Dec 29, 2006
I found my DREAM dress at Jon's Bridal! I was set on walking down the aisle in a beautiful and elegant gown that had a vintage feeling to it, and I found it at Jon's Bridal! It was the first dress that caught my eye, and I was so surprised that it was the only one I tried on! I told myself before I went that I needed to shop around to get ideas and prices, but after that dress was on me I was set! I even had it altered there, and was very pleased with how everything turned out; it fit perfectly!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Paper Source - Chicago
I used Paper Source for various note cards and also for our response card envelopes, once we found out we were moving to Paris and had to have our response cards sent elsewhere. They really have the best prices I've found, and my maid of honor said she also chose to use them for the bridal shower invitations, which were darling. *The* site for the DIY crew.
Services used: Invitations
I can only say wonderful things about them and their work. I am in love with the old-world feel of letterpress, but didnt want to spend thousands on something many guests would simply throw away. With Wildflower, I was able to design my own invitations and response cards and send them via email as PDF files to letterpress print. Of course, Wildflower also mainly does custom work and offers very creative designs. Excellent e-mail contact and very fast printing time (only a couple of weeks). Very easy to work with from a distance and they sent the sweetest note with the shipment of invitations.
Services used: Invitations
I got frustrated because I couldn't find a hair & makeup professional who would travel to us that I liked. Our planner recommended that I check out Michele Renee, and everything just clicked right away after my first initial contact with her. I scheduled a trial appointment, and booked her as soon as she was done! Michele is such a sweetheart who made me laugh and smile! Her work is amazing, and her prices were great!
Services used: Beauty & Health
The perfect venue for a historical and old Spanish colonial ambiance. It was the mix of antique and tropical that we were dreaming of. I literally got choked up when I first saw it - I couldnt speak! We didnt need many decorations at all to have a beautiful backdrop for our perfect day. The architectural details are seemingly endless and one of the best things about the Crosley is that the whole place was ours for the day. Not a random swimmer or wandering tourist in sight. The bar prices are reasonable and the drinks were delicious. I cant even complain about the house wine (I only tried the white), which was great with our seafood meal. The only con is the size: luckily we only had 82 guests, so we all fit in the great room, but any more than about 90 and you have to spill over into other rooms.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Tom Kersey - Cellist and Composer
We are a musical family that likes to support the local musicians, and especially original talent. We really enjoyed Tom Kerseys group, Kelp, and their blend of jazz, ska, and classical. It was really awesome having a live cellist - how many reception bands include one of those?!! Many of our guests enjoyed it too, but some of the older generation couldnt relate to the change in tempo and the bands neglect of playing covers (our request of course). Tom Kersey can arrange a variety of groups and will gladly play jazz standards if you give him some notice, we just decided to go with 100% originals.
Services used: Unique Services
Harry's Continental Kitchens
Our planner recommended a couple of caterers, and Harry's was one of them! Is it normal to have mouth-watering *wedding* food? I must admit, we only ever sampled Harrys menu, but we were instantly sold on them. The coconut-crusted grouper was to die for. They were also incredibly accommodating in terms of menu modifications (we didn't want to serve shellfish, but love crab cakes, so they made fish cakes!) We also got countless compliments on the hors doeuvres, which ranged from sushi to latkes to duck wontons, and the desserts - my oh my - the desserts! The croquembouche was fun, memorable, and delicious. Everyone was wondering what it was all about, then they grabbed a piece... excellent. We also had mini key lime pies and a coffee service with clear coffee mugs, which really added a special touch of European elegance to the whole dessert room. Harrys gave us all the left over desserts and those cream puffs from the croquembouche were the first to go! Harrys is a bit pricier than the average caterer, but worth every penny. They organized all the rentals and were so accommodating to our idea of serving my moms famous carrot cake cupcakes (another hit!). The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. We always had at *least* one server tending to us, to make sure we had everything we needed - and that we didnt miss the delicious food during picture taking! I couldnt have asked for more.
Services used: Catering
Sweet Memory Baskets
Since our whole wedding party was staying at a luxurious B&B, I decided to have sort of a pampering theme for their gifts. I ordered spa slippers each with a coordinating monogram. I chose white slippers with tan thread for the monograms, which I though looked more elegant than the pink ones on their website. Everything came in quickly and was just amazing!
Services used: Favors & Gifts
MP Artworks Ketubahs
This is where we ordered our ketubah. We thought it would take weeks, but our custom wedding contract, with the text written in both Hebrew and English, was shipped in just about a week. If youre in the WCF area, you can just give them a call and pick it up. We were able to make ours custom with 100 signature lines so that all of our guests could sign the contract as witnesses. It was the perfect artwork for our taste in art, colors, venue, and our own style as a couple.
Services used: Unique Services
Jason Angelini Photography
Observant and discreet, yet assertive when necessary, Jason Angelini has an artistic eye for capturing moments of a significance you may not even realize at the time. He got along so well with our guests, they really opened up to him and some even thought he was a friend of ours that happened to have some fancy equipment! We did some traditional shots, and some that were, well, edgy to say the least, and the whole time we felt comfortable and were having fun. Confession: some of our very favorite moments of our wedding day were actually those we spent shooting pictures!
Services used: Photography