Young_Love

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 13, 2005

Young_Love
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The Great Dane Baking Company
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Holy schmoly, our cake looked awesome!!! I brought a picture to Great Dane and they made it look even better than I was hoping. I had just arrived at Park Prive when it was being dropped off and I started screaming and jumping up and down when I saw it. I was thrilled with how it looked. It was also very, very tasty. We had marble cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate cake with vanilla Bavarian crme filling and it was sooooo good. The only bummer is that I dont think anyone really ate it. They were all so busy with the dang chocolate fountain. I had some (okay, a LOT), though, and I loved it.
Services used: Unique Services

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You May Kiss the Bride
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We loved Greg! How can you not? Hes just so darn good at what he does. He put us both at ease before the ceremony and he did a fantastic job of running the show during the ceremony. The guests loved him and we loved him. What a great guy.
Services used: Officiant

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Shalee Berg Events
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My wedding would have been a DISASTER without Shannon. Okay, maybe not a disaster, but there would have been a lot of problems and miscommunications, but I had none. Shannon is the reason my wedding was so perfect. Let me start off by saying that I havent really talked about my coordinator much here on the boards because Shannon is a good friend of mine. I take the recommendations made on these boards seriously, so I didnt want to recommend you girls to her until I knew she would do a good job and be totally professional. Well, she did more than a good job - she did an unbelievable job! So I have absolutely no hesitation about recommending her to anyone looking for any sort of coordination services (day of or full service). I really had only been interested in day of services, but in the end, Shannon did SO much more. Young and I felt like we had a full service planner running the show for us. She took over my dealings with the vendors, she created the most detailed timeline known to man for the vendors, and a more general one for the wedding party, she kept track of my outstanding balances, plus, the hardest thing for her, Im sure - she totally kept me on task the last month before the wedding. Im totally an idea person, but Im not really organized when it comes to bringing the ideas to life. Shannon sent me weekly to do lists, called me almost daily to check on the status of my projects, offered to help with things I wasnt very excited about doing - she even cancelled my hairstylist for me when I decided I was going to do my own hair. She was a lifesaver the last month because a) Im a procrastinator and b) I HATE making phone calls. She made sure everything was taken care of, plus thought of details that never would have crossed my mind. Not only that, she was able to arrange things through her connections that I would have never been able to do on my own (like taking photos at the Hyatt before the ceremony when I wasnt getting married there). She worked all kinds of miracles for me. She totally ran the show like a pro during the rehearsal. She had everyone listening to her every word and it was flawless. The day of the wedding - I cant even tell you. She made sure I wasnt worried about a single thing. She took care of every detail I could possibly think of. My dad said it seemed like the wedding was effortless, like it all just fell into place, but that those are the events that you know the most work went into. Thats what Shannon did - she did all the work to make the day seem effortless. I think the best testament to the job she did was that almost every single vendor I had gave me a compliment on her. They all told me how organized and professional she was compared to other coordinators they have worked with and that I was very lucky to have her. That speaks volumes. Not only that, but even the wedding party and the guests commented on how great she was! Im not kidding when I say that things would not have been so perfect without Shannon. She was the BEST money we spent on the wedding. Yah, I came up with the ideas, but shes the one that made everything gel. If anyone is even considering coordination services, you should at least talk to Shannon. Tell her Jessica sent you.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
After reading up on dress shopping before hand, I was terrified that every bridal salon was full of awful employees dead set on ripping me off. Jinnys was the opposite of my expectations! Cheri was my consultant and she was awesome! She picked out a dress for me that I would have NEVER tried on and I loved it 10x more than the ones I went there to try. I went back later for that dress and ended up finding the Maggi CapriMarie, which is what I bought. She was friendly and helpful and even gave me a discount on the dress because they were having a Maggie trunk show the next weekend - I didnt even know about the trunk show and would have never known, but she just offered it us. The dress came in right when they said it would and they didnt pressure me at all to get my alterations done there. On top of all that, they had the best price for my dress that I saw anywhere. Jinnys was a totally great experience on every level.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Janet Brunton
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I was referred to Janet by daNrr and I am SO glad I called her! Janet was such a treat to work with. I dont think Ive ever met a sweeter, more caring, thoutful lady in my life. It is so refreshing to work with someone so delightful. Not to mention the fact that she is good at what she does! My dress looked awesome. I had her remove the top ruffle, add bra cups, shorten the hemline, and figure out a bustle for my complicated, uneven dress, and she did a fabulous job. Plus she had the idea of turning the ruffle fabric in to a garter (which turned out great) and steamed by dress, crinoline and veil. On top of all that, her prices are VERY reasonable. (Honestly, I felt like I was ripping her off) I cant recommend her enough. She is such a wonderful person and a good seamstress.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Chair Covers by Angie
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Angie was great! She was easy to work with and the chair covers looked amazing! They totally completed the look in the room and looked better than I was expecting. Plus she was affordable. Great experience with Angie!
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths

