I've had the idea for this post for several weeks. As we participated and experienced all of the "events" during the wedding, I just kept thinking that we were surrounded by the best people. Yes, that does include my family, but I wanted to specifically mention the vendors that Sierra and Joey chose to help make their day. My daughter is an organized and thorough planner (and yes, I take all of the credit for that trait) and she did an extraordinary job of choosing all of the vendors for the wedding. Below is a full list (I think) of the wedding vendors we worked with and some notes about each.
Ceremony Venue: St. Stanislaus Catholic Church (209) 524-4381
This is our home parish and not just a pretty church. This is home. The celebrant was a personal favorite too. Bishop Myron Cotta (Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento) is my Godfather. Everyone told me he wouldn't be able to celebrate the mass, but I decided to ask anyway... and I'm sure glad I did.
Reception Venue: The Century (209) 451-2292 Events@DowntownCentury.com
We first visited in January 2015 and it was under construction. I have no vision so I had to trust Erin and her staff when they said it would look beautiful. It did and we couldn't have been more pleased.
Photographer: Jody Atkinson Photography (209) 678-7805 Email: email@example.com
I knew she was good from looking at photos from other events she had shot, but I had no idea how much I'd appreciate her talent. As a bonus, she was WONDERFUL to work with on the day of the wedding. She blended in and was never intrusive. I forgot she was even there, but I'm sure glad she was.
Videographer: Rumble Cinematography/White Raven Productions (209) 614-3178 firstname.lastname@example.org
This was Sierra's "must have" for the wedding of her dreams. Charlie was the first vendor she booked and I can't wait to see the results. Like the photographer (above) Charlie was delightful to work with and was in no way a distraction.
DJ: Sounds in Motion (209) 522-5999
Their prep work (on timeline and reception schedule) was awesome. The dance floor was never empty.
Make-Up: Blush Make-Up and Beauty Lounge (209) 596-0740
Christa has become our go-to esthetician and is (and certainly was the day of the wedding) a talented makeup artist. As a bonus to her mad skills, she is simply delightful and always kind and cheerful. I have a new fondness for false eyelashes.
Hair: Hair by Jordan Segna (209) 620-6009 email@example.com
Of course I did my own hair the day of the wedding, but all of the other "ladies" were attended to by Jordan and her assistant and they all looked beautiful. Jordan (her assistant as well as the Christa from Blush and her assistant) were on-time and on-task during the morning. We were so appreciative of their organization and professional manner (and so were the photographers.)
Wedding Dress: Trudy's Brides (408) 377-1987
This is an event by itself. The staff at Trudy's were wonderful and made the whole experience a joy.
Alterations: Monika's California Apparel (Facebook)
Only 1 fitting... and Sierra's wedding dress fit like a glove. Literally one fitting. She's worth the trip to Pleasanton.
Rings: Gabriel Fine Jewelers (209) 529-2110
This was Joey's choice and he did well.
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: And Two Shall Become One firstname.lastname@example.org (209) 402-2036
Fatima Bettencourt-Mendes is an artist... and will become a part of your family as soon as you meet her. She's like your favorite aunt and I knew from the first time we met her that she would be a wonderful addition to the team. Not only did she take care of all of the flowers for the wedding party, ceremony and reception, she also created all of the beautiful centerpieces for Sierra's bridal shower in August. She is a wonder and a delight. If/when I ever need flowers again, she will be my first choice.
Caterer: Greens on Tenth 209-524-7336
Ann Endsley and her team are extraordinary. The food was not only delicious, it was beautiful too. We're still dreaming about the antipasti.
Limo: Luxury Limousine (209) 537-5466 email@example.com
If you ever find yourself in need of a limo, call this company and ask for Demetrius. He was WONDERFUL (and we can be a crazy group!) He was prompt, courteous and always helpful. I think he had a good time too. (I even gave him a hug!)
Cake: Cristina Dos Santos (Facebook)
There is nothing this girl can't do. Not only do the cakes (cookies, cake pops, etc. look good, they are delicious too!)
Sweets: Maria Mendes (family friend) - Unbelievable! They were delicious and beautiful!
Sweetbread: Doralice Rocha (Sierra's grandmother.) - The stuff is world-famous.