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WEDDING DATE:

Apr 03, 2005

jsmittym
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Sea Lily Events
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Darcy is a friend of mine and she is starting her own events planning and florist business. Ive known for several years that I wanted her to do the flowers at my wedding someday because she has a *wonderful* eye and good experience. I only gave her guidelines for what I want: these colors, perhaps these flowers, not these colors, none of the following flowers, etc. She took my vague suggestions and made the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen! The colors and the textures were amazing. (Even she thought she did her best work yet, heehee.) I highly recommend her! (FYI, in an effort to save my budget, I did my own centerpieces, just simple roses in square vases.)
Services used: Unique Services

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Makeup by Sisters
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Carrie is so nice! I know I sound like a broken record saying that about everyone, but I guess I made sure to only hire nice people. Shes very confident in what she does and she made each of us look good. I didnt have a complicated hairstyle, but Ive seen examples of her other complicated work and they look great. She showed up on time and mostly got us ready in time. She even made my eyelashes look longer without using false eyelashes. Thats tough for me to do. =)
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Oh my word, the cake was gorgeous and tasted *wonderful*. She made it look exactly like the picture we showed her. Thank goodness we ordered enough for extra to take home. =) We also had her make a groomscake (DH is from the South). We didnt give her a picture, but we said it should look like a football. It looked even better than I thought it would. The cake was moist and flavorful. The frosting and fillings were the perfect amount of richness and sweetness. (That is, not sickly sweet. I hate sickly sweet.) She is also very easy going, too, which I love. I highly recommend her.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Starlite Dance Club
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Maya is great, and she came up with a choreographed dance for us. She also has a great sense of humor and can teach both the leader and follower positions really well.
Services used: Unique Services

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White Robed Monks of St. Benedict
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We like Father Dowling a lot. He is very easy going, nice, and knows what he's doing. He let us modify the ceremony "script" however we wanted. We ended up with a mixture of Catholic themes and other spiritual themes. He is fine either way.
Services used: Officiant

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Moonlight DJ
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We really liked Josh and Carlotta They are very organized, professional, and friendly. Carlotta usually is there in a partial coordination capacity and to assist Josh, the DJ. However, she had surgery a week or so before our event, so we can't comment on her specifically. That was fine for us since we had Michelle Thornton, and they gave us ample warning. Joshs abilities seemed fine, but I can't remember many details, so I can't comment with tons of confidence, you know? We had trouble playing the song for the cake cutting, but Im pretty sure that was due to the complication of us using his speakers for our slideshow, so I don't fault him. Also, he was very nice to let us use his speakers for the slideshow!
Services used: Unique Services

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Gingiss Formalwear
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
Thank goodness DH was on top of things (especially with my prodding!) and kept on checking up with the two stores to make sure they had the correct measurements and style of tux. If we hadnt, we would have the totally wrong style and would have missed at least one persons measurements. I think it was mostly the SF store that was having issues, but its also possible that that was when it was run by someone different. By the third time calling the store for some issue, he talked to someone knew who really seemed more with it and organized. This person fixed everything. Basically, if you go with After Hours, make sure you call and call and call again. Do NOT assume it will be perfect without your assistance. Also, the other that bothered us was that the tuxes available for our two ring bearers were too big. They said, oh, you can just roll up the sleeves on the white shirts. My sister (mother of one of the RBs) was *not* pleased with that.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Cardgirl Invitations
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I looooove our invitations! Nessa is wonderful and does great work. I think a million brides have praised her name. Just add me to that list! I could have paid her to make the pocketfold portion of the invitations, but she said her price was about the same as the ones I was going to order through Montage, so I just went with Montage to speed things up. I loved making the invitations so much that I think if I ever went into any wedding-related business, this would be it. Im even going to begin making birthday cards and other cards again like I used to do as a kid.
Services used: Unique Services

