Photographer: Furnace Hill Photography Grade: C
The photography aspect was great. Joanie and Tanya were wonderful to work with, and had great ideas for photographs. The reason for the C, though, is for their overall professional (or non professional) conduct. They were included for dinner, which did not include the bar for them, yet they had quite a few glasses of wine. One of our groomsmen was asked to leave and was sitting on teh stoop outside, they decided to take him home on their way, trying to be nice, they said, but I hired them to be photographers, not chauffers, and one of the photographers was flirting with/back at the groomsman so the rumor going around after they left was that they took him to you-know-what. They said they thought he had no ride home (he had quite a few though.) After this happened, and I found out, I did call and say a few things that I shouldn't have to them, or at least should have waited, so not only was I fuming at this point but so were the photographers. We'll see how this pans out.
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The George Washington Hotel Grade: C- (copy and pasting from a review i am posting online)
I had my wedding on Nov 28, 2009 at the george washington hotel. All through the planning they were more than helpful and accomodating for me. My ceremony and reception were held at the venue. Once the day came, though, there were some downfalls. The doors to the ceremony room were not open until 15 minutes before the ceremony, so guests were crowded in the lobby and rushed to be seated. I am unsure as to how the cocktail hour went, because we were having photos done at that time. During the reception and after there were a few issues, also. We had an unruly groomsman that we had to ask to leave after we cut him off from teh bar, and the waitstaff were taking drinks outside to him after it was communicated that he was cut off, they were freely serving the photographers and the DJ, who were not to be drinking, and we didn't get nearly as much of the left over food as we should have. We had a cake for 150 people, maybe 125 showed up, and there was not one slice left. the slices were only MAYBE 1/4" wide each, also, so its not like they were giving large pieces. Also, What food they did give us as leftovers, was cross contaminated so its not edible anyway. (They packaged the fish and chicken together), and we had very little of any other leftovers, which there was plenty left of when they were tearing down the buffet. The suite was very nice, and they were kind enough to give the groom/groomsmen a suite to hang out in before the ceremony.
DJ: Twist and Shout Entertainment Grade: B
This vendor was also drinking, I know he had at least one beer, unsure of what else. He was a decent DJ though and kept the music going. I wish he played some more slow songs, though.
Officiant: Rev Mark with A Simple Vow Grade: A+
He was spectacular. I really liked reverend Mark and his wife, and they were both so helpful and easy going. Everyone loved the ceremony and I would highly recommend him to someone.
Cake: Celebrations by Janet Rands Grade: A
The cake was excellent and looked great. I would get many more cakes from her.
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