kelbel_83

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 28, 2010

kelbel_83
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Cheesy Photobooths
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I loooove Cheesy Photobooths! It was a HUGE hit with all of our guests and definitely got used every second! They arrived and made sure that the backdrop was what I wanted. They were very attentive and super helpful throughout the night. The photobooth itself was white and beautiful with a screen on the outside for our guests to see what was going on inside. The table beside it was flowing with stickers, markers and everything you could think of to help our guests make fun and creative guestbook pages. There was a prop box with so many fun items to play with. We even won a free use of their projector and screen that we used for our slideshow! I would definitely use them again and DEFINITELY would recommend them to everyone and anyone :) Your guests will love it!
Services used: Unique Services

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Creative Cakes
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We were married at the French Estate and the cake from Rockwell's was included in the package. We're hardcore fans of Rockwell's and order their cakes for EVERY occassion. They definitely did not disappoint! The cake arrived on time and it was GORGEOUS! It was EXACTLY what we pictured and the guests loooved the flavors. We saved the top tier since it's "tradition", but they DO make you a new cake for your one year anniversary so... how long that cake stays frozen is TBD hehe ;)
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Davids Bridal
 
( 4.2 / 5.0 )
I ended up purchasing everything from David's Bridal in Costa Mesa - From my wedding dress to the bridesmaids' dresses... it was just easier that way. I even purchased my garter, veil, and clutch there as well. Because it's such a big store, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle, but you just have to make sure that the person working with you has your best interest at heart. I was a little timid at first and didn't speak up, which ended up in me having to exchange for a smaller size and whatnot. I suggest knowing what you want and speaking up. Overall, it was a pleasant experience.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Elegant Affair Catering Inc.
 
( 3.6 / 5.0 )
Elegant Affair Catering was included in the package at the French Estate so we went ahead and booked with them. I was worried at first because we picked an entree that we never got to try at the food tasting, but it ended up being a big hit. We had the roast beef carving station, chicken cordon bleu, caesar salad, and a few other sides. Our guests loved the food! We were also able to drop off our beverages the day before the wedding and they chilled it for us and delivered it to the venue the day of the wedding. It definitely took that stress off of us! Make sure you communicate well with them and its best to deal with Julie. She helped us with the final details and made sure everyone was on the same page with everything.
Services used: Catering

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Heavenly Blooms
 
( 4.8 / 5.0 )
Jaclyne was so fun to work with! I had some ideas as to what I wanted, but wasn't TOTALLY sure... she listened to everything and worked with our budget and came up with amazing ideas! The bouquets came out gorgeous and I seriously could not stop staring at my bouquet. The week of the wedding, it almost felt like she was ALL MINE! She was constantly emailing and texting and sending me pictures of flowers that she wanted to incorporate into the floral arrangements. That woman is gifted! I highly recommend her :)
Services used: Flowers

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I ordered several paper lanterns, paddle fans and small vintage vases from Luna Bazaar. I was pretty satisfied with their service... the items I ordered arrived on time and were packaged so well that I doubt anything could damage the box. With any paper product, you're bound to not be TOTALLY satisfied, but overall the items I ordered went well with my wedding theme and our guests even took them home. I've already recommended them to family members :)
Services used: Favors & Gifts, Flowers

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Pussycat Pin up Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I absolutely LOVE Pussycat Pinups! I had my boudoir pictures taken a month before the wedding and I was worried that wouldn't be enough time to receive the pictures and create a photobook, but Beth reassured me that it would get done and she was right! The photo shoot was so liberating and it was the first time I truly felt "sexy" :) The hair and makeup was GORGEOUS! She was so prompt on getting the images sent to me that it made the rest of the process such a breeze! The photobook came out so gorgeous and DH loves it! He now keeps it HIGH in the closet so no one can see it but him ;)

I highly recommend Pussycat Pinups! Will definitely go back again just for fun ;)
Services used: Photography

