May 18, 2008
Jaqkis Cake Creations
Jaqki is amazing. I was so fortunate to find her. She is very reasonably priced and her cakes are to die for. I actually had dreams about the cake. I couldn't wait for it. We got a cake for 110-125 people. We had 89 guests at our wedding so we were hoping to have left overs... There was NOTHING left! Our cake had marble cake with fudge & vanilla custard for the bottom layer, middle layer was white cake with lemon filling, and the top layer was chocolate cake with raspberry filling. I can't wait for our 1st anniversary and we will definitely use Jaqki again for any other cakes we need.
Services used: Wedding Cake
In Stitches with Reene
I went to Reene after being referred to her by Pebbles Bridal. She was so warm and easy to work with. She did the alterations on my wedding dress and my BM/MOH dresses. She made suggestions for changes to my dress that I thought would cost a fortune, but they didn't. I found a rehearsal dinner dress that was slightly too small, she was able to make adjustments to it with a few days notice and it fit perfectly. My mom & grandma had to travel to the wedding and Reene offered to steam their dresses for free. My BM dresses had to have bustles and all but 1 had to have their dresses let out and hemmed. And I think the most any of my girls paid was $50. I can't recommend Reene enough. I will be going back to her for my future needs.
Services used: Dress & Attire
I have only gone to Pebbles during the week (3 times so far) and I must say, they are AWESOME! Everyone is very friendly and helpful. I planned on purchasing my dress there, but I found it at a sample sale and couldn't pass up the price. I plan to get my bridesmaids dresses there. Most other bridal salons I went to did not compare! Update: I took my mom the other day on a whim to find her dress... And we did! My mom had tried on a dress at another salon the day before, when we explained to them what we were looking for they started helping us look through all the dresses (my mom is getting a "bridesmaid" dress and even when we thought we were done they showed us more. I can't recommend them enough! Last update: We got all of the dresses. 3 of my 4 BMs dresses were a little too small and had to be let out. It was a little frustrating because it was all in the same spot and Pebbles should have been aware of this, but may not be since they don't do the alterations on BM dresses. Overall the service and quality were fabulous!
Services used: Dress & Attire
I got married at Calamigos on Sunday, May 18 and I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful they were. I first met with them last September and booked them almost immediately. I went to a few other places to make sure that this was the place. I remember when the rep first took me over to The Little White House, I thought, this could work. Then she took me to the Grand Prix ballroom, and I had the thought that this wasn't what I had in mind. Then we went into the Polo Room and I thought, this is out of my price range because it was just so beautiful and perfect. Low & behold, it was within my budget, especially for their Sunday prices. I was beyond excited. During the planning process they were great with me stopping by any time I had questions or needed to see how something would work. Annah was amazing to work with. She was very patient and helpful through all of the planning. The tasting was absolutely amazing. The food was sooooo excellent. When I was first looking at Calamigos, my best friend had recently been to a wedding there, and I asked her how the food was, because I didn't want typical wedding food. She had said that it was probably in the top 2 of all weddings she has been too (and she has been to quite a few). She wasn't lying. I loved that they let us sample everything they offer on their menu, but it made it that much harder to make a decision. We ended up with the beef tenderloin and salmon with citrus ginger sauce. Tana was our coordinator the day of the wedding and she did a superb job. She was there with us for the rehearsal and from the time we got there to the beginning of the reception. She even cried during the ceremony! She made sure DH and I had everything we needed or wanted. I can't say enough. Steve, the kitchen captain, was amazing for the reception. And we got nothing but compliments about the bartender. After you ordered your drink once he knew what it was the rest of the night. If he saw you coming to the bar he already was pouring the drink. The Little White House and Polo Room were absolutely perfect and gorgeous. Everything was in bloom. It made our day perfect. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Kate Baker Floral Design
Kate was absolutely amazing to work with. It started off a little rocky (she hadn't been returning phone calls or emails but found out later there had been a family emergency) but ended up being better than I could ever have imagined. At our first meeting I came prepared with a list (a very long list) of flowers I liked and what I wanted to do with each. She was very open to my ideas and helped with ideas of her own. One of the things I loved about Kate was that she wanted to make it different. I knew she had done weddings at my venue before, but never once did she say, well I did this before and I like it this way or that (I actually had another florist tell me exactly how he wanted me to do it and even offered extra flowers so he could get what he wanted-it drove me bonkers). We corresponded alot through email and she was always quick to respond and very attentive. I sent her many pictures of what I liked and she seemed to get my vision better than I did. The day of the wedding she delivered my bouquet and the MOH/BM bouquets to the hotel where we were getting ready. They were stunning. I couldn't believe how well they came out. When I got to the venue she was busy setting up the ceremony site. I snuck a peek and said hi and told her that she blew my mind. She commented that she absolutely loved my color scheme and the flowers I chose were in season so it made it that much easier to put something great together. I can't say enough about Kate. She was willing to work within our price range and listened to me. If you are looking for a fabulous florist, Kate is your gal.
Services used: Flowers
April Smith Photography
April was absolutely amazing. I found her through a friend where she had been the 2nd photog and was just starting out. My friend actually liked April's pictures better than her #1 photog. From the first phone call I had with April I was hooked. I already had her website memorized and just needed DH to like her too (there was some hesitation on his part because of other photogs we had met). As we were walking to the car after our initial meeting he turned to me and said book her. I was so excited. We had a blast with April at Disneyland for our e-pics. She did an amazing job and was such a trooper bearing with us because we wanted photos in most of the obscure places so you didn't know it was Disneyland. On my wedding day April arrived early was able to get set up and had brought her ipod w/a speaker-stereo which was a godsend because we had forgotten ours while getting ready. She had it with her while we did all of our other pics throughout the day too. She made sure to capture all of those special moments and asked me what photos I wanted and if I had any creative ideas. She was always open to suggestions. We had alot of fun with her throughout the entire day. She is an absolute doll and wonderful to have with you on that special day. Seeing our pictures when they were available were amazing (but I must say a little overwhelming because there were so many-I believe over 1000). We went for a meeting to start work on the album (she had one started already) and it brought all of the emotions from the day back. She did an amazing job capturing the love between me & DH and the love of all of our friends and family. I am so grateful that we chose April to be our photographer for our wedding day. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great reasonably priced photographer.
Services used: Photography
I went to Lili's to see more Maggie Sottero dresses (planning on the actual purchase to be at Pebbles). They were having a sample sale only. They had a very limited # of dresses that were available to order. I only found one dress that I was interested in and almost left, but decided to try it on. It ended up being THE dress. It was well taken care of and very clean. The owner and employees were all very helpful and nice.
Services used: Dress & Attire