We had an incredible wedding thanks to the help of our friends, families, and the vendors we worked with. We chose the indoor/outdoor venue of Bella Giardino and they helped to create a beautiful backdrop for our event. The meal and cake were incredible, and our guests enjoyed every little touch we put in to our wedding day!
We rented a photo booth for our wedding reception, and our guests absolutely LOVED it! Christine arranged to have the booth set up earlier in the day, and then came back after our dinner to help out our guests with all their photos. We had a box of props along, which has made for some great, memorable, and hysterical photos. Such a great addition to our wedding night!
Ted is a wonderful cake-maker and very easy to work with. We ordered both our wedding cake and a tower of truffles for our wedding. Ted was very open to listening to our ideas and recommending the best possible flavor combinations. He ensures the highest-possible quality by making the cake the day before (never frozen) and frosting the cake the day of the wedding. Our guests have not stopped complimenting us on our cake! My only bit of advice in dealing with Ted is to use the phone as he doesn't check his email quite frequently enough. :)
Tony and his crew were so great to work with both before the wedding and the day of. Tony and Basil helped us to create a delicious meal that our guests continue to rave about. The staff was attentive, professional, and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend Creations in Cuisine to anyone!
Jacquie is an incredible photographer. She was the very first vendor we secured, nearly a year before the wedding, based on her photos from previous weddings. While I've not yet received all the photos, Jacquie has not disappointed. The images she captured were beautiful and intimate. I couldn't be happier with the photos from my wedding - thank you, Jacquie!
Amanda provided me with my bouquets, bouts, and single flower blooms for the tables. We had open communication through email and in-person, leading up to the wedding and she shared many great ideas with me. Her thoughts and recommendations fit perfectly with the vision I had for my wedding and she created such an amazing and beautiful end-product. I continue to get compliments from the photos that were taken from my wedding, and I can't thank Amanda enough for helping to create such beautiful images!
Dave and Drea were great to work with for my wedding. I initially had planned on using an iPod and creating all my own playlists for the wedding, but as the event got bigger, I found that this might not be the best option. As a bit of a music snob, it was very important to me to find a DJ that was familiar with my specific taste in music and would know how to bring in the songs that I wanted and mix them in with some party favorites. Dave and Drea created a great celebratory mood with the music we chose and our guests had a wonderful time - thanks guys!
I contacted Mill Avenue Travel to plan my honeymoon and worked with Sue Doyle. We planned an eight-night trip to Costa Rica, with two different destinations in the country, and several tours. We relied on the agency's recommendations for accommodations and had them book all of our flights, hotels, tours and transfers. Upon our arrival, we found that they had not booked or delivered our payment for one of our hotels and several of our excursions. The hotel did not have any record of us or the prepayment that was supposed to have been delivered by the tour company and we were put into a room with two double beds directly facing the street. I had to spend time on MY honeymoon making calls and sending emails to our tour companies to make new reservations and pay (again) for tours we were supposed to already be booked on. When I emailed Mill Avenue Travel regarding the challenges we were having, I was simply told to pay for whatever didn't get booked and that I'd be reimbursed when I returned. I was told that we had received an upgrade at the second hotel we were booked at, but upon arrival I was told the upgrade would cost an extra charge each day. The hotels we were booked at were not quiet or romantic and definitely not what my husband and I had requested for our honeymoon accommodations. This was a lackluster honeymoon and absolutely NOT worth the money that we paid to the travel agency for this trip. Beyond reimbursing us for paying twice for certain items, Mill Avenue Travel has not offered any type of compensation for the lack of service we received from them. I would NOT recommend Mill Avenue Travel for any type of travel, and especially not for your honeymoon. Had I known now what would happen on my honeymoon, I never would have bothered using a travel agent and I will definitely never use one again.
(Please read entire review!) Bella Giardino offers a beautiful location for a wedding, but they're still fairly new and working through a few bumps. We decided on this location based on the quiet, intimate setting, and because we were told that all our tables, chairs, china, linens, etc. would be provided by the venue. The venue went through 2 coordinators in the 5 months before our wedding, which was never communicated to us until weeks after the fact. We found, several times, that the previous person had communicated things to us that either weren't true or wouldn't be followed through on by the venue. We ended up having to spend more money on renting tables and linens because what we were told was available to us, was not. The venue has now partnered with Ashley Manor and appears to be running much more smoothly. Laura, the final coordinator we worked with, asserted much more control over things and was very helpful. Save for a wedding day mix-up with replacing our full bar with beer and wine (which was quickly corrected by Laura) everything went smoothly. I do recommend this venue, but I also recommend to verify all your expectations in writing.
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