Our wedding was everything we wanted in the end. We had the most amazing vendors help put our big day together and the weather cleared up just in time foe our Half Moon Bay, CA wedding. Our only regret is that our venue did not help us with the planning process along the way. We wish we would have known what was and what was not expected out of the venue before planning began.
Well, where should I begin? With the knowledge that I have now gained for experiencing a wedding from the planning end and not simply as a guest, I suppose I should start at the beginning…
After the all important question of “will you marry me?” and the “congratulations” from family and friends it was time to start planning. But where to begin? We had never planned a wedding before and had no idea how many decisions went into planning the big day. We had booked the venue, but then what? We new what we liked, but not necessarily how to get that into our wedding so we started looking for help….
The moment we met with Elisheva (Elle) we were in love with her. She knew what questions to ask and understood us as a couple from the start. As many couples are, we were on cloud nine excited to be planning our wedding and clueless on where to start and how to get the wedding of our dreams to come to life. After our first meeting with her, we couldn’t wait to start planning. Elle was wonderful at recommending the most fantastic vendors and I am still wowed at her ability to give advice without giving her opinion. She really made sure that we got what we wanted! With her connections and professional relationships with other fantastic wedding vendors, she really was able to bring everything together and give us more than we could have ever imagined. I like to think that I am an organized and involved person, but there is no way I would have been able to juggle everything the way that Elle did with calmness, professionalism, and confidence. As a bride, I was able to be involved but not overwhelmed through the process. I have had some friends say that they would never plan a wedding again, and I couldn’t disagree more. Elle made the entire experience so enjoyable that we really did have fun with the planning and I honestly credit her with that accomplishment. Without Elle, we would not have been able to feel like guests at our own wedding. She took care of everything the day of and I literally did not think about a thing except for enjoying the wedding moments with my brand new husband. She had a smile on her face throughout the entire processes and never looked stressed out once, which allowed us to fell comfortable and confident that everything was running smoothly. We truly had more than we could have imagined on our wedding day and cannot wait to spread the word on how fabulous she is and we secretly hope to attend another wedding where she is the coordinator. She is not just a wedding coordinator, she becomes a friend and a true wedding extraordinaire. If I had to credit our wonderful wedding to one single person it would be the fabulous Elisheva Basseri.
Elle- Thank you for your hard work and for the way you put your heart into your work!
Although our wedding was amazing and beautiful and everything we wanted and more. I do not credit this to The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The sold us on their beautiful gazebo lawn location and ballroom reception and then put us in touch with our wedding events manager. She was always too busy or unavailable to help us along the process. She did not answer our email questions in a timely manor and when she did get back to us, we were provided us with conflicting information. She was always too involved with another event to help us with our. We are extremely disappointed in the service that she provided as our main point of contact with the Hotel. With that said, all of the other staff at the Hotel get 5 stars as they were all friendly, professional, and ready to serve. It is unfortunate that one person was able to cast such a shadow over our experience with this venue. Our wedding was wonderful, but that was due to all of the outside vendors that we hired and brought into the hotel. If you are looking to do everything on your own this place will work for you, but if you have any questions along the way or expect the hotel to provide anything besides white tables and conference chairs with no information along the way then go somewhere else. Sorry for the negative information, but we would have liked to know what we were getting into before we held our wedding here.
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