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WEDDING DATE:

Dec 04, 2009

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Rafi and Ahni were great to work with! no pressure and very reliable and super patient! do not shop at the jewelers at the mall or dare i say - the "other" famous stores - stop in and ask Ahni or Rafi for help - they are honest and trustworthy.
Services used: Jewelry

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Frosted Cupcakery
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
PART ONE: the 1st part of this review is based on conversation and ordering process i went throught with frosted; part 2 will be written after our wedding in december call this place pronto!! the amazing stacia, owner and operator of frosted cupcakery walked me through our order and talked me through their own process of making and showcasing their mini-masterpieces, and all i can say is i am floored and so excited to have her making my cupcakes for our reception. frosted cupcakery offers a myriad of cake and frosting combos and is less dense than other cupcakes check it out: http://www.frostedcupcakery.com/images/tempSite/flavors.htm PART TWO: The Event! stay tuned dec 2009 - i'll hve a full review of frosted - but for now, i cant give anything but 2 thumbs up ;-) 12-10-2009: Stacia and her staff were great to work with and the cupcakes were a huge hit! We ordered several different flavors and some of our guests went back for 2nds! If you are thinking of going the cupcake route - definitely keep Frosted in mind - the cupcakes arent "dense" and are more light and fluffy! I'd definitely order from Frosted again!
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Natalia Ewalt's Makeup
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
natalia natalia natalia!! what can i say about her that kristeen hasnt already? natalia did my makeup for our surprise ceremony last week and i was blown away by her efficiency, her artistry and ability to transform me - all without doing a trial run! i sent her a pic of what i was looking for (i call it "nighttime natural") and based on that pic - she nailed it! i found it amazing that she was able to do it in less than an hour - and again - without a trial run prior to... the product she used on me stayed on all night - even with me crying like a baby during my vows ;-) if you are in LA/OC area - give natalia a call!!
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Cultivating Events
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
i first contacted alicia in 2007 when we were planning on our 2008 wedding. she was lightning quick with response time and was very helpful with giving me her honest reviews of venues we were considering. when we had to cancel our 2008 wedding due to layoffs, she was very understanding and did not charge a "change date fee" at all. alicia has extensive experience, not only with weddings, but large scale corporate events as well. i'm forever grateful to alicia for "holding my hand" throughout my planning - she is my advisor, my confidante and at times, even my therapist!
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This first half of my review is based on customer service in the planning stages, as i have not yet had my reception (3 more months! yay!) Natalia is an absolute dream to work with - fast, responsive, accurate, and always has a smile on her face when talking to you! Since i am planning from 300 miles away, I had not had a chance to visit, but based on the reviews, my MIL's recommendation and other ladies here on PW, i just went for it and booked, seeing as we are on a short time frame than most, with only 3 months left to go. Needless to say, Natalia has been a God-send! I know i will not have to worry about food and bev or customer service come the day of our event! 12-10-2009: After the reception has come and gone - I can't rave enough about the service at the Grand. From the receptionist to Natalia to the manager Besso, it has been a dream working with everyone at this venue! The appetizers and dinner were all yummy and the waitstaff was punctual and very professional! If I had my wedding to do over, I'd definitely choose the Grand again based on this experience with them!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

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Trudy's Brides, Prom & Special Occasions
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I went to Trudy's because it was the only store that carried the Henry Roth gown i wanted (and eventually purchased). Lauren-Beth was my consultant and was very helpful and super nice. I went on a weekday to avoid the annoying brigade that some brides bring - as in one time i was in there another time and one bride-to-be had 7 people with her - s-e-v-e-n!! There should be rules about that shit! Anyway, back to my experience at Trudy's - Lauren Beth was super helpful and left me alone to soak in the image of me in the dress... That's the true test of great customer service - there is a time to be chatty and be "around" but there is also the time when you should leave your client alone so she can think and envision her own wedding as she's staring at herself in the mirror with "her" dress on. Lauren BEth understood this, and after 10 minutes or so, popped in to see if I had made a decision. Overall, Trudy's is a great shop - it carries literally hundreds upon hundreds of dresses - for each price point and style. There is also a wide variety of veils to choose from and try on when you're trying on dresses. This has been said before, but I hate the crowds at Trudy's. I wish they'd limit the amount of people one bride can bring in - it's so annoying having random strangers gawk at you while you're looking at yourself in the mirror trying to "have a moment". ======================================== My BMs bought their Jim Hjelm dresses from Trudy's next door. Heather was the consultant and was helpful Another great incentive at Trudy's is because I purchased my gown ther, my BMs were given a discount on their dresses. I'm not sure if they still do this, but at the time, it was a great deal! ======================================== I decided to give Trudy's 3 stars b/c: Pros: +huge selection of dresses +huge selection of shoes and accessories +carries many bridesmaid designers/manufacturers Cons: -large crowds; there should be a rule about one person bringing in 7 people at a time!! -most veils and accessories seem extremely overpriced -other than Lauren Beth, most of the consultants are rude or seem too busy to even OFFER to help
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Melissa McClure Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When i booked my primary photog Kristi Klemens, I immediately requested Melissa McClure to be our 2nd shooter to work with KLK on our wedding day! What a great team they make indeed! Melissa's fun approach and super friendly personality made the awkward moments (close ups hahaha) more comfortable and less tense She also shot my cousin's wedding in San Diego and I cannot say enough about the hard work and diligence she embodies as she is shooting away! San Diego brides--- call Melissa for sure!! You wont regret it!
Services used: Photography

