Michelle and Nicholas's Wedding

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Michelle LoConte
Dunellen, NJ
Wedding Day Beauty

What can I say here except She did AMAZING work. It was my mother, two sisters and myself. Michelle worked on my youngest sister first and she loved her hair. My middle sister turned into Bridesmaidzilla when she looked in the mirror and decided that her hair was leaning too far to the left (it was). Michelle was patient and repositioned the starting ponytail (without taking anything down) and fixed my sisters hair until it was perfect. For my mother, Michelle did an amazing amazing job. I hope I can get pictures of this from someone but here is the story – my mother is a cancer survivor and was treated with radiation on her brain and chemo. She lost all of her hair (4 years ago) due to this. It has since grown back but it is above her shoulders and VERY thin and that is being generous. My mother is a hairdresser by trade and refused to wear a wig. She didn’t like the way they fit, felt, or looked and I couldn’t blame her. She told Michelle that she thought that just curling her hair would be best – and it WAS! Michelle used a curling iron and made small curls all over. She positioned some of the curls to cover the thinner spots of my mothers hair and when she was done, my mother looked fantastic! That in itself could have made me cry that day.

For my hair, I gave Michelle a picture and she replicated it almost exactly. I was super happy with my hair and it stayed up all night long perfectly. She started around 9:30am and was done by about 11:45am.

As a side note – I never went for a trial and I never spoke to Michelle (we emailed back and forth) until the day before the wedding. She is an absolute sweet heart!

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Faces By Katie
Dunellen, NJ
Wedding Day Beauty

I was referred to Katie by JennyBS from the knot. I went out to Katie’s house to do a trial and afterwards knew that she was perfect. My makeup looked great and it was right for me. She chose make up that complimented my skin/eye/hair color.

The day of the wedding she was there on time and as Michelle was finishing hair styles, Katie was beginning make-up for the next available person. The morning went so smoothly.

On top of Katie being really easy to get a long with and doing a wonderful job, she is VERY reasonably priced. I spoke to so many make-up people who wanted $100+ and I couldn’t afford that and didn’t want my family to pay that either. As far as her prices go, if you want her information contact me offline and I will let you know.

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Russell’s Bridals
Linden, NJ
Wedding Fashion

I went to Russell’s because they were the only place that I could find that carried my dress which was by Alfred Angelo. Many other places carried Alfred Angelo but for whatever reason, not this particular dress. So I went there, tried on a bunch of dresses including the one I called about and knew that none of the other ones I tried on were the one for me. My dress was White and Black. The back detail is Gorgeous on this dress. I ordered it in Nov 2006 and it came in July 2007. I went for one real fitting. They took my measurements with my shoes on in the beginning of October. I went back at the end of October and the dress was done and fit perfectly.

They also did a fitting and alterations for my sister who didn’t buy her dress there. This make it an A+ from me.

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NYC Photobooth
Dunellen, NJ

Not really a photographer, but it did take photos :)

This was our splurge purchase but also doubled as our favors. After much thought about what would people use and what would they just toss we decided that the photobooth was perfect for us.

People were on line the entire night and everyone of all ages used it. The only thing that I wish was different was I should have gotten the bridal party together during the cocktail hour to take pictures with all of them because once the reception started it was hard to get back in there.

We got a photo scrap book and a disk with all the pictures taken. It was worth every penny. People constantly mention it to us.

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Neil Van Niekerk
Dunellen, NJ

We absolutely loved Neil from the first time we spoke to him. We loved all of his work and I especially loved that my husband got along with him as well. He seemed to dislike EVERY other photographer within minutes of talking to them!

Neil did our engagement pictures and although it was freezing and rainy out, they came our beautiful.

Our wedding pictures speak for themeselves. Everyone who has seen them has thought that they are fantastic. Neil and his second photographer, Elisabeth Millay were unobtrusive and really a joy to work with. Neil was so fantastic, that we still have one more photo session with him!

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Dunellen, NJ

Rob was great to work with. His turn around time was fantastic and the video is great. The recap tells the whole story beautifully in two minutes and for anyone who doesn't want to sit through hours of a wedding video that is priceless to have.

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St Luke's Lutheran Church
Dunellen, NJ
Ceremony Sites

After a lot of stress about the ceremony it ended up being a really great ceremony. The pastor made the ceremony personal to us which was really nice. There was no photography allowed during the ceremony originally and this was a major thing for us. We spoke to the pastor and then to our photographer who said that he could get all the pictures we needed by staying towards the back of the church and photographing without a flash. We went back to the pastor and asked her to compromise with what the photographer said. She did and hopefully we will get all the important pictures.

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Berekely Plaza
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
Reception Sites

Everything here was perfect. The cocktail hour food was SOOOOO good, the entrée’s were great. They served seconds and thirds if you wanted them. The room looked fantastic and the staff was so attentive and very kind. The cake was delicious and came from Bovella’s bakery in Westfield. I didn’t deal directly with the bakery so I can’t give them an individual review but it was exactly what we wanted.

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Murray Hill Inn
New Providence, NJ

The staff at the Murray Hill inn were always very helpful when I called. What bothered me about them was the day before my wedding I showed up to check into my room and had all the hospitality boxes with me. I had over 35 rooms booked at this hotel (which only has 75 rooms total). I asked them if I should put them in the hospitality room that I had reserved for the next day. They said no that they would give them out as people registered. Fine. No one offered to help me even AFTER they saw me trying to wheel the luggage dolly into the lobby which huge boxes on it. They all sat behind the counter and watched me unload the dolly (there were 5 people behind the counter and no one else in the lobby)

They also had promised me that they reserved additional help to shuttle people to and from the reception hall. The additional help after the wedding did not do a very good job as my guests ended up not all getting to the hotel until 12:30am (the wedding ended at 11:00pm) There were over 70 people staying at the hotel and it was a 15 minute round trip. With what the hotel told me that should have taken 2 trips, totaling 30 minutes. (there was supposed to be a 16 person shuttle, 15 person van and a 10 person limo – almost 40 people each trip). That didn’t happen.

The hotel itself was very nice and my room was very nice (I rented a suite). I am not sure if they never had that size group before or if they just experienced problems that they hadn’t been told about in the past, but I was disappointed with the shuttle service.

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