Sep 06, 2009
OMG ... I was just blown away by the cake Kelly made for our wedding. It was gorgeous -- more beautiful than I could ever imagine. It was a simple 5 tier square cake, but she made it so glamorous with beautiful grey satin bows topped with brooches on alternating tiers. On top of being beautiful to look at, it was also delicious! We had alternating flavors of white cake with strawberry filling and salted caramel chocolate - delish!! Everyone commented about our cake - first about how nice it looked and second about how tasty it was. One of my bridesmaids texted me a few days after the wedding and said she dreamt of my cake last night. I cannot wait until our first anniversary, so I can order a replica of our cake and enjoy it! Kelly was also awesome to work with. She was very friendly, easy going and always very prompt with all of our correspondence. I would highly recommend Kelly to any future brides looking for their wedding cake!
Services used: Wedding Cake
Mixter Li - Mobile DJ
Ryan was one of the 1st vendors we booked when we started wedding planning. Once we secured him, there wasnt much that we needed to go over right away. However, a few months before our date, some things changed with our plans. I needed to contract more services from Ryan namely providing music for our ceremony as well as set-up the uplights that I had purchased. This wasnt a problem for him at all he was glad to do it. We were the first couple to get married on the grand staircase at our venue. Since my event manager, DOC and I were unsure about acoustics and sound, we asked Ryan to come out to our Rehearsal. He gladly obliged and came early so he could set up some equipment. He also talked with the event manager & DOC to discuss set-up of the chairs so he could strategize the best location for his speakers. On the day of, Ryan was prompt. He was professionally dressed and the set-up went smoothly. He was ready ahead of time and made the transition to the reception seamlessly. Once the reception program ended and the dancing begun, Ryan played a wide variety of music. He started off with some oldies (per our request) and then transitioned to more recent music. The dance floor was full all night and we had 3+ hours of dancing so thats saying a lot! Everyone from my 5 year old flower girl to my parents had a blast!!! He took requests from our guests, did a little MC-ing and kept the party lively. Everyone was raving about my DJ even my parents couldnt stop talking about how good the music was. If we had another event, wed hire Ryan in a heartbeat. He was very professional, prompt with email correspondence and encouraged a lot of communication. When Id forget to respond to his emails, hed ping me again in a few days just to make sure I didnt drop the ball. He has his own equipment - speakers, mics, wires, etc and now he even has uplights. You can tell he takes great pride in his work. Id recommend him to any bride that asked me for a DJ referral.
Services used: DJ
Kathy officiated a wedding we attended in 2008. And for some reason, her ceremony just stood out to me. Ive been to many many weddings and I cant pinpoint exactly what it was, but she just sounded so genuine and the ceremony wasnt cheesy or too long or too short it was just great! We set up a meeting with her and booked her on the spot! Kathy is so organized, very pleasant to work with and so friendly and genuine. We mixed and matched different readings and vows from examples she provided to create our own customized ceremony. She provided guidance when we needed it and even proof read our own personal vows that we wrote to each other. I also have to say shes quite patient we were both a bit tardy in sending her our vows, but she still managed to insert them into our ceremony booklet. She ran our rehearsal very efficiently told people where to go, answered all questions and all with a very pleasant demeanor. She was timely on the day of and our ceremony was flawless! She even took care of sending in our marriage certificate. Id highly recommend Kathy to any future brides!!!
Services used: Officiant
Giao Nguyen Makeup Artistry & Hair Design
I cannot say enough good things about Giao. She is super talented, so friendly and great to work with!! My relationship with Giao started when she so kindly offered a custom made hair piece to the winner of a raffle at a PW Northern California GTG. I won!! After communicating via email and with a few photos, Giao made a beautiful grey hair flower for me to wear during my reception. It added the perfect touch to my outfit. Next, I had the opportunity to have Giao do my hair when I was a bridesmaid for a friends wedding. She was very professional - arrived early to set-up and we got started right on time. I showed her one picture of the style I wanted and she replicated it perfectly!! I was sooooooo thrilled with my hair that day. I had never done a style like that before and I think Giao could see a little hesitation on my face when she finished. But, she's so kind and reassured me that once I got dressed and had my make-up on, I would love it. And sure enough she was right!! She did 5 bridesmaids hair and the makeup and hair for the 2 mom's that day -- and she did that ALL BY HERSELF!!! She never seemed stressed and remained so friendly and gracious the whole time. If I could, I'd give Giao more than 5 stars ... she's just amazing at what she does and is just a wonderful person!
Services used: Beauty & Health
Oceano Hotel and Spa
Oceano Hotel is a brand new hotel in Half Moon Bay; I believe it opened in March 2008. The ballroom seats about 250 and is absolutely gorgeous with 3 beautiful chandeliers. The dance floor is in the attached atrium, which features a huge skylight for a ceiling. Apparently, it's like dancing under the stars at night. The ceremony site on their garden is also beautiful with views of the ocean. Nancy, their event coordinator, is wonderful -- very nice, easy to work with, responsive via email. When we met her, she even gave us a tour of the hotel & the guest rooms. I believe they are one of the only certified "green" hotels in the bay area. Most of the rooms have ocean views & balconies. After our visit, I was in love! It was the 1st venue we visited & I thought this was it! However, to appease the parents, we looked at hotels in SF since that is where all of our families are from. We narrowed it down to 2 -- Oceano & The Stanford Court in SF. Both FI and I were torn for weeks. Ultimately, it came down to a proximity issue and we went with TSC in SF instead. I think I would have been happy either way. (Secretly, I still try and think of ways I could plan some type of event there!)
Services used: Wedding Venue