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WEDDING DATE:

Jun 07, 2009

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Indrek Mandmets
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Indrek, you rock!!! First of all, he is one of the friendliest guys you will ever meet. He is a pleasure to have at your wedding! My Mom still talks about how great the photographer was! Secondly, Indrek has an amazing eye. He is a consummate artist and consistently captures amazing moments. A friend referred me to him and while he hadn't done other weddings, the shots on his website were all incredible! After meeting him, I could tell he would do a great job. He was everywhere on the day of the wedding, but was totally unobtrusive and discreet. His turnaround time is also ridiculously fast. Our cd of images was waiting for us when we got back from the honeymoon. Last, but certainly not least, he's affordable...for now...so book him while he's cheap ladies!
Services used: Unique Services

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The Rococo Room
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I cannot say enough about this wonderful place and the people who work there. We chose The Rococo Room because of the low price, but it ended up being the best possible wedding we could have had. We had both the ceremony and reception in their ballroom and it was so incredibly intimate and magical that people are still commenting to me how great everything was. Keith, our banquet manager, met with us twice and gave us the freedom to personalize the space and the menu. For our menu, we went with their specialties, chicken & beef kabobs for the meat eaters and stuffed squash for the vegetarians. It was HANDS DOWN THE BEST WEDDING FOOD I HAVE EVER HAD...and yes, I did eat (a little) at my wedding. They also included homemade Tutti Gelati (from the store next door) with the price of our meal and I still get compliments on that. I also want to mention the staff because they are insanely talented at what they do. There were only a few servers working our event of 80 people, but they were INCREDIBLY attentive and friendly! They all seemed to truly love their jobs and enjoyed our wedding right along with us. The space is so flexible and they include so many elements that most places do not. I was able to get ready in their lofty mezzanine space that overlooks the ballroom and had beautiful skylights to light my getting ready pics. Save yourself the headache of rentals and caterers and check out this amazingly priced delicious & beautiful restaurant.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Rabbi Brian
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Where do I start? Rabbi Brian is unlike any Rabbi I have ever met. DH is not Jewish and I am not at all religious, but my family wanted a Rabbi to marry us. Enter Rabbi Brian, my hero. It took us a while to find him, but we could not have found a more perfect officiant for our wedding. Everyone at our wedding now wants him to officiate their weddings. It's difficult to describe why Rabbi Brian is so cool, but he is. We ended up with a highly personalized & thoughtful ceremony that everyone in that room will remember for a very long time. I'll leave it at that. Thank you Rabbi Brian for helping us commune with our friends and family in a truly memorable experience.
Services used: Officiant

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Better Music Services
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jarrod from Better Music was our DJ and he was truly PERFECT! From the sound system to the music to the announcing...the whole wedding went smoothly and EVERYONE HAD A BLAST! Thank you so much Jarrod! You ROCK!!!
Services used: DJ

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wedding alterations by Mahtab
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Yes, she is worth the drive down from LA...3 times. I LOVE Mahtab. She can take any dress and make it look like a million bucks! I'm not saying my dress was ugly, but it had long sleeves and was double my size. After 3 fittings, it was the most beautiful dress I could ever imagine. I'm still getting compliments on this $500 dress I found on Craigslist! THANK YOU MAHTAB!!! ...not to mention she is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. Word of advise: BOOK EARLY, SHE'S IN HIGH DEMAND!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Mary's Rentals
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I was planning to use Mary's until I changed venues and no longer needed rentals. Their prices are AMAZING and they seemed very professional and helpful over the phone. Definitely get a price quote from them if you're looking for rentals in the LA area.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths

