May 08, 2009
Alterations by Reina
Reina lives up to all of the wonderful things you hear about her on the boards, and then some. She is a total sweetheart. My dress was about 2 sizes too big for me, and she was able to fit it to me perfectly and not change an ounce of the design of the dress. She also altered my mom's dress which was also about 2 sizes too big and it was the same result. She even sewed some rhinestone buttons on my shoes and steamed my veil at no extra charge. She packed up everything so nicely for us and treated us like family. Her prices are extremely affordable as well. The bridal salon would have charged me at least 3 or 4 times as much as what Reina charged me. She is a great and honest worker, and I value that above anything. I cannot say enough good things about her. The drive up to Pompano from Miami (4 times) was worth every minute and every penny of gas, and more! Reina IS worth it don't even think twice about it!!!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Makeup by Amaris
Amaris freaking rocks!!! My makeup (for both my wedding and my epics) stayed on allllllll night! Even after hours of sweating and dancing, I still looked made up! My face usually gets shiny after like an hour, and it wasn't shiny at all the entire night, YAY! She was recommended to me by my photographer's wife, because her work photographs so flawlessly. She works with the intention of coming out perfectly in pictures and lasting as long as possible. At first, only 3 of us were supposed to get our makeup done by her. I accidentally told her to come an hour before she actually needed to be there, but it worked out for the best. As soon as she did the first girl's makeup, everyone fell in love with it and 3 more girls decided they wanted theirs done as well!
Services used: Unique Services
The Tux Shop (Doral, FL)
They had all of their tuxes actually in stock, which was great for the guys since they could try it on whenever they came in. They have a great selection of tuxes and the quality was great as well. The customer service was great. They were super helpful each time we went in. Their prices were very competitive also. The only reason they don't get the 5 is because the groom's shirt stank under the arms after he was only wearing it for an hour or two, which means it was the actual shirt and not him.
Services used: Dress & Attire
No doubt about it, this was one of the best decisions I made! I saved $500 by ordering my dress from them, and it came in 2 months earlier than the bridal salon quoted me. It was a no-brainer for me, and it all worked out perfectly. It's not their fault the dress was too big, I can only blame it on the measurements and the designer's size chart. The salon would have ordered me the same size, and charged me wayyyy too much to alter it. Pearl's Place is the way to go! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Anchor Paper Express
Great selection, fast shipping, and great prices. Only downside is that shipping is a bit expensive, but the base prices are so cheap that it evens out.
Services used: Invitations
Hair by Alcira
My hair was fantastic. I had a trial with her and the day of the wedding I showed her a picture of something similar that I wanted instead, and she was able to re-create it. It lasted all night and I had absolutely no problems with it. My hair is very straight and thin, so it usually doesn't hold updos or curls very well, but this one stayed all night. Also, after my trial she curled my hair and did a half updo, and it also held all day and looked great. Everyone was very happy with their hair the day of the wedding.
Services used: Beauty & Health
My flowers were absolutely amazing! They were a huge hit with all of the guests also. People were practically fighting over the centerpieces to take them home. They really transformed the room and made it look so beautiful and elegant. My bouquet was breathtaking! It was suuuuper heavy too, which means they were good flowers! It's been 2 weeks and it's in my refrigerator and still looks very pretty. It was exactly what I wanted: it was very elegant but it stood out from my dress and everything else. His prices were unbeatable for the type of flowers I got! His work is amazing and he really pulls through for you in the end! HIGHLY recommended!
Services used: Flowers
GREGORY PAUL PHOTOGRAPHY
I really can't recommend Greg and his wife Heidi enough. He is an absolute artistic genius. His work just does not compare to anyone else's, in my opinion. We did not get his highest package, and the two of them still treated us like we were paying $10K. They were extremely accommodating, they even went to a completely different place to take the guys' pictures and then came to us at the hotel. They started working at 1:30pm, and didn't leave until the end of the reception, even though I told them they could leave after the garter toss. Everyone mentioned how they worked so hard. DH and I didn't even feel Greg the entire night, but every time we took a look at him he was sweating creating angles and lighting to take awesome pictures. We were really pressed for time after the ceremony for pictures inside the church, and he still made sure we got as many family shots as possible. We completely missed the cocktail hour, which is when he usually shoots all of the reception details shots, but he was able to get the same great shots during the reception when the room was filled! i can't wait to see all of the pictures! The ones we've seen so far on the blog left us with our mouths open! Although we had to almost triple our photography budget and cut out several other elements to be able to afford him, I think it's the best decision we made. The pictures are the one thing that will last you forever, so you just can't go cheap on wedding photography!
Services used: Photography