AnneMarriedRob

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 18, 2007

AnneMarriedRob
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wedding alterations by Mahtab
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My dress just happened to fit me perfectly length and all, which was a shock for an incredibly short woman like myself. It did come with a very long train. Because I was having an outdoor ceremony, I had planned on wearing my dress bustled. Mahtab created a double french bustle for me in a week! It transformed my dress in a way that made me really fall in love with it. There is a reason why she is a bride favorite. Although it was quite a haul for me to get to O.C., it was well worth the trip. She is very professional and adept. Special note: If Mahtab makes a complicated bustle for you, be sure to practice tying it with your bridal entourage. It took 3 of us 15 minutes to figure out how my bustle was supposed to go. I even had to take my dress off in order to see where all the ties were!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Leda's Bake Shop
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
The cake and cupcakes were incredibly decadent. I found Leda's again through bride recommendations. I have two small gripes. One is that my cake was not the right colors. I should have gone to the bakery to confirm my color choices. I did not do this and my colors were slightly off. No one really noticed because they were too busy inhaling them. The other gripe is that they were late delivering my cake. My venue is off-the-beaten path. I specifically sent detailed directions to my venue. They chose to use mapquest instead. My cake did not arrive until halfway through my reception! I did not get to display my cake and cupcakes like I wanted.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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J. Valintin Collection
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We went here based on the recommendations of several people. When we found out that we could buy suits for the same prices as renting, we jumped on it. We got the suits for my husband, best man and groomsman. Our groomsmen suits were a breathable polyester. They cost only $99. We bought an nicer suit for my husband for $159.99. His suit was a cashmere/wool blend. We went two stores down for alterations which cost about $8 each to have pants their pants hemmed and cuffed. Be firm about how much you want to spend. They will try to upsell you shirts, ties, socks and shoes. We got better deals on those items at Nordstrom Rack in Glendale.
Services used: Unique Services

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Two Chicks and a Jigger
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Erin and Mary are amazing! I found them through craigslist.org. When things did not go smoothly before my reception, they were cool and collected. They assisted my caterer and DOC with problem-solving. They setup and took down my tables like nothing. They were very friendly and efficient when it came to serving my food. They are true professionals. I would not hesitate to hire them for any event. It also helps that their prices are very competitive. My caterer is talking about switching to them for her even waitstaff needs.
Services used: Unique Services

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La Casita Del Arroyo Clubhouse - City of Pasadena
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
We chose La Casita because it sits on the hillside above the Lower Arroyo Park where we went on our first date. We frequently take our dog out for walks in the park and noticed it. When our beach wedding plans fell through, we thought it would be perfect. Here are the pros: - it is quaint and has a certain charm. - there is a beautiful view of the Colorado Street bridge from the back terrace of the property. - it's a also venue that allowed us to have ceremony and reception at one location. - it comes with tables and chairs (special note: black plastic conference-style chairs) - We were allowed to bring in all of our own vendors. We were not limited to any specific caterer, bakery, or DJ. - The venue has lots of parking spaces. Here is the biggest "con": This clubhouse is rented through Pasadena's Office of Parks and Recreations. It is not often rented. To get any information or to get a tour of the inside of the facility is difficult at best. There isn't a direct number to speak to someone. You have to leave a message and wait for them to call you back. I had to rely primarily on email to contact them and make arrangements. Bottom line, although this venue is really affordable, be prepared to put in some legwork.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Some Kind of Wonderful Wedding Service
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
This is a difficult review to write. On the one hand, Franie is very sweet and organized. She returns emails promptly and is easy to get a hold of via phone. For those who are creatively challenged, I am told she can be quite helpful. She has good references from the few brides she has worked with. Part of her popularity is that she is quite affordable. This brings me to the flipside of the situation. This is definitely a case of you get what you pay for. Franie is very new to the wedding industry and it shows. Anyone can be nice, sweet and helpful in the planning process. On your wedding day, you need someone with leadership and problem solving skills. Franie lacks assertiveness and confidence. My friends who happen to work in the wedding business were surprised and disappointed that I had someone so ill-equipped coordinating my wedding. My wedding had a few more issues than most. Prior to the wedding, we had some problems with our venue and at one point did not have a venue. Our venue problems translated to additional problems on our wedding day. With each issue we had, she was not proactive in helping us find solutions. She had a more of a laissez faire approach. Additionally, she was not good under pressure. She is VERY inexperienced and it really shows. She spent most of the time spazzing out and running frenetically to and fro. I was fairly calm and she was making me nervous instead of keeping me calm. All of my other vendors got to a point where they completely ignored her and ended up coming to me and my husband for solutions to some of the problems we had. (for example. our linens were not delivered to our caterer, our cake was delivered late, etc.) I ended up hiding in a storage closet to avoid being bothered with problem-solving. After all, I hired my coordinator to handle that. In the end, it was my caterer and waitstaff that really help pull things together, not my DOC. This is definitely something to consider. When the going gets tough, you really need someone who is grace under pressure. As a side note, Franie is a questionable vendor. I'd think carefully before hiring her. Please feel free to contact me for additional info.
Services used: Unique Services

