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LAURA AND CHAD'S WEDDING

September, 2010 in Austin
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Ceremony: Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek
Reception: Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek

Vendors

Venues

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Coordinator:

Elite Weddings and Events - Coordinator - 509 West 8th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701

Elite Weddings and Events

509 West 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
512-250-1054

"BEWARE OF WORKING WITH KATHIE MILLEN AND ANY EVENT COMPANY SHE IS INVOLVED WITH. She's a very nice person that you would want to have a beer with her, but she cannot be relied upon to be organized or professional enough to plan the most important day of your life. I know this review is exceptionally harsh but I can't in good conscience allow another client to go through what I went through without a warning. Here we go . . . I have had one of the most miserable, infuriating, unprofessional customer experiences of my life with Kathie Millen the owner. I was a CA bride planning a wedding in TX and signed a contract with Kathie/Austin Wedding Planners after several phone interviews. When we met in person, I was asked to sign a new contract with Elite Events because she said they were two branches of the same company. Turned out Kathie was separating from AWP entirely and wanted to take clients with her. I can understand that but she should have been upfront and honest. At this same first meeting I found Kathie to be very warm and friendly but almost too chummy and borderline unprofessional. There were definitely some TMI moments and she seemed somewhat frazzled and not entirely "with it." I started to get bad feelings in my stomach but chalked it up to general planning stress. ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR GUT! Kathie helped us find a venue and told us after we left TX that there were many couples interested in the venue the same weekend and to secure it they needed a signed contract and deposit. I asked for a contract I could fax back after signing at which point she could charge my credit card and pay the venue. (being the fastest way). Instead, they charged my card and I didn't see a contract for nearly TWO MONTHS despite requests to Kathie, her assistant Alyssa and the venue. The same thing happened with our photographer and I was completely panicked that some shyster had just taken our money and ran. When I did get the contracts there were numerous extra fees for the venue that I did not get to negotiate because Kathie had signed off "on my behalf" to secure the venue. Additionally all the things Kathie told me were possible at the venue (i.e. ceremony and reception in specific areas, no need for extra sound system or bartenders, etc.) weren't actually possible costing lots of money and stress. The budget she led me to believe was possible was nowhere near possible. She'd say anything to get you to hire her. I received ridiculously unprofessional emails mostly from her assistant (because I could never get in touch with her) about how crazy things were, they were swamped, a computer broke and lost files, and on and on. None of this inspired confidence so eventually 11 months before my wedding I terminated services with Kathie. She said most of frustration I felt was the fault of her assistant, whom she claimed to have fired and tried to make amends but I just couldn't trust her at that point. Our original deposit was $1000 and we paid an additional $500 on top of that. Because of the time in which we terminated services, the $500 was legally ours but I only received $250 because Kathie claims that the other half is due from the old company AWP despite earlier emails stating that I was Elite Events client and theirs only. We've been round and round and short of taking her to small claims court I don't think I'll ever see a dime again. If she wants to do right by her clients as she repeatedly told me, she would give me the money back out of her pocket. Obviously she still has jobs coming in and money being paid to her so she has money to at least get me my $250, if not the full refund which I believe I derserve given the fact that the quality of services rendered weren't as stated in the contract and they had plenty of time to still secure a job for my wedding weekend. Good luck with that though, right? Kathie will claim that all her contact with me was very nice and that she tried everything to make me happy by offering me complimentary vendor services and the like. Why on earth would I want to have anything to do vendors that she recommends?! For all I know they could be just as unprofessional and unreliable as she is. What I wanted was my money back and to part ways civilly, but she feigns to be the victim of a legal system that won't allow her to give it back. Bullshit. The last I heard from her she said she would continue to figure out a way to get the rest of my money back to me once her legal issues with the previous company were over and that she would get back to me. I'm still waiting. SIDENOTE: When we interviewed new planners, one was a former employee of Kathie's who had left and started her own company because of all the disorganized unprofessionalism she witnessed from her boss. I believe this is the same person Heather S. references in her review. This only confirmed for us that what we experienced wasn't a one-time-only occurrence."

