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WEDDING DATE:

Aug 16, 2008

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Sara Spieth
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Sara is awesome! We worked with her primarily through email, and she was so responsive, flexible, patient, and accommodating. Her string trio played at our wedding ceremony, and learned four songs for the occasion. We received so many compliments on how lovely the music was, and how perfect it was for our setting (in a redwood grove). It was just beautiful! It was so wonderful working with Sara--she is so friendly and professional. She truly made this aspect of wedding planning a breeze. You will not be disappointed!
Services used: Ceremony Music

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The Cakery
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Great cake for the best price!! We go to the Cakery semi-regularly for cakes for other occasions and were very pleased (as ever) with our wedding cake. The woman we worked with was so helpful and energetic, and laid out all our options without pressuring us at all. She made very professional, honest recommendations, and gave us the best price for a beautiful cake. We received many compliments on how good the cake tasted! Highly recommended!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Leung's White Crane Lion Dance
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This was a real treat for a lot of our guests who'd never seen a lion dance before, or at least not so up close and personal. The performance was fantastic! Everyone really enjoyed it. Daniel was very professional, and worked with the space really well. The scroll we received at the end was beautiful :)
Services used: Unique Services

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K. Garner Designs
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Karen makes the most beautiful jewelry at etsy-fabulous prices :) I found a pair of earrings I loved, and Karen was able to custom make an identical pair for me with beads to match my wedding dress--they are just perfect! I absolutely love them! Highly recommend kgarnerdesigns & etsy.com for jewelry and other handmade goodies!
Services used: Jewelry

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Nepalese Paper Company
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
These are the most beautiful handmade papers and invitations! Even better, they are tree-free (made from sustainable Lokta bush), fair trade, and their production provides work and income for villages in Nepal. What more could you ask for?? Chuck is *fantastic* to work with--an excellent communcator (we corresponded mainly by email, as I am planning from Australia for a wedding in California) and very accomodating. He can basically customize to suit your needs--colors, sizes, anything! (We are using the 5x7 cards for invitations, and printing on heavyweight cardstock.) The papers are all laserjet friendly, and again, absolutely beautiful. They also make a number of other products--journals, guestbooks, gift bags (very pretty), luminarias, petal cones, etc. A wedding sample kit is available, and includes all their wedding related items. This is a great resource for DIY, or like us, you can buy the papers and invites and having them printed professionally. Chuck was kind enough to send off a sample of our invitation card/paper to our printer, just so she could be sure the sizing and printing is just right! Cannot say enough good things about Chuck and NepalesePaper.com. A wonderful vendor, and a brilliant product. You will not be disappointed!
Services used: Invitations

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Bewitching Elegance
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
(Because we're out of the country, we weren't able to go to the tasting, but my MOH went for me...) From what I'm told, Diane's cakes were amazing, especially the ginger-lavender cake! Dy does a number of lovely flavors of cakes and buttercreams, and her designs are incredible. She also makes gluten-free cakes and can accomodate many dietary restrictions. Even though I didn't meet with her personally, I heard wonderful things from my MOH. Dy also went out of her way to email me, and was wonderful in communicating with me to keep me in the loop! We are on a budget, and she was very willing to work with us to create an option that would work. Sadly, we had to choose another cake vendor, as what we could afford just wouldn't do justice to Dy's incredible skill. I have to recommend her for her exceptional cakes, her kindness, and her professionalism. You will be lucky to have her cakes!!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Cards de Luxe
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Susanne did a wonderful job with my sister's wedding stationery, so we decided to go with her as well. She took our vision and design concept and ran with it! Susanne is a brilliant communicator--up at all hours (great for me, being 17 hours' time difference away!), so prompt with her responses and updates, and very patient with my questions and changes. The invites will be printed shortly, and later Susanne will also do our programs and table menus. We're really pleased with how the design process worked out and very much looking forward to seeing them in real life!
Services used: Invitations

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Bev Tanaka
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Bev is the most wonderfully warm and friendly person! She treated my surrogate-cake-tasting family with some wonderful cakes, and was so great communicating with me and my sister (designated taster). We are going with another cake vendor (reception location changed), but I had such a pleasant experience working with Bev for the time we had tastings that I had to write a positive recommendation! She is wonderful, and her brides are very lucky!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Paloma's Nest
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We ordered our personalized ring bowl from Paloma's Nest, and it is just perfect. Caroline is wonderful with email, and the quality of her work shows the talent and care she puts in each piece. Highly recommended.
Services used: Favors & Gifts

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Netbride.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The best price for our bridesmaids' dresses :) My only 'complaint' would be the absence of the option to order online. The staff were responsive to emails though, and the dresses arrived a bit earlier than expected, which was wonderful.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Floralisa
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Lisa is amazing!! We worked primarily over email, and she was so helpful, open, honest, and patient. Her prices are fantastic--the best we found in our search--and she is so professional and attentive to detail. The flowers were PERFECT. I loved that she labeled all the bouts/corsages/etc. and gave detailed instruction on how to best keep them (we picked up some of the flowers the night before our morning wedding and she delivered and set up the ceremony flowers). To be perfectly honest, the flowers were not originally something I was super concerned about, but after working with Lisa, I was very excited about how the flowers would add to the feel of our wedding day. We were thrilled with how they turned out.
Services used: Flowers

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jira and her assistant did an amazing job on our wedding day! I *loved* how my hair and make-up looked--it felt so natural, and Jira worked wonders with my hair--it stayed intact ALL day (6am-midnight!). She really knows what she's doing!! Jira's assistant did our BMs' hair and make-up, and they looked fabulous as well. Many compliments, all around.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Hong Kong Flower Lounge
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae was recently taken over by the Mayflower Restaurant group, and that was the reason we decided to hold our banquet reception there. The food and service are excellent. Our guests LOVED the food, and the restaurant staff took really good care of us all. Highly recommend.
Services used: Catering

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Olivia Luca
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I cannot say enough good things about Olivia Luca! Terri (the owner) is wonderfully helpful, friendly, attentive, honest, and responsive. Working with her via email, I was able to 'create' the exact dress I wanted for a price I could afford. Olivia Luca offers a number of different fabrics, many of which are sustainable/ fair-trade, and Terri will post fabric samples (free!) upon request. I've chosen the hemp/silk charmeuse blend, and it is gorgeous. Their environmentally friendly offerings and practices appealed to me a great deal. The website is fantastic--you can design your own dress(es) and save them in your own 'dressing room.' Lots of fun to play with. Bridesmaids can do the same, and orders can be set to match. Terri has been just fantastic to work with, and I have been so pleased with my experience with Olivia Luca. Cannot recommend highly enough!
Services used: Dress & Attire