We had a great day. The weather was beautiful and not too awful hot. I had lots of compliments on the reception especially.
Our Florist was great. She was SO helpful workign iwht the budget and even gave me some advice about doing my own bouquets. She did the chapel flowers and the reception centerpieces and they were super reasonable.
She is very reasonable price wise and she will give you all the jpgs for your wedding instead of you having to order them from her. These two issues were great.
However, we were very unhappy with our formal shots and ceremony shots because they were dark and some were fuzzy. It was dark in the chapel but she should have had an additional flash and a tripod. She also refused to follow a list of requested pictures. You may be able to negate some of these issues easier if you put someone in one of your families in charge of her so that she sticks to the list and also have that person help with posing and centering people for the formal shots. Make sure it is a take charge person.
Otherwise, our candid shots were fine, most of those were taken outside.
The Hampton was a great location and a very resonable rate for the Vista area. We chose it because of the location mainly. Our wedding was at 5 so we wanted people to be able to shop or go site seeing easily during the time before that. We went to the visitors bureau and got brochures and maps etc for the guest bags. That worked out well. It also had a pool for the kids and I think breakfast in the lobby. Everyone seemed to like it.
Fabulous. The room was great. The staff were wonderful. The food as always was great. I had so many guests tell me after that they loved their meal. Our wedding was very small so it was a perfect location and very reasonable for such a nice meal.
The chapel is really cute and a nice bonus for alumni to have this memory of campus. The horseshoe was nice and there were several areas to do outdoor photos.
I would recommend spending a little on the flowers for this area. It is nice but very plain. I also recommend booking an extra time slot (they only give you 2 hours). We took most of our 4 hours because of the florist needing to get in and out and pictures etc...
Also, hopefully no one else will have this issue, but if your photographer iw questionable and you can stand it do your formal pictures outside. There is not a lot of light in that chapel. Our lady was nutty and she did not have a tripod or an extra big flash so all our formal shots are dark and off center ...ugh.
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