It is well worth it though. They provide a coordinator who will help you in advance of the day and on the day. Additionaly, there is a wonderful music director at St. Al's who is very helpful in helping decide the music for the ceremony.
Services used: Unique Services

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bittersweet pastry shop
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
As delicious and beautiful as their cakes are, their service is equally as bad. We had an appointment with the designer who evidently overbooked. My husband and I sat there for close to two hours while she assisted a woman with a birthday cake for a 5 year old. We finally had our tasting and were quite impressed with the quality of the cake, however the whole experience left a bad taste in our mouths. When I read a review and found out that another bride had a similar experience we decided not to use Bittersweet.
Services used: Wedding Cake