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WEDDING DATE:

Sep 06, 2008

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Makeup By Michelle
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I was a bridesmaid who had her make-up done my Michelle. I wasn't sure what to expect b/c my cousin had found Michelle via projectwedding. But Michelle was great!!! She showed up on time, was professional, and took her time with each and every girl. She even stayed up until we all got into the limo and drove off just in case there was some emergency or someone needed some kind of touch-up. I highly recommend her. The entire bridal party loved her!
Services used: Unique Services

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Tangata at the Bowers Museum
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
What can I say...I've been dreaming about having our reception at a museum for as long as I can remember. We had originally booked at the PMCA for our reception venue, but after a falling out with the event coordinator we decided to take our business elsewhere. It was a blessing in disguise because the next venue we went to look at was the Bowers Museum. At the time I thought they only had the Cleo Courtyard (which are what most of the pictures you see when you look up the Bowers online) available for events, but just my luck, they had finished completion on their brand new (and totally modern and funky!) museum wing. It fit all our needs perfectly. There was an outdoor space for cocktail hour since I really like outdoor spaces and an indoor area for the reception (to please our parents who aren't into outdoor spaces at all). There were all these amazing pieces of art just within the reception space and for those of you showing some kind of video, there are two drop down screens. No more messing with those large projector screens. Everything in the room is completely modern and up-to-date. Judy was so wonderful to work with. She was very professional and unlike our previous experiences, when we decided to book the John M. Lee Court & Huang Courtyard our contract was finalized within less than a week! Judy responded to all my emails quickly and she is such a sweet person to correspond with. Anything that happens at that museum has to be okayed by Judy and even though I asked for a lot of things and was probably pushing my luck more often than not, she was always very, very nice and did her best to make things happen. Bowers has an exclusive contract with Tangata, which is a member of the fabulous Patina family, to cater all events held at the museum. Jackpot! I've been a huge fan of Patina being a avid theater junkie who loves all the Patina restaurants in downtown LA near the Ahmanson. My cousin and MOH had her engagment party at the beautiful Cafe Pinot and had such an amazing experience that I knew we would also have an amazing experience. The initial director of catering was another lady named Rebecca, but about 6 months prior she left the company and Jennifer took over. I was a little worried at first since I had been working so closely with Rebecca, but it turned out Jennifer had been the previous director and had moved on to the Patina restaurants at Downtown Disney. She had returned and was now managing both locations! Not only does Jennifer help you prepare your menu for the evening, but she also coordinates with Classic Party Rentals to provide the rentals needed for your event. Jennifer, God bless her, was so extremely patient with me. I had many, many changes the months prior to the wedding. I'm sure that when she saw my emails in her inbox she would dread reading them. I know it. But whenever I talked to her on the phone or corresponded via email she was always very, very sweet to me. She is also very thorough and always responded to my numerous questions. Her long history with Bowers and Classics was also very helpful because she is very experienced about the space and what it take for the events to run smoothly. I'm so fortunate to have worked with her during the planning process. And the food...the food was exquisite! Everyone kept raving about delicious everything was. I didn't expect anything less from a caterer like Patina.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Just Chic Events
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Paola was my fairy Godmother come to life. I actually had another coordinator that I had originally hired and just couldn't get over the fact that I thought Paola would be a better fit to be my DOC. I am so thankful I followed my gut and hired P as my DOC. From the beginning, I knew she was responsible and very detail-oriented. Her responses to my many, many emails were so thorough in fact...that I thought I had found my email soul partner! Her emails were always very detailed and I could tell that she makes each and every client feel like her number one priority -- because I know she certainly made me feel that way. I know that my wedding was a big event just with simply the number of guests I had invited. But throw in the other factors such as the photobooth, the lighting, the linens, and all the other of million details...I know she had a lot to deal with. And with all those factors, there must have been numerous things that went wrong that day, but I just never found about them. Paola had a smile on her face the entire time I saw her. I'm sure she had to have been stressed that day, but I never knew about it. In addition to her numerous admirable qualities, I also trusted Paola 100%. She has great sense of style and I knew that her suggestions would only help our wedding be even more fabulous! She never pushed her opinion on me ever, but she did give her honest opinion whenever I asked her for it (and I asked for it quite a lot). Although I'm very much into doing everything myself, I realized closer to the big day that you can't micro manage your wedding. Having Paola for that day, I knew that if she had to make any last-minute decisions for me (which she had to), whatever choice she made would be fabulous...and they were! All I have to say is that you'd be one very lucky bride to hire Paola as your coordinator.
Services used: Wedding Planning

