Aug 08, 2009
Huckleberry Karen Designs
I took Karen's workshop for DIY flowers and really enjoyed it. She's very pleasant and relaxed and her helpers were knowledgeable and personable as well. And besides just enjoying it I got very practical, useful information. During the workshop we got to actually handle the flowers and make a bouquet and boutineer that we could take home. I really like hands-on instruction and it's the the best way I think you can learn. Since the class the magazines and articles I've been reading make more sense. I appreciate that she made me feel confident that I could do it, but didn't make it sound too simple, either. She had some strong words of caution which I will take to heart.
Services used: Flowers
I had a great experience with the bridal section of Trudy's. I had a dress in mind, contacted the shop and found out they had it and in my size! I tried it on and loved it, and I came back once with my mom to show her before purchasing it. Karen was awesome, very mellow and no pressure from her which is how to get a sale from me! However the bridesmaid dress shopping was a very different experience. I of course, in an effort to take advantage of the discount since I brought my dress there and maybe make things easier, wanted to get my dresses from there. I brought in my two maids of honor and was introduced to Joseph, who between disappearing on us and being snotty was just more annoying that anything. We left the shop and I went a couple other places, one being Elegant Lace in San Jose. There I was told again I could do a fabric change - a B2 dress in Belsoie fabric. After going home and sleeping on it I decided I wanted a B2 style in a Belsoie fabric was what i wanted to do. Now I drove down to Campbell to Trudy's to place the order and with a young gal (can't remember her name) who told me firmly that there was no way to do the fabric change that I had wanted. That threw me for a loop. I went home and called Elegant Lace to and the sales woman there told me that she was looking at the book and it said it right there in black and white that it was doable for a fee. I called Trudy's to ask for them to confirm it and got snotty Joseph again and was told that the woman I talked to when I was in the shop had "worked here for a long time so I'm sure she knows what she's talking about." I asked him to check for me which he concede he would leave a message for someone to call me on Monday. End of day Monday I called the shop, got someone else who said they would find out. Guess what?! They CAN do the fabric change after all. Well. Guess where I ordered my bridesmaid dresses - Elegant Lace. So love them for bridal, not so much for occasion.
Services used: Dress & Attire
On Time Limousine
I needed just a one-way trip from our wedding venue to our hotel at the end of our wedding reception and searched high and low for a reasonably priced sedan without a four hour minimum.I finally found On-Time thru Project Wedding and was able to book them easily for a great price. The driver called me with his cell phone number the day of the wedding which I thought was a very nice touch! That way I could reach him if anything changed. He arrived about 30 min early, introduced himself and then slipped into the background until we were ready to leave. The car was perfect - cleaned impeccably and heated to the perfect temperature. Our driver was so polite and relaxed, just what we needed at the end of a very fun, but very hectic day. I would very much recommend On Time.
Services used: Transportation
Neldams Danish Bakery
We wanted a simple yummy cake that everyone would enjoy. We wanted white cake, with white frosting, nothing fancy, but we wanted it to be delicious. I was so happy to find Neldam's! The shop is very old fashioned, so don't expect linen napkins at the tasting, but they are great at making fresh cakes. Ours was delivered on time and looked perfect with our topper and flowers. They delivered to El Cerrito for a small fee.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Kate's Kouture Bridal
While I didn't buy my dress from Kate, I had an awesome experience going to her shop. I thought it looked really small upon entering but she had a multitude of dresses for me to try. She was kind, patient and professional all with be very relaxed. I would really recommend checking her out.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Lisa Zomer - Makeup Artist
Hiring Lisa was a splurge for me. Even though her pricing was comparable with other artists who came to you, for me it was a lot to spend. But now after my wedding day has come and gone, I cannot stress it enough, she was worth every penny! Not only did I ever feel the prettiest I ever have felt, but she also helped me through a stressful morning. After one horrible experience with someone less expensive, I decided to give her a try. (That first trial, I looked like I was going to go out to the clubs! GAH!) Upon meeting Lisa for the trial, what struck me, besides being very relaxed in her lovely garden home, was that she listened to me and really looked at the pictures I brought. We chatted and chatted while she worked and I was so happy with the results. I did opt for the airbrushing and it was a great choice to even out my skin tone. After the trial was over, and she did the small tweaks I asked for, we said goodbye. She never pressured me to sign, but rather I left with her contract and on the drive home I decided I would find the money in the budget to hire her. I had been warned by friends of mine who had been brides before me: Choose your day-of people carefully, you will be sending the biggest day of your life with them, so make sure you like them. I knew she would be nice to have around on that Big Day. After booking, we exchanged a few emails, four of my bridesmaids wanted to use her as well, so we worked out the schedule and details. Day of, she arrived right on time and got straight to work. She was so skilled and she worked and worked making each of my dearest friends and sisters look absolutely gorgeous, one-by-one. All of my friends have different styles and coloring and she matched each one as if she knew them like I did! When it was my turn to sit in the chair, it was just at the perfect moment. The mornings To-Dos had been coming to a fever pitch and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed, tears were coming and I was trying not to snap at people who were just trying to help. Lisa was like a Godsend at that moment. She reminded me that I had to sit and they would all figure it out without me (she even got me to hand my phone off), which was exactly what I needed to do. And she was right; they did figure it out! That time having my hair and make up done was the time I used to center myself again. So besides just my hair and make up, she also helped me calm down during a critical time, which although is not in her job description I deeply appreciated. (You may not need that from her on your day of, but I relay it because it was important to me that she was really paying attention to me as a person.) My makeup and hair were perfect and just what I wanted. She styled it so I could have all of my hair up for the ceremony and then took down the back for the reception. She gave me a little container with some lipstick so I could touch up my lips, which was all I needed. I never felt as beautiful as I did that day, and thats how its supposed to be on your wedding day, right?
Services used: Beauty & Health