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WEDDING DATE:

Oct 18, 2008

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Sugarpuss Beauty
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Stephanie was wonderful. We set up a time to meet each other, go over how I wanted to look on my wedding day, and what kind and style of makeup I usually wore. She did a trial run of makeup and then we discussed what I liked and disliked about the look she had created. On the day of my wedding she worked miracles. I was so nervous, and had not slept very much the night before, but somehow when she was finished with me I looked radiant and well rested! I was afraid of looking too made up, and she listened to my fears, making me look like a brighter version of my self. My makeup stayed in place all night, too, despite the fact that it was a very long day, and I did A LOT of dancing! I was very pleased with my look, and I think my fianc was, too!
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Shopping for my dress turned out to be a lot more stressful than I imagined! I had an idea in my head that I would wear something very understated, but besides that, I really had no clue what I wanted. I swore I wouldnt go to a bridal salon, but after several failed attempts at finding something I liked at smaller boutiques, I trudged downtown to Ania. It was everything I feared big, huge selection, many brides flitting about, following women with armloads of dresses. I am sure my dismay showed on my face when a soft-spoken young woman came up and asked me if she could help me. I immediately told her that I didnt think that I would find what I was after there. In a soothing and very unsales-y tone, she asked me a little bit about not only what I was looking for in a wedding dress, but what about my shape I felt comfortable with and what I did not. After a few such questions, she excused herself, and I began the daunting task of looking through the racks. Before I had gotten very far, the saleswoman returned to tell me that she had found a few dresses I might consider, and had hung them in one of the enormous dressing rooms. There were three dresses, none of which I probably would have picked for myself, but all of which were very pretty and in my price range. One of the three was the one, and when I sucked in my breath a little and whispered, oh! my expert saleswoman was right there to cinch up the waist so that it would look as though it had already been fitted. It was gorgeous, I was ecstatic, and the whole process was quick and painless. Ania is a great place not only because they have a huge selection of dresses in every conceivable style and price point, but because their knowledgeable, friendly staff take what could be an overwhelming experience and make it fun and stress free!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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ecoShuttle
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Using Eco Shuttle was an affordable and eco-friendly choice that worked out really well for us. The church and the reception were about eight blocks away, which might be too long for women in high heels or our older guests, so we decided to get a shuttle. Wanting to use something that wouldnt be a total waste of gas, and wouldnt break the budget, we chose to use the Eco-Shuttle van, which went back and forth between the two venues several times to get all of the guests safely to their destination (it ended up being a wee bit chilly, too, so just about everyone took the shuttle). On its last trip, it picked up the wedding party and photographers and took us to a scenic spot for pictures, and waited for us there, even though that trip took us just a little bit over our allotted time. They are a great company to work with and proved that they were willing to go the extra mile to make our experience great.
Services used: Transportation

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Andina Restaurant
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Andina was a perfect setting for our rehearsal dinner. We had a large wedding party and an even larger family, so we needed a big enough space to accommodate us without breaking the bank. The recently redecorated upstairs room (formerly the bar Apotheke) was gorgeous, and featured its own kitchen and bar so that we would not have to compete with the busy restaurant downstairs. The service, both before the event during the planning stages, and during the dinner, was professional and attentive. The food was exceptional interesting and delectable, and pleased every palate at the table. They attended to every detail and made the night run smoothly. It was a deliciously intimate evening, enjoyed by all.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Packouz Jewelers
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We love this place, and especially Heidi Seger, who helped my fianc create an engagement ring that I love, and helped us both pick out wedding rings. My fianc is a perfectionist, and so spent a lot of time designing my ring. Heidi was always helpful and patient, and made sure that it was exactly how he wanted it and within his budget. He couldnt wait for me to meet her after we were engaged. She seemed so invested in the whole process, and that continued when we designed our bands. I could not be happier with my beautiful, heirloom quality rings. We will NEVER buy jewelry anywhere else! Packouz jewelers are craftsmen; they created rings that I love, and will be proud to pass down through the generations.
Services used: Jewelry

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Belle Époque Salon
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Dayna is the best. As soon as I got engaged, she started growing my hair in anticipation for the big day! We grew my hair out over about 6 months, so that it was long, super healthy, and a gorgeous color by the time I got married. A consummate teacher, she gave me her expert advice on how to care for my hair at home, to get it as healthy as possible for my wedding day. Everything was meticulously planned by Dayna! My last few haircuts before the wedding, she would experiment with different styles for me to consider for the wedding. She asked to see my dress as soon as I got it, so that she could think of ways to create a cohesive look. I have to say, my hair looked absolutely beautiful on my wedding day! It was not overdone, very sexy, and stayed in place all day and night. Dayna Cakebread is a true artist!
Services used: Unique Services

