Sep 20, 2008
Daniel Chin Photography
I can't rave enough about Daniel Chin! Not only is he an amazing photographer with a great eye, he's truly a wonderful, genuine person. He did our engagement photos 4 days before the wedding. We weren't expecting to see them until way after our wedding, but two days later, he sent us a few preview pictures that were exquisite. Then, at the wedding, he completely surprised us with preview cards that were distributed to our guests with the website that our guests could view our pictures! I have no idea how he did all this in just a few days! On the wedding day, he showed up early. Efficiently took all the pictures we wanted and really captured the emotions of the day. He took lots of detail pictures as well, which were meaningful to me since I didn't even get to see the cocktail hour room on the actual day. HIGHLY recommended!!
Services used: Photography
Tiffany and her team were awesome. I planned my entire wedding from 2,000 miles away so I booked her without meeting her first, just based on the reviews I found online and her reasonable prices. I had my hair and make-up trial 1 week before the wedding. I loved my makeup. I felt like she really listened to what I wanted and gave me lots of choices, while offering her professional opinion. I had brought several pictures of hairstyles that I was going for and my hair didn't quite turn out the way I wanted... but she was open to modifications on the wedding day. I was a little unsure of how my hair would turn out, but it ended up even better than I thought. On the day of the wedding, Tiffany and her team showed up early and had everything set up. They got to work quickly and kept everyone on time! It was amazing, considering there were 4 bridesmaids, two moms, and me! all of us got our hair and makeup done. My hair ended up even more gorgeous than I was imagining, and everyone loved what they looked like. I did a lot of research on prices and Tiffany's prices are very middle-of-the-road. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. I had a great experience with her and she is HIGHLY recommended!!! Just be sure to express your likes and dislikes, as with any vendor.
Services used: Beauty & Health
jen k floral design
Jen was the first florist we met with for our wedding. She has a great personality, full of energy and ideas, and very willing to work with different budgets. I was really happy that she only does one wedding per weekend so she can devote all her focus and creativity to your wedding. She's not the quickest responder by email and a few times in the beginning, I didn't hear back from her at all and she had various reasons such as her computer breaking down twice, etc. This made things a little stressful as I was planning our wedding from out-of-town. Another surprise was that even though she knew our wedding was at an venue downtown that requires fire permits, she never once mentioned this during our meeting nor during the process when we were coming up with the contract details. For example, she included candles in our estimate, but didn't include candle-holders!! (Who puts just candles on the table without a holder???) Her price to provide candle-holders was extremely high. I found multiple websites online that had cheaper candle holders. She was also going to charge us extra for obtaining the fire permit, even though it's FREE (you just have to prove that you'll meet all the requirements). In the end, my parents went out and bought cheap candle-holders and obtained the fire permit themselves. All that being said, I absolutely loved the end-result of our flowers. They were colorful, elegant, and was definitely exactly what I wanted, even though I couldn't always express it. She really listened to all my ideas and made our event BEAUTIFUL.
Services used: Flowers
DJs To Go
We had Matthew Short from DJs to Go for our 9/2008 wedding. We were planning our wedding from out of town, so we first talked with Matt over the phone. He has a great British accent and had the approach we were looking for. We met one time before the wedding and he helped us pick most of our songs for the entrance, cake-cutting, etc. He had sooo many great suggestions that we loved. On the actual day, he was sick, but I didn't even know it until the end of the wedding as he was packing up! He was such a sport!!! and so professional. He did everything perfectly- the announcements, the toasts, etc. He even kept us on time and reminded us of what was coming up next, when we got behind by chatting with our guests. He coordinated everything with the photographers, the caterers, and the videographer. He did an awesome job! HIGHLY recommended!!
Services used: DJ