Aug 10, 2008
Bella Victorian Vineyard
We had our ceremony & reception here and I couldn't have dreamed of a better, more beautiful location. Kimberly & Jerry are the nicest people and were fast to make sure we had everything we needed the day-of. They have a trolley that brings the guests to the site, which is part of the fun in my eyes! The grounds are gorgeous and the bathrooms are beautiful. Our guests had a great time and have commented on how different a site it is. The best part is you don't really have to bring anything to decorate with because the grounds are so pretty, especially when everything is growing. If you visit in winter when the grapes are dormant, I promise when your wedding rolls around, everything will be green and gorgeous. Couldn't recommend BVV more!
Services used: Wedding Venue
We hired Cathryn after hearing her at a bridal show. She played for our ceremony. She was so easy to work with and played beautifuly, one of the nicest vendors we used.
Services used: Ceremony Music
DJ Music Unlimited
We booked Cesar and he was great, super nice and organized. He had mics for the ceremony as well as DJed the reception. There were a few minor mistakes but only we noticed - nothing major. He also wasn't obnoxious and realized that the reception was for us and not his time to be the life of the party like so many DJs out there. No cheesiness and he honored all our do not play requests. I'd definately hire him again!
Services used: DJ
This was the only caterer our site would allow so we didn't have the opportunity to interview other caterers. On the whole, everything went well. We worked primarily with Doug who was attentive and responsive to communications by both email and phone. He even made sure that, due to the way our site was organized, the reception tables were not behind the ceremony stairs. This was a special request and he accomodated it. We've heard raves about how good the food was including from ourselves. We didn't have to get too fancy with our food selections to have it be good. The servers were very nice and from what we could tell, took care of the guests. The only complaint is that we had arranged for a special Kosher meal for the groom's grandmother and apparently that never happened. We only found out about this the next day and were quite disappointed since all she ate then was potatoes and green beans. But otherwise this caterer was great to work with, great food and good service.
Services used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
Artist on the Go - Leslie Johnson
We decided to do something a little different from the usual cookies and candies for our favors. We hired Leslie to come cut silhouettes of all our guests during the cocktail hour and reception. It was a big hit and people loved having them made. Leslie was so nice to work with and was very professional. She was on time and did a great job. I've heard so many stories about how her silhouettes look exactly like the person and seeing was believing. She's a great artist and I'd highly recommend hiring her.
Services used: Unique Services
Beauty on Call
BOC was ok to work with. I contacted them because a friend of mine in Chicago used them for her makeup & hair and she looked gorgeous. (BOC is based in Chicago). I found their prices to be inline with the quotes I was getting from other MUA and hair stylists in LA so I was ok with the price. But they did seem to drag their feet with finding me someone here in LA. They told me they'd call me within 2-4 weeks with both a MUA and Hair stylist but I never heard from them in that time period. I had to finally contact them to find out who was going to do my hair/makeup so I could set up a trial. When they finally gave me the name of my person, the info she had wasn't accurate. She was told I wanted my trial 2 days before the wedding. HUH? Anyway, she and I worked things out and at the end of the day I was happy with how I looked, but the scheduling and organizing part was not as tight as I would have liked. Also, my MUA/hair stylist was super nice and wonderfully talented but I wasn't happy that she brought along her boyfriend the day-of without asking if it was ok. She also ran 45 minutes late which threw off alot of the setup time at the site for me, my MOH and mom. So as you can probably tell, I'm sort of mixed on my review.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Artour made our wedding bands and was a delight to work with. I was a little hesitant going to the downtown jewelry district - they can be a little pushy down there - but we happened upon Artour who made us feel very comfortable. My husband found his ring in the case and I had mine made to match my e-ring. Artour took a mold of my ring and was all set to work on the original design I came up with, but then I changed my mind and Artour had no problem changing the design. The final product was exactly what I wanted and matches my e-ring perfectly. Plus, the price was way, way lower than we would have paid at a mall jeweler.
Services used: Unique Services