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Passionfruit Catering
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When your husband works in catering, you are very particular about who will cater your wedding. This is the one area where I took a step back and let my husband plan. We chose them because the quality of their food is top-notch. They have a standing contract with LAUSD and their events. Lynne, the owner of the company, takes great pride in her work and it shows. Our menu consisted of the following: * Asparagus w/ Aioli * Baguette w/ Fig Jam & Manchego Cheese * Panko Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce * Imp. & Domestic Cheese Display * Flank Steak Crostini * Corn Bread Muffin w/ Virginia Ham & Apple Melon Chutney * California Orange-glazed Chicken Skewers * Wonton Cups w/ Grilled BBQ Beef * Steaming Baskets of Shu Mai, Har Gow & Char Siu Bao It all tasted phenomenal and our guests couldn't stop raving about the food. We even had enough leftovers for our "after party".
Services used: Catering

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OBridal.com / OccanseyDesigns.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I wanted a simple veil and they created one that fit the bill. I ordered an Ivory Single-Tier Elbow Length 29", Angel Cut, Pencil-Edged Veil with a more rounded cut attached to a metal comb. It was beautifully made and shipped quickly for the low price of $35.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Paper Source
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I DIYed my invitations, but I bought labels, vellum, vellum envelopes and petal fold enclosures here. The staff is very helpful. I didn't have any problems returning or exchanging items. Special note: Their labels have a tendency to smear. They are listed as laser and inkjet compatible. I ran the labels through a B&W laser and a color laser printer. With outputs from either machine, the labels smeared. This was especially problematic for the labels that were used for mailing.
Services used: Invitations

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Hair by Samantha Nunez
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I can't believe I forgot to review Samantha. Samantha did my hair and make-up and my sister's hair and make-up. She was amazing. She did an amazing job. My hair was gorgeous and did not budge. It was soft and natural without looking over-sprayed. My sister and I partied into the wee hours after my wedding and our hair and make-up looked as fresh as it did when Samantha first applied it. Samantha is incredibly sweet and professional. I liked her so much I decided to make her my regular hairdresser... even if it mean I have to trek out to see her;)
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Crowning Glory Designs
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I contacted Candi to make a veil as a wedding gift for my cousin. Candi had been highly recommended by several of my friends. My cousin was looking for a two-tier fingertip length veil that had a crystal beading and embroidery. I sent Candi photos of my cousin's dress and veils she had been looking at. Candi was very patient and quick with her correspondence. Candi sent several photos for me and my cousin to view to help her refine the veil she wanted. I cannot say enough about the level of service she provides. We must have sent 20 emails back and forth. After sending payment, the veil was made very quickly. It was done in a little over a week. When it arrived, we were both stunned by how gorgeous it was. It matched her dress perfectly. The quality is outstanding. Similar veils were triple the price I paid. I cannot recommend Candi enough. My only regret is that I didn't use her when I was planning my wedding 2.5 years ago.
Services used: Dress & Attire