We gave him a list of everything we knew we wanted, down to the cocktail hour music when we weren't even there. He did a great job at seeing our "taste" and creating the environment we wanted. We had no technical problems whatsoever and he worked well with the reception site in coordinating everything. He was willing to be as hands on or hands off as we wanted (we preferred hands off), and mainly played the music and kept the flow of the wedding. He followed our timeline as close as he possibly good to ensure nothing took too long, nor was too rushed. We were very pleased and our guests said they enjoyed the music while dancing.I'd give it a 4.5 because a song or two was played that we said we didn't want (BUT per requests of some guests) and he wore a hat which looked out of place (but he DID have a tux on).
I cannot rave enough over my photographer! A friend used this company but had a different photographer, and I was impressed by her album and rave review, and was just impressed with my own! The photographer was easy to get along with, understood our vision, was prompt, and very efficient with our time. We had her a total of 8 hours and I got every picture I wanted and more. They have AMAZING albums choices to choose from and great options for mini-albums for parents, grandparents, or whoever. Plus, their prices were the best I found in SoCal with such great quality. We got disk with all of our pictures to keep and print off whatever we wanted and they even sent us a free calendar made up of wedding pics with our album just to thank us for the business. I would definitely recommend them if you're looking for good quality, a great album, professional work, and a relatively good price (considering how much photography goes for these days).
My finance and I are not cake people, nor did we want to spend a fortune on something we didn't care much about. We DO like cheesecake though and had a cheesecake factory down the street from our reception (also it was our first date). Though they no longer make up cheesecake tiered wedding cakes, we decided to do it ourselves. We ordered the appropriate amount in different sizes and made our own little cheesecakes (well we had a helper do so). It looked gorgeous and we still were able to have a cake topper with flowers! The red velvet was soooo yummy and the white chocolate shavings all over made for a beautiful cheesecake. We threw in a few other flavor options too since we had numerous cheesecakes. With the option to pick it up "deeply chilled" the cheesecakes were able to be put in their place before our ceremony started and remain throughout the reception and at the perfect temp. to eat at the right time! If you're not into cake and want a cheaper option, yet amazing taste, I would highly recommend this option. Just make sure you have someone you trust delegated to get the cheesecakes out and ready at the right time.
This was perfect for the feel we wanted (more vintage and classic). In Old Town Pasadena, this old church is gorgeous with stained glass windows. We used the chapel rather than the sanctuary (which was gorgeous, but way too big for a 170 person wedding). It was old, but had the old wooden pews and great original details like a handpainted ceiling and a beautiful courtyard outside for pictures and guest sign-in. There was a good sized room to get ready in and a parlor room where the bridal party hung out before. There was plenty of room in the parlor for everyone to hang out and to have simple snacks and water to ensure no one passes out in the ceremony! I loved it because they were flexible with what I wanted -I could have whatever music played, they included the pianist who was AMAZINGLY talented (and he played whatever sheet music I gave him if he didn't already know the song). They included the candelabras and had a lot of other optional things they would allow me to use. They even brought the communion necessities for me such as the bread, etc. Most old chapels I looked into are not flexible with who your pastor is or what music you can play, and they really gave me the freedom to make it "ours."
We loved this spot in Old Town Pasadena and first discovered it when we went for dessert and wine for my birthday (in the restaurant there). There was a wedding that night in their event room (The Rococo Room)and we loved the look of it. It definitely has a certain look that if you aren't going for that color palette, etc. it won't work for you. We loved the exposed brick everywhere, the rustic floor, and the more ornate mirrors and lighting around. We wanted a darker more rustic, organic feel which worked perfectly for us. The food was AMAZING -we still get comments about it. They included basic white linens and candles if we wanted. They have good audio/video capabilities if desired. We did a stream of pictures during the dancing portion of the wedding and had a monogram up on the screen for the remainder of the wedding. The food came out quickly and tasted as good as it does in the restaurant. Everything was on time and they coordinated well with our DJ. The bar was hopping all night. If there were any glitches, I wasn't made aware of them and they must have been remedied because as the bride, everything seemed to go flawlessly. They are a good price for what you get. It is perfect for a wedding with 150 or smaller. We had 160ish and it was a little tight, but we made it work. There's also an upstairs room that can be used that looks out onto the floor and has a flat screen. We used it for a cocktail seating area if people wanted to escape the noise when the music began and we had pictures streaming upstairs on the tv too. Very unique venue and great for a smaller, intimate feeling.
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