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On Location Beauty
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I was having the hardest time deciding on a make up artist. I don't wear any makeup to begin with, but I really wanted to be dolled up for my wedding day without looking like the joker. I hired Sherry because just from her portfolio alone you can tell that she excels in making a better version of you for your wedding day. When I went in for my trial, I was blown away by what she was able to do with my wavy hair. I gave her some incredibly general directions "swept updo, not too tight, try not to make my face too round" and she turned my hair into exactly what I envisioned but just couldn't explain. The day of my wedding everyone kept telling me how beautiful I looked and that was all Sherry. She took her time with me and was very flexible with my requests. In my slight panic, I asked her to change the front section of my bangs and she didn't even bat an eyelash at my request. She made me feel like a princess on my wedding day...truly a better version of myself! I also asked Sherry to do makeup for my mom and my bridesmaids. And all of them looked so beautiful as well. Sherry is simply incredible! I highly, highly recommend Sherry for your big day if you want to look radiant and gorgeous!
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Cheesy Photobooths
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I had really wanted to get a photobooth for the wedding, but didn't really act on it right away since I was concerned about getting our major vendors booked. Cheesy had been the most reasonably priced photobooth for what they offered (6 hours of unlimited prints, scrapbooking materials, a disc of all images taken from the event, and an on-site rep for any troubleshooting issues). When I finally emailed Alex to book a photobooth, they were completely booked and I was heartbroken. I told Alex to keep me in mind if the company decided to expand. Well, a couple months later I received an email from Alex saying they decided to expand their services and there would be a booth available on my date. I jumped on the offer immediately. Corresponding via email with Alex was great and when Mike was assigned to the wedding, he was absolutely amazing to work with as well. He created a beautiful banner for me that completely tied in to the rest of my wedding stationary. These guys are professional, courteous, and provide great quality service.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths, Unique Services

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Serendipity Design
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I knew I really wanted to make beautiful escort cards and table names, but didn't have the time (or the talent) to do them. So I asked Stacia to create some for me and they were beautiful. She was very easy to communicate with via email throughout the design process. And the items were beautiful! Now I know why she comes highly recommended by knotties.
Services used: Unique Services

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ULC Limos
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This was one of the easiest vendors for me to book. They had great pricing and I had heard that they had a nice selection of limos. I wasn't looking for anything fancy. Just something to transport our bridal party to various locations. The limo arrived on time, stocked, and was well-maintained. There also wasn't a huge logo on the limo advertising their service. Just a small tiny "ULC Limo" sticker on the back window, but very discreet. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for transportation for their special events.
Services used: Transportation

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Final Touch Bakery
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The only thing I truly had my heart set on was having a mango cake. Ask anyone, that's really all I would talk about. I decided to use Final Touch Bakery, a vietnamese bakery in Westminster to do my mango mousse w/ fresh mango chunk cake based on a referral from a co-worker and former knottie. Working with the owner, Stephanie was great. Not being vietnamese, it was difficult to communicate with other staff when Stephanie wasn't around. And I changed my mind a couple times...I orginally asked for the cake to be square and then changed my mind to round. But when I saw the cake that night it was square. Not a huge deal since the cake was still beautiful, but another bride might not have been as thrilled to see her cake as I was. That being said, the cake was amazing!!! There wasn't a piece left of it that night. Our guests kept saying that they wanted a second slice! I knew the mango cake would be a huge hit!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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wedding alterations by Mahtab
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Everyone has to know the famous Mahtab. She was a bit of a drive for me since she's located in south OC, but I thought she was totally worth it. She was very nice and gave her honest opinion about certain alterations of the dress. (She even was the one who persuaded me to wear the purple alligator shoes instead). She definitely knows what she's doing and you can tell by just the way she handles the bridal gowns that she is very experienced. The gown fit me like a glove and I picked it up the week before the wedding. I even begged her to alter my mom's gown and even though she was busy, she kindly agreed. And my mom's dress fit her perfectly as well. Now I know why she comes so highly recommended.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Crowning Glory Designs
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Candi is as energetic and as kind as they come. She has a great assortment of sample veils for you to try on and she lets you take as long as you like to make your decision. I never felt pressured at all. Her prices are really unbeatable for the quality of the work she gives you. I ordered a standard cathedral length veil in ivory with pencil trim (I think it was called) and I loved it so much. I loved, loved, loved my veil. I've already recommended her to a couple of my friends getting married and they have all had great experiences with her as well.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
My husband wanted a very customized Tungsten band and we were able to work with Vic to get that piece. Initially it was hard to get confirmation that the customized piece would be able to get made so there was some slight confusion initially and we had to be more aggressive in getting an answer from them, but after that it was smooth sailing. The ring took slightly longer than was estimated -- most likely due to the customization and since we ordered very early it really wasn't a problem for us.
Services used: Jewelry

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Single Stone
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I love this place. My now fiancee and I knew that his grandmother was passing along a family heirloom for my engagement ring. It's a beautiful old mine cut -- somewhat like today's cushion cut. We wanted a vintage setting to go along with the heirloom stone. These guys are awesome. They were very courteous and very straight to the point when discussing their rings. No BSing at all. The ring was made in about a month (because it wasn't peak season) but they give you an estimate of about 4-8 weeks for custom rings. I love my ring and have received many compliments on it. The quality is superb. It's a split shank pave setting. And the best part is that the diamonds used for the pave setting are antique style too so they go well with my old mine cut. We're going back to get my wedding band in a couple months!
Services used: Jewelry

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This is a great bridal boutique to do some dress shopping at. They have a large assortment of affordable gowns (Maggie Sottero, Paloma Blanco, Mori Lee, Jasmine) and a beautiful set-up inside the store. The salespeople are very attentive and not pushy at all. These girls are very, very...very patient. I ended up not buying my dress from here, but only because they didn't carry the dress I decided to wear.
Services used: Dress & Attire