Coordinator:

Elite Weddings and Events - Coordinator - 509 West 8th Street, Austin, Texas, 78701

Elite Weddings and Events

509 West 8th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
512-250-1054

Ceremony & Reception:

Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek - Ceremony & Reception - 2211 Co Hwy 174, Round Rock, TX, 78681, US

Casa Blanca on Brushy Creek

2211 County Road 174
Round Rock, TX 78681

Hotel:

Courtyard by Marriott - Hotel - 300 E 4th St, Austin, TX, 78701, US

Residence Inn By Marriot Downtown/Convention Center

300 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

Sunday Brunch:

Juan In A Million - Sunday Brunch - 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, United States

Juan In A Million

2300 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX, United States

Bat Watching:

Bat Watching - Bat Watching - 200 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704

Congress Avenue Bat Watching

S Congress Ave
Austin, TX

"The Congress Avenue Bridge spans Town Lake in downtown Austin and is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. The colony is estimated at 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats. Each night from mid-March to November, the bats emerge from under the bridge at dusk to blanket the sky as they head out to forage for food. This event has become one of the most spectacular and unusual tourist attractions in Texas."

Good Eats!:

Amy's Ice Creams - Good Eats! - 1012 W 6th St, Austin, TX, United States

Amy's Ice Creams

1012 West 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Mexican Vanilla, Belgian Oreo, Chocolate Orange Almond, Peanut Butter and Jelly and Turkish Coffee, the local establishment is definitely "keeping Austin weird." You can also make your own combo with with "crush'ns." YUMMY!"

Good Eats!:

Chuy's - Good Eats! - 2320 N Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX, United States

Chuy's Round Rock

2320 N Interstate 35
Round Rock, TX, United States

"Same great fun, same great Mexican food!"

Good Eats!:

Flip Happy Crepes - Good Eats! - 400 Jessie Street, Austin, TX, United States

Flip Happy Crepes (Trailer)

400 Jessie Street
Austin, TX, United States

"As seen on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, this little trailer is said to have the best crepes in Austin! There might be a little bit of of a line, but they are supposed to be worth the wait. Both savory and sweet versions abound so you have can have dinner and dessert!"

Good Eats!:

La Traviata - Good Eats! - 314 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, United States

La Traviata

314 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, United States

Good Eats!:

Magnolia Cafe South - Good Eats! - 1920 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States

Magnolia Cafe South

1920 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

"Open 24/8 (as they say) and serving some of the best breakfast in town, this is the place to go for bunch, late night meal or pretty much whatever you want."

Good Eats!:

Oasis On Lake Travis - Good Eats! - 6550 Comanche Trl, Austin, TX, United States

Oasis On Lake Travis

6550 Comanche Trail
Austin, TX, United States

Good Eats!:

Salt Lick BBQ - Good Eats! - 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX, United States

Salt Lick (Original Location)

18300 Farm to Market Road 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619

"This place is THE BBQ place in all of Texas. Locals swear by it, famous chefs visit it and you'll devour it. If you want BBQ make the trek here or to the Round Rock location. This locatio is CASH ONLY and B.Y.O.B. but don't let that stop you. Trust us, it's worth it!"

Good Eats!:

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery - Good Eats! - 1311 South 1st Street, Austin, TX, United States

South Austin Trailer Park & Eatery

1311 South 1st Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Cart food is as ubiquitous to Austin as it is to NYC. But Austin has to make everything a little "weirder," hence putting all these carts together in a park. It's definitely a true "Austin" experience."

Good Eats!:

Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill - Good Eats! - 1110 W. 6th St., Austin, TX, 78703, United States

Z'Tejas

1110 West 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Z’ Tejas, Austin’s original Southwestern grill, serves up a Sunday brunch to be reckoned with. Expect breakfast items like Z’Eggs, and Migas by Matt, but don’t worry, lunch favorites are still on the menu."

