Apr 28, 2007
Carina is simply amazing! She did my boudior makeup (twice, for both shoots) and my makeup for our engagement shoot. I can't tell you how fabulous she is, what an excellent job she did. She re-introduced me to false lashes after a horrible experience I had in a friends wedding, so you can say, she changed my life :) haha. Carina is an expert with makeup application and such a nice and warm person.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Cake: Torrance Bakery - A- i really should give them a "B" since they didn't use the design we agreed upon, but i ended up LOVING our cake and realized that this was the better design (hence the "A-"). the cake was yummy and looked great! we had a different flavor for each tier (top: carrot cake with cream cheese filling), middle: chocolate cake with kahlua creme, bottom: white cake with fresh strawberries and french cream; buttercream frosting). we also rented the cake stand from them, which they didn't push but really should have, it totally made a difference in the overall presentation. i was a little hesitant at first, thinking it would look too overwhelming, but this is one thing my mom decided to push me on... i thank her for it now! i also purchased a fish tank themed grooms cake for our rehearsal dinner. it was beautifully decorated and my husband loved it!
Services used: Wedding Cake
Natalie B. Artistry - Professional Makeup & Hair
Natalie was great. With little direction from me she made me look and feel beautiful on my wedding day. I was the last hair she did (she did 4 of my BM's and my mom), after each girl I was so impressed that I said "oooh, I want it like hers." By the time I sat in the chair I was so confused, I ended up copying my Jr. BM's hairstyle, lol, with a little change. Natalie did all of our makeup and did an excellent job, my makeup stayed put all day and night with only one powder touch up. She made my bridesmaids so beautiful that I couldn't take my eyes off them :) Natalie was very easy to work with and such a sweet person, we could easily be friends!
Services used: Beauty & Health
Big Picture Video
Our video is amazing. The quality (audio and visual) is excellent and we couldn't have asked for a more professional quality. highly recommend Big Picture Video.
Services used: Unique Services
Authentic Sound Mobile DJs & Photography Services
Aaron was amazing! He was the first (and easiest) vendor we booked. We previously heard him at a few of our friends weddings, that when we got engaged, we called him immediately to make sure he was available. We booked him right away and didn't talk to him again until about a month prior to the wedding. He's very organized and kept our dance floor packed all night. We got raves about him after the wedding :) We highly recommend Aaron! UPDATE: Though Aaron was amazing at our wedding and a few others that we attended, I can no longer recommend Aaron in good faith. He was very unprofessional when he couldn't make it to my cousins wedding in September and left her in tears when the "replacement" DJ showed up 3 hours late. The replacement DJ was very inexperienced and unprofessional, my cousin had to cut out a lot of events (special dances) because there was no time and/or the DJ didn't have appropriate music. Aaron neglected to contact my cousin personally to apologize and my cousin is still fighting with him for a full refund.
Services used: DJ
In The Now Weddings and Events
Briefly: Amanda was, by far, the best investment we made. We never imagined how much we would look back on her services as a blessing. Read more for details, but definitely, we HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Amanda, we could have made some changes in our choice of vendors but Amanda is definitely a keeper! We wouldn't have had such a wonderful wedding day without Amanda! Amanda was the best last-minute investment. She greatly contributed in making our wedding day beautiful and most importantly, stress-free! I did all the planning and research for the wedding, with the help of my husband of course, and as the day grew closer, we were concerned with how the planning and ideas would be executed. We didn't want to ask our family members or close friends to spend time decorating and setting up, nor did I want to give them a list of "things to do." We also didn't have the budget for a DOC but someone on the OC Board recommended Amanda Auer. I met with her about 3 weeks prior to the wedding and thank God she was available. We instantly clicked and I knew she'd be perfect. A few days prior to the wedding I sent her a detailed list with instructions for set-up and my ideas and suggestions, telling her to use her best judgement on more than a few occassions. She far exceeded our expectations and made our reception venue gorgeous! It was so awesome to say "Ask Amanda" to more than half a dozen people that asked me questions on the day of. She was very organized and discreet. Half-way through the reception my husband leaned in and whispered "Amanda was the best decision we ever made!" That meant a lot coming from someone who didn't see the need for a DOC in the first place. It took months for me to convince him, and it was amazing that he saw the value instantly! My cousin (who got recently got married) was so impressed with our room set-up that she hired Amanda to do her wedding shortly after ours. We highly, highly recommend Amanda.
Services used: Wedding Planning
Turn Loose The Art
i can't say enough about how talented Britney is! we met with 4-5 different photographers, Britney was by-far the most impressive, and far exceeded our expectations! She has a style that captured our day perfectly. We spent a few minutes on traditional pictures at the church, but everything else was lifestyle. We absolutely LOVE our pictures and can't stop looking at our album. Most of the day we barely even noticed Britney and her second shooter, Gregg. They were both respectful of our guests and did an excellent job capturing moments as they naturally occurred. Nothing was posed and we love how our pictures and album reflect our day just as it was. Britney was, by far, our best investment. She was referred by the original catering manager, Misty Grayson, at the Coast Hotel, who said that she was using Britney for all of her personal photography. Later, I saw Cnickler used her, too, and her wedding pictures are so beautiful, we couldn't wait for our day to come! Britney also designed our thank you cards, using a few pictures from the wedding. We loved them so much, and apparently our guests did too, some even called to say "thank you" for the thank you card. how cute is that?! she made a fabulous guest book (with pictures from our engagement session) and made a few wedding albums for us (11x14, parent albums and mini coffee table albums). i booked a separate boudior session with Britney as a wedding gift to my husband, she made a 5x7 album with images from the session. we can't stop looking at our albums, they are all so beautiful and perfectly designed! we highly, highly recommend Britney and will continue to use her for all of our photography needs :)
Services used: Photography
One Night Affair Gown Rentals
My Dress: One Night Affair - C the dress was a gorgeous designer gown (rental) but the alterations were HORRIBLE! they mickey-moused the bustle so that it was perfect and symmetric when bustled, but when the dress was let down for the ceremony, it had a permanent bustle on the right-side! My aunt noticed it right before walking down the aisle and had to bite it in order to cut the thread!!! where was my photographer?! all in all, the asymmetry was beautiful in pictures and no one seemed to notice (then again, who is going to come up to the bride and ask "what the hell is wrong with your dress"?). I paid a fraction of the price to wear a designer gown and didn't have to worry about cleaning and storage!
Services used: Dress & Attire