Oct 06, 2007
Carneros Resort and Spa
We absolutely loved The Carneros Inn! We wanted something elegant, but not so fancy it would feel stuffy, and the quality of the food was paramount to us. We visited at least a dozen places in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, Monterey, and Napa Valley, but none of them quite fit the bill. However, after just one visit to the Inn, we knew we wanted to book it. After we'd booked, they hired an event coordinator, Brooke Baglietto, who is fabulous and made the rest of our planning process a breeze. She responded to all phone calls and emails in a timely fashion, and was very on top of all of the paperwork. The day before and the day of our wedding it felt as if we'd hired our own personal wedding coordinator, since she was so helpful and made everything run smoothly. Two weeks after our wedding and right before we left for our honeymoon, an issue came up with the linens we had rented (the rental place claimed we had damaged one of the tablecloths and wanted us to pay for a replacement) and Brooke took care of it for us, even though she had no obligation to help us out at that point. She totally rocked! The other rave I have about this place is the food. In fact, the food we had on our wedding day was even better than the superb food we had at our tasting, which was shocking to us because you'd think quality would be sacrified when you're making a meal for 100 people versus two. We got so many raves about the food, and the presentation was absolutely beautiful. We thought our wedding meal was on par with some of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, which was more than we could ever have hoped for.
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner
Anna Kuperberg Photography
Anna's work is awesome; she is unbelievably talented. Photography was the most important thing for us, so we looked through tons of wedding photographers' web sites. A few seemed pretty good, but when we stumbled across Anna's site, we were completely blown away. We just loved her unique style; her ability to capture the emotions and personalities of people is amazing. She is definitely not the conventional wedding photographer, so if you're looking for very posed, formal pictures, Anna is not the photographer for you. She takes tons of very real photos, that truly capture the essence and love of the people she is photographing. Anna was also very easy to work with. We had her come to our house to do our engagement session, and although we felt self-conscious at first, she immediately put us at ease, was very encouraging, and took some really beautiful photos. The day of our wedding, Anna showed up early with her assistant, and went to work right away, snapping picture after picture, and really capturing all of the little details from the day. She was fun and personable, yet also completely unobtrusive. When she needed to, she took charge, efficiently directing people for our large group shot and our smaller extended family shots, but also maintained her professionalism and a sense of humor throughout it all. (This I really appreciated, as we've been to other weddings where the photographers appeared to be stressed out and rudely yelled at people during the group shots.) We loved our wedding photos, and the album Anna designed for us is gorgeous. Her rates are definitely not cheap, though they are more than fair for her quality of work and are competitive with many other well-known photographers. Although she was a splurge, she was worth every penny!
Services used: Photography