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The Old Church
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My fianc and I wanted to have a religious ceremony, but didnt want it to be too reflective of either his faith or mine. The historic Old Church was the perfect venue. No longer home to a congregation, the Old Church is a superbly restored 19th century building that is open to anyone who wants to rent it. It is perfect for small and medium sized weddings; no one wants the church to look empty if your guests number under 150! The ornate pipe organ not only makes for a beautiful focal point, but still sounds beautiful. With rental of the church, you get a wedding coordinator, in our case a gentleman named Barry, who knew how to keep our large wedding party in line, and kept everything running smoothly. In advance of the wedding, they provided us with the contact information for all sorts of vendors and clergy that they would recommend. My bridesmaids and I got ready in a beautiful anteroom, and the boys waited for their cue in a basement room. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the church was, and it made a lovely backdrop for many of our photographs.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Quinn in the City Flowers
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Quinn is the woman who sells flowers inside City Market on NW 21st Ave. Designing wonderfully creative and inexpensive arrangements from locally grown flowers are her specialty. She made the flower arrangements for my engagement party, my rehearsal dinner, and also all the wedding flowers our bouquets, boutonnieres, and altar flowers. I was very honest with her about our limited budget, and she never once tried to push for us to spend more than we were comfortable with. And the flowers were gorgeous rich, fresh, elegant, and understated. The price was so below any other quotes I had gotten I nearly fell off my chair. She is no nonsense, and she is wonderful to work with. To help keep costs down, I offered to have someone pick up the flowers from her store, but she said that she would prefer to deliver them herself, to make sure they were handled with the utmost care. She had the perfect blend of professionalism and creativity.
Services used: Unique Services

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Jessica Hill Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Photography is a big expense, but if you can get an exceptional photographer, it is well worth it. We saw many photographers who did great work but were just too far out of our budget. But Jessica Hill, very much within our budget, had the best work wed seen. From seeing the photos of other weddings and events shed shot, I knew that she had just the aesthetic we were looking for artful, fun, romantic. She and an assistant were there for every moment of our day, but were completely non-invasive. I gave her a list of the must-have shots and she got every one of them and then some. During the reception, she set up a laptop at the back of the room for people to watch a slideshow of some of the pictures she had shot earlier. That little taste made me even more excited about our photos. The first thing she did after the wedding was to post on her website a few of her favorites of the day. They were so gorgeous, I couldnt believe it! Then a few weeks later, she posted a longer slideshow with music. I was blown away. The song was perfect, and the presentation transported me right back to that day, and I had to watch it again and again! Then we got all 1400 or so photos she shot that day, and we were both so amazed that she had captured all of the best moments. Weve gotten so much positive feedback from our family and friends, too. We are so pleased to have this lasting record of such a happy time.
Services used: Photography

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Jake's Catering at Sentinel
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The day that I met Linda Wolfson, catering manager at Jakes, I knew that we would be taken care of as if we were family. She went over every little detail of the wedding to make sure she was clear and then worked diligently to make it all happen. She invited me to come by any weekend to see the set up of other weddings (I took her up on it a few times I learned a lot by seeing what other brides did!) and answered any question I had immediately. If she was unable to return a call or email, she made sure someone else did. Trying to save money, I made my own table arrangements, but as the day drew closer, I realized the task of assembling the centerpieces might be a little more stress-producing than I had realized. Linda immediately offered to take care of it, and she and her staff assembled them, probably better than I could have myself, and then packed them all up carefully at the end. The whole staff at Jakes was wonderful, anticipating our needs before they happened. They were warm, friendly and professional. They truly were a huge part in how remarkable our wedding day was.
Services used: Catering, Wedding Venue

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Josey Adams, Baker
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Josey was such a pleasure to work with. My fianc and I wanted cupcakes, but also wanted a small cake that we could cut and feed to each other at the reception. The hitch: I have Celiacs disease which is an intolerance to wheat gluten, meaning no regular flour in our cake! Josey did not blink an eye, and accommodated us with regular chocolate cupcakes for our guests and a little cake that I could eat on top of the beautiful tiered plate. My photographer took lots of pictures of them because they were so pretty! And the taste? The cupcakes got RAVE reviews, and my-hard-to-please husband who usually shuns all things gluten free, was a huge fan of the cake. I was in seventh heaven. I in no way felt deprived as I often do at dessert time! I wont even tell you the price for all of this, but I will say that it was fully HALF of what we were quoted at two other bakeries in town!
Services used: Unique Services