Karyn and Grant's Wedding

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We had a wonderful wedding, consisting of a small, traditional Greek Orthodox Church Ceremony in San Jose and a lovely garden reception in Los Gatos, California. Our wedding had a fun, romantic and uniquely vintage feel. We are very happy with the way it all came together in only a couple of months and within budget... so we have no debt weighing us down as we begin our blessed life together. We used The Knot Website tools to keep things organized and designed the invitations, using wedding mappers for our direction card. Our Knot wedding website also helped keep our guests informed, as it was a destination wedding for everyone but the groom's father. One significant obstacle to note is that a great number of our guest complained about not being able to get on to the website to RSVP. We would have done traditional, mail RSVP if I were not moving cross country the month before the wedding and my husband was not deployed until the month before. With all that going on we thought online would be the way to go, but technical difficulties on the website did become a problem for many guests. We ourselves, never had a problem with the site. We married on Labor Day weekend and for us it worked out really well, so we would recommend having your wedding on a minor holiday weekend. The weather in Los Gatos in early September is beautiful. We suggest using local, in season flowers and being as involved as possible. Most of our wedding was do-it-yourself and although at times it could be stressful, it was also great fun, rewarding and economical. All our close family and friends were involved. The bride or groom shouldn't try to do it all alone but one person does need to accept the role of project manager and delegate as needed. I was working full-time in NYC when I started planning the cross-country wedding 3 months earlier and my husband was deployed with the Coast Guard. We didn't have trust-funds or stress-free lives, quite the opposite. A handful of close friends and family, lots of love, and recognizing the resources you do have goes a long way. Have faith and it will all work out.

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Williams Sonoma
Naperville, IL
Registry

The Los Gatos location was wonderful. Every time I called for online help I was very satisfied. However, store locations in NYC and Bethlehem, PA gave some of my guests a huge headache so I can only recommend ordering online or the Los Gatos location.


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Good Eye Phototgraphy
Santa Cruz, CA
Photographers

Chris is wonderful and our photos look amazing. He was a great help on our wedding day and very generous with his time and talents. I know 3 couples married 2-3 weekends before us who still don't have their photos- we had ours in a week. We highly recommend Good Eye.


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Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine
Los Gatos, CA
Caterers

The food was excellent and Angela, Lisa and Tim were always helpful and professional. They went above and beyond all the way.


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Nothing But Bundts
Poway, CA
Cakes/Candies

Absolutely delicious! It was very important to us that our wedding cake was Fresh, fun and made with quality ingredients that tasted delicious. We didn't want a tower of ornate icing that tasted like cardboard. The red velvet Bundt with cream cheese frosting and chocolate chips was exactly what we wanted and the Bundlets and Bundtinis in various flavors gave everyone lots of choices. Brian and Katlyn were a pleasure to work with.


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A Party Place
Los Gatos, CA
Rentals

Overall a good experience. I liked working with Bill better than Jo ann but both were informative and professional. Somehow they forgot to deliver the silverware but our caterers saved the day and went to the OPA restaurant to borrow silverware for our wedding. We didn't even know all this until the end of the night. A Party Place apologized and said they would return the money for the undelivered items. The quality of the rental materials was good, especially the mahogany chairs. I opted to hit up an antique shop and buy some items rather than rent for better quality bang for buck. The deliver and pick up went smoothly.


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Green Thumb Nursery
Los Gatos, CA
Florists

My sister-in-law and I made the bouquets and centerpieces ourselves, but we started with beautiful, fresh picked, organic Dahlias and Dried lavender from Flora Organica Farm. Lisa, the owner was very helpful. Her daughter, Faye, also does arrangements and weddings in Humboldt County using Flora Organica flowers. We bought a whole Hydrangea plant from Green Thumb in Los Gatos for our arrangement and we are planting the rest of the plant in our yard so we can remake my bouquet every anniversary.


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I Do Couture
Los Gatos, CA
Wedding Day Beauty

I had my make-up done and my mother had her hair done. My mother really should not have paid for what they did because it was awful. My Step father-in-law put it best "they really did not do your mom's hair justice with that do, she looked better before she went in." She went back to the hotel to fix it. My make-up looked really good in most of the photos except those taken immediately after the application, when the make-up looked caked on and scary to many of us. It did hold up really well throughout the night, and looked good in the photos, which is very important, so that is why I gave them 3 stars.


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PL Bridal Boutique
Los Gatos, CA
Wedding Fashion

If I could give more stars I would. I will not mention the well-known New York wedding dress designer I originally ordered a wedding dress from with a rush delivery, but when I went to pick up my dress (the week I was told it would be ready) the dress was still in China. It was a beautiful dress and I am not mentioning the designer because I have no fault with him, only one of his employees. At the end of the day they gave me all my money back, something they had never done before. Starting from the beginning to look for a dress, only a few weeks before my wedding day, was a risk my gut told me to take. I turned to Angela and Susan at PL Bridal Boutique. The next day I went to their shop and they found my wedding dress for me. It was a never before worn size 12 and I am a size 2! Susan completely took apart the whole dress and custom made a new dress tailored to my preferences, in 4 days, and for half the price of the original dress! The details on this dress are amazing.


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Princess Jewelry
Los Gatos, CA
Jewelry/Accessories

We went straight to the source and saved thousands of dollars. Yong Kim, the owner, designed this ring himself, meticulously worked with us to pick out the perfect stone and gave us a great deal.


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Franco Uomo
Santa Clara, CA
Wedding Fashion

Franco is very talented and cares about his customers. He quickly became our favorite men's clothing designer. He and Angela, the Santana Row store manager, really do make it all about you. Franco pulled together Grant's accessories and made a few hundred dollars into something that looked like thousands of dollars. He also connected us with, Çhris, our first rate wedding photographer, only a couple of weeks before the wedding. He is definitely our most fashionable angel.


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St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
San Jose, CA
Ceremony Sites

Wonderful church! I am Greek Orthodox, but from the east coast and my husband is Catholic. They had not even met us until a month before the wedding, but they welcomed us with open arms and treated us like family. It is a beautiful and generous church and we look forward to visiting when we are in the area. Both father John and Father Soteris have a great sense of humor and are very calm and caring.


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Garden Reception
Los Gatos, CA
Reception Sites

My father-in-law's garden was wonderful and very centrally located but I don't think they are open for more weddings... :-) I will recommend asking to use the Bank of America parking lot (as we did) for our guest's parking if you have a similar garden reception. Street parking in Los Gatos is very hard to come by and they are notorious for ticketing.


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Los Gatos Lodge
Los Gatos, CA
Hotels/Accommodations

Convenient but nothing great. The staff was extremely nice and helpful when booking a wedding group, which is why we went with them. We figured people who could afford better would go elsewhere (and they did), but all our guests were flying or driving in from far away and we didn't want to burden them with an expensive hotel as well. The rates were good but I didn't care for the room or the breakfast much. However, it was nice to not have to worry about being quiet or about my dog not being allowed.


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Los Gatos Shopping
Los Gatos, CA
Shopping

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