Jun 12, 2010

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Hiring Patty was literally the best decision I made for my whole wedding! With three years to plan my wedding, I thought I could do it all and had everything under control. However, the more ideas I gathered, and the more DIY projects I did, the more I realized that I would need someone to set all of this up and make sure everything was executed properly on the wedding day. I found Patty through a friend's recommendation, and after attending a wedding fair that Patty planned, I knew she would be a great choice for a day of coordinator. I immediately felt a connection with Patty on our first meeting, with her sweet and warm personality. I could also tell she was extremely organized and paid close attention to detail.

I could go on and on about why Patty is amazing but here are the main reasons why you need her as your coordinator:
- extremely organized and kept me organized and on schedule. Her "day of coordination" ran far beyond the actual wedding day, with site walk-throughs, lots of emails, and schedules. She was a huge help during the whole planning process.
- very responsive to emails and patient with lots of questions and changes
- AMAZING eye for design. She's so creative and artistic, with her knowledge of florals. She has really great taste and will make sure everything looks elegant and classy.
- warm and cheerful personality, makes everyone feel comfortable, all while being prompt and professional
- helps with negotiating with vendors
- keeps everything running smoothly and on time, while still being flexible
- has a great relationship with other vendors
- goes above and beyond what she is required to do

My wedding day ran so smoothly because of Patty. A lot of my bridesmaids commented on how relaxed I seemed and how I was not stressed out. I told them it was because I knew I had great vendors and I had complete faith in them. I had no doubt in my mind that Patty would flawlessly bring my wedding inspirations to life, and that's what she did.

As brides, we put so much effort and work into planning our weddings, and it all comes down to those few hours. You want to enjoy and soak in every minute of your wedding day, because it goes by so so fast! You don't want to be worrying or stressing about whether the place cards are set out correctly, or if your DJ is going to play the right song at the right time. You want to put all of those details into the hands of someone you can trust and just relax and enjoy your big day with family and friends. You can certainly trust Patty to take care of it all for you. She far exceeded my expectations and I'm so glad she was our coordinator!

Patty, I cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work and attention to detail. I could not have hired a better coordinator! You are the best! Love you!
Services used: Wedding Planning

Feet First Eventertainment
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Dave was such a joy to work with!!! He is extremely knowledgeable and has years of experience doing weddings and events. He was very professional and easy to talk to during each of our meetings with him and phone conversations. He's extremely responsive and helpful. He went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable with the music choices and went out of his way to make a personal visit to my venue to make sure the projector would be functioning correctly. We loved his laid back personality and he is definitely not one of those "cheesy" wedding DJs. I've been to one too many weddings where a bad DJ

During the event, he was active and involved enough to keep everyone informed and keep the program moving, but never annoying or overly talkative. I was impressed that he got everyone's name in my bridal party right (22 people plus parents, that's a lot!). I also loved that he kept us in the loop the whole night, checking in periodically to make sure we were ok with what he was playing, especially if guests were requesting something different from what we had discussed. He also worked very well with my coordinator to make sure everything ran smoothly. All of our guests loved him and had a great time. He did an amazing job and we can't say enough good things about him!
Services used: DJ

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jen is in one word: FABULOUS!

I knew I wanted her as my photographer before we even had our venue booked. It's really difficult to write her a review because her work speaks for itself. She is absolutely the BEST you will find. While there are so many great wedding photographers out there, I have yet to find one who's work is so consistently stunning.

