Ally and Matt's Wedding

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Pacific Hills Event & Catering
Laguna Hills, CA
Reception Sites

We went to 7 venues from Malibu to Laguna Beach looking for the right venue for our daughter’s wedding. Pacific Hills was our last hope and were really concerned when we were in the parking lot. Once we walked through the front door we knew this was the place; from the beautiful entry way, to the waiting area, and then the ceremony room and ballroom.
We purchased the Platinum Wedding Package, which provides quite a bit for a specific price; tables, Chivari chairs, tablecloths, napkins, table settings, wedding cake from Cinderella Cakes, White Glove service for the Hors d'oeurve’s during the cocktail hour - including wine and cheese, and wine on the tables. We paid for a few extras that were worth the extra cost.
All during and after the wedding all our guests raved about the food. The Hors d'oeurves of Vegetable Spring Rolls and Chicken Coconut Skewers were fabulous and the buffet was excellent. We had 3 salads and 2 entrées of chicken bow tie pasta and seasoned sliced roast sirloin with mushrooms. The garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable complimented the meal. Raving about the food is certainly not a regular occurrence at weddings.
The service was excellent and they assisted us with anything we needed. They even clean up all wedding items we brought; cake serving, toasting glasses, rhinestones on the cake, and I could go on. Tamim was there from the moment we arrived until the moment we left making sure everything ran smoothly. The champagne in the bridal room was a nice touch.
I would suggest more seating in the waiting area for older guest but what was provided was all they had. Keep an eye on when your payments are due and when you have to have your meal selections as follow-up may not be the best. If these are my only negatives this is nothing in the grand scheme of planning a wedding. The overall cost was the most inexpensive venue we looked at and the overall result was outstanding.


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Frank Salas Master of Photography
Irvine, CA
Photographers

Frank has a special touch, and not just with his beautiful photos. Frank and his assistant were the photographers for our daughter’s wedding on 12/18/11. I just read one of the other reviews and I think it sums up Frank perfectly:
- His tremendous skills as a master photographer
- His unpretentious, down to earth personality
- His ability to blend right in - they were practically invisible during the ceremony and reception
- Everyone was very comfortable with him (no attitude and no drama)
My brother had nothing but great complements for Frank in that he allowed others to take their shots and casually moved out of the way after he was done. We all know Frank’s photos will be fabulous but he was gracious enough to allow others their opportunity. That says quite a bit in itself. Thank you Frank and I highly recommend you to anyone looking for a photographer.


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Designs By Tricia
Aliso Viejo, CA
Florists

I can’t say enough about the beautiful flowers Tricia created for my daughter’s wedding. From the gorgeous bouquets, to the arbor, the rhinestone accented black boxes with cherry blossom and crystal decorated Manzanita trees, the cake and we cannot leave out the absolutely fabulous centerpieces. The lit from within vase were talked about for days. From the moment we all met with Tricia we knew she was the one to bring to life the fairytale wedding my daughter envisioned.


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DJ Daniel
Costa Mesa, CA
DJs

He did a great job and provdided great music choices during the wedding ceremony and reception. I would recommond Daniel for any wedding. THe only reason for 4 stars vs. 5 is that he is so busy that he was not available for prompt return calls. If that is the only complaint - hire him.


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Don Johnson
Laguna Hills, CA
Officiants

Don made my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding the special day that it was. From the moment they met him they fell in love with him. With his special blend of humor added to the correct touches of seriousness on the wedding vows, family, the Lord, etc. it could not have been any more special. I cannot tell you how many guest said they have not been to a wedding where they had equal amounts of tears for laughing so hard or the beauty of the wedding and the vows. Everyone is still laughing about the Groom taking the Bride shopping as part of the vows. We could not have made a better choice in selecting Don to marry them.


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Melody's Weddings
Mission Viejo, CA
Coordinators/Planners

What can I say about the person who save my sanity and let me enjoy by daughter’s wedding. Melody can highly recommended by a friend and I can see why. Her quiet unassuming, professional and calming manner was more than I could have asked for. She helped create the fairytale wedding my daughter envisioned. How many weddings to you know of that went beautifully without a glitch or problem? This one did and I can’t thank Melody enough. This is one person you cannot have a wedding without!


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OC Gazebos
Newport Beach, California
Rentals

Small vendor but greata service and price. Very accommodating and relaxed. I was able to return the gazebo a couple of days after the wedding, which was such a big help with all the things we had to do. I highly recommend OC Gazebos.


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