Sep 20, 2008

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( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I booked High Resolution Productions after reading the reviews on PW and after our initial phonecall with Steve. He really seemed to know his stuff. But several phonecalls after that he became increasingly rude over the phone and over email. We aren't sure why it came to that point. It just felt like we were working for him rather than him working for us. Overall, they still fulfilled all the terms of our contract. Any of the negative things that did occur were only noticed by my husband and myself. Positives: -They were timely -Very affordable -Non-cheesy -Assisted in laying out reception timeline Negatives: -My name was pronounced wrong. Although we verified everything several times over, including the annunciation of everyone's names -He pointed out things that went off-script over the microphone. He seemed to be annoyed whenever anything went off-script
Services used: Ceremony Music, DJ

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Pacific Hills Banquet & Catering
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
**UPDATE** I highly recommend Pacific Hills!! We had a beautiful wedding in Sept 2008! Everything went so smoothly. Because Pacific Hills was so reasonably priced we were able to spend more money on flowers, entertainment, etc. It is perfect for a budget bride who does not want to compromise on style and/or details! Pacific Hills did an amazing job helping orchestrate the entire event besides from providing the delicious catering. Tamim was easy to work with and always returned our calls and answered our numerous emails. David also provided wonderful assistance when we were setting up the event the day before. They threw in a lot of 'extras' for us, including satin backdrops for the ceremony and reception, floating candle treatment for our cocktail hall, and plenty of uplights. A huge plus is that we got our amazing wedding cake for free with the package we chose. It was my favorite part of the meal! I have plenty of pictures of the venue so check it out. ******* Pacific Hills is a fairly new location in Orange County. They are extremely professional and reasonably priced. As soon as we walked in my fiance and I knew we would have our wedding there. The banquet manager showed us a very sleek flash presentation and was very straight forward about pricing. Luckily we also came by on a day of a wedding to see their set up. The location looks exactly like the pictures on the website, which are gorgeous. I'll give an update after our wedding in Sept!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

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Nataly Lemus Photography
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
AMAZING!! I had such a wonderful experience with Nataly Lemus and her husband Art (her second photographer)! Nataly is a true talent..we absolutely adore our photos and so does all of our family and friends! She made our wedding look like a Platinum Wedding although it was anything but. And she made me look skinny--huge plus! My arms never looked more toned :) Wedding photography was very important to us, so we did a lot of research. I would suggest looking at as many photographer blogs as possible. Not only did Nataly have beautiful photos, we loved that she made the effort to post several photos of each wedding and engagement session she takes. Additionally, she really made huge efforts on getting all of our must have photos, beautiful candids and very artistic portraits. AND!! she is such a sweet person! She was very considerate and professional..she easily felt like part of the Wedding Party. I cannot say enough good things about her and Art. The only downside that other brides on here have mentioned is that she does take a while to get back to you. But I felt her talent outweighed any lack of miscommunication we had. She really did pull through for us on our wedding day.
Services used: Photography

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wedding alterations by Mahtab
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
There's already so many wonderful reviews for Mahtab it would seem unnecessary to post mine, but I wanted to make sure she fell on top of the list of wedding dress alterers because she really is the best. I took a huge leap of faith and bought my dress online. Before doing so I consulted with Mahtab over the phone and she gave me great advice on what to look for because I knew nothing I would buy would fit my 5ft height and petite frame. She told me to find a dress that was not lacy on the bottom and A-line to compliment my figure. She also was very sympathetic to my weight loss goals and was able to take in my dress a couple times. All my weight dropped in the last month prior to the wedding by luck. Everything turned out perfect! My wedding dress fit like a glove. I never felt more beautiful in LIFE!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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City of Commerce Flowers
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Eddie and the City of Commerce Flowers team were easily one of my favorite vendors to work with. Eddie made my vision for the wedding come alive and better than I could possibly imagine. Flowers were the one area I was willing to splurge on. Luckily it turned out to be very reasonably priced. Believe me, I looked around at at least 5 different florists. They all wanted to charge me over $2500 for my smallish wedding. Besides the unbeatible prices, Eddie provided wonderful customer service. They were the only florist that allowed me to look at the mockup of a centerpiece and bm bouquet without booking! I was also able to take home the bouquet for free (I love all things free :) They just made everything incredibly convenient for us on our wedding day. First by sending out two separate delivery trucks, one for our personal flowers to be delivered to our hotel rooms and the second to the ceremony and reception. Later they picked up all the rental items immediately after the wedding for free. The flowers were abundant and they even threw in extras including an arrangement for our sweetheart table. They really are the best in the SoCal Floral industry!
Services used: Flowers

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Tie The Knot Ceremonies
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
If I could give Frank 10 stars I would! Frank was FANTASTIC!!! EVERYONE loved him! EVERYONE!! I've never been to a wedding where guests had remarks on the officiant, but so many of our family and friends came to us with compliments on his service. Prior to our wedding we had met with him at our local Starbucks. He was very warm and personable. He showed us the many variations of vows we could choose from and ways to personalize our ceremony. We also appreciated that he was very organized and responsive to e-mail. Payment and contracts were very straight forward. Our marriage license was delivered by the time we got back from our honeymoon. Everything was completely hassle free. On the day of the wedding. He came on time and even calmed our nerves. He made for a very memorable secular wedding with the perfect balance of humor and sentiment. Everyone was laughing. It was such a beautiful moment for us. Even our string quartet sent us a thank you note and remarked on how much they liked working with Frank and his wonderful closing to my husband "Always remember, a happy life is a happy wife".. I can't believe one of the quickest choices I made for my wedding was one of the best choices I made throughout the planning process! He doesn't have many reviews here yet, but he has a ton on his website. Check him out. I HIGHLY recommend him!
Services used: Officiant

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Natalie B. Artistry - Professional Makeup & Hair
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Natalie did a wonderful job with my hair and makeup and the hair and makeup for my entire bridal party of 5. I was very happy with her day of services. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone. I would have to say though that she did A LOT better on my actual wedding day than the two trials I had with her. I was one of those brides who could not decide between having an up-do or down-do. I wrestled with the decision for months and went back to Natalie for a second trial. I still wasn't confident on what I would do leading up to the big day. But she really delivered on my actual wedding day. I absolutely loved my hair and makeup! I never felt so beautiful! My mom especially looked amazing. That really made my day to see her so happy. She can be very picky. I would have to agree with BEATIE too, that her assistant was not up to par with her skill level, but still very helpful with our large party. I did not like how the assistant did my maid of honor's hair, but Natalie quickly fixed it for us after we made a remark. Overall, she was a pleasure to work with to start off our wedding day.
Services used: Beauty & Health