kristinkay

WEDDING DATE:

Apr 05, 2009

kristinkay
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deBebians
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I have an antique engagement ring that has been passed down in my family. I searched forever trying to find a wedding band that would match it, and nothing looked right. My engagement ring diamond was hand cut so all of the newer cut diamonds looks wrong with it, and nothing matched the engraving. My FI and I met with Sam at DeBebians at their downtown location and he was able to come up with a plan for a custom wedding band that was incredible. He got single cut diamonds for band the so that they would match my engagement ring and had the engraver replicate all of the engraving on my original band. They look incredible together and he was able to do it all in a very short amount of time (less than 2 weeks!). While he had my engagement ring he dipped it and polished it up without me evening asking for it, and it looks amazing. We also bought my FI's wedding band there, and it looked amazing. Sam was good about checking the size and made sure it fit perfectly since my FI's finger is sort of in between two sizes. The prices were incredible and I know had we gone to any other jeweler they would have been much much more - I would definitely recommend Sam at Debebians to anyone.
Services used: Jewelry

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European Fine Antiques & Jewelry
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This is one of the in person locations for Debebians. I have an antique engagement ring that has been passed down in my family. I searched forever trying to find a wedding band that would match it, and nothing looked right. My engagement ring diamond was hand cut so all of the newer cut diamonds looks wrong with it, and nothing matched the engraving. My FI and I met with Sam at DeBebians at their downtown location and he was able to come up with a plan for a custom wedding band that was incredible. He got single cut diamonds for band the so that they would match my engagement ring and had the engraver replicate all of the engraving on my original band. They look incredible together and he was able to do it all in a very short amount of time (less than 2 weeks!). While he had my engagement ring he dipped it and polished it up without me evening asking for it, and it looks amazing. We also bought my FI's wedding band there, and it looked amazing. Sam was good about checking the size and made sure it fit perfectly since my FI's finger is sort of in between two sizes. The prices were incredible and I know had we gone to any other jeweler they would have been much much more - I would definitely recommend Sam at Debebians to anyone.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jason was one of the easiest vendors we worked with! I gave him a quick outline of what we wanted for our ceremony and cocktail hour music and he was able to put everything together perfectly. He played current pop music during our cocktail reception and our guests had nothing but wonderful things to say about his performance. He was as professional and nice in person as he was on the phone! He music is amazing and he set the perfect relaxed tone for our wedding. I walked down the aisle to his version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" which was perfect. I would definitely recommend him to any brides out there looking for an acoustic guitar performer for their wedding. A++
Services used: Ceremony Music

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City of Commerce Flowers
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I cannot recommend City of Commerce Flowers enough. I worked with Duke and he was so receptive and thoughtful throughout the entire process. I came in with very few inspiration pictures because I was unable to find pictures of exactly what I wanted, but Duke took the bits and pieces from all of the pictures I bought and put them together to make the most beautiful centerpiece mock-up at our next meeting. He totally rolled it when I completely changed the centerpieces from tall to short and when I called at the last minute to add individual flowers to be placed at each place setting. On the day of I was so impressed with the flowers - they were gorgeous and there was so many of them. My bouquet was beautiful and smelled amazing and included flowers that I never mentioned to him, but just looked perfect when they were all together. We received so many compliments on our flowers and I just kept finding new arrangements at our venue throughout the evening and thought they were all so beautiful. They were also like super earlier in delivering our flowers, and when I asked Duke about it he said that he always sends his guys a couple of hours early because "they can either sit her waiting to deliver to you, or they can sit at your venue." I so appreciated this with how crazy LA traffic was and it just made me feel like my wedding was a top priority to them. City of Commerce Flowers was also so reasonably priced - I thought I was going go into shock when I saw our quote it was so much lower than what I thought it would be. I got quotes for the same number and size of arrangements for almost double the price other places!
Services used: Flowers

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Calligraphy Katrina and Maison Du Papier
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Katrina was great to work with. Her calligraphy was absolutely beautiful and she is so prompt and quick! She responded to my emails and phone calls so quickly - and got our place cards, envelopes and reserved seating cards back to us so fast it was amazing!! Her work is beautiful and I got so many compliments on it, but she is so super reasonable that I was a complete no brainer to have to our invites. Thanks so much Katrina!!
Services used: Invitations

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On Location Beauty
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Sherry was so incredible. She was definitely one of my favorite vendors to work with! She was super prompt and professional when I first contacted her and in trying to schedule my hair and make-up trial. I ended up getting to my trial like 2 hours late because of the insane LA traffic, and then I sort of got lost too! I felt horrible, but she was like "No problem, still come - see you soon!!" She didn't rush through my trial at all and took the time to play with my hair since the first way she tried didn't work as well as she wanted. I gave her very little direction for my hair and make-up, only that I wanted to be a glowy bride and that I wanted my hair up with layers around my face. She did it perfectly- I loved what she did. She used false eyelashes on me as well, which was the first time I have ever worn them and I loved them so much I didn't want to take them off!! On the wedding day she recreated the trial look and was so much fun to be around. Her team was super professional and my mom and sister were very happy with their hair and make-up. My hair and make-up turned out amazing and I got so many compliments on how great my skin looked throughout the night - which was great because I was crying so much throughout our ceremony that I am even surprised there was any left on my face afterwards! I definitely recommend Sherry - you want someone that will not only do a great job with your hair and make-up on your wedding day but someone that will relax you and be fun to be around on your big day. Sherry definitely fit the bill and I am so glad she was my MUA.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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El Cholo Mexican Restaurant
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had our rehearsal/welcome dinner at El Cholo and we were very pleased. The food there is sooo good and the service at our party was really good. We had it upstairs with our guests seated at round tables in groups of about 5-6, but if you have a smaller party you can have it in a special room that has one long table. They let you choose three entrees for your guests to choose from at the event, and the pricing was really low for what we got. They also allowed us to bring in our own centerpieces, wine (for a small uncorking fee) and our own groom's cake for dessert. We would definitely recommend El Cholo for any sort of special event!
Services used: Unique Services

