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Oct 06, 2007

Got hitched in 2007 in Walnut Creek, CA, spent less than $20k for a wedding with 160 people! Had a kid in 2009. Had another one in 2014. I'm a freelance graphic designer specializing in invitations, paper goods, etc, check me out:
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Cards & Pockets, Inc.
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I have worked with Cards & Pockets a couple of times now. First I ordered pocketfolds for DIY invitations for a family reunion in 2010. Their customer service was wonderful and my pocketfolds arrived in great shape. This past spring I worked with their custom print shop for my cousin's wedding invitations. They were really wonderful to work with, courteous, professional and even though there was a tiny mistake with a print sample, they were quick to get it fixed and refund the cost. The printing was beautiful and I can't recommend them enough.
Services used: Invitations

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Cari Hollis Photography
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We hired Cari for a family photo shoot when my son was 8 months old and we couldn't be happier with the photos. We loved them so much we hired her again for a cake-smash photo shoot right before my son's first birthday. She is wonderful to work with, professional, and understands how quickly things need to move when photographing a baby. I wish she was in the business when I needed a wedding photographer! Highly recommended!

Update, 11/2013. Since my review, we've hired Cari for family photos a couple of times and she will be taking maternity photos for me in the Spring. I seriously can't recommend her enough. She doesn't do much with weddings anymore, but she does AMAZING family photos, portraits of kids, newborns and even will come an photograph your baby's birth. Check out her new website:!
You would recommend this vendor to a friend
Services used: Photography

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Shu-Jon Mao Photographer
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Shu-Jon was such a pleasure to work with during the whole wedding planning process and on the day of. He was everywhere during the wedding and reception but not in the way. He did a fantastic job.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I grew up down the street from Ardenwood and went many times with family and for field trips when I was young. I recently attended an evening wedding there that was beautiful and elegant with the ceremony at the gazeebo and the reception nearby. The only drawback was the weather. When the sun went down, the breeze picked up and it was pretty cold. But, it was more the fault of the bride and groom having their outdoor wedding at the beginning of May. Overall, the ambiance was really romantic with twinkling lights and the beautiful garden setting. If we didn't require a Chinese restaurant for our wedding, we would have gone to Ardenwood.
Services used: Wedding Venue