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Park Prive
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I knew Park Prive was the place for me the second I saw it, and boy was I right. The whole venue was just totally US. (And everyone said so all night) Our guests went crazy for it. I had guests getting business cards from the catering manager during my reception so they could contact her later about their own events. The setup of the garden and the rooms was perfect for my wedding and I got SO many compliments from guests about the modern look, and how glad they were to see something other than the typical hotel ballroom (which is exactly what I was hoping for). The venue was a total hit, and the best part is, modern means minimalist, so there is no decoration you have to do to make the place shine. It looks great just the way it is. Not only was the venue a hit with the guests, but so was the food. Patina food is AWESOME! We got the chicken, but it was so far from typical wedding chicken, so it wasnt boring for the guests at all. I made sure to eat LOTS of itit was so yummy! As we made our rounds from table to table during the reception, almost everyone made a point to tell us how much they loved the food. From the way they were talking, it sounded like Patina could have cooked up a spare tire from the back of someones car, and people still would have raved about it. In addition to the chicken, we had 4 passed appetizers during cocktail hour, which were also a hit. The staff at Park Prive was unbelievable! The service was beyond excellent. They were so great to work with during my planning, and the day of they had so many people working and taking care of us and our guests. Every time I turned around, someone was there asking me if I needed anything. All my guests were taken care of all night. It was such a great experience at a great place.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Majestic Limousine
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Shannon actually booked this vendor for us based on her experience with them. They were great! We had an Expedition limo stocked with Bud Light and champagne take the wedding party from the HB Hyatt to Park Prive and then a towncar take me and Young from Park Prive back to the Hyatt at the end of the night. The drivers were on time, the cars looked great, and everything ran smoothly with them. They were perfect!
Services used: Unique Services

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Floral Event Outlet
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
FEO was great. Laurel was easy to work with and had good ideas for my flowers. I dont know if I would use them if I had a lot of flowers for my wedding, but I didnt have a lot of floral, so FEO was perfect for my needs. I had persona flowers, an alter decoration, carnation pomanders for the aisle, one arrangement for the guestbook table, and thats about it. They all came out very nice, no complaints at all. I loved my bouquet (although I noticed in the pics that the roses look red. They were actually a dark pink.) and thought all the flowers were beautiful. Plus, FEO has great prices. They are great for brides on a budget with flowers.
Services used: Flowers

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Baker Party Rentals
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
They had everything I wanted, good prices, and were easy to work with. I used them for my linens, dance floor, and chairs and arch for the ceremony. I had to pay a little extra for setup (after paying extra for delivery), but it was worth it. They were on time (early, even) and everything looked great.
Services used: Rentals & Photobooths

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Chocolate Sensations
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The chocolate fountain was seriously the hit of my wedding. My guests went crazy over it! I was planning on providing my own dipping items, but in the end I decided it wasnt worth the hassle and paid the extra $$ to have them provide it. Im so glad I did! They set everything up so beautifully and had an attendant (Krystal, one of the owners) there all night. The chocolate and the dipping items were so tasty and looked so beautiful in the room. Like I said, my guests loved itat one point there was almost a line out the door for it! Plus, as a nice little treat, Krystal boxed up a sampling of all the dipping items and sent it with us back to the hotel. It was such a nice surprise. Working with Chocolate Sensations was totally easy and they had a great chocolate fountain with great food!
Services used: Unique Services

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California Stage & Lighting (Cal Stage)
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I rented the light for the gobo from Cal Stage and they outsourced my gobo order to a company they work with. I explained what I needed and they took care of everything. We had to pick it up, but my DJ was able to take care of setup and the light was a HUGE hit. I got so many comments on it. It seemed like a silly expense, initially, but the guests loved it, so it was worth it.
Services used: Unique Services

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Costa Mesa
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
This was a GREAT choice for a RD!! We used their private room and took up the whole thing. The food was top notch and everyone loved it. They were easy to work with and the night ended up being perfecteveryone had a blast! It ended up being waaaaaaay (and I mean waaaaay) over what we had budgeted for RD, but what do I expect with a family of drinkers at a brewery? Everyone loved Karl Strausswe had a blast there.
Services used: Unique Services

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Fina Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Holy cow. I LOVE Jenna and her husband Aaron. These two are such a delight to work with. They are so much fun and made taking our photos so much fun for everyone. I was so happy to have them at my wedding - they felt just like friends, which put everyone at ease. We took pictures at the HB Hyatt before the ceremony and they set up some of the coolest shots - I cant wait to see how they turn out! They totally know their stuff and it is obvious. I have nothing but praise for Jenna and Aaron! Ill probably have more to say w hen my pro pics are done. Okay...pro pics are done and I'm blown away. They're amazing! I can't recommend Fina enough. They're awesome!!
Services used: Unique Services

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Makeup By Michelle
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
As soon as I contacted her, I liked her so much. She did my makeup trial on the day of my e-pics and it was great. She was so wonderful on the day of - my mom and all my girls loved her. She made us all look gorgeous and was so fun to talk to while we were getting ready. Michelle did a really good job of listening to what I wanted and making it look good on me. My makeup lasted all day and looked great. I would totally recommend Michelle for makeup...she's great!
Services used: Unique Services