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WEDDING DATE:

Aug 01, 2009

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Jasmine is more than amazing. She's got a great eye for art and you can be certain that she'll develop superstar quality photos. Everyone loved our engagement photos. The first time we visited her studio, she showed us a wedding slideshow of another couple she just shot and we were sold! Gorgeous imagery, lighting, color. Everything we wanted and more. She's very professional and showed up on time. During the reception she even created a slideshow of some pictures she took of the day. Sort of like a preview and we were all amazed. We can't wait to see the rest. You'll definitely be happy with her work!
Services used: Photography

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Monterey Marriott
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
If your guest list is around 150 or less, the top floor Ferrantes Bay View Ballroom is gorgeous. With very large windows nearly surrounding all the walls, your guests will get an awesome view of Monterey Bay. Packages range from around $70-100 per person. Kids are $17 each (which includes fruit cup, entree, cookie, and juice). Believe me when I say no one will go home hungry. With appetizers during cocktail hour, a starter, a salad, and main entree there's more than enough to eat. The food is actually quite good also. Compared to many locations I've seen, the Marriott is priced on the higher side in terms of service fee. There also aren't too many ceremony options onsite, but there are plenty of nearby locations, which the hotel can also arrange. You also get the ballroom until midnight, which is the latest times we found when researching venues, especially for a hotel. The staff is very accommodating and I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great view.
Services used: Unique Services

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DNA Disc Jockey Service
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
DNA Entertainment was one of the preferred vendors on our reception's list. We decided to go with them since they were familiar with the venue and came highly recommended by the hotel. Anthony, one of the owners of DNA, is very responsive in terms of returning emails. In addition to Anthony, the company has several DJs. Our DJ was DJ Evan Parker. He was very professional and took the time to make sure he was pronouncing everyone's name correctly before the grand entrance. Even though things got delayed (my fault not his) he managed to work with it and move on to the next task only when I was ready. The changes between some of the songs could have been a little smoother, but overall our guests had a lot of fun and he kept us dancing.
Services used: Unique Services

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Starlite Dance Club
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I love to dance and I always imagined doing a choreographed first dance. My (now husband) isn't as keen on ballroom dance only because it doesn't come as naturally to him. After watching a friend do a choreographed routine at her wedding, which was 2 weeks before mine, I was inspired to take classes. The week before the wedding we managed to take an intro lesson, which really is only the basic to which ever style you decide to do. Then the instructor will try to come up with a plan of lessons depending on your skill level and amount of time you have left until the wedding. We signed up for 6 lessons, but over 3 days. We doubled up 2 lessons each day. Our instructor, Victoria, was so great. She knew exactly what we could do in the short amount of time we had and came up with a great routine. She also helped my husband become a better leader. We barely had time to practice outside of the lessons, but somehow we managed to get through the entire routine without messing up when it came to showtime. I would highly recommend going to Starlite, which is now Cheryl Burke's (from Dancing with the Stars) Starlite in Mountain View to anyone looking to spice it up a little and change from the typical "hug and sway".
Services used: Unique Services

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Flower and Paper
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Hien and her team did a great job on doing all the flower arrangements for my wedding. She listens to you and creates fantastic arrangements and tries to stay within your budget. She's got a keen sense of style and you can trust her advice and suggestions, or if you're clear on what you want, let her know what you have envisioned. She worked with my budget by helping me reuse ceremony flowers for my reception flowers. She also showed me a sample of what the centerpieces were going to look like before the wedding. After a couple of suggestions and changes, she managed to find the exact color of calla lilies I was looking for! The day of my wedding, everything seemed to be running late (like always I suppose), but the flowers arrived earlier than expected which was awesome. I love gardenias and that's exactly what I got in my bouquet, the smell was heavenly =). All the colors were beautiful.
Services used: Flowers