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{ Susie Chhuor Studios } Your Beauty Dream Team
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
SUSIE IS INCREDIBLE!!! Not only is she an incredibly talented professional, but she's a great person. We had 2 hours to get ready for an 11am wedding and she and her assistant were calm and able to breeze through my hair and makeup as well as 2 bridesmaids and my Mother without batting an eyelash. Everyone looked amazing and I'm still getting compliments on my hair & makeup from that day. Everyone who worked with them were happy. Susie was so friendly at the trial that I was hesitant to make any adjustments, however, she is an absolute perfectionist and took my subtle notes and ran with them. My hair & makeup on the day of the wedding was STUNNING and even better than I could have imagined. Thank you Susie for your amazing talent, sweet personality, and on top of all of that, THE MOST REASONABLE PRICES I COULD FIND IN LA! BOOK HER WHILE SHE'S STILL AFFORDABLE! PS, I also want to mention that Susie's makeup felt very light, in fact I forgot I was wearing it and it stayed on perfectly all day. She also gave me a great little touch-up kit that I didn't end up needing until the honeymoon ;-) ...also, she's the first hair person that's understood how to work with my crazy curly hair.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Porto's Bakery
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Cheap, tasty, and beautiful...what more could you want? Was it the most amazing cake I've ever tasted? No, but it was pretty darn good and at $250 including delivery for an 80 person cake (with tons left over) it was TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I also just hired Carina for my May wedding. She's awesome! I was having trouble finding a reasonably priced ceremony and reception location in LA, and she had some GREAT suggestions. Based on one of her recommendations, I booked a beautiful and affordable site just a few days after our first meeting! YAY! She always responds promptly and is very organized and knowledgeable. She's really making this whole planning process seem a lot less overwhelming. I can tell from our conversations that she'll make the actual wedding day a snap for me. Can't wait for the big day! Thanks Carina! **UPDATE** We just got back from our honeymoon and I wanted to give props to Carina for an AMAZING WEDDING! She handled everything brilliantly! I was able to pass everything off to her so that I didn't have to stress or think about any details on the day of the wedding. The day was an absolute breeze thanks to her and I've gotten feedback from everyone that worked with her confirming that. She took care of all my vendors, the bridal party, my guests, everything! I'm so glad I hired her! Definitely check her out! SHE IS SO WORTH IT!!!
Services used: Wedding Planning

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Blue Sky Videos
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
First of all, I always thought wedding videos were cheesy sorry, but I did. ...until I saw my own! After reading tons of PW posts from brides that regretted not hiring a videographer, I caved in at the last minute and hired Paul. DH thought I was nuts because we were already over budget, but now he is SO INCREDIBLY GLAD WE DID!!! Nothing compares with intimate footage from one of the most important days of your life. Not only is our video amazingly well done, but it perfectly captured the fun mood and practically every detail of our wedding. Not only do we love our video, but Paul was a pleasure to have there with us. He knows weddings like the back of his hand and was completely unobtrusive, yet everywhere at once. Paul honestly loves his work and it shows. I still get compliments on how friendly the videographer was. If you're even remotely thinking about hiring a videographer, you must talk to Paul. HE IS SO WORTH IT! Thanks Paul!
Services used: Photography, Videography

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TheWeddingLens.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I chose this service because of its user friendliness. Some of our friends & family are not very computer savvy, so this was a great way to get everyone to look at our pics online and upload their own. Most other photo sharing sites are more complicated and require each user to register before they can look at photos. TheWeddingLens lets you pick out a password that everyone can use, so they don't have to set up an account. Even simpler is their feature that allows you to invite guests by email. TheWeddingLens can generate an email, that you can customize, that provides a link that automatically logs guests into your photo site (no password needed). The site has a very simple layout and lets you categorize and name everyone's pictures and videos making them easy to view. Last, but not least, I love that you can download everyone's full-resolution images for free.
Services used: Unique Services

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1928 Jewelry Outlet Store
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
THE WEBSITE: I bought my wedding jewelry and bridesmaid's gifts online at www.1928.com. They have some items available on the website that aren't at the store, so I definitely recommend checking it out. The prices are higher than the outlet, but still pretty cheap for bridal jewelry. I purchased a necklace and hair clips for myself and bracelets for my bridemaids. Everything is gorgeous. I love the antique style of their jewelry. The necklace I ordered had a flaw and I had to exchange it. Anita was very sweet and sent me a pre-paid envelope. The whole process took less than 2 weeks and I LOVE my necklace...it matches my dress PERFECTLY!!! THE OUTLET STORE IN BURBANK: I found out about the outlet store after I had already made my online purchase, so I was a little bummed. The prices are definitely cheaper. Most items are 40% - 50% off. I got my Mom a Mother's Day necklace for $10 and it's beautiful! Though it's all in the same cool style, they don't have the exact jewelry from the online store. Definitely worth checking out.
Services used: Unique Services