LovedLaCave

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 16, 2008

LovedLaCave
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Mila Design
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Tatiana, the proprietor of Mila Design is a genius with flowers. The centerpieces she makes are creative and beautiful. One of my favorite things about her is that she can work with any budget and make it look fantastic. She asks what you have to work with and she makes the most out of that amount. She will shift the budget so that the flowers that matter are spectacular. We had some problems with the church flowers, such as instead of corsages, we had all boutonnieres, and there were no roses for the mothers, and my bouquet and the maid of honors bouquet were missing the pearl accents, but they fixed our bouquets and attempted to tie on the boutonnieres to make them corsages. The reception flowers completely made up for anything before that though. They were stunning.
Services used: Flowers

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Styles Down The Aisle
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Lati is a genius with hair. She and her assistant came to us in our hotel room and made each girl feel beautiful and gave them each completely different styles, both up and down. The pricing was incredibly reasonable and the convenience of not having to leave our hotel that morning was great. My hair was exactly what I wanted and I have never felt more beautiful.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Bridal Gown Purchase Review: Wolsfelt's is a small family owned Bridal salon. I received the most personal service there. The person who was helping me actually pulled some gowns she thought I would like that I had not found for myself. When I tried one on, I thought it was pretty but not quite right for me, but she helped me to see it differently by changing the necklineall of a sudden it was THE dress. Everyone in the shop was incredibly helpful and I felt like they really cared whether or not I looked and felt beautiful. Bridal Alterations Review: The family owned atmosphere made it feel personal and like everyone in the store was involved in making you look perfect. The service was unbelievable. I was an out of town bride, and they constantly worked around my schedule and made fitting times and dates when it was most convenient for me. The seamstress who worked on my dress was a magician. The dress I bought was a tank style with delicate beading all over the bodice. She turned it into a perfect sweetheart, strapless dress, with a scalloped back, and moved all of the beading appropriately. The dress fit me like a glove.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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VIP Bachelorette
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
VIP Bachelorette in Chicago initially sounds like a great ideathey organize your party for you and they do not even get paid. We chose to do three clubs in downtown Chicago for the price of $23, which was supposed to cover entrance to the clubs, and one round of drinks/drink specials. They provide literature on the clubs to assist in your choice. But this is where you need to be careful. If you are not familiar with Chicago clubs, you may ruin your night. Their literature is very misleading. The clubs they offer are not the trendy clubs the literature claims, and the environment of the clubs is inadequately or misleadingly described. We were told we would have a party host we could contact with any problems and he/she would assist. We never received a call back all night.
Services used: Unique Services

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Hawthorn Woods Country Club
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Everything Hawthorn Woods did for my bridal shower was extraordinary. They went the extra mile on everything. They printed menus for the lunch with my name on them, they decorated the place settings beautifully, the made the best mimosas I have ever had, all the while remaining incredibly discreet so that we did not even notice they were there. The food was fantastic and the service was superb.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
My bridesmaid's gown were purchase from A L'Amour in Barrington. The women in the shop were very accommodating of my schedule and very helpful in making sure each dress was perfect. They took care of the measuring, ordering, and payment so that I did not need to worry about anything. They carried top quality lines with tons of beautiful dresses to choose from. They were friendly and timely in delivery.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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St. James Catholic Church
 
( 2.0 / 5.0 )
The church was one of the prettiest in the Arlington Heights area, which is why we chose it, and the priest we originally spoke with was very nice. But that is where the pleasantries end. The music minister was incredibly strict on what music was allowed and we basically had the choice of hymns or classical. The church discouraged us from making the ceremony personal in anyway and instead tried its best to make our ceremony like a typical Sunday Mass. We were not allowed to decorate the church beyond altar arrangements, and we were not allowed to throw anything outside the church (birdseed, rose petals, etc.). We were given a 2 hour time frame to use the church which was so strictly enforced that the wedding coordinator who was present threatened to mandate that our priest cut his homily short because the limo driver had messed up and the ceremony started late. She also forced our grandmothers and mothers to walk down the aisle before the groom and groomsmen were even present so they were not part of the processional. Finally, because we were delayed in starting, they would not let us take more than 5 pictures (literally5) at the altar because they needed to set up for the mass starting a half hour later. The church was pretty much a nightmare.
Services used: Unique Services

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Ralph Wilder Orchestra
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Ralph Wilder was a bright spot in my wedding. He coordinated with my aunt (the cantor for the ceremony), and the music minister of the church to come up with all the music for the ceremony. I had to do almost nothing except pick the processional, recessional, and unity candle songs. He assisted me in picking the appropriate songs and did everything within his power to reduce my stress and make at least the music portion of the ceremony beautiful. The music was perfect. We had Ralph Wilders 10 piece orchestra as our reception music. We had piano during cocktail hour, 4 pieces over dinner, and 10 beginning at 9 pm. The music was phenomenal. The dinner music and cocktail hour music was appropriate and entertaining without being intrusive or loud. The dance music was perfect. They have a song list that ranges from oldies to Justin Timberlakes Sexy Back. They sing, they rap, they move with the crowd and entertain. Everyone at my reception loved them and made sure to come up and tell me how much they loved them. Practically everyone in the whole place was dancing. At the end of the night, I looked around and practically everyone was still there, even older people I expected to leave earlier.
Services used: Ceremony Music

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Chicago Marriott O'Hare
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Hotel Block: They gave us a great rate for a lot of hotel. The entire hotel is suites so all of our guests had beautiful rooms. They ran complimentary shuttles for us between the hotel and our reception both before and after the reception. They gave us a discounted rate on the hospitality suite for in between the ceremony and reception, and for the after-party. They took care of getting all our guests welcome-bags and provided a private breakfast room for us the day after. They were easy to work with and pleasant.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Adriana Aude Makeup Artist
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Adriana Aude is a makeup artist out of Chicago who used to be a model, but now does make-up for tv, movies, magazines, and weddings. She does an absolutely beautiful job. She did the makeup for me, my mother-in-law, my husbands grandmother, and a few of my bridesmaids. Each of us looked more beautiful than I have ever seen us, but we still looked completely ourselves. I looked flawless, and I have never felt more beautiful. She made me look exactly like I dreamed I would look on my wedding day.
Services used: Unique Services