Oct 11, 2008
wedding alterations by Mahtab
Mahtab is absolutely wonderful! Sweet, professional, accommodating, and affordable. And TALENTED! I had a total of three fittings with her and the dress came out beautifully. I also purchased my veil from her that she cut specifically to coordinate well with the details of my dress. I would definitely recommend Mahtab!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Blue Sky Videos
Paul is an awesome up and coming videographer! He shot our engagement photo shoot alongside our photographer and all I can say is wow! The video he did for us was so awesome...it really captured our emotions and the feel of the day. Paul is already so talented and will definitely go far in this business! On top of that, he's a truly genuine, nice person. I'm only sad that he is already booked for our actual wedding day! Otherwise, we would have snatched him up in a heartbeat! I highly recommend this vendor!
Services used: Photography, Videography
Juan Turcios Photography
Juan was the second shooter for our photographer, Kristi Klemens. He did an amazing job and we were so thrilled with his work! He was so sweet to work with and diligent in catching every important moment. We were definitely pleased that Kristi chose him to shoot our special day. My husband and I would recommend Juan to any bride without hesitation!
Services used: Unique Services
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
We had our wedding on 10/11/08 at Arroyo Trabuco. What drew us to this venue was the beautiful location and it's elegantly rustic feel. It's located at a public golf course however it feels like it could be a private venue. You almost feel as if you are in the wine country with all the trees, hills, and greenery. The food was amazing and the day of our wedding ran smoothly and seamlessly. I will say that in the early stages of our planning, it was a bit difficult to get responses back from the venue regarding questions we had, which was frustrating - this is the only reason for four stars rather than five. However, once it was close to our date, the staff was on top of things. We didn't have to worry about a thing during the wedding and felt very taken care of. I would definitely recommend Arroyo Trabuco.
Services used: Wedding Venue
I loved the flowers on our wedding day! Shelby really made our vision come to life. I met with her early on and she was very friendly and receptive. Always quick to respond to questions via email. At my flower mock-up trial, I wasn't totally satisfied with the centerpieces so Shelby was happy to make any changes I wanted. When I arrived at the venue before the wedding, I was blown away with the ceremony decor and the reception decor. Everything was vibrant and just how I had envisioned it. Her prices are very reasonable as well. I would highly recommend Shelby!
Services used: Flowers
Our DJ was amazing!! Joe did such a great job at our wedding. We gave him all the key songs for things like entrance, first dance, cake cutting, etc. but gave him no other direction as far as what to play other than the types of music we like. He was able to come up with a play list that kept our party going all night! He played a little something for everyone and the dance floor was never empty! We also used Atmosphere for our uplighting for the reception and the room looked amazing! It was truly transformed and really set the mood for the night. Once we returned from our honeymoon, we were pleasantly suprised to receive a CD from Joe with all of our key songs from the night. A great personal touch. I would without a doubt recommend Atmosphere Events for a wedding...and try to get Joe if you can! :)
Services used: DJ, Lighting & Decor, Unique Services
It's All About The Cake
We had to use It's All About the Cake for our wedding cake because it was a part of our venue package. We were pleased with the taste of the cake at the tasting and worked with the owners to convey our vision for our cake. We were slightly limited in design given the package price, unless we wanted to pay an additional cost - which we didn't. On the wedding day, the cake didn't really look like we had envisioned and barely resembled the picture we had shown the baker. It was also lopsided. However, since the cake wasn't a huge priority of ours from the beginning, we weren't too concerned. The part that mattered most, the taste, was fantastic! The guests said it was delicious and went back for seconds.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Natalie B. Artistry - Professional Makeup & Hair
I was very happy with Natalie and her services. At the trial, she worked with me to do my hair and makeup how I envisioned it. Just before the wedding, I changed my mind about how I wanted my hair and she was very receptive. The day of the wedding, my makeup and hair looked amazing and I couldn't have been happier. She also did the hair/makeup of my mom (who looked stunning) and several of my bridesmaids. Her prices were also some of the most reasonable I found. The reason for only four stars instead of five was because of the assistant that she brought with her. I went ahead and paid an extra fee to have her bring a second stylist to ensure that everyone would be done in time for the wedding. The assistant showed up an hour late with no apologies from either of them. She barely did anything while there...only blowing out my mom's hair and doing one bridesmaid's hair. She didn't know how to do makeup, which is what we needed most at the time she arrived, so she couldn't be of much help to us. She had an attitude while there and added stress to the room. My mother-in-law didn't even get to have her makeup done as scheduled because we ran out of time. She had my aunt do it instead. Natalie herself was great and fun to work with, but be sure you know who she is having assist her if you pay for one.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Jinny's Bridal Center
I bought my dress at Jinny's. I had tried on dresses at two different salons before Jinny's, one in Orange County and one on the central coast. Both of those salons left me disappointed, both in their selection and service. I went to Jinny's after multiple recommendations from friends and coworkers. My consultant was Chloe and she was great! Everyone there is really nice and makes you feel at home. Chloe helped me pick out many dresses to try. Then she told me about a dress that had just come in that week that no one had tried on yet. It was THE ONE! She knew it just by looking at my body shape and what I had said I was looking for. She was great at helping me narrow down the size to order as well. After placing the order, I was told it would take four months to arrive. It came in within TWO months! When I went to pick it up, Chloe was there again and she got just as excited to see me in it as if she were a long time friend. I would highly recommend Jinny's to anyone. Their prices can't be beat, there is no air of snooty-ness about them, they're super friendly, and fast!
Services used: Dress & Attire
WOW is all I can say about Kristi and her amazing talent! We hired her immediately after meeting with her because her bright personality just fit with us right away. We just received our engagement photo teasers back and they are so awesome! Kristi is such a great artist. We absolutely can not wait to see what she does for our wedding in October! Kristi is, by far, the best investment we've made for our wedding! I HIGHLY recommend this photographer! UPDATED review: Our wedding has now passed and we've received our teaser photos from Kristi and I continue to be amazed by her! She is so, so talented and hard working. She worked tirelessly throughout the wedding and was everywhere all at once. But I can honestly say that I don't remember seeing her much during the wedding...a good thing! :) She caught every moment but we didn't even notice she was there - she's that good! I would, without a doubt, recommend Kristi as a photographer. She is sweet, energetic, talented, and a perfectionist. We love Kristi! :) UPDATED UPDATED review (12/16/08): We just received our photos from Kristi and I can not tell you how completely blown away I am!! The emotion and beauty that she captured of our wedding day is amazing! Everyone that has seen the photos says they feel like they actually attended our wedding after looking at them...that's how real they are! I can not recommend this photographer enough...her talent, kindness, and enthusiasm for her work is outstanding!!
Services used: Photography, Dress & Attire
We booked ULC because they were the most flexible in terms of agreeing to accomodate our transportation needs. We only wanted a limo for an hour to drive the bride and bridesmaids to the venue from the hotel and a town car at the end of the night to drive the bride and groom back to the hotel. Most companies wanted to make us pay for a minimum of four hours however ULC was happy to work with us. Their prices were reasonable, they were on time and friendly, and we had no issues at all. I would definitely recommend ULC.
Services used: Transportation