Oct 04, 2009
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
We had the most delicious and gorgeous wedding cake! Since Ginger is a chocolatier, we chose to have chocolate cake, but being an accomplished pastry chef (she's worked for world-renowned chocolatiers Jacques Torres and Daniel Budd and pastry chef En-Ming Hsu), she can work with any flavor you wish. Our cake was four tiers of Devil's food cake layered with chocolate mousse, hazelnut crunch, and vanilla bean bavarian cream, with America style chocolate buttercream icing. Ginger also made our chocolate chip cookie favors and let me tell you, they were to die for! Ginger is a pleasure to work with, not only because she a total sweetheart, but because she is passionate about her work. She is a talented artisan! We received a TON of compliments on our cake from our guests, and we were thrilled to have the pleasure of working with Ginger on our wedding day!
Services used: Unique Services
I did not purchase my dress here, but had Sylvia do all of my alterations. I was scared to have David's Bridal do it! She has tons of experience and is a sweetheart, to boot. I felt like I received quality service and alterations. She turned my straight neckline into a sweetheart, did my bustle, hem, and took the sides in. Quite a few alterations on a lace dress with something like 7 layers of fabric. She did a great job. My dress fit like a glove and looked beautiful on my wedding day!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Mike was wonderful to work with and helped to make our day special! We incorporated quite a few unique, out of the ordinary touches to our reception, and he pulled it all off with class and fun. The one thing I didn't want in a DJ was the cheese factor, and Mike is definitely not a cheeseball, although that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to have fun. He was very communicative and helped us throughout the planning process, which gave us peace of mind. He also worked really well with all of our other vendors and wedding party, helping with the flow of the event. I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone looking for fun, quality entertainment for their wedding.
Services used: DJ
Rochelle Mort Studio
I am pleased as punch with my wedding photos. Rochelle's photos have a wonderful aura - they are all about emotion, mood and story. I didn't want a lot of posed shots, although a few were necessary, and she got those, too. I feel like my wedding photos really tell a story about the day...the details, and all of the emotions. Rochelle was really friendly and fun to work with and her fees are reasonable, although I suspect they will be going up with her talent, so book her now, girls!
Services used: Photography
Judge Tom Cecil
Judge Tom was very professional and pleasant to work with. He has a nice voice (very important, in my opinion), and wore his robes to our ceremony. He also came to our rehearsal at no extra charge, which was very helpful. My husband and I are not religious so we didn't feel comfortable having a pastor, priest, etc. perform our ceremony. Judge Tom helped us create our ceremony after we discussed our wants and do-not wants. The ceremony was beautiful and unique. If you're looking for someone to help you put together a wedding ceremony that is above the ordinary, Tom is your man!
Services used: Officiant
Blooms by Martha Andrews
Go with Martha if you want exceptional creativity - not your average, typical wedding flowers. I envisioned gorgeous flowers that went along with the style of our event and the venue that we chose (garden ceremony and barn reception). I did not know exactly what I wanted, and I didn't want to have to micromanage my florist. I wanted someone whom I could trust to take my vision and wedding style and create something to compliment it and and make it a million times better than I could have ever imagined - which is exactly what Martha did! Our flowers were perfect and beautiful, and worth every penny.
Services used: Flowers
This is an absolutely GORGEOUS place to have a wedding. I fell in love with Newcastle Wedding Gardens when we did a drive-by looking for a possible venue for my sister-in-law's wedding. When we did a tour after I was engaged a few months later, I knew it was THE PLACE I wanted to get married. If you're looking to have a fabulous outdoor garden wedding in a charming, relaxed environment, this is the place. The ceremony garden area is lush, green and beautiful (and does not require a lot of decor/flowers, which is nice). The owners, Georgia and Stephen Barron, have done a marvelous job converting the old horse barn into a reception area with rustic elegance. You can choose to have your ceremony only, reception only, or both at this venue. If you choose to have your reception here, there are some restrictions on vendors. You have to use their caterer (Evan Selby from La Perla Bistro), and you have to choose one of their DJ's (we used Mike Anderson from Creative Memories Entertainment). Yes, this does limit your options but I can assure you that you will not be disappointed. In my experience, wedding food is hit or miss. Our buffet was spectacular. We got a TON of compliments from family and friends (even the most picky/foodie types) on how good the food was, and Evan was extremely attentive. And our DJ was awesome to work with and did a great job at the reception. I'd like to respond to the previous reviewer. First of all, the gratuity was in my contract and not optional. Maybe the contract has been changed within the last year, but I didn't have a problem with it because I knew about it beforehand. Second of all, I found Georgia to be extremely helpful, efficient and organized. She worked WITH me in all stages of my planning and gave me advice when I needed it. She organized the flow of our event, and it went incredibly smoothly. She has been involved in weddings for over 20 years, so she has knowledge and experience in her favor. I personally did not want to worry about what everyone was doing on my wedding day, who was supposed to be where, etc. She took care of everything. We couldn't have found a more perfect venue for our wedding, and I would not hesitate to recommend Newcastle Wedding Gardens to future brides!
Services used: Wedding Venue