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Andrea was amazing! Her and her assistant arrived on time and went to work on about 8 girls' hair and makeup. They worked their magic in the amount of time we had before the ceremony and made me feel so at ease. We even had one more girl decide to get their makeup done the day of because she saw how amazing all the girls looked. My hair and makeup lasted all day and night, and with my oily skin I was worried, but Andrea took good care of me :) I highly recommend Something Blue Stylists! Thanks Andrea... and congrats ;)
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Ted Nichelson, Harpist
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Ted was awesome! I admit, while you're walking down the aisle, it's tough to listen to what he's playing, but the parts that I heard were magical! He even played during our cocktail hour which everyone thought was pretty fancy of us ;) Ted is beyond reasonable in his pricing and is quick to respond back to your questions and concerns. He dressed in the appropriate attire and was very professional. I highly recommend him to any bride :)
Services used: Ceremony Music

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wedding alterations by Mahtab
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Mahtab is amazing! She's a true expert at what she does. My dress needed little alterations, but we had the hem shortened, the hips taken in, and she even gave me two bustles! I got to have one bustle for the first part of the reception and then I switched to the second bustle just for fun :) She was so sweet and listened to exactly what I wanted. Every bride should go to Mahtab :)
Services used: Dress & Attire

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
UPDATE - POST WEDDING: Jared of Scott A. Nelson Photographers did such a great job. He arrived on time and got the most important shots of the day. He was professional, but at the same time made everyone feel comfortable and it truly felt like a friend of the family was taking pictures of us. He remembered that I liked the "fishbowl" effect and the black and white photos so he made sure that I had some of those. The only bummer is we didn't get any detail shots of the centerpieces or anything. I would've liked to have seen those, but overall... Jared did a great job and he was such a pleasant person to work with. We hope to use him for other events in the future :) _________________________________________________________________________ My wedding isn't until August, but after seeing all the great reviews I just had to write one, too :) So my wedding won't be photographed by Scott, but it will be photographed by his associate, Jared. Not only were their prices reasonable, but their customer service is wonderful! They were always quick to respond to my emails and were very informative during our meeting. I didn't interview other photographers, but after reading the reviews on here and meeting with both Scott and Jared, I had that instant feeling that it was a perfect match. Scott A. Nelson Wedding Photographers are an amazing team and they will provide you with excellent service!
Services used: Photography

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The French Estate
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
UPDATE - POST WEDDING: So the wedding has come and gone, and it was definitely beautiful. The venue is gorgeous and needs little decor as it is beautiful all on its own. All of our guests loooved the venue, raved about the food, and although we had to end at 9pm we never felt rushed. We ended up having a dj, which worked out perfectly because they were able to monitor the timeline for us and made the necessary changes based on the mood of our guests. I originally had 5 stars and although the French Estate was perfect for our wedding, I'm taking off one star. Not because there were major hiccups or anything. I still highly recommend the French Estate to any bride, but... just a few days before the wedding, Sarah informed me that she had to leave for a flight a few hours before the wedding and that a new coordinator would be helping me that day. Although the new coordinator, Ellen, was super sweet and did the best she could on such short notice, it wasn't what I was planning on. Slight rain on my parade, but I rolled with it and just wanted the wedding to be a positive day. I had no issues the day of, but DH was at the venue beforehand to help out and he seriously had a panic attack. I guess the coordinators were meeting with new brides the day of. He said he didn't mind if it were a few, but it ended up being a lot and he felt the day wasn't "ours". He was truly upset, which obviously made me upset. So there you go... I love the French Estate and all in all, we were happy that we picked it, but there were minor hiccups... obviously expected with any wedding so we're not going to dwell on it, but just thought I'd let you all know :) DH and I began the day slightly on edge, but at the end of the night, we were married and that's all that matters <3 _________________________________________________________________________________ PRE WEDDING: Our wedding is set for August 28th and so far the planning has been awesome! Sarah is so nice and she makes you feel at ease with everything. I will post an update after the wedding, but just thought I'd give a review now to let you beautiful brides know how amazing this place is. I was searching for a shabby chic/garden/backyard type wedding location and I instantly fell in love with this place. The prices are AMAZINGGGGG and she gives you the entire property for the whole day! If you're looking to do things on your own, she allows you to bring in your own alcohol which helps a lot if you have a tight budget AND you can use your ipod for your music (I'm making playlists as we speak!). I could seriously go on and on about this place, but I'll make this short. I love it... and I'm sure you will too :)
Services used: Unique Services