After visiting five or six venues we decided to go with La Vera's Party Center in Willoughby Hills. From the second we walked in the door Anthony was more than happy to welcome us and accommodate our large party of 400 guests. In the end, we ended up having an extrordinary party of 300+ guests in the Tuscan Room with an unforgetable meal. We are still getting compliments of how good the food was! Just awesome hands down!!
The cake was also included with La Vera's pricing and was made by Cakes by Maria & Joe in Mentor. Maria was very nice when I met her to go over details of the cake which I had designed myself (something very simple but timeless). She made the process very easy and went over every detail with me to make sure we were on the same page. When I saw the cake on the wedding day it was just as if it had come to life...it was perfect!
DJ- Absolutely Unbelievable Entertainment with Deric Langton who is located in Wickliffe. When we first met him at his studio he showed us all the lights and equipment in use....which I'm not going to lie looked unbelievable. I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten about the music. All of our guests loved it and were on the dance floor all night (even the grandma's)!
For transportation, we choose to go with Cutting Edge Limousine in Willoughby. They had a large number of vechicles to select from and we ended up going with their newest party bus. This thing was awesome and huge! The only thing that sucked was the radio very stacticy like most party buses, so if you use them I'd recommend bringing an itouch or ipod to sync your own music. Otherwise, the driver was on time, and was everywhere he needed to be and was more than polite. Very nice people to work with!
After looking into a few florist shops, we choose to go with Prestige Floral in Beachwood because her bouquets looked beautiful. The colors were just amazing and there wasn't a whole lot of greenary in her bouquets just bright lively looking flowers which we wanted. She was so helpful on the day of the wedding. She pinned the entire bridal party, and showed the girls how to hold the bouquets the proper way. Very nice, friendly, and easy to work with!
As for taking pictures there was only one place we wanted to go and that was the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. If you haven't been there before I suggest you go. The trails in the park take you to several locations that have astounding views. They actually have trams that will take you around the park so that the members of your bridal party don't have to walk and get dirty which was very nice especially on our very chilly day. Overall, just an amazing spot for photos!
After doing lots of research online for photographers, we decided to use Michaelangelo's Photography because they had amazing photos and were very highly rated by others within the Cleveland area. In fact, we were so excited to book them that we did it an entire year before the wedding just to make sure it was set in stone. For our wedding on October 30, 2010 (a lovely very-chilly day), Cheryl and Ed gladly made an hour drive out to us where they took photos everywhere from the groom's dads' house, to the church, to the park, and the reception. We really couldn't have asked for better photographers. Both Cheryl & Ed are very friendly and make you feel like you've know them for years. If you are searching for someone to capture your entire special day-----look no further. These 2 are truely spectacular!!!
Thanks Again for the WONDERFUL PHOTOS
~Heather & Steve Salagovic~