Jun 19, 2004
My mom and I designed and put them together ourselves. But we did buy the ribbon from WWW.PAPERMART.COM and they were great. Cheap and beautiful, quality ribbons.
Services used: Favors & Gifts
Rebecca Walker Designs | SimpleVeil.com
Veilshop did a great job with my veil - I custom ordered a diamond white drop veil with silver edged embroidery to compliment my dress. The prices were really reasonable, the veil came very quickly, and the quality was great.
Services used: Dress & Attire, Jewelry
The Briar Patch
Excellent! The dress was made of very quality material and the prices were great! Shipped fast and had no problems with them! They have some adorable dresses!
Services used: Unique Services
Although I didnt get to hear them play during cocktails, they brought tears to my eyes at the ceremony and when I heard them audition for us. Margaret and the guys were so sweet and professional, and everyone LOVED them. I heard from a lot of people about their talent and their friendly personalities. They learned to play a hymn for us as well, that was incorporated into our ceremony where everyone sang to it together. They also provided a music stand for my BMs to use during their ceremony performance (one of them sang and one played guitar). They even went to the trouble to learn a bunch of Cole Porter tunes because they knew I wanted an upbeat, jazzy feel to the cocktail hour. They always remembered who we were and what our wedding was going to be like, even with all of their other customers. A very reasonably priced and talented group who were wonderful to work with. I gave them all big hugs after the cocktail hour :)
Services used: Ceremony Music
Kate Baker Floral Design
Kate was great to work with - really sweet and she was able to communicate with me about my ideas really well. The flowers she did for the tree branch behind our ceremony vows were gorgeous and lush, just as I wanted - and my bouquet was lovely. The cake took my breath away. I am biased of course, but I thought my cake was the most beautiful I had seen. Far surpassed the photographs I had sent for inspiration. The BM bouquets I would have liked to be a little rounder, but she used beautiful flowers and did a great job overall. I loved the flowers she used in the centerpieces. Kate, compared to some higher-end florists, used the same flowers as they did (she used to work for Marks Garden before branching off on her own), but came in a lot lower on her prices than they were able to. She also did a great job of working within my budget and communicating about beautiful, creative ideas. Kate was one of my most pleasant and easiest vendors to work with.
Services used: Flowers
The cake was breathtaking - more beautiful than I ever would have hoped for, and the flavor was scrumptious. I know that multiple guests took three servings! Which I couldnt believe after all of the food provided by Monrose, but it was really really really good. Definitely the BEST wedding cake I have ever had, and even better than it was at the trial. Plus, there was plenty, and her prices were really reasonable. The best part: a prestigious and much more expensive cake baker in the area shared with us her honest opinions of local bakeries and Helena was the ONLY other one she would endorse with regard to the quality and flavor of her cakes. She did a lovely job on ours and I could not have been happier.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Makeup was the one thing that scared me the most, above any other vendor that I hired. I usually do my own makeup. In fact, Im the girl that does all of my girlfriends makeup too when we go out...so it was hard for me to let go on this day and let someone else do it...especially because not ONCE have I ever had someone do my makeup in such a way that I liked it as well as I did it myself. Nobody ever seemed to get it. So why did I decide to hire one at all? I figured that although I do my makeup well for everyday, I didnt know a thing about how my makeup needed to look for photographs. After probably 9 different makeovers in my life, I thought perhaps I was just too critical. Not so...and I knew that after I met Carina. I was so scared to go look in the mirror when she said Okay, you can go look now and then you can just let me know what we need to change. I peered into the mirror with dread....and almost cried when I saw that it was perfect! I didnt want to change even one thing...and that has NEVER happened to me. The day of the wedding was even better than the trial...she made me, my mom, and my cousin all look beautiful. Shes one amazing artist and I feel lucky that I found her. In addition to being a great artist, she is really sweet and down to earth, and I was happy to see her on my wedding day :)
Services used: Beauty & Health
Adamson House (Historical Landmark)
I knew what I wanted from a location. I knew I wanted it to reflect the kinds of places we loved...so it had to be by a beautiful beach and incorporate beautiful (preferably Spanish) architecture. The Adamson House was the only place that I felt incorporated both. Let me just say that if you love this place without all of the decorations, you will be breathless when you see it done up for a wedding. Even having visited the site a few times, I couldnt have imagined how amazing a place it would be for a wedding. For weeks now, still nobody can stop talking about how incredible it was. The feel that it evoked for our guests was very much like a beach vacation. They were able to eat, drink and celebrate by the sand, the weather was perfect, the setting picturesque, and everybodys cares seemed to drift away. The only negative was that the party had to end around 10:30 due to park rules, and the majority of the crowd was nowhere close to being ready to end the party. So...we offered an afterparty at the Radissons rooftop bar/restaurant, and about 30 people ended up coming there to continue the celebration. I will also add that there are a lot of restrictions for the location, so I imagine it would be a big hassle if you didnt hire a caterer who had worked there before. Luckily, we did - so we had zero problems.