Why is she so different? To me, most "good" wedding photographers can capture the joy and emotion on your wedding day. That's because weddings are just naturally filled with with lots of joy and emotion and if you are decent at what you do, you will be able to capture those moments. BUT, there are very few photographers that can make everyone look their best in pictures. I personally think I am very unphotogenic. I SERIOUSLY hate about 99% of pictures of myself. My biggest fear for my wedding was that I would plan and prepare, and do all I could do, and then look back at the pictures and think, "ugh...I hate how I look in my wedding pictures." That's why I knew I needed Jen, because she is somehow able to make people look their best. No, she's not a magician, I am not going transform into Angelina Jolie, but she does know how to capture people at their best angles and at the perfect moment. That was the number one priority to me. Her style is also exactly what I wanted, a perfect balance of posed and candid. Her pictures are so amazingly romantic and sultry. Aside from her beautiful work, she's also such a pleasure to work with. She's on time, professional, and organized. She has a hilarious personality that puts you at ease. Her brother, Rob, who shot the wedding with her is fantastic, too. He captured so many great shots during the wedding!

While we were on a very tight budget for the wedding, there was one thing that I did not hesitate to splurge on, and that was photography. I knew I could live without fancy linens, or extravagant florals. All of that would only last one day. But you will look at your wedding photos for the rest of your life, and I wanted the best we could possibly get. Jen is definitely worth the investment!
Services used: Photography

Luxe Image Hair and Makeup
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Rona and her team did a beautiful job with my bridesmaids and mom's hair and makeup. Communication leading up to the wedding was very good. She's extremely responsive and helpful, and always happy to answer questions and work with new inspiration pictures I sent her. I was referred to her through another PW bride, and I'm SO glad I found her. Her prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the exceptional work that she does.

They were very prompt on the morning of the wedding. We started at 7am to get everyone ready (9 people). They worked quickly and were very sweet and flexible, even with having to move rooms in the middle of getting ready. Everyone looked beautiful and we were very happy with their work and service.

I highly recommend Rona and her team to brides and bridal parties. Thanks for everything Rona! :)
Services used: Beauty & Health

Professional Makeup Artistry
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Not that Maria needs another rave review, but she certainly deserves one! She is simply amazing! If there is one thing that you splurge on for your wedding, let it be Maria! I promise you won't regret it!

The other girls have pretty much said it all, and I wholeheartedly agree with every glowing review of her. I literally would not have survived my wedding day without her. Before the ceremony even started, she sewed two of my bridesmaids into their dresses with broken zippers, and did the same with my dress 10 minutes before we had to walk into the reception! She was there for 12 hours with me, doing touch ups, changing my hair and makeup, helping set up shots for Jen Skog, fixing dresses and hair, taping me into my dress, giving me water with a straw, and so much more that probably even I don't know about, all without missing a beat.

She was my fairy godmother on my wedding day, and everyone could see what a huge role she played. Without her, we would have all been lost! I love love love her!

If you haven't booked her yet, HURRY!
Services used: Beauty & Health

Thistledown Designs
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I am so thankful to have found Nicole for my wedding. I was very much a DIY bride, and although I wanted to have nice flowers for my wedding, the quotes for the type of florals I wanted were 3-4 times my budget. I was planning on DIYing my flowers until I found Nicole through PW. I was shocked when I found out that she could do all my flowers for me for just a little more than what it would cost me to DIY.

She was an absolute pleasure to work with. From the start, she was very responsive and professional. We met a couple times to go over what I wanted and she was really sweet and receptive to my ideas each time, as well as letting me know what she could and could not do. The mock ups that she did were beautiful! I had complete faith that she would do a wonderful job on the wedding day, and she certainly did not disappoint me.

First of all, my bouquet was absolutely stunning! I was shocked when I saw the giant peony bouquet she made for me. It was so gorgeous and completely exceeded my high expectations! All of the wedding arrangements were beautiful, she did a great job recreating my inspiration photos! All of my guests were oohing and ahhing over the beautiful centerpieces she did. We got tons of compliments on them.

Not only does Nicole do beautiful and creative work, but her prices are amazing. Everyone at our wedding thought that we spent way more on flowers than we actually did, even my dad.

Hiring her as my florist was definitely one of the best decisions I made for the wedding, and I would highly recommend her to any bay area bride!
Services used: Flowers