Aug 08, 2008
Just Chic Events
What else can I say? Paola is fabulous! I felt so fortunate that I was able to hire her. Originally, I was just going to do everything myself (for one because we were on a tight budget) but planning from out of state, I decided that I needed some help. She was worth her weight in gold and turned out to be one of the best investments that we made in our wedding. Paola was so supportive and right there whenever I needed her; much more than just a day-of coordinator. I wrote her novel-like emails and she always responded super quick and in great detail. She worked her butt off for me, especially the day-of (because we didnt have a conventional reception location with a staff and set-up included), and we couldnt have done it without her! She has amazing taste and great ideas, takes a genuine interest in her brides (we still keep in contact!), and goes above and beyond what her contract provides for. I highly recommend her!
Services used: Wedding Planning
After a horrible experience with Mayers Bakery, I went back to Torrance Bakery about a month before our wedding. Their customer service was top notch at our initial meeting and once I booked with them, which was really important to me. Indrea and Melissa answered all of my emails quickly and didn't mind that I changed my mind a few times. Everything turned out just as I had requested on the day of our wedding. I heard that the cake tasted great although I never had a chance to taste it on our wedding night but we did eat the top layer a month later and it was fantastic! The only drawback was a little bit of a higher price but in the end, it was worth it to deal with a reputable company.
Services used: Wedding Cake
I didnt do a lot of shopping around for BM dresses because I was out of state and the girls were spread out as well. We were able to score dresses from the Ann Taylor Celebrations line on clearance, bringing the price to just below $50 each. I am very picky about clothing and found the quality of the dresses to be pretty darn good, especially for the price. The four sizes that I needed were not all available at one store or online so their customer service department helped me locate what I needed and sent them to my doorstep. After I passed out the dresses, I realized that I needed to match the fabric to something so I called them and they sent out a color swatch immediately. Their customer service was top notchand that, I love!
Services used: Dress & Attire
wedding alterations by Mahtab
I purchased my dress from another bride on Ebay. Although it was very pretty and in perfect condition, I was kind of indifferent to it. When Mahtab was done altering it, I was in LOVE! So much so that I decided not to sell it after the wedding as I had planned. She is very sweet, very talented, and has a great eye for making your gown fit you like it was made just for you. She rocks! I also loved that she was so accommodating to my time constraints of two fittings in 4 days since I was planning from out of state and only made one trip home before the wedding. She even fit me in the week of my wedding when I thought my weight had shifted and my dress wasn't going to fit properly. Turned out it was perfect afterall! Thanks Mahtab, for making me feel like a princess on my wedding day. I didn't want to take my dress off!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Art of the Illusion
If you are looking for a hair & M/U artist for your wedding day or boudoir pictures, your girl is Gigi Jara. She is very reasonably priced and so much fun to work with. I hired her to do my hair and makeup for my bpics and then travel with us to our shoot location to do touch-ups throughout and assist my photographer in styling, etc. I felt beautiful that day, thanks to her! Her customer service is impeccable!!! She was responsive to my many emails and questions. Since I was coming from out of town and didn't have a place to get ready that wasn't out of the way for everyone, she let me come to her house. She then packed up a bunch of stuff that I hadn't thought of to make the shoot more comfortable for me. She was my cheerleader the entire time and because it was so insanely freezing cold, she was standing by with a robe and blanket after each shot. In the end, she spent about 7 hours with me (not including a drive home from Malibu to Torrance on a Friday night!) and never once was anything but helpful and positive. She really does care about her clients being happy, even following up with me afterwards to see how I was doing. The point is that she's fantastic!
Services used: Beauty & Health
The Treasured Petal
Kristin was one of my favorite wedding vendors. I just cant rave about her enough. I hired her when her business was fairly new but I could tell by looking at her website and conversing by email that she wasnt new to floral design. After sending her an inquiry about her availability on our date, I received an email back from her with several questions about our vision for the wedding and a genuine interest in winning our business. Then she sent over a complete set of sketches showcasing her ideas. Being an out-of-state bride, she was one of the vendors that was very understanding of my planning constraints and was willing to hold my date until I could either get home to meet her or hire her without a face-to-face. What she produced on our wedding day with my small budget was nothing short of amazing. All of the flowers were fresh, lush, and beautiful. She doesn't skimp on anything! I gasped when I took a sneak peek of the reception space on my way to the ceremony. I was so in love with my bouquet that it made the trek to the hotel for 2 days after the wedding, then the plane ride home, and still lasted for another week! Kristin has gotten popular and she now has minimums but if you can afford her, book her! She is such a sweetheart, extremely caring and talented, and you will love working with her! I wish I could do it all over again, if only to be able to work with Kristin.
Services used: Flowers
I originally only corresponded with Tom by email and phone because I was planning from out-of-state. When I unexpectedly got to make a short trip home, he was very willing to work around my hectic schedule in order to meet me at my venue and scope everything out in order to give me a firm quote. He also agreed to hold my date and inform me if anyone else inquired while I made my decision. Tom was always very prompt and friendly when answering all of my questions and returning my many emails. I also appreciate that he charged by the event, not by the hour, and was willing to give me very straightforward pricing. For the reception, he showed up early and got right to work setting up. I pretty much gave him free reign to come up with the playlist with only a few guidelines and he played great music and worked wonderfully with our DOC to keep things on schedule, all while being very non-intrusive. I'm sure that if I didn't have a DOC, he would have managed our entire reception for us. Tom was just all around great to work with. Honest, patient, not cheesy in the least, and obviously loves what he does. He even remembered a comment that my mom made about wanting some swing music played (6 months prior during our initial meeting). You wont regret hiring him!!
Services used: DJ