Services used: Wedding Venue
I dont know if I can find the words to speak highly enough of Monrose or the owners, Donna and Richard. First of all, they offered an amazing menu full of delicious food at the most reasonable prices I found after having tastings at three other caterers.... and they happily accomodated my wish for a martini bar, including whatever martini ingredients I requested (I had pomegranate martinis as one choice to give a sense of how accomodating they were). Each time I spoke with Donna, she was friendly and on top of things - I relied on her for everything and knew that she would execute everything flawlessly. The bonus for Monrose is that Donna truly did act as a coordinator for me. That day, if anything needed to be taken care of with any of the vendors, she was in charge - and she went way above and beyond the call of duty. We brought her back a beautiful gift from our honeymoon just to show her how much we appreciated her that evening. I had no worries with her next to me all night. Also, the food they served was so delicious that the poor wait staff couldnt even get in the entrance way with more appetizers during the cocktail hour because people were devouring them. The food was unbelievably great, the selection was fresh and of the highest quality, and the portions were enormous. I heard more compliments on the food and saw more empty plates than Ive ever seen at a wedding. People are still talking about it, and I observed (and heard) that the wait staff provided impeccable service. They were everywhere at once, very professional and friendly, and provided for every guests needs. All I can say is that I wish I had more parties like this just so that I could hire them again. It was an enormous pleasure to work with them and have them cater our event. Wow.
Services used: Catering
P Lawrence Bridals & Formals
They provided such friendly and warm service that if I still lived in the area, Id definitely use them for all future formal events. I loved Peter, the owner, and the entire staff was always very professional and excited for me. Great service, delivered on time (earlier than anyone else could - I was a two dress bride and so needed this gown on shorter notice), AND matched the price of one of the discount services! Highly recommended.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Davids did a great job on the dresses for my girls. They came in in a timely fashion, and they looked beautiful on all of them. I loved the color, and all of the ladies were really happy. I know that it seems to depend on the store that people order from whether they have a good or a bad experience at Davids, so for the record I went through the one in Rockville, MD.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Michael Negrete Photography
Not only is Michael a wonderful person that we had a ton of fun working with, he has an incredible talent. We plan to use him for major milestones throughout our lives. He takes a little longer than some photographers to get photos back to you, but he develops some of the photos by hand - something we were not able to find with other photographers. He takes great pride in his work, as he should...we loved both our engagement and wedding photos.
Services used: Unique Services
My best friend and MOH were planning at the same time and looked at a LOT of budget priced videographers, as neither of us wanted to spend a ton on this aspect of our wedding. Now its one of the things I am most excited about! Guy is professional, funny, friendly, and overall a great pleasure to work with....but above even that he does fantastic work. You can go to his site a see a few examples (which made me cry and they werent even my wedding!)...I have now seen what hes been able to do with my MOHs wedding (she was married one month before me) and it really just takes my breath away. Hes been highly professional throughout and even brought along an extra videographer (at no charge) on the day of! I think hes still underpriced for the quality of work he provides so if you are looking for a bargain, look to him!
Services used: Unique Services
Sinatra Tribute and Swing Band
The good news is that all of the guests absolutely RAVED about Dan and his band. They really were fantastic performers and to anyone not behind the scenes, they were the best band theyd seen at a wedding. This is why I gave them as high a rating as I did. However, my experience with them was a bit...complicated. In a nut shell, once a deposit was received, the lengthy and kind phone calls and emails ceased. I was met with curtness and annoyance to my questions, he double booked my date (with another member - thank goodness, so disaster for one or both of us was avoided!), and I was unsure if he would arrive. He did arrive, but he did not prepare to announce the wedding party, mispronounced a few names, and...worst to me of all...played the father-daughter song before the father-daughter dance was scheduled. Luckily - see my catering review - Donna from Monrose handled it all and made sure that he was doing things on schedule (he had no idea), and had him play the father-daughter dance later in the night. We used the same one because, realistically, nobody else realized hed already played it. Still, I was upset when my dad walked up to me halfway through the song, ready to dance to half of it if we needed to...and I just said to him, its okay Dad, well get to dance to our song. Nonetheless, we hired him for his Sinatra renditions, and he did an incredible job. We also hired the band for their versatility and energy and this was fantastic as well. They played fun songs (everything from Madonna to Earth, Wind and Fire) and the crowd was dancing to every song. Our floor was packed all night, and people were sad when the band had to end. Donna was amazing and took care of his carelessness with regard to running the show, and the only real upset I had was pre-wedding and with the one song. Still, in spite of the amazing performances and the fun time had by our guests, it might have been nice to be able to trust the band to show up and emcee the event :)
Services used: Band
Susan Sarafina (Salon Sarafina)
Susan was recommended to me by one of my Bms, and I thought she was great - really sweet and talented, and I loved the atmosphere of the salon. I also loved my hair, though I was counting on the curl drooping a bit because she did it a little curlier than I wanted since the wedding was so many hours away, and it was by the beach. This worked out perfectly and by the wedding it was looking great. She really listened when I communicated to her at the hair trial, and at the trial we discussed doing a couple of things differently on the wedding day - she did this perfectly and gave me exactly what I asked for. The only reason I gave her a 3 star is because although I was very happy with my hair, my MOH was not so happy with hers, and I had to agree. Still, back at the hotel I was able to help her tweak it a little so that she was happy with it. I just wish all the girls would have felt at their most beautiful.
Services used: Unique Services