Nov 01, 2008

A Touch of Elegance
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
What a lifesaver Blanca was! In the middle of my thousands of to-do lists for my 11.01.08 wedding I somehow forgot that I would need chair covers...A Touch of Elegance was recommended to me by someone on who had used her chair covers for her wedding at the same venue as me. I e-mailed Blanca 3 weeks before my wedding, and it could not have been easier. She is extremely prompt in her replies, answered all my questions, sent me the contract ASAP...what a stress-free experience in the midst of the otherwise very stressful final weeks before the wedding. She took care of set-up and take-down without any hassle or problems (I didn't even see her, she was like a little elf!). The icing on the cake was the chair covers were lovely and she is extremely reasoanbly priced. I highly recommend Blanca and A Touch of Elegance.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Planning

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
To reiterate what all the other reviews have already said, Lisa is a fantastic florist. I had been very nervous about finding a florist since I know little to nothing about flowers, and hadn no idea what to expect in terms of types of flowers/price. I had an initial 1 hour consultation with her and immediately felt comfortable...she really listened to my input/opinions, showed me dozens and dozens of examples we could customize to what I was looking for, and made sure to explain each little detail thoroughly. After the meeting she sent a quote based on what we had decided, and when my husband and I decided it was a little out of our price range, we gave her a number we would be comfortable be with and she worked with us to make changes/substitutions until we were right on budget. I really appreciated the fact that she did not want to change things like my bouquet, or make drastic changes to our style because she wanted to keep my original vision in tact. The flowers themselves were amazing. I can't tell you how many compliments we have received....namely on our tall centerpieces (we had alternating tall and short)...I have been told by MANY of our guests those were the most beautiful arrangements they had ever seen and I would have to agree. I HIGHLY and strongly recommend Lisa!
Services used: Flowers

Audrey Crandell, aka Glowing Bridal Makeup Artistry
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
OMG where do I even begin with Audrey??????? ONE week before my wedding on 11/1/08 I got an e-mail from my make-up artist to say that she had a sudden "emergency" and could no longer do my make-up and would be mailing back my deposit. That was other explanation, no alternate suggestions, nothing. Of course I went into a slight panic mode and started a frantic last minute search. Someone from recommended Audrey to me, so after checking out her website/vendor reviews/photos and falling in love, I sent her a long and rambling e-mail (practically begging haha) to see if there was any way possible she would be able to do my make-up in Pleasanton that morning. Not even one hour later Audrey called me and said that she did have 2 weddings later that evening in the Sonoma area (somewhat of a hike from Pleasanton) but she was going to see if there was any way she could squeeze me in if I was willing to get my make-up done a bit early (of course I was!). She first wanted to make sure her other brides would be comfortable with this, and wanted to work out the drive times, etc. In the meantime she sent me an e-mail with many alternatives/referrals should this not work out. The next day she sent me an e-mail saying that she had worked it out, and she would be willing to do it. Talk about going above and beyond, I couldn't believe it. She showed up to my hotel right on time (SO sweet, friendly, and warm) and got right to work...I was absolutely thrilled with my makeup and it held up well into the night (even though we did it well in advance of the ceremony). Not only is Audrey very talented and great at her job, it is obvious that she truly loves working with brides and will go to whatever lengths she can to make you happy on your big day. Audrey is the angel of make-up artists :-) Give her a call, you will not be disappointed!
Services used: Beauty & Health