Feb 19, 2008
Bleeding Heart Bakery
A year later, I'm writing one for our anniversary cakes! I called Michelle and asked her to make a cake for our anniversary that was the same flavor as our wedding cake. Thing was, we had 2 flavors, and I couldn't decide which.. So we decided on one of each! When I picked up the cakes, I opened the boxes and saw that she had decorated them with a design similar to our wedding cake, and even topped them with the same flowers that our florist had used on our wedding cake. I was overwhelmed. I actually cried. The cakes were so beautiful and so yummy. We shared with friends who were thrilled to have a second taste of our favorite cake! Michelle is someone very special. She cares about her community and her customers, and she also cares about making delicious baked goods from the highest quality ingredients. I can't say enough good things about her or her bakery.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Occasions Chicago Catering, Inc.
Occasions Chicago catered our wedding just about a year ago. We were special needs clients -- we wanted a reception menu that was entirely vegetarian and mostly vegan. Occasions created a wonderful menu for us that was far and above the usual vegetarian fare served at large functions. The food was inventive (indonedian curried tempeh, coconut tofu with mango & macadamia nut salsa, just to name a few items) delicious, and piping hot. The vegetarians and meat eaters alike complimented us for weeks afterward. There truly was something for everyone to enjoy. Beyond the food, the service we received from the owners and their staff was unbeatable. They did a wonderful job of coordinating the evening, paid lots of attention to us and our guests, and provided a lot of guidance on things like linen choices, etc. We tried very hard to support smaller businesses when plunking down so much money on just one day. We are SO glad that we chose Occasions over some of the larger catering companies out there. We felt like our business and our wedding really mattered to Occasions. It was great to feel like we weren't just one of 50 clients they had that weekend.
Services used: Catering
I've been going to Sam at Sine for close to 7 years. She is a fabulous stylist and I love catching up with her every 6 - 8 weeks. I have recommended her to several friends and colleagues and everyone has been thrilled with their cuts and color. I love Sine because it's not uptight like a downtown salon, but it's also not so hip that I feel like a total dork while I'm there. It's definitely a hip place and the stylists are all very stylish, but neither the salon nor the folks that work there are off putting. I think they are all really laid back, creative people, but they also take their jobs seriously. I have rarely had to wait more than a couple of minutes past my scheduled appointment to get in the chair. They've got scheduling down to a science. Sam also did my hair and my mom and mother-in-law's hair for my wedding. She came to us at a downtown hotel and did a wonderful job. They can give cash back on a debit card transaction for tips. Not on credit cards.
Services used: Beauty & Health
I've told Sonia that she has the ability to help every woman -- even the most insecure -- find her inner diva. Whether it's on her wedding day or for another special occasion, Sonia can read a woman and use makeup to enhance her appearance and make her glow. She certainly did this for me and my mom on my wedding day. It's not just her skill with makeup but also her ability to set people at ease and make them laugh that helps her make everyone look their absolute best! Her dedication to her work and her clients is remarkable
Services used: Beauty & Health
We used Fleur for our wedding flowers. When I met with Kelly Marie, I instantly knew that she was the right person for this job. I am not a very creative person, but I know what I like when I see it. I brought in some pictures, and explained what I liked or didn't like about each one. She took my vague ideas and made a concrete proposal that turned into exactly the vision I had for the wedding. The bouquets were stunning and the arrangements for the reception were just perfect. The shop was able to make some last minute adjustments to our order and in general was incredibly easy to work with. I never worried about our flowers, and knew from the start that I was in the best hands possible. I have referred other people to Fleur and they have each walked away with the same impression. To me this says that Kelly Marie can get inside just about anyone's head and make their vision a reality! The pricing was right on target for our budget, and surprisingly reasonable given the uniqueness and artistry of the work. I will never use another florist (and neither will my husband!)!
Services used: Flowers