WedOneYear

WEDDING DATE:

Jul 28, 2007

WedOneYear
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Floral Harmonies
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Mari is a friend of our family who has started her own small floral buisiness. She did such a wonderful job understanding our floral and budget needs and not only met, but exceeded our expectations! Our flowers were beautiful and fresh, delivered on time, and matched our color scheme perfectly. Mari even brought us some homemade chocolates when she delivered the flowers. She has great attention to detail and because she is a smaller business, she was able to give us great service!
Services used: Flowers

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Pete Kovacevich
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Pete was such a fantastic part of our wedding. He kept the dance floor full for hours- my 85 year old grandma was even dancing! Pete was energetic and involved in the reception without being overbearing, as some DJ's can be. Pete arrived early to set up, dressed professionally, and had back up equipment for "just in case." He took time to sit down with us and get an idea of our likes and dislikes and our vision for the reception. He kept things moving- cake cutting, traditional dances, bouquet and garter toss, etc. Pete was a huge reason friends and family are still talking about our wedding!
Services used: Unique Services

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Jay Crihfield Photography ltd.
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jay was a fantastic photographer. He got a great assortment of traditional and candid shots. Jay was such a great guy who was there to capture every moment of our day without every being in the way. Jay was just as enthusiastic about getting great pictures as we were- maybe more! Our guests even commented on how wonderful he was- as a photographer and a person. We got all of our pictures in both color and black and white on CD's and were able to make prints ourselves. Jay even included a DVD slideshow set to music for us- very sweet! We just celebrated our first wedding anniversary and Jay sent us a card. What a stand up guy!
Services used: Photography

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The Bride's Room
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
After shopping at Bridesmart and other bridal "superstores," I was getting a little discouraged. Then we went to the Brides' Room and were just blown away! We were the only clients there at the time and got amazing undivided attention. Jamie, the owner, and her assistant worked so hard to help me find the perfect dress. The fitting rooms were so comfortable and homey- it was a perfect place to find a dress. Their prices were very reasonable and the service unbeatable. We also got our bridesmaid dresses there and, with 5 of our 7 girls being "out of towners," this could have been disastrous! Our girls were able to order their dresses online, though, and got them with no issues.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Holiday Inn Laguna Hills
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
We held our reception here since we had many out of town guests who would need a place to stay. Unfortunately the hotel was under construction and several of our guests checked in and out the same day. Our original coordinator, who we loved, left her position mid-planning, and after that things went down hill. We had a fantastic time at our reception, but certain things were just off. Our room was double booked, so they didn't have time to arrange the tables as originally planned, thus our seating chart was all messed up! The family tables were off in bumble and my parents had to scurry so my grandma's table wasn't off in the corner. The food was great, but our best man ended up removing the covers in the buffet. There weren't enough chairs at our head table, so our maid of honor had to wait for a seat. Not all guests got champagne and we were never even offered the top to our cake. The outside doors were locked at 10, so smokers had to wait for someone to let them back inside. The bar was to reopen at 8, and the bartender refused to serve my cousin when he went to get a drink at 7:58. At the end of the reception, the security guard couldn't get us out of there fast enough. When I shared these things with our coordinator after the wedding, all she said was "OH." Like I said, we had a blast at our reception, but the Holiday Inn wasn't the reason why.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Brass String Chamber Ensemble
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our string quartet was just perfect! Our ceremony music was beautiful and really fit our personalities. They quartet arrived on time and professionally dressed. We communicated regularly before the wedding via email, and all our questions were answered almost immediately. All of our musical selections were played wonderfully. They even surprised us in the preservice music with 311's "Amber"- a song we weren't sure they would be able to play. This ensemble is run by a husband and wife team and they are just a kind, organized, and talented duo!
Services used: Ceremony Music

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Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
As my mom is on staff at Prince of Peace, it was natural that our wedding would be there. Our ceremony was perfect! Volunteers from the congregation were there to make sure every detail was in place. The Bride's Room is separate and connected to a private bathroom, and the guys were able to play soccer and basketball in the gym before the ceremony. Our pastor took time to know us as a couple before the wedding day and provided a very personal wedding sermon. Prince of Peace is an ideal place to get married. The congregation is so welcoming and supportive, too, especially to new couples after the wedding. My husband and I have enjoyed being a part of the church community since our wedding.
Services used: Unique Services

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Jamesons Char House
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our rehearsal dinner was held at Jamesons Char House in Arlington Heights. It was fantastic. The food was wonderful and we had a great menu to choose from. Our party had a private room with very attentive servers. The room set up was perfect for such a large group. The bathrooms were nearby and very clean. The location was close to our church and right off Route 53, so it was easy for our wedding party to get back to the hotel. Definitely consider Jamesons when planning the rehearsal, we had a great experience!
Services used: Unique Services