Sep 14, 2008

Sugartown Industries Ltd
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Colleen is the only DJ we met with, partly because we got so excited by her 12-pg PDF of all the songs she will and won't play ( We felt we were on the same page right away, and loved her music knowledge (although she doesn't come off as a music snob), her personality and the mixes she put together on her radio show ( ;showid=76). I loved that she asked for the mix of ages of the guests so she knew what she was working with, and that she has a policy to not leave the booth unattended (we were worried about some drunk friends/relatives getting a hold of the mic). Nobody got off the dance floor the entire night! One of our friends leaned over at the end of the night and said "Best DJ ever" while many others kept commenting us on our playlist. Of course, we gave the credit back to her!
Services used: DJ

Doyle & Doyle
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My hubby got my engagement ring here, and they made him feel comfortable and secure with both his nerves and his purchase! They were equally wonderful with our wedding bands, and we were happy to give them the business. A very down to earth store with a wide price range and beautiful jewelry.
Services used: Jewelry

CastleBride Couture
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I can't say enough about working with Kirsten at CastleBride. Until I found their site, I was going to be a veiless bride, as I hated the traditional look and thought that birdcages were too...birdcagey. I was able to work with Kirsten to create a cusomized, affordable veil that was complimented more than my dress! As someone with no design skills, Kirsten was a huge help in taking stock of my venue, dress and colors to get a sense of what I'd want and just nailed it. 4 months after my wedding date, my Dad's fiance asked if she could wear it at her wedding! It's the one piece from my wedding that I'll pass down through generations.
Services used: Dress & Attire

root stock
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Kerry Quade was our savior. We met with 3 florists before her (which wasn't a lot, but we found our venue on the 2nd try and our rabbi & DJ on the 1st) and all were nightmares for different reasons, which was frustrating because I didn't really care about flowers so much. Honestly, the space was so great I didn't need a lot of decorating, didn't want to spend a lot of money, and know nothing about flowers. While other florists tortured us with a 90 min+ consultation (forcing us to look at picture books and commit to different things that we knew nothing about), Kerry asked for details about us as a couple, the wedding, and our budget in a 30 minute meeting. A week later I had a proposal which was To a tee. When I asked to lower the cost a bit, she helped cut things. She was a dream. The day of the wedding, I didn't see her or her assistants - everything was just done! Like little elves came and made the space so colorful and beautiful. I'm still getting compliments on the centerpieces and the bouquets.
Services used: Flowers

Sara Isaacson Make-up Artistry
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
In full disclosure, Sara is my cousin. BUT if she wasn't I would have hired her anyway! She worked at the Trish McEvoy counter for years and now exclusively does freelance work, with bridal being the bulk of her business. I made things difficult by not bringing her any photos to the trial. Instead, I told her I didn't want heavy eyes (I figured I'd be crying all day) and I didn't want red lips (I had an accidental '40s look going, which I loved but wanted to work against with the make-up), and that was it. She nailed the trial and the make-up on my wedding day lasted a good 9 hours. I've never looked this glamorous (but natural) in my whole freaking life.
Services used: Beauty & Health

We Dream Events Management
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Harley Abrevaya is a dear friend, and is just getting her wedding event business off the ground. However, I have worked with her for years as she's managed movie premieres for Universal Pictures, and I knew that we'd be in good hands with her running the show. Between getting married in a public park (we have a permit, but it doesn't allow you to kick people out of your space), getting all of our photos done during the cocktail hour, getting (and keeping!) our wacky families where they were supposed to be, and dealing with all of our vendors, she had a lot to handle. She's forceful and commanding but does it with a smile and is so effective.
Services used: Wedding Planning