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Aug 31, 2008

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Absolutely stunning location!!!! My cousin just had their wedding here a couple weeks ago. The pictures really don't do it justice. The mansion inside and out is gorgeous. The tent for the reception is beautiful. The bridal suite is breath-taking. Even the bathrooms are worth seeing. The grounds are well manicured with sculptures and beautiful landscaping. The service was ok. There were a few times that I offered to get the bride and groom something to drink. For the price I know the paid, I think they shouldn't have ever been empty handed. Its a bit pricey, but the location is superb! Overall, this place is worth seeing in person!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

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Grant Avenue Florist
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
After hiring Grant Avenue Florist for our wedding, I can see why my dear MIL has been going to Grant Avenue Florist for years. From the moment I spoke with Millita (of Grant Avenue Florist), I knew she was THE florist for us! I had a vision of the flowers I wanted and Millita brought that vision to life and then some. Every flower was gorgeous. The colors were perfect. The arrangements were stunning and original. My bouquet was EXACTLY what I'd been looking for. Millita is incredibly talented and a doll to work with! She was always quick to respond to any questions and always had great ideas and suggestions. I met with a few other florists before I met with Millita. Not only was I impressed with Millita's designs and professionalism, but her pricing was spot-on! Worth every penny :)
Services used: Flowers

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Robert Valdes Photo~Cinema
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Robert Valdes Photography! We've booked them for our wedding and recently had our e-pics done by them. Robert Valdes is extremely professional, a great communicator, and best of all, a talented photographer! Everyone (including FI and myself) are so impressed by the e-pics. I'm looking forward to working with him again at our wedding! Their website is also very thurough and helpful. They truly have a package to fit anyone's needs. Also, don't hesitate to customize packages...we did :) Being on a budget, Robert is very reasonable, especially considering the quality! Thank you Robert!!!! I'll update after wedding in late August.
Services used: Photography, Videography

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Audrey Crandell, aka Glowing Bridal Makeup Artistry
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I recently did a boudior photo shoot as a gift to my FI. My original makeup artist fell through. At last minute I called Audrey as recommended by a fellow PW bride. She was very quick to respond and was very pleasant to talk to. Based on the reviews here and her professionalism and friendliness over the phone, I hired her on the spot. On the morning of the shoot, she arrived on time and was so pleasant. Just as the other reviewers mentioned, I felt as if we'd been friends forever! She really made me feel comfortable. At the end, she held up that mirror and I was in complete amazement! Most of the images in her portfolio show simple yet elegant makeup so I didn't know what to expect since I had asked for a "smokey & sultry" look. Audrey hit the mark right on!!! I felt beautiful, sexy, but not over the top. Even the photographer wanted to know who did the makeup...seriously!!! The biggest part to all of this is, I hosted a huge birthday party for my Mom that same night. After the boudior photo shoot, I ran around doing last minute preperation for the party. My makeup stayed in place and looked fresh the entire day and through the night...eyelashes and all! The only touch-up I did was the lips. Audrey exceeded my expectations by far...and I had big expectations with the high reviews here on PW. Audrey is truly a GEM! She really deserves 10 stars :) *A few photos from the shoot are now in bio under tag 'boudoir'*
Services used: Beauty & Health

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STUDIO BY CARMEN - Photography
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Carmen is AMAZING in every sense of the word! Carmen is an incredible photographer based in Miami, but travels to various cities. Lucky for me, I was able to book a slot in her first "Boudoir Marathon" to San Francisco. From the start, Carmen was incredibly friendly and I could tell she knew her stuff. Her pricing is affordable, especially considering the quality of her work! Not typically the type to get nervous about anything, I was extremely nervous the entire week leading up to my photo shoot appointment with Carmen. Once I arrived at the Hotel (the photo shoot was arranged for a beautiful suite in SF), Carmen called me with the room number. At the very moment she opened the door and I saw her bright smiling face, I was at ease! Carmen has the most amazing spirit about her. She instantly made me feel comfortable, gave great input on the outfits I brought, and offered great direction throughout the shoot. She is so creative but is also very open to new ideas. Carmen was so mindful of all the details. She was so careful to position me and herself so that it not only disguised what I call "flaws", while enhancing everything else! Through the entire shoot, we were laughing and having so much fun. I left the photo shoot that day feeling like a new woman. Doing the Boudoir pics with such skilled photographer, was exhilerating and the biggest confidence booster! When I saw the first few images that Carmen sent me, my jaw hit the floor. I couldn't believe it was me. For the first time, I saw myself the way my DH sees me. On our wedding day, my DH recieved the album (photo book) of all the images Carmen snapped. He was blown away and initially didn't know what to think. He later insisted that "the photographer is an artist." He was so impressed with how incredibly sexy the images were while remaining so tasteful. To this day, my DH says that the boudoir pics are by far the best gift he's ever received! No matter your shape, age or size...boudoir pics are definitely something every woman should do! Consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to work with Carmen. ***After our wedding, I spoke with Carmen about doing a TTD with more of an editorial spin (less trashing of the dress). It was wonderful working with Carmen again! My husband finally met her and knew exactly why I'd been raving about her. She is so fun to work with and makes it easy to be in front of the camera. Carmen's second shooter, Favio (also her lovely husband) was incredibly sweet and also talented behind the camera! We spent an afternoon shooting throughout San Francisco. We LOVE our pictures and have framed more images from that session than ones from the actual wedding day! If you have the chance to work with Carmen, DO IT! You will laugh, you'll have fun, and best of all you'll have pictures to cherrish!
Services used: Photography

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
There aren't words to describe Heather's talent! Simply put, she is amazing!!! Not only is she one of the nicest ladies I've ever met, she has a way of keeping proefessional while making you extremely comfortable. Her portfolio is packed with gorgeous work. I've had my makeup done by Heather several times for different occasions. She's versatile and very good at what she does. Heather definitely loves what she does and it shines through in her work! I'm so glad I've booked her for my big day!
Services used: Beauty & Health