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Mill Cottage Photography
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Rating pending final photo album, but I'm hoping and expecting an A Choosing a photographer was one of my hardest decisions. There are so many excellent photographers from which to choose! I figured if my stress is from choosing between several great photographers, I'm doing all right. Kim Sayre was actually the last person with whom I met. Up until I met with her, I was going to go with someone else. But I chose Kim because something about our two personalities just *clicked*. It was this very subjective criterion, but I went with it because almost all the other factors were the same. So many people say you have to go with someone whose personality is compatible with yours. I buy into that philosophy, so that's why I picked Kim. She is very sweet and genuine, and I also really like her work. The wedding photos in our proof book look *great*! I'm very happy with them. She has a good artistic eye. Even my Mom, who is a photographer loved Kim's work. She loved all the different types of shots my Mom wouldnt have thought of taking. I can't wait to see the magazine-style wedding album. Ahh, patience, not my strong suit!
Services used: Photography

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Monster Crayons
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
A/A- for highlights video, rating for full video still pending Monster Crayons has been great to work with. I know that several months back some brides were freaking out because they hadn't heard back from Monster Crayons immediately. Monster Crayons started getting bad-mouthed here, and that's really unfortunate. It sounds like there was lots of confusion between moving to a new office, and perhaps some unrealistic expectations by some customers? I'll never know since I wasn't involved, but I do know that they were wonderful for me. Very communicative and helpful. The two camera-people at our wedding seemed to be everywhere, but were never in the way. Also, Monster Crayons was able to do a rush job on the highlights video so we can show it at the reception in my DHs home state. This makes us happy! Also, we were really flattered when after we showed our slideshow at the reception, Arneil rushed over to us and asked for a copy of it so he could put it in the Special Features section of the full length DVD! Well see the entire video soon. We can't rate the entire video until after then. ----------------------- CD favor printing and duplicating We decided to not bother printing onto CD labels (too many CDs), so we hired Monster Crayons to print them for us. We were originally going to burn the CDs ourselves, but we finally admitted to ourselves that we wouldnt have the time, so we just paid Monster Crayons to duplicate them for us. They were very timely and the product quality was great.
Services used: Photography

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Azadeh Studio
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Azadeh is not cheap, so keep that in mind. However, shes not the most expensive out there, either. If your other option is some super expensive couture gown, Azadeh might be a good alternative. Or, if you just really want a well made gown made entirely out of silk, shes the woman for you. I almost had a fiasco on my hands when at my second to last fitting, the top overlay portion of my dress was finally put on and it looked *nothing* like the pictures of dresses I showed her. And even though she showed me a simple sketch of hers, I wasnt able to picture in my head what she had in her head. It was a class case of miscommunication on both sides! I thought I just about wasted all this money and even contacted a friend who does costume design to be ready to build a backup dress in 4 weeks. Luckily for me, though, Azadeh understands and believes that good business is based on her reputation. She changed the overlay portion to make it look like what I wanted. She really impressed me and made me happy. When I went in for the next fitting, the dress was so much better and I was so much happier! I didnt need a backup dress and I felt pretty for the first time. The thing I would warn *some* people about is if you are unevenly overweight (like me!) and if you want a dress that truly acts like a corset or girdle and helps cover up some or a lot of your flaws Id consider a different dress or designer. Whom or what, I dont know. That wasnt really an option for me since Im so tall *and* overweight (which is why I chose a designer in the first place). I had a difficult time getting proper undergarments, and when you wear a silk dress, it shows so much. (She only works in silk, but I love that.) I love my dress, but I still have an imperfect body. ;)
Services used: Unique Services

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After Hours Formal Wear (SF)
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
Thank goodness DH was on top of things (especially with my prodding!) and kept on checking up with the two stores to make sure they had the correct measurements and style of tux. If we hadnt, we would have the totally wrong style and would have missed at least one persons measurements. I think it was mostly the SF store that was having issues, but its also possible that that was when it was run by someone different. By the third time calling the store for some issue, he talked to someone knew who really seemed more with it and organized. This person fixed everything. Basically, if you go with After Hours, make sure you call and call and call again. Do NOT assume it will be perfect without your assistance. Also, the other that bothered us was that the tuxes available for our two ring bearers were too big. They said, oh, you can just roll up the sleeves on the white shirts. My sister (mother of one of the RBs) was *not* pleased with that.
Services used: Unique Services