May 29, 2010

Aracelli Zea Cake Studio
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I was fortunate to come across Aracelli's cake studio through wedding boards while planning our wedding in Las Vegas from Brooklyn NY. I had done a great deal of research for our cake and had reached out to a few potential popular vendors for LV wedding cakes -- none had the top notch, personable, sweet as can be, and most importantly timely service which Aracelli provided from start to finish.

I knew as soon as I saw that Aracelli had worked with Joel Robuchon that she had to be an exceptionally talented pastry chef -- I was obviously taking a leap of faith as we couldn't taste the LV cake from our home in Brooklyn. Turns out I was right about her talents -- and then some!

Aracelli worked with me step by step to design the cake from pencil sketch, flavor selection, to her personal set up of our cake in our suite -- a pleasure.

The design I requested was intricate, and she executed the idea I had to perfection -- our cake looked like a stack of scrumptious presents, the pattern she dreamed up was exactly what I was going for -- Marie Antoinette inspired.

Her flavors offered are what I think of as cake couture think exotic liqueurs and an endless array of ganaches -- and although I haven't asked her, I believe she makes her own fondant, a rarity among event cake shops, from my personal experience -- many use the premade stuff. Many fondant cakes have thick layers of chalky, artificial flavors, hers was not at all, the fondant was thin and paired very well with the cake itself -- this was also something my guests noted, and appreciated.

The flavors we ended up choosing (which was so hard to do, she has so many inventive combos, I wish we could have 10 flavors instead of 3!) were:

Top layer: Red Velvet with White Chocolate - Tahitian Vanilla & Rhum Ganache.
Middle layer: Tahitian Vanilla with Fresh Strawberries and Madagascar Vanilla Cognac.
Bottom layer: Chocolate Cake with Milk Chocolate Caramel Ganache & Grand Marnier

To die for !!! All of guest complimented us on the cake and were amazed at its look and taste -- my mom was thoughtful enough to save some for our anniversary next year, we can't wait to eat it!!

I cannot recommend Aracelli's cakes enough, and next time we are in town, I'm going to find an excuse to get some treats from her!!
Services used: Wedding Cake

TSL Photography
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
A+!! I was very lucky to come across Suzi from TSL Photography. I was planning my wedding from Brooklyn in Las Vegas, and I knew having the perfect photographer was essential for our wedding day! I found her from Project Wedding, and based my choice on her online portfolio. Throughout the process of planning our wedding, Suzi was there with key recommendations, she even told us about our stunning venue, The Paiute. Her references were a key to me planning the wedding in Las Vegas. We were re-planning our NYC wedding in LV on about 4 or 5 months notice and needless to say the pressure to get good vendors was stressful at times, we actually ended up planning our wedding so Suzi could be our photographer. Suzi is not only very helpful, but extraordinarily talented. The photos she took were exquisite – contemporary and fresh but still very classic and timeless. She doesn’t overdo the editing to the point where the subjects look like cartoons, her style is natural and really captures the best in people. Every time I stare at the photos she took, I am reliving it, amazing! She was also pregnant while shooting our wedding, and she was bouncing around from site to site non stop with boundless energy. A true pro, and so super sweet! When we received the DVD of the images, they were also presented with a sweet card and beautiful leather holder, with a photo on the front of it, very pretty! Needless to say Suzi was a very important part of our wedding day. A true gem!
Services used: Photography, Videography

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
WOW! This is probably the best customer service I've ever received online!! I recently purchased a pair of stunning chandelier earrings that were $99, 50% off of $200 for my wedding. A great sale & the earrings are 10x more stunning in person. You put them on and instantly feel glamorous. All of the designs are chic & elegant, not "costume-y" or overly "bridal." The Dir. of Sales & PR gave me immediate, and informative customer service. I received my earrings within 1 day of purchase, plus free shipping. She even emailed me AFTER the package was delivered. I had a personal request, and it was fulfilled also very quickly. So wonderful!! I am in love with this designer and can't wait to own another piece from the collection!! I also read that they will come to your gown fitting with your choice of jewelery for free. Very cool service also!
Services used: Jewelry