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Blue Sky Videos
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Paul was awesome to work with! I call him, and our photogs Kristi Klemens and Melissa McClure our "dream team" b/c honestly, they were a dream to work with! Paul arrived EARLY and just shot shot shot! His approach is very low-key and half the time we couldnt even tell he had a camera in our faces! LOL! Paul was very understanding when we had to postpone our wedding twice, and when our day finally had arrived, he really was very professional and such a delight to work with! Cannot wait to see our final footage!
Services used: Photography, Videography

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Crowning Glory Designs
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
i just rec'd my mantilla from candi and all i can say is WOW! candi is very easy to work with - candi gave me several different options for tulle and lace in different pricepoints and from those, i chose illusion tulle and alencon lace - i couldnt have chosen a more beautiful combo! thanks to candi - i will be wearing a fantastic veil, hand stitched quality for a fraction of what the bridal salons are charging! do not buy your veil from anyone else!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Avia Hotel - Long Beach
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We stayed at the AVIA hotel in long beach for the days leading up to my wedding and for a few days afterwards. Very accomodating and service was super! the rooms are a bit on the small side - but i guess any room would be small with about 10 people in there getting ready for a wedding?? LOL!!! Very clean, modern and chic -- the rooftop pool was awesome for our pre-ceremony pictures, as was the lounge area and patio. We found great deals online and paid only $120 per night, while normal prices are in the $200 range (Rooms had to be pre-paid to get this special rate)
Services used: Unique Services

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Cari Hollis Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Cari Hollis was our photostation photographer during our wedding reception and did a fantastic job! She captured our guests donning goofy hats, wigs, and props throughout the night and all the images came out looking super! I can't wait to send these out along with our Thank You cards! Thanks for capturing our loved ones being silly, Cari! I'd definitely hire Cari again!
Services used: Photography

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{ Susie Chhuor Studios } Your Beauty Dream Team
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Just had my trial session with Susie and i loooved her work!! Booked her on the spot =) Susie isnt heavy-handed and the products she uses are not cakey and photograph well. Susie's rates are affordable and she is just about brighter than sunshine in personality. My fiance was at the trial with me - and he was really impressed with Susie's work. After my trial, we went to my fmil's house, and she commented on how great the makeup was... Products used for my trial: Smashbox primer Makeup Forever base foundation MAC eyeshadows Prescriptives and MAC lips --------------------------STAY TUNED FOR DAY OF REVIEW-------------------------- 12-10-2009 Susie and her team were wonderful to work with! Very punctual and efficient! Even without doing a hair trial, Susie nailed my wedding day hair in excellent manner and even tho i was running about 20 minutes late, Susie and her team glammed me and my bms up in no time flat! Even from the sweat from dancing AND from the many many many tears of joy I cried all day and all night! Even still, my makeup stayed on and didnt get ruined by my tears! I'd definitely hire Susie Chhuour and her team again for any occasion that warranted pro makeup again! Susie and her team were professional, arrived at my hotel EARLY, and did a spectacular job on everyone!
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Gesinee's Bridal
 
( 1.0 / 5.0 )
what can i say about my experience here? nothing good that's for sure! if i could leave zero stars, i would... let me start by saying i am overweight - yep - ive got a little more jelly than most girls, but hey - what can ya do?? hahaa ok... so i arrived for my appointment and described what i was looking for (strapless, lace, kind of "grace kelly looking" and the consultant brought me everything BUT what i was looking for i specifically said "no halter" and guess what she brought me?? HALTER! oh my... so i'm a steet 14 - which translated to the consultant's pensive look as if to say - how am i going to find a "fat sized bride size" wedding gown... and i'm sure other gals my size have learned - most sample dresses are a sized 8 or 10 - which really means a street 6 or somewhere in that area... ok i get it - it's not the bridal store's fault that i cant try on the size 8 dresses, but my annoyance was more in her treatment of me than the availability of dresses so she found a maggie sottero dress (finally) that fit my criteria - but while zipping me up she says "youre gonna need a girdle" um ok - thanks - like i already didnt know that! so then i ask her to see how a mantilla veil would look - she looks at me and asks "oh what's that? a new designer?" WHAT?? how does a consultant at a bridal salon NOT know what different styles of veils there are? i couldnt wait to get out of there - which apparently she couldnt either b/c i didnt put a deposit down on the dress i tried on... i dont recommend spending any time or money here - the service was horrible and you can find a beautiful wedding gown elsewhere, somewhere else where the staff is courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. like i said - if i could give zero stars i would, but i'm stuck giving one star - and even that is generous
Services used: Dress & Attire

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DJS Pro Gear Warehouse
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
YAY!!!! i loved my experience with Denny at ProGear Warehouse! Prices cannot be beat and his personalized service is great! Great sense of humor as well =) I'd definitely recommend using Pro Gear Warehouse to any bride who wants great prices, great products and personalized service!
Services used: Unique Services

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Pink Design Events
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
5 star says it all - if i could give Nicole 6 stars i would! FAST response AWESOME quality GREAT designs SUPER AFFORDABLE love love love all the designs she had for us!
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Invitations