Sep 12, 2009
I had no idea that planning and working on our informal wedding ceremony itself would be fun and romantic, but working with Bethel, it was! She performed an absolutely beautiful ceremony that we received many compliments on. She didn't put together a pre-packaged ceremony and really worked with us to get to know us as a couple and prepare something that was completely "us". Bethel was extremely flexible and created something unique for us that far exceeded any expectations that I had for our ceremony. I would highly recommend her to any couple looking to get married in San Diego.
Services used: Officiant
Aria Bridal, Formal and Tuxedo
(Cost includes both the cost of the dress and alterations). I love my wedding gown from Aria Bridal! I came into this store with a bad attitude (I'm very curvy and a larger size and was convinced that I wouldn't find anything that would fit or flatter me). Abby, the wonderful salesgirl, quickly changed my mind by selecting numerous gowns in various styles that flattered my figure. Whereas some stores only stock smaller sample sizes, Aria had a huge variety of dresses in all sizes, so that even as a size 16, I could try on a dress and see how it would actually look on me. Abby was great about showing me dresses in my price range and not trying to upsell me. My mom loved the service in the shop so much that she would up scrapping her original mother-of-the-bride dress and buying a new one here. I dropped one star from the store because my alterations cost twice as much as the original estimate that we were given when it came time to fit my dress (even though the actual alterations made didn't differ much from the estimate). However, the seamstress who did the alterations did a wonderful job, so I was only annoyed rather than being too upset. This is a great store that will give you a positive experience, even if you don't have a stick-thin model figure type.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Shadow Mountain Vineyards and Winery
My husband and I had our wedding here in September 2009. This was a great opportunity to have a beautiful wedding in a gorgeous setting at an affordable price. Whereas some wedding venues will nickle-and-dime you for table linens, chairs, lighting, etc, all of these things are included in the event package at Shadow Mountain. Pam does the catering (and our food was excellent) and helps to act as a wedding coordinator. She and her husband Alex really went above and beyond the call of duty to help us out when our photographer canceled at the last minute. Shadow Mountain is a great option for a couple who want a smaller (less than 75 people) wedding/reception in a gorgeous mountain winery setting with great wine.
Services used: Unique Services