Oct 14, 2006
We were originally not going to hire a videographer, but we kept hearing that it was a must. I am so glad we did and I am so glad that we hired Isabel. I knew that Isabel was for us immediately after watching her demos. It was exactly what we were looking for: not CHEESY at all, affordable, professional and super nice. Our DVD came out perfect. The details were impeccable from the timing of the music to all the elements of the wedding. She honored all of our requests of what we wanted and what we did not want.
Services used: Videography
Wilshire Bridal Salon
I loved my Maggie Sottero Channing dress. Wilshire Bridal was great. Rachel, who helped me, found exactly what I was looking for. I told her I wanted something very simple and elegant. The first dress she picked out for me was the one. They also do alterations there. Crinoline and bridesmaid dresses were also purchased at this bridal shop.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Paper Source was my saving grace for DIY paper projects. I made my invitations with their products and they turned out exactly how I wanted them to. I was looking for simple, modern, and chic. Originally I had wanted to have them made, but the Bridezilla-ness in me knew I had to have it a certain way, so I decided to make them myself. Yes it was very time consuming and I realized why invitation companies charge so much: LABOR! Even with all of the laborious heartaches, I dont regret DIYing the invites. I also used Paper Source for making my programs. They are a bit pricey but definitely worth the money.
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Invitations
City of Commerce Flowers
WOW!!!! I still cant believe how beautiful our flowers were. I wanted to make sure that I was able to find a vendor that could produce something unique and beautiful. Eddie was able to do that for me. You get plenty of flowers for your money and everyone is super nice. Eddie went above and beyond. Commerce Flowers really outdid themselves. They delivered our personal flowers earlier that morning to my hotel room. I was a little disappointed when they arrived because the BM flowers were not exactly the way I wanted them, but after looking at them a bit, they were still beautiful. Eddie was amazing. He went out of his way to find the perfect shade of orange roses for me during our planning process. Throughout the night, I constantly got tremendous compliments on how beautiful the flowers were. When I first arrived at the museum, I was blown away at how beautiful they were. The manzanita branches were breathtaking, the low centerpieces were bigger and better than my mock ups, and the pomander balls were full with flowers. Whats great about Commerce is that they will do prototype centerpieces for you before you even book with them. They want to make sure that you will be happy with what youre paying for. Most places will only do this for you after you pay your deposit with them. No wonder they don't need advertising. They get their business through word of mouth.
Services used: Flowers
Skye Blu Photography
Danielle Biel was one of the best investments we had made for the wedding. Have you ever met such a down to earth, sweet, person that is so good at what she does? Skye Blu did our engagement photos, my boudoir photos and our wedding photos. I barely ever noticed her and her assistant during the wedding. Like she had told us, she would be like a "fly on the wall". If you are looking for something a little different than the typical wedding picture style, look into her. I loved how our engagement photos came out and she made me feel so glamorous during my photo shoot for boudoir. She always makes you feel so comfortable. I love her edgy, artistic style. She is a believer in film photography (no digital ever with her) and she is amazing at it. I am so utterly happy about the way my pictures came out. What sold me with Danielle is that you will get all of your negatives, all of your proofs, proof albums, and a high resolution CD of your photos. I was so surprised when I received all of my proofs because I did not realize how many photos she had taken that day. The focus on details and the artsy edge was phenomenal. Im in love with Danielles photo taking expertise.
Services used: Photography
We chose Rossmoor over other bakeries first off because of the taste. Im not into really sweet cakes, so when we went for our tasting there, I noticed that the cakes were nice and fluffy, but more importantly, not too sweet. Our cake tasted delicious and turned out amazing. We had a chocolate and vanilla mocha latte Bavarian cream cake. I had given them a picture of how I wanted the cake to look like. They did it exactly the way I wanted it. Everyone thought our cake was gorgeous and tasted delicious.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Crowning Glory Designs
Candi is the veil making queen. She is famous on the OC boards. She is the nicest and sweetest lady. She made my fingertip veil in a week for such a great price. She will even ship the veil for you if you dont have time to pick it up. I had originally had a slightly longer veil made for me. When I received and tried it on, I felt it was too long for me. Candi wanted to make sure I was happy with it and made a shorter veil for me free of charge.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Craig's Extraordinary Events
Talk about great service for the bride and groom!! If you use Craigs for your catering service, you will not be disappointed. We had no other choice but to work with Craig's since the museum does not work with outside catering vendors. Craig's is pricey but all about service. Their presentation of food was amazing and the food I heard was great and flavorful. I don't really remember what it tasted like that night. Guests claimed that it was delicious. What is so awesome about them is that the bride and groom have a personal waiter waiting on you from pre ceremony till the end of the night. They took the whole wedding partys drink order before the ceremony started so that it would be waiting for us after the ceremony. Immediately after the ceremony, while we all met at the back, there they were! Two waiters with a round of drinks for all of us. They had a separate appetizer plate for us also because they knew we would be busy taking pictures. During the reception, the waiter always made sure we had everything we needed. At the end of the night, they packed up two dinners from the wedding, 2 slices of our wedding cake and a bottle of champagne for us to eat as a late night snack/meal. Great service. You can also pick colored linens, no extra charge and they look closely at the weather forecast for you.
Services used: Catering
A Girl's Best Friend Wedding and Event Planning
I was really lucky in hiring Diane Robinson and Alisha Mahon for our wedding. They happened to be just starting out their event planning business and I was referred to them from one of my childhood friends. Both Diane and Alisha have had a lot of experience in event planning before they started this business. OMG!! I think without these ladies, I would have been so disorganized and many details would have been missed. They were more of a month coordinator than a day of. We kept in contact at least once a week, if not more, on details of the wedding. The week of the wedding they confirmed all of my vendors. The two of them are very precise, organized and detail oriented. They ran the rehearsal smoothly and thought of every detail and concern. The day of the wedding, they made sure everything flowed smoothly and perfectly. I really think a big success of the wedding was because of them. They are so good they even took care of my RSVPs. Amazing. Anyone that is thinking of not using a DOC, I urge you to think twice. It saves you many headaches. The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is to make sure all your vendors are doing their job.
Services used: Unique Services