Sights to See!:

Alamo Drafthouse Austin: Downtown - Sights to See! - 320 E 6th St, Austin, TX, United States

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Ritz)

320 East 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is Austin's only independently owned and operated movie theater. Showing a sing-a-long of "Willy Wonka" on Sept. 3rd, they serve a full menu of dinner and drinks to your seat while you watch the movie. The theater is laid out like a traditional movie theater, except every other row of seats has been replaced with a long narrow table for your food and drinks!"

Sights to See!:

Austin Children Museum - Sights to See! - 201 Colorado Street, Austin, TX, United States

Austin Children Museum

201 Colorado Street
Austin, TX, United States

Sights to See!:

Blanton Museum of Art - Sights to See! - 200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

Blanton Museum of Art

200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Austin, TX, United States

"The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The Blanton’s collection comprises over 17,000 works of art in a variety of mediums, with particular depth in Western European art from the fourteenth through twentieth centuries and modern and contemporary art of the Americas."

Sights to See!:

Cathedral of Junk - Sights to See! - 4422 Lareina Dr, Austin, TX, 78745

Cathedral of Junk

4422 Lareina Dr
Austin, TX 78745

"Perhaps the crowning achievement among the weird of Austin, this piece of backyard “sculpture” is a large two story structure that visitors can walk through or climb on and has been deemed structurally sound by the city of Austin. Most of it is stuff people bring to add to structure so don’t forget your crap!"

Sights to See!:

Esther's Follies - Sights to See! - 525 E 6th St, Austin, TX, United States

Esther's Follies

525 East 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Compared to Saturday Night Live in NYC and Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco for its comedic take on news, politics, and celebrities, Esther's Follies is a knee-slapping phenomena of comedy sketches, musical production numbers and magic acts."

Sights to See!:

Harry Ransom Center - Sights to See! - 21st & Guadalupe St # 2, Austin, TX, United States

Harry Ransom Center

300 East 21st Street
Austin, TX, United States

"FREE and open 6 days a week, it houses one million rare books, five million photos, and 100,000 works of art. In addition, the center houses one of five Gutenberg Bibles still in existence in the United States; the world's first photograph by Frenchman Joseph Niepce produced in 1826; the papers of James Joyce including the final page proofs of Ulysses (1922); and Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940). Important acquisitions made in recent years include the archives of Norman Mailer, as well as the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers."

Sights to See!:

Lady bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Sights to See! - 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, United States

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower

4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, TX, United States

"The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora."

Sights to See!:

LBJ Library - Sights to See! - 2313 Red River, Austin, TX, United States

LBJ Library

2313 Red River St
Austin, TX 78705

"The presidential library has a collection of over ten thousand items of political memorabilia beginning with the inauguration of George Washington and continuing to the present day. And admission is FREE!"

Sights to See!:

Mexic-Arte - Sights to See! - 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, United States

Mexic-Arte

419 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, United States

"The Official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas, this museum boasts some of the best and most vibrant art in the entire state."

Sights to See!:

Texas State Capitol - Sights to See! - 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, United States

Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, United States

Sights to See!:

Texas State History Museum: IMAX Theatre - Sights to See! - 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum & IMAX Theatre

1800 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, United States

Sights to See!:

The Driskill Hotel - Sights to See! - 604 Brazos St, Austin, TX, United States

The Driskill Hotel

604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Built in 1886 by Colonel Jesse Driskill, a wealthy cattle baron, the hotel is one of the most impressive and historical buildings in Austin. In 1934 LBJ and Lady Bird had their first date (breakfast) in the Driskill dining room and it served as the headquarters for his White House Press Corps. So raise a glass in the Driskill Bar to LBJ!"

Sights to See!:

University of Texas Campus - Sights to See! -

The University of Texas Tower

2400 Inner Campus Dr
Austin, TX, United States

"The 307-foot tall UT Austin Tower was completed in 1937 and the observation deck offers a spectacular view of the UT Campus and the Austin area in all directions."

Sights to See!:

Zilker Botanical Garden - Sights to See! - 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, United States

Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX, United States

"The garden, which is FREE to visit, has often been called “the jewel in the heart of Austin”. Theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. The Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates local dinosaur habitat."

