Jul 14, 2007

( 4.0 / 5.0 )
absolutely love elaine. Had my hair & make up trial, which was great fun. She listened to my preferences, and was able to make me look beautiful. She pointed out trips that I could do for my day-to-day make-up. She was very professional, and her prices are so reasonable. I ended up using her for hairstyling only, but it was mostly out of sentimental reasons instead of lack of trust of Elaine's make-up abilities. I wanted my sister to do my make-up. Elaine understood my reasons and was not pushy at all. She still showed up on time with her assistant, did my and my girls' hair very quickly and well, and was so pleased to see our delight in her work.
Services used: Beauty & Health

Becca Images
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
Upon our first meeting, Craig came across as very cordial, polite, and professional. His portfolio generally captures the joy and excitement in a wedding, without being cheesy and cliche. His prices are slightly above average, and are worth it for the quality of work he promised. On the wedding day, he showed up on time and dilligently videographed every little piece of the day. He was unobtrusive, which was very very important to us. We did not want him blinding our guests with camera lights and disrupting the momentum of the party by being in the way. He was very far from being a disruption. People hardly noticed he was there. I will write more once we've received our video.
Services used: Unique Services

The Montclair Collection
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
THey were really nice and attentive to me before I bought my dress, but now that I've purchased a gown (which I love) they seem to make less effort. I like the seamstress there (can't remember her name), who seems more genuine and was able to tell me which dress looks better on me. She honestly points out the flaws of one dress I was trying, and suggests another one (which I eventually bought) even though the latter was actually a lot cheaper than the one I was trying. Overall, good dress collection, cheaper than the big bridal salons like mon amie, good customer service in the beginning.
Services used: Dress & Attire

Mimio - The Artistry of Paper
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Invitations were my favorite part of the wedding planning process, and a large part of that was due to my working with Stephanie Chen from Mimio. Having skimmed through so many catalogs, visited too many stationery stores, and browsed online for various options, I finally found Mimio in Old Town Pasadena. I narrowed in on a design I liked, but was heartily disappointed to hear their prices (their average invitation package starts at about $6 per person). I told Stephanie I really wanted the design, but can't afford the price. She then told me of cost-saving ways (e.g., round the corners, do the wrapping, ribbon, and embossing myself). We managed to somehow bring down the cost from what would've been a $12/person to $4/person (this includes invitation, rsvp card, outer envelope). Granted, I had to a lot of extra tasks myself, but it was so worth it. The invitations have since then become my inspiration for the overall theme of the wedding. The invitations arrived 3 weeks earlier than promised, and I could get to work on them and send them off right away. I highly recommend!
Services used: Invitations