mariyna

WEDDING DATE:

Apr 02, 2006

mariyna
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Classic Creations Floral (retired)
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I absolutely love Sue and our flowers! As it says on her business card, she really is a florist for budget brides! I can't believe I got all the flowers under $450. When I first contacted her, she was already booked for another wedding, but offered me I pick up my flowers at her place the day before the wedding, and so I did. Our flowers stayed up really great, you couldn't tell they were made the day before and were stored in an ice chest! She is definately one of my favorite vendors. LOVED HER!!!!
Services used: Unique Services

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Orange County Wedding Dance Studio
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I really don't understand what the others were complaining about Sara..because both my husband and I LOVED her! She was Great! We went with 3x30min lessons, but she definately spent a LOT more than that. On our last day, her husband even helped my husband to excute the final dip..and all of our guests were talking about our first dance! Ahhhh Taking lessons with Sara and her husband was one of the BEST decisions we ever made throughout the wedding planning.
Services used: Unique Services

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California Sounds
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Tom was great. I gave him a couple of songs I want him to play and gave him the idea of the entire music we are looking for, and I led everything up to him pretty much. But I did not have to worry about the music a bit, he did a great job making our wedding fun and got the dance floor going. Great&very organized guy.
Services used: DJ

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You May Kiss the Bride
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I originally asked for Gregg Mohr but he might not be in town on our wedding Mark Wheeler performed our day. Greg helped me build the ceremony we like, and Mark excuted it perfectly. At the end of the ceremony, he handed me our ceremony typed up on a nice paper for us to keep. He was just GREAT, we loved him.
Services used: Officiant

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The More the Merrier
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
Having a day-of-coordinator at Ebell wedding, again, is MANDATORY. You can either hire your own or use Ebell coordinator. I didn't even look for the other coordination than Ebell had to offer because I figured they'd do the best. While communication throughout the planning was great, I was disappointed what I asked Ebell coordinator Traci had not been passed to Tara, who actually did the day-of-coordinating.(see Shuttle Services review for more details). But overall, I'm glad I went with them.
Services used: Wedding Planning

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Although we had a little communication problem at first, they pulled it off. The food was great, and the service was perfect. I went with the most inexpensive package because of my budget, but everything was just delicious! Also, I didn't buy champagne from them because of my budget, but my coordinator, Tamera offered me I could bring my own champagne and serve them to our guests free. I got lucky!
Services used: Catering

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Sara (Macy's in Fashion Island)
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Sara was just great. She is such a busy girl(She's the manager of the store), but she made time for my trial twice and made sure we had what I wanted. But what surprised me was she showed up on the big day with beautiful Garbera bouquet!!!!! She is just the SWEETEST!!!! My make-up held up ALL NIGHT LONG but my fake lashes stayed beutifully. All the female guests and bridal party were really amazed how well my makeup held up.
Services used: Unique Services

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Kozo Hair Salon
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
She has been my hair stylist since I was an international student here. I figured it would be the best to ask a Japanese and somebody, who knows my hair for a long time to do my wedding hair. I gave her only 1 picture of up-do I wanted to do(pic in bio), and she just pulled it off beaufiully. We didn't even have a trial but I trust her all the way I wan't worried a bit. Loved her work!
Services used: Unique Services

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CASTLE FOR BRIDES
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My dress was perfect on me. Everyone commented how perfect it was for me. Erlinda, who helped me find my dress was such a doll. She wa Very helpful and fun, I had so much fun shopping for my gown. I also asked Janet at the same place for my alteration. You can tell how perfect my gown fit me from the pictures...can't you?
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Flyboy Naturals Rose Petals
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered a 3 different shades of freeze-dried petal sample from FlyBoyNaturals Out of three shades "Bridal White,""Baby Blanket,"and "Lydia Petite Petals," I used "Lydia Petite Petals" for my DIY centerpiece trial. Each sample comes in a small prastic pouch and is approx. 1 cup. FYI just 1 cup was ENOUGH to scatter around the Centerpiece votives thought it's suggested on their website I use 3 cups for centerpieces. HIGHLY recommend to order samples first because the color you see online and in person are different.
Services used: Flowers

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Cudge.net
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
all the votive candles are from Cudge.Net, even with the shipping I think you can't go cheaper than Cudge's good quality candles. Shipping was pretty fast too. The only regret is that maybe I should've chosen white candles, the one I ordered (ivory) looked really yellow in person.
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Flowers

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JCrew
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I just loved how Sophia looked on my bridesmaids. All my girls looked AMAZING! I refused to buy Briddesmaid dress from wedding dress shop because no matter how pretty they are they probably won't be worn ever again. And I think I made the right choice buying the dresses from J.Crew, they are so pretty and wearable they can wear them to about any occasion! My girls loved them too.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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The Ebell Club of Long Beach
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Beautiful historical building. Built in 1927, restored in 2003. I am so glad we picked this place to have our wedding. EVERYONE commented how beautiful the place is. It's unique and the building itself is beautiful I didn't have to spend $$$ to decorate the place. I highly recommend this place if you dont paying parking and day-of-coordination, that are mandatory!(eek!)
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

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AMERICAN LIMO SERVICE
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Having a shuttle service through the American Parking at Ebell wedding is MANDATORY! but they were great to work with. Ebell Coordinator, Traci suggested we use the shuttle to take us, family and BP to a nearest park right after the ceremony, but the shuttle people were not aware of it we wasted about 15 min trying to handle the situation. The whole time we were trying to figure out what's going on, the coordinator was gone preparing for the reception. But once I told the shuttle attendant the situation, they handled it really quickly and drove us to the beach for family photo shooting. Also thank my husband's dad for giving my husband such a cool car! When my husband got into an accident in his Honda Civic in '03, he got this car from his dad. Although I was thinking of renting a sedan to take us from the Ebell to the hotel first, I re-considered using DH's car. Needless to say, we were able to take SUCH cool pictures with the Monte Carlo. This was one of the best decisions we made too!!!
Services used: Transportation

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Firefly Videography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Booking a videographer was a last minute thing. I wasn't thinking of booking a videographer at all at first mainly because of my budget. But then I remembered how HORRIBLE my dad's videotaping was at the party in Japan, I finally convinced my mom we should get one. I was only looking for somebody, who could do the raw-footage of the day at VERY low price. As my wedding date approaching I was not sure if I could even find anyone, but I got great referrals from L.A. brides, and that's how I found Young Lee. He is very friendly and he's very quick in responses to my questions I like him a lot already. VERY VERY reasonable price, I'm just so happy:) Can't wait to see my video!
Services used: Unique Services