Sep 19, 2009
I love Christina Garcias Headpieces but very few places sell it in the area. Sassys selection is very small, but I found one I like, it was delivered pretty quickly, and it was perfect. www.christinagarciabridal.com/ the Cannes Comb
Services used: Dress & Attire, Jewelry
One Perfect Moment
Neil is very talented, his work is beautiful, easy to work with, he gives you plenty of direction to try and make you more comfortable in front of the camera. He showed up early at my moms house, went right to work, during the wedding he was always taking pictures, somewhere in the background, blending in. I have only seen a few teaser pictures, but they are beautiful, I am so happy with them.
Services used: Photography
Kamila Harris Photography
Boudoir Pictures My pictures were really nice, D liked them a lot. Kamilas work is really beautiful. I thought it be weird, but I had a lot of fun doing them. I was expecting Kamila to give more directions, help with the poses, than she did. I think its a wonderful experience, empowering almost. This is the boudoir site http://www.kamilaharrisboudoir.com/ I am on there, somewhere ;)
Services used: Photography
My bridal shower was here. The food was really good, sangria was always flowing. I really enjoyed everything. They were just really late in opening the buffet, the shower started at 1:30 and people were sitting waiting for a while, my mom had go speak to someone...This then delayed the whole shower.
Services used: Wedding Venue
The day of they were great, the food was abundant and delicious, the staff was attentive, the drinks were good, and everything ran smoothly. They did some renovations so the place looks better, and they now have uplighting, which was a nice surprise. They were easy to negotiate with; I got the Viennese hour for free. When I originally booked with them told me 20 % for tips, so D and I made plans accordingly for the final payment. Well, 4 days before the wedding they tell us its a service charge, so we have to pay 7% tax on the tip portion, and that the matre d gets an additional 3% of the bill separately. Well that stuff was never disclosed before, and when you add it up its a lot of money to come up with days before the wedding when the budget is already over the top, and all the money distributed to all the vendors.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
You really shouldnt rate you church, but I have toThe church is beautiful, their cantor and organist are amazing. They do not provide a priest, but you can use their deacon. To me a proper wedding mass with a presiding priest was very important, so the no priest thing was like a slap in the face. Thankfully my family priest came through for us. Their wedding coordinator is really hard to deal with, every time I called with a question, she acted as if I was the worst person ever. The deacon we were assigned to us was such a major pain, he would keep D and I for hours at any given meeting, talking about nothing, making all kinds of assumptions about our lives, ugh. Then the day of the wedding gets into a fight with the limo driver because the dude was fixing my veil. Just a weird experience.
Services used: Unique Services
Dress is from www.splasposa.com Furor Style I loved my dress, absolutely loved everything about it. On my first dress shopping trip it was the 2nd dress I tried and I knew I just had to get it. Aisha was my consultant, and she was just wonderful, based on what I told her, and pictures I had she picked my dress out. The person, who takes your order, sucks, she was on the phone the whole time while taking my measurements, and she was pissed off when I only paid half of the dress that day. Their alterations are ridiculously expensive, all they did to my dress was the bustle and remove the bow, and it was $350, I was annoyed, because they told me the maximum amount they change for alterations was $350
Services used: Dress & Attire
DJ and Gobo Rob and his assistant played a really good mix of Portuguese, Arabic, and American music. He only made the announcements I had asked, no annoying singing or clapping or whatever on the dance floor. He played music during the cocktail hour for no extra cost. The gobo they did matched the design used on all my paper products, it was perfect. Their prices are also great. In the beginning they were a major pain in the butt to get in touch with, I almost went with someone else because of that. The other thing I didnt like was the giveaways, the plastic junk, hats, glow in the dark necklaces, leis, etc. I did not ask for them or pay extra, and they still made an appearance. It totally did not go with the vibe of the wedding, but people seemed to enjoy them. Video Video was not important to me, I wanted to have it, but I didnt want to spend a ton of money for special montages, or other crazy effects. Rob showed me some samples of their videos, they were well taped and edited, perfect for me! The day of the wedding the videographers showed up at my moms house, and at Ds house on time, they taped everything, they were always in the background at the ceremony and reception taping. Once I receive my video I will give a full review. * * Dianne, she is Robs wife and co-owner, she is amazing, the day of the wedding she was more like a DOC than videographer. She had everything, a pin, a band-aid, she re-sprayed my hair at the reception, kept asking if I needed something, always telling me to relax, letting me know how everything was going etc. Its worth hiring her husband just to have her at your wedding. I cant thank her enough for everything she did.* *
Services used: DJ
Avenue Flowers and Gifts
My flowers were beautiful, my bouquet was roses and orchids (24 in total), my bridesmaids had all rose bouquets (5 bouquets), my mom had mini calla lilies for her corsage, my mother in law had miniature roses for hers, and flower girls got flower pomanders. D had an orchid boutonnire, all the guys and dads got rose boutonnires (8 in total), ring bearer had miniature roses. They also did 2 beautiful flower arrangements for the church, and 8 hydrangea pew bows, and a bouquet for the Virgin Mary. The reception had 18 tall arrangements, sweetheart table flowers, and give away bouquet. Plus all the deliveries. Of all the quotes I got, the next cheapest quote was over $1000 more, seriously no one can beat their prices! The only thing, I asked for was a 2nd boutonnire for my husband, because orchids are very delicate (it was destroyed after the receiving line with all the hugs and stuff) and they didnt include it.
Services used: Flowers
Limos were nice and clean. The showed up early, helped me with the dress, getting in an out of the limo. I got a 10% discount because I booked 3 limos and another discount because the lady on the phone didnt know how to do math. The day of the wedding we ran over the time with the pictures and had to pay a lot of money on the spot, but as long as we got nice pictures, thats all that matters.
Services used: Transportation