Places to Shop!:

Atomic City - Places to Shop! - 1700 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX, United States

Atomic City

1700 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX, United States

"If you were to combine your little brother's closet, your grandparent's attic, a Fleuvog overstock outlet, the costume closet of a rockabilly band, and a 2nd hand bookstore and put them into a charming little house you might come close to the gems you will find in here! This place is packed to the gills with all kinds of cool stuff - gifts, bags, cards, books, shoes, shirts, etc. Really great themes"

Places to Shop!:

Austin Natural Soap - Places to Shop! - 501 Annie Street West, Austin, TX, United States

Austin Natural Soap

501 Annie Street West
Austin, TX, United States

"This local company creates delicious, fragrant soap from all natural ingredients. The bars they dish out are lovely to look at and feature creative names that speak local like Texas Peach, Barton Springs Eternal, Hippie Hollow, Starry Night on 6th, Texas Bluebonnet, and Tie Dye."

Places to Shop!:

Big Top Candy Shop - Places to Shop! - 1706 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States

Big Top Candy Shop

1706 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, United States

"Authentic old time soda fountain, chocolate covered bacon and more! This circus-themed, confection lover’s dream brims with sentimental sweets as well as candies of the new and the novel variety."

Places to Shop!:

Bobalu Cigar Co - Places to Shop! - 509 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Bobalu Cigar Co

509 East 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"NO typical overpriced and stale cigars, only a huge stock of great-tasting cigars from the most exotic tobaccos to the largest selection of shapes, sizes and blends available anywhere north of Havana."

Places to Shop!:

BookPeople - Places to Shop! - 603 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States

BookPeople

603 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX, United States

"Texas's largest independent bookstore maintains a stock of over 200,000 titles, plus an eclectic array of non-book items that elicit everything from laughs to groans. Energetic and fiercely pro-local-business owner Steve Bercu is a co-founder of the "Keep Austin Weird" campaign."

Places to Shop!:

Lone Star Legacies

1220 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Lone Star Legacies offers a unique brand of gifts reflecting the spirit of Texas. Many of the items contained within the inventory can be personalized. Whether you are looking for the perfect "Texas" gift or accessory, Lone Star Legacies will have what you're looking for!"

Places to Shop!:

Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts - Places to Shop! - 412 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Lucky Lizard Curios & Gifts

412 East 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Most of the gifts in the shop are handmade locally by some of the most talented artisans the area has to offer. They also carry a variety of unique imported goods from all over the world. Also housed behind the shop is the Museum of the Weird!"

Places to Shop!:

Mi Casa - Places to Shop! - 1700 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States

Mi Casa

1700 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, United States

"A unique storehouse of treasures, they offer one of the largest collections of museum quality religious and folk art from Latin America. The exotic fragrance of home-blended citrus-spice potpourri; the enchanting music of Mexico, Latin America, and other romantic ports of call and the vivid colors and rich textures of antique and vintage woods, iron, leather, textiles and pottery, they have it all!"

Places to Shop!:

Tears of Joy Sauces - Places to Shop! - 618 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Tears of Joy Sauces

618 East 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Tears of Joy Hot Sauce Shop is the premium sauce shop in Austin, offering the best of the local sauce scene and classics from around the world. Their selection of hot sauces, salsas, BBQ sauces, marinades, jams and jellies, cooking sauces, spices and rubs can give your meals the fire and flavor it needs!"

Places to Shop!:

Whole Foods Market - Places to Shop! - 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, United States

The Original Whole Foods Market

525 N Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX, United States

"Located just blocks from where Whole Foods Market began as a small neighborhood grocer 29 years ago, the flagship store at the corner of Sixth Street and Lamar Blvd. is one of the company’s largest, at 80,000 square feet. It seriously has EVERYTHING! And of course, it's a high price. Get a BBQ sandwhich from the Bowie's stand in the center of the store. YUMMY!"

Places to Shop!:

Wild About Music - Places to Shop! - 115 East 6th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Wild About Music

115 East 6th Street
Austin, TX, United States

"Wild About Music is the world's first and only art and gift gallery dedicated entirely to music. Besides instruments, they have jewelry, decor, clothing and more!"

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