Sep 05, 2004
Flower Shop Laguna Cliffs
Norah was included in our package at LC. She did the flowers at the ceremony. I would have given her an A, except for one thing: I specifically told her she could use ANY color she wanted EXCEPT pink. I also requested only red and yellow rose petals for the aisle. I was surprised when I saw pink rose petals down the aisle. LOL! The best laid plans... However, she did remember that I mentioned I love blue orchids.
Services used: Unique Services
I was in the process of searching for "the perfect chocolate covered strawberry." After all, this is an important thing to know. That's when I came across Godiva. Sitting there in the window were a variety of chocolate covered strawberries the SIZE OF MY FIST! I had to try one! I've had all sorts of Godiva goodies before, but never their chocolate covered strawberries. Well, needless to say, just like everything else they offer, this strawberry, covered in milk and dark chocolate, was absolutely euphoric. It was sweet, juicy and all around luscious! Of course, for $9, it should be!
Services used: Unique Services
Matucci Tuxedos, Tailors, & Mens Store
It's true. I grew in the shade. At 5'2", I need to have EVERYTHING altered. Joseph Mattucci's my guy. He always does impeccable work at reasonable prices. He also specializes in wedding dresses, and did a fantastic job on my wedding dress alterations and bustle. When this shop was hooked up with Belle Bridal, it was the perfect match.
Services used: Dress & Attire
I was hired to do a wedding and the rehearsal dinner one weekend. The Mother of the Groom was attempting to top the wedding. She hated the Bride's style and had decided to do the rehearsal dinner as a complete contrast to the actual wedding. Strangely enough, she hired some of the same vendors that were going to be used for the wedding. The Enchanted Florist was one of them. The Bride had complementing tones of light pinks, lavenders and chocolate brown for her wedding. Sweet smelling lilacs, luscious, full bodied peonies and gorgeous tulips were used. The ballroom smelled fresh and delicious from these lovely flowers. Complementing them were votive candles highlighted with pink glass. The room glowed romantically. The flowers were stunning. In contrast, the Mother chose a stark museum location for the rehearsal dinner. Her colors were red, black and white. It was reminiscent of the 80s. She had cocktail napkins covered in red hearts and white illet overlays on the tables. 105 guests out the 140 attending the wedding were invited to this event. The flowers were beautiful - and completely different than the Bride's choices. There were two large arrangements of red tulips and red Gerber daisies. On each table there were three small arrangements - the largest was red tulips, followed by a smaller arrangement of red Gerbers, and the last was a small bud vase filled with a single red rose head. There were also votives on the tables with red glass. The Enchanted Florist had done a wonderful job. At the end of the night, the florist's assistant arrived to collect a few items to use for the wedding the next day. Little did he (or I) know we would be recruited for delivery duty. The Mother announced that we were to deliver all of the flowers to the hotel to be used for the brunch the day after the wedding (she flitted off before we could protest). With 10 tables, there were 30 vases of flowers plus the two enormous arrangements. Neither the florist's assistant nor I had a delivery truck or the appropriate transport for all these flowers since it was demanded at the end of the night. My heart stuck in my throat as I imagined broken glass and water filling my car. The assistant was a trooper. He helped us clear out the flowers, including the two large arrangements. He also seemed put out by the situation, but was still very nice about helping us. When we arrived at the hotel, the concierge's eyes bulged as the flowers rolled in. Apparently, they weren't prepared for so many flowers either. Their solution was to put the flowers in a ballroom and turn on the air conditioning. I'm not sure if the flowers survived with little water and only air conditioning to Sunday, but they sure were gorgeous on that Friday night!
Services used: Flowers
GORGEOUS!!! Amanda's creations are so amazingly beautiful! The BM bouquets were different than I expected, but they complimented all of their dresses, and they were so beautiful that I really can't complain. My bouquet made me cry. It was stunning...black magic roses with special decorative crystals that even matched the spirals on my cake! All of our guests commented on the beauty of the silk box centerpieces (again - to match my BM dresses). Amanda went above and beyond -- it looked like we spent a fortune on flowers when that was actually the place we really scrimped!
Services used: Flowers
Next Exit Photography
One wedding coordinator under a bride's dress. Check. Yes, this is the brilliance of Cat and Adi. With light barely lingering, Cat suggested we take care of two things at once. I bustled the bride's dress while she shot a few romantics before the light was gone. I was hidden, and you would never guess I was there. This is how it always is when I work with them. They are a fluid team, doing a dance of accomplishing as much as they can in a short amount of time. Their pictures are always gorgeous! They capture moments you didn't even realize were happening. What's even better is they know how to use Photoshop! I watched Adi take 10 pounds off a bride one time with the simple twitch of the mouse and a press of a button. Gone! If only real life could work that way! They work hard. They play hard. I've watched them go to extremes to make a couple feel comfortable. I even watched Adi fixate on the unsmiling mother of the bride, waiting for the precise moment a smile was cracked. Yes - he caught that moment too. In my opinion, Cat and Adi at Next Exit Photography are some of the best wedding photographers in town. The moments they capture never look staged or stiff. Lucky for us, they've recently expanded into doing children's photos as well as the occasional actor or studio portrait.
Services used: Photography
I've dealt with my fair share of Bridezillas, but this was the first time I've handled a Cakezilla. Who knew the cake would be the diva of the wedding? Sure, the cake is usually a nice focus in the reception room - looking all pretty with its decorated tiers. It's one of the most photographed items of a wedding. But for it to be the Belle of the Ball? Well, this was new to me. The cake had a schedule of its own. It wasn't primped and ready by the time the guests arrived. No - it came with its driver around the end of the reception. It MADE AN ENTRANCE and DEMANDED ATTENTION! "Look at me," it practically screamed! And the guests did. With the main dining section of the evening over, the guests were delighted and entertained by the arrival of the cake. They oohed and ahhed as the delicious looking and dazzling diva was dressed and photographed. Finally, with the last orchid added, the Cake stood proudly, ready for consumption. It was the moment the Cake had been waiting for - it was Cake Cutting time! The Bride and Groom sliced neatly into the Cake, revealing its gorgeous, berry jeweled, whipped cream and lemon curd coated insides. There was not a dry mouth in the room. This Cake was moist, fresh and newly baked. It hadn't been sitting around all day like most wedding cakes. So, why four stars and not five? The cake was good, but not great. Like most Bridezillas, it lacked the substance it thought it deserved and demanded way too much attention. Still, that didn't stop me from eating my entire slice.
Services used: Wedding Cake
I don't just like cupcakes, I adore them. So, I was excited when one of my brides decided to have these cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Cupcakes usually retain their moistness and flavor that wedding cake doesn't. I can't say this was completely the case with the cupcakes she ordered from Yummy Cupcakes. I only tried two of the flavors offered: chocolate and lemon. The chocolate was delicious, rich and moist. As a chocoholic, I was in heaven! The lemon, however, was dry, overly tart and the icing actually HURT MY TEETH. How does that happen? The presentation of the cupcakes was interesting. I loved the cupcake tree and the top, large cupcake for the bride and groom to "cut." It was decorated in beautiful, sugar holly designs. The gingerbread cupcakes were also adorable, with their miniature gingerbread men sitting atop of each one. The lemon and chocolate cupcakes, however, were bordering on obscene (funny that I chose those two to sample!). The lemon looked like breasts, and I won't say what the chocolate cupcakes looked like...you can use your imagination. Despite my feelings on the lemon cupcakes, I will go to this store and try some of their other flavors. Maybe I'll just have to tell people to stay away from the lemon...
Services used: Wedding Cake