Sep 21, 2008
I found Shannon through yelp. I was tired of trying bad cakes with gross frosting and wanted someone with a strong pastry background. My wedding was in Livermore, so this was quite the trek for a cake tasting, but it was totally worthwhile. I called Shannon and had a good feeling just from the conversation, and I requested to taste two cakes. She baked them fresh for me, and let me be as creative as I wanted. On our wedding day the cake was just STUNNING, and it tasted phenomenal. Moist, favorful, fresh and just flat out amazing. Plus, the fact that Shannon is concerned with sustanability and using the best ingredients really shines through. Plus her delivery was very reasonable... all the way from Marin to Livermore!
Services used: Unique Services
Professional Makeup Artistry
Okay. If I wrote for pages I couldn't explain how amazing and absolutely vital Maria was. She went BEYOND above and beyond. Made me look so incredibly beautiful, helped keep me sane, and had just a wonderful JOY about her that I knew she was doing what she loved and that she truly was invested in how I looked (and my mom looked, and my groom looked, and that my grandfather felt okay, and that the boutineers were right)... yes, she's expensive, but SO INCREDIBLY worth it. Cut out everything else... but GET Maria if you can. You will NOT EVER regret it.
Services used: Beauty & Health
My flowers. ROCKED. People are still talking about them. OMG, they exceeded every expectation. And Katherine herself is just incredible. I'm gonna load some pics so you all can see. Just flat out amazing! I used to be a floral designer, so booking my florist for our wedding was a big freaking deal. I interviewed a lot of great florists for my wedding, and chose Katherine. Katherine has been amazing. I can't say enough about her professional warm personality. And her work is really stunning (see her website it speaks for itself), and her prices are really reasonable. She's also experienced, knowledgable, and has lots of ideas to help keep within your budget realities while still achieving the look and feel you want. I'm so happy to have found her!
Services used: Flowers
Becky just flat out Rocks. Our engagement pictures were beautiful. But the wedding pics, OMG! Becky and Josh did our wedding and... I started crying from the second page of the proof albums. They caught everything I wanted, and even things I didn't know I wanted. Art of emotion is absolutely accurate. They captured the joy, the laughter, the tears, and the love. Everyone who I've shared my album with is just in AWE, and so am I. I had EXTREMELY (and frighteningly) high expectations, but Becky and Josh exceeded them in everyway. Plus, Becky's personality... she's like a mom ( a sane mom) and was just so helpful in my planning. She referred me to otheer vendors, and listened to me when I felt something was wrong with a vendor (I had two vendors I replaced before the wedding) giving me good advice and a lot of help. She is endlessly patient, and so very nice. My zipper broke (just broke) and Becky put down her camera and spent 45 minutes in the bathroom keeping me (and everyone else) calm and actually sowed me into my dress. Talk about above and beyond! I can't imagine having had anyone else capture our day.
Services used: Photography
Kirsten Tucker Designs
Kirsten was a recomendation from a friend, and she is also a knot recomendation. She's just awesome. We had three fittings for a LOT of extensive alterations (fully re-designed the bodice of my lace gown, lots of removing appliques and re-positioning) and each time Kirsten was funny and attentive and just great. I even took my Mother and Aunt (two VERY fussy difficult women) to the second fitting and Kirsten was amazing with them. They had a lot of suggestions, some that were good, others that just wouldn't work and Kirsten was so patient in detailing exactly why certain things could work and others wouldn't. She's a person who appreciates people just telling her what they want, what they like and don't like, and she'll shoot straight with you and tell you what can be done, what can't, and give you options as well. And my dress just looked gorgeous when she was done! She also made my veil, and it was just lovely too. I wanted something simple and affordable, and since she had my gown and the skills, it was the easiest thing in the world to just ask her to make it.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Deer Ridge Vineyards
Three months to our wedding we decided to cancel with Garre Martinelli Center and book with Deer Ridge and Haps Catering instead (read my Martinelli Center review for details). I gotta tell ya. The pics of this place do not do it justice. It's really lovely. Carl, the owner has just flat out been fabulous... he's one of the main reasons we booked with Deer Ridge and Dee at Haps has been was just great. As for Haps and the food. They offered us a customized tasting, which is not something that many of the vineyards out this way offer (Garre, Eliston, and Wente do not). We tasted everything we wanted to (except some passed apps, but that wasn't a big deal), including side dishes and their amazing crab cakes, and were able to make an informed decision for our wedding. Their prices are higher than Garre and Wente, but you get what you pay for. The wine was great. Our guests drank the equivalent of a bottle each, and are were telling us how wonderful it was all night long. We had 5 wines offered. All were a hit! The food from Haps was BETTER than at the tasting. And the service was top notch. It was everything we hoped and more. Just wonderful. So happy we found this place.
Services used: Wedding Venue