This review is probably cheating, since I'm a regular here. However, when it came time to do the pre-wedding pampering spa trip, I didn't even stop to consider anywhere else. Anne and her staff took wonderful care of us. We got manicures and pedicures for everyone, taking over half the shop. They have super comfortable massage chairs, and a huge selection of colors. Lots of little touches that add up to a great experience, like the heated neck pillows and the complimentary beverages.
Denise was fantastic. She planned my sister's wedding years ago, so when it came time to pull mine together, she was the first person we called. We primarily used her for vendor selection, and all of her recommendations were wonderful.
Adrian was wonderful. He did all the sound for the ceremony, music for the hors d'eauvers, and lighting and DJ for the reception. In addition, he was able to set up a streaming webcast of the ceremony itself, so that the part of my husband's family back in Australia who couldn't make it over could still watch. Very easy to work with. He was very thorough, ensuring nothing was missed.
Rick was absolutely amazing. We booked him on very short notice, for an Easter Sunday wedding, and he came through for us 200%. The bouquets, the table arrangements, the corsages and buttonieres, everything was perfect. He even helped me fill the fountain in the courtyard with flowers! I almost cried when I saw how beautiful my bouquet was. Just an absolute gem.
Ana was wonderful. Gave up her Easter to come on-site and help me, my three bridesmaids, one of the flower girls, and both my mother and my future mother-in-law look our best on my wedding day. The make-up was perfect, dark enough for photos but light enough it looked very natural. I loved how she did my hair. I brought pictures to our consult of what I was thinking of, and she was able to do everything I wanted. I felt beautiful on the day, all thanks to her.
I wandered into the Na Hoku in Valley Fair up in San Jose about two weeks before the wedding, looking for jewelry for my bridesmaids. The girl at the counter was wonderful. I showed her a picture of the dresses, and gave her a price range, and she had just the thing. No blinking, no upselling, just walked me to the right counter and started pulling out necklaces and earrings to see which I liked best. I ended up not only getting the gifts for my bridesmaids, I got small silver hibiscus pendants for each of the flower girls and a necklace for myself as well! Very affordable, great selection, can't recommend them highly enough.
If I could give Soni six stars I would do it. I planned this wedding on roughly five weeks notice, which means I didn't have a lot of time to shop for my dress. I checked the usual bridemart places, and no one had anything I liked that I could get in time. I hit Yelp, and found BB Bridal in San Jose, and I am so glad I did. I was down to three weeks at that point, and not only did she have the perfect dress for me, she had CHOICES. She was willing to work with her vendors to get dresses drop shipped for me, whatever dress I wanted, where everyone else said floor model or go home. Moreover, she was smart, sassy, and had spot on suggestions of dresses to look at. She knows her inventory inside and out, and knows exactly what dresses will look good on a person. I told her what I was looking for, and she immediately had half a dozen different dresses I should look at, all better than anything I'd seen at the other stores. She also helped with arranging the tux rentals for my husband and his groomsmen, and our ring bearer as well. Everyone looked wonderful thanks to her! No website sadly, so you'll have to call her.
Chaminade was wonderful, I highly recommend them to anyone considering a spot to get married. I planned my wedding on very short notice, and Angela and Shannon bent over backwards to make sure my day was perfect. They were all inclusive, providing ceremony and reception location, catering, cake, and all chairs, tables, linens, cutlery, etc. Such a huge help.
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