Sep 30, 2006
Atelier des Modistes
Atelier Des Modistes is great for those seeking a total custom experience. Suzanne is SO sweet and she runs a tiny shop with exquisite designs. You can try on all of these different silhouette options (tops and bottoms) to put together a custom look. And since everything is designed in house you can add whatever details you want.
Services used: Dress & Attire
I just attended a wedding at Trentadue Winery -- it was a stunning setting. Our good friends got married there, and it was such a gorgeous backdrop with the mountains in the background. Also loved being close to the vines, and truly feeling like you were at a winery. There was a nice flow of space (indoor and outdoor) -- the ceremony was outdoors on one side...then we moved to the other outdoor space for cocktails/apps...and finally moved inside for dinner and dancing. The event space comfortably fit 150 guests (I believe they can fit many more). The only downside is that the wine isn't the best, but overall, the wedding was so lovely we didn't even really notice.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Laura from Floramor started out as one of my favorite vendors. She was really bubbly and passionate about her job. She has a great artistic eye and is very inventive. Every year, at the Four Seasons Wedding Fair, she does extravagent sample tables -- really worth seeing for ideas. She is able to work within your budget so if you give her guidelines she will follow them. We ended up having really fun flower balls hanging from these golden tree statues on some of our tables (and we had low arrangements on the other tables). I LOVED my bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets --they were beautiful! However, I ended up being disappointed b/c a few details were overlooked: 1) They didn't place petals down the aisle as promised, 2) They didn't transfer our reception flowers to the day-after brunch and 3) She made pin corsages for the moms and grandmothers when they should have been wrist corsages. At the end of the day, I was frustrated b/c these mistakes were not aknowledged. But, I did love most of the floral design (especially my bouquets). I would recommend Floramor, but I would be cautious and very painstaking in telling them what you want.
Services used: Flowers
The Four Seasons
We had our day-before welcome cocktail, wedding ceremony & reception, and day-after brunch at the Four Seasons. We found the staff very welcoming and gracious. The venue itself is sleek and modern and we liked our bridal suite, which was really spacious and beautifully decorated. We had a great tasting (though the execution at the wedding wasn't quite as good as the tasting -- it's tough to cook for 230 and get the same quality as cooking for two!) and I thought that the cake was beautiful & delicious (we just showed them a picture and they nailed it). We did have a few complaints -- first of all, their AV is quite expensive (we brought our own wlide projector but if we had used theirs it would have cost the same as buying a brand new projector!). And, somehow, even though we explicitly asked them to transfer our reception flowers to the day-after brunch, the flowers were never transferred. And instead of apologizing, they said our guests took the flowers -- you can ask every single one of my guests...the flowers were NOT taken. Overall, a pretty good experience, but not necessarily worth the high cost. Considering how much we ended up spending there, we thought we might be more wowed by the whole experience.
Services used: Unique Services
I used Jill, who owns Sublime Salon -- she was really sweet and did a fantastic job on my hair. I went to three different trials with other salons and was ultimately frustrated b/c no one would get the look right -- Jill got it on the first try! My hair was secure all night, through lots of dancing. She also did a great job on the moms and helped most of my bridesmaids. She was also nice enough to let the bridesmaids borrow her equipment to do their own hair. She came on location, which was also a great help (and more relaxing). I recommend Jill and I also highly recommend getting ready on location rather than trying to travel around to appointments on your wedding day!
Services used: Unique Services
Todd Rafalovich Photography
Todd Rafalovich was by far my favorite vendor for my wedding. We booked him without even meeting with him -- we saw our friend's wedding photos and instantly loved his style of photography! He shot over 1000 photos and we had plenty of amazing, artistic shots to choose from (an example is my profile pic). He has a great eye and will do a flawless job on your photos! He shot all on film, but scanned the prints onto disk so we could upload them onto a website and share with our friends. He also did our engagement photos at the beach at Half Moon Bay, which was also a great experience. He is really easy to work with (very professional) and a really nice guy overall. I HIGHLY recommend Todd!
Services used: Photography
Amy Kuschel Bride
I adored my Amy Kuschel dress -- my goal was to get a wedding dress that fit perfectly, which I achieved b/c they make the dress specifically for your body. For every single one of my fittings Amy was there herself, fitting me, adjusting the measurements, etc. I also loved working with Theresa, who does fittings once you buy the dress. Overall, the staff was really attentive and patient. I feel like her dresses are perfect if you want modern but simple silhouettes. I bought the Tandie dress, which has spiral seaming (very flattering) and is a mermaid / trumpet silhouette. I always thought I would just get a plain white dress with a fitted silhouette, but I surprised myself and fell in love with an embellished sash. Always try lots of different options b/c sometimes you like things you normally wouldn't like!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Yank Sing Catering
We had our rehearsal dinner at Yank Sing and had a great experience. Since they are not usually open for dinner, we had the entire restaurant to ourselves. We didn't use the Atrium space b/c we had around 80 guests and it would have felt too large. But the Atrium is nice for a larger party. The food is really high quality and we received a lot of compliments from picky guests! It does run on the more expensive side when it comes to Chinese restaurants but it is a much nicer venue with high quality ingredients. Service was also great.
Services used: Catering, Wedding Venue
Andy Hirsch of Blue Moon Productions is a joy to work with! Both my husband and I were REALLY impressed with his professionalism. He was really kind, soft spoken and discreet when videotaping our wedding -- exactly what we were looking for. We just got our video, which was edited extremely well. He adds artistic touches so you feel like it is a real movie. This is his own business so he takes pride in his work. I think it was really worth it to choose someone who gave it a personal touch and wasn't just a big videography company. He captured everything so well (he used two cameras and operated them by himself) and he made me laugh and cry throughout the video. HIGHLY recommended!
Services used: Videography
Alicia K Designs
We used Alicia for day-of coordination and had a GREAT experience! She was really organized and easy to work with. For the day, she was really more like a personal assistant since most details were in order. For example, she helped organize our placecards and programs and even thought to neaten up the bridal suite when we were done getting ready. She was really thoughtful and made me feel at ease. All of my vendors thought she was so pleasant and we heard lots of compliments. She is also quite reasonable for day-of coordination ($500 for 8 hours) -- please contact her for other rate information.
Services used: Wedding Planning
I used Rita Brown as my wedding makeup artist and now I consider her a friend. She was one of my favorite vendors! She did a gorgeous job on me, my mom and my husband's mom and even found time to help the bridesmaids touch up their makeup. The moms are difficult to please so you know she did a good job when the moms are singing praises! She has a GREAT eye for color and really made me feel so beautiful! She works at the Fillmore Shu Uemura retail location, but she is a principal makeup artist so she actually travels a lot to teach and do guest appearances. She gives free trials at the Shu Uemura store, but you do have to purchase $50 worth of merchandise. Then, she can come on location to do your makeup (or you could go to the store). She was there on time, came with SO many different options and executed perfectly. My makeup didn't budge ALL night! She is fantastic, use her!
Services used: Unique Services
An Elegant Touch of Strings
An Elegant Touch of Strings did an excellent job as my ceremony and cocktail hour string trio. When I was walking down the aisle I didn't even hear the music, but I watched my wedding video and they sounded great! They were reasonably priced and very professional. I chose my music from their demo cd (which gives you a taste of what they will sound like) and was overall very satisfied!
Services used: Ceremony Music