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Studio West Video
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Dirk was Studio West Video was fantastic. He was professional, unobtrusive on the day and fun to be around. I barely noticed that he was there, but I am so glad he was because he captured some amazing moments. A couple of days into our honeymoon Dirk posted our teaser video: (http://studiowestvideo.typepad.com/studio_west_video_blog/2009/04/kristin-micah-april-5th-2009-il-cielo-beverly-hills.html#comments) and I was so so so happy with it. He was able to capture the emotion of the day and did it in such an elegant manner. I was super impressed with how it put it together and everyone that I have shown it to has loved it. I cannot wait to see the full video of our wedding - I am sure Dirk will make it fantastic!
Services used: Unique Services

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Elite Tuxedo
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
We bought my husband's and his best man's tux here. They were having a sale, which we compared to other stores and found to be a great deal. He was measured by the sales person, which told him his size should be one up from what he usually wears in suits because of the fit of the tux. We were very upset when he took it to the tailor and the tailor informed him that it was way to big and he needed to return it and get the smaller size or it would cost a load to fix it. We were happy with the customer service we received when trying to return the tux, the owner informed us that the person that helped us had been fired because of bad service, but then had us pay extra for shipping from the manufacturer because they didn't have the correct size in stock anymore - which was a little irritating. Overall the service and the price on the sale items were good - most of the other stuff is overpriced and I would look elsewhere before buying it there.
Services used: Unique Services

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wedding alterations by Mahtab
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Mahtab was so great to work with - she is so nice and helpful!! My dress required a very difficult bustle and she did a fantastic job that end up through lots of dancing :) After I forgot my monogram during the first fitting she put it on while I waited during the second fitting so I wouldn't have to drive down again!! She made the experience fun and special and I am so happy I had her do my alterations! And on top of that her prices are unbelievably reasonable!!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Erica Koesler Wedding Accessories
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I just went to the warehouse sale today and got an amazing veil for $60 and an organza hair flower for $50. Erica was very helpful and helped me to try on lots of different styles and combinations of combs and veils. She was very knowledgeable about what types of veils would look nice with the style of dress I have and made lots of great recommendations! There was lots of jewelry, tiaras, flowers, veils, combs, and headbands to choose from- so pretty!!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Oblation Papers & Press (Tigard, OR)
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered my invitations and all of my wedding day paper projects from Oblation Papers. I worked with Darci at the Bridgeport location who does the flat printing designs. She was super helpful and worked with me to design the invitations, response cards, "get the scoop" information cards, table numbers, place cards, programs, reserved seating signs and menus. She was responsive to my changes and got everything to me super fast! I would definitely recommend working with her - the shop also has beautiful letterpress invites that unfortunately were a tad out of my price range :) You can see pictures of my invites and other stuff in my bio.
Services used: Unique Services

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duplicate
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered my save-the-dates through minted.com and I am so happy with them. They have more modern designs and a lot of save-the-dates with photos on them that are unique and non-cheesey. They let you preview everything on their website and you can play around with what fonts and colors you want, and then they will send you a proof before printing. My save-the-dates arrived quickly and wrapped in a pretty green ribbon. Highly recommended!
Services used: Unique Services

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Cari Hollis Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Cari took our trash the dress/newlywed session photos a couple of months after our wedding and we couldn't have been more pleased with how our photos turned out. It was so much fun to get back into my wedding dress and take photos again, and Cari is so friendly and nice that it made easy to pose and get comfortable. I was very impressed with our photos when we got them - Cari did an excellent job editing all of them - not just the top 10 or so like many photographers do. Here is a link to some of the photos Cari took for us: http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/kristinkay/trash-the-dress-photos I would definitely recommend her for anyone wanting to take trash the dress photos!
Services used: Photography

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Pussycat Pin up Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Beth was absolutely fantastic to work with. I am pretty self-conscious about my body and would never in a million years thought I would be able to have someone take a good photo of me in lingerie, but Beth was able to put me at ease and knew the right angles and poses to make me look fantastic. She was very helpful in picking out the right outfits and picking the backgrounds and poses that worked with each one of the outfits, and in choosing the hair and make-up to compliment the shot. Even though I was totally scared when we first starting shooting, Beth coached me and helped me to loosen up and pose for the shots. When I got back my pictures I was like "wow - is that really me?" Beth got the pictures back to me super quick and when she edited them she even picked which ones she felt would look better in black and white and gave them to me in that format as well. I would definitely recommend going to Pussycat Pinups for your boudoir pictures - It was totally empowering and have really made me feel sexier!
Services used: Photography