abattyref

WEDDING DATE:

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. Expecting another kid in 2014. I'm a freelance graphic designer specializing in paper goods, invitations, etc, check me out: www.alextebow.com
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Cards & Pockets
 
( 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: www.carihollis.com!
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

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JCrew
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I'm wearing the Avery gown that I purchased from JCrew.com and it's perfect. The silk feels so luxurious and drapes beautifully. I was lucky enough to buy it when it was on sale for $250. It's the easiest decision I've made in this whole wedding planning process. Highly recommended!!!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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EastStore.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered a custom Chinese gown from this website after asking them if my gown could be done in less than 2 weeks. They said it was fine, so I placed the order on a Sunday evening. It arrived that Thursday! 4 days and they didn't even charge me for shipping. I ordered a very custom gown selecting a color and embroidery that was different than the gown shown. It fits perfectly, is very well made and arrived in record time. I highly recommend them to anyone buying a Chinese gown for your wedding, bridesmaids or if you just want a beautifuly made, affordible cheongsam.
Services used: Unique Services

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OBridal.com / OccanseyDesigns.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Kathy was wonderful to work with. I didn't really know what kind of veil to order to acheive the look I had envisioned. I emailed her pictures of my gown and potential hairstyle and she made the perfect recommendations. I ordered a chapel length, single-tier, ivory veil with a pencil edge that was more sheer at the comb. It's perfect and at a really great price, less than $50. The salon wanted close to $200 for this kind of veil. Highly recommended!
Services used: Dress & Attire

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California Skin Care & Day Spa
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had the first half of my bachelorette party at this spa and we all had a wonderful time! Six of us all got a 1-hour full body massage and pedicure. It was so much fun and we were all commenting on what a great idea it was. My sister planned the whole thing and said the woman she dealt with on the phone was wonderful and extremely helpful, even when we made some last minute changes. The ladies were warm and friendly when we arrived, and had a private room set for us with mood lighting, cheese, fruit and champagne. They gave us a discount for coming as a group and the total ended up being $108 per person before tip. I highly recommend them and I will definately be a repeat customer.
Services used: Unique Services

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Elegant Journey Rolls Royce Limousine
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My parents arranged our wedding day transportation as a surprise. DH and I had no idea what kind of car would be driving us around until the wedding day. They rented the 1927 Stutz Limousine. My mom said that she dealt with the owner, George, when making the reservation and she said he was wonderful to work with and the whole process was painless. The total cost was $966 for 3 hours... which is really expensive, I know! But, this included the driver having to drive the car from Santa Clara to Walnut Creek. Since everything was running late, we ended up having the car and drive for close to 4 hours at no extra charge. The car was really comfortable inside and roomy enough to handle a big poofy dress if necessary. Highly recommended.

Their webpage: http://www.elegantjourney.com/Showroom.html
Services used: Transportation

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Leung's White Crane Lion Dance
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The performance was wonderful and all of our guests really enjoyed it, especially since we kept it a secret from most of our guests. Daniel was great to work with and was willing to work with our budget. The dancers arrived perfectly on time and their performance started a few minutes after our ceremony ended.
Services used: Unique Services

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Skye Blu Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I had originally wanted to do boudoir pics right before my wedding, but I just didn't have the money. So, I stashed away a little cash over the course of a year and was able to get them done with Danielle Biel to give to my husband for our first anniversary. (it's paper!) I was very impressed with the photos on her website and her ability to accentuate the female figure, no matter what size. The hair and makeup artist did an amazing job and I feel like the photos still look like me... despite the fact that I don't wear makeup every day. It was so much fun once we got shooting. Danielle was professional and knew exactly what to do to hide my cellulite, spider veins and all the little areas I don't like. I felt comfortable and sexy and like a real woman for the first time in a long time. Yeah, it's expensive, but totally worth it! I highly recommend her to anyone!
Services used: Photography

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Tin's Tea House Lounge
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Our banquet was wonderful! We are still receiving compliments on how delicious and abundant the food was along with the courteous waitstaff and warm decor. The owner/manager, Alice, was great to work with and has tremendous experience with catering. I can't rave about them enough! Highly recommended!!! EDIT Nov 2010: This restaurant has closed. So sad.
Services used: Unique Services

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Seams to Me
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Mary and Betty were wonderful to work with altering my two gowns. For my wedding gown, it was taken in at the waist and a 1-point bustle was created. For my Chinese gown, it was also taken in at the waist and the hem was shortened to knee length. They charge about $20 per hour and the total for my two dresses was $150. I will take ALL of my altering needs to them.
Services used: Unique Services

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Shadelands Ranch Museum
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Shadelands Ranch Museum is a beautiful location perfectly suited for wedding ceremonies with it's picturesque gazebo, manicured lawns and beautiful gardens. It really doesn't need much decorating. The patio behind the colonial house was perfect for hors d'ouerves and mingling. The location of the trees also worked perfectly by having the gazebo in the shade during our 3:30 ceremony. The set fee for a wedding ceremony includes 4 hours of time where the park is closed to the public, up to 250 chairs that the caretaker sets up and takes down, and you are the only event of the day. There is plenty of parking and public restrooms. They lose a star because their office staff was less than stellar. The office employees rarely answered the phones and it always took a couple of days for them to return phone calls, if at all. When we were trying to get the site booked, they ignored our messages for almost a week. I finally spoke with the caretaker who apologized profusely and gave us his home number. I could tell by his tone that he was frustrated with the office employees. It was almost as if they didn't want our business. In the end we got everything booked and it all worked out well. But it was irritating at the beginning.
Services used: Unique Services

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tressa l.
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Tressa was really awesome to work with and the photos turned out amazing! She has a wonderful talent for beautiful lighting. I was able to snag a spot during one of Tressa's TTD marathons even though I was 6 months pregnant. We turned a simple TTD session into a fun maternity photo shoot. The weather was beautiful and the wind was blowing through my hair and my gown making me feel like a goddess. I can't thank her enough!
Services used: Photography