Bamboo for Two: Our Vendors

We had an amazing and wonderful wedding, and none of it could have been possible without the wonderful help and care from our vendors. When planning our wedding, I aimed to hire the best people we could within our price range—people we really felt we could trust. And I really relied heavily on them to make sure all of the little details fell into place.

I’m not sure if this list of vendors will be helpful to anyone, but I would like to thank the people we worked with.

Hair & Makeup: Lypor from Teal Hair & Makeup Studio

Photo by Lisa Rigby Photography

I found Lypor from Mrs. Toucan’s posts, and I am so glad I did. She made every one of my girls absolutely beautiful while looking like themselves, and I felt so beautiful on the day of. I took a few inspiration pictures to her, not knowing how they would look, and she made it even more stunning than I thought possible.

Alterations: Chris O’Hare

Everyone on the internet seems to highly recommend Chris, and I absolutely, absolutely agree. I had three alterations visits with her and she is so incredibly nice and efficient. Each visit only took half an hour or so, but she knew exactly what needed to be done. She took in the top, added flowers to the bodice, made a five-point, two-tiered bustle, shortened it, added cups, and made the dress fit me like a glove. Highly recommend.

Venue: The College Club of Boston

The College Club of Boston is an amazing little gem in Boston. I am so glad we had our wedding there. It really was an absolutely beautiful spot. Our pictures are amazing, and that’s at least half because our backdrop was gorgeous. The food was also amazing, and they took care of most of the details relating to the wedding. Really highly recommend for small weddings.

Photographer: Lisa Rigby Photography

Lisa is an incredibly good photographer. I loved just about every single picture I got. You have no idea how difficult it was to narrow down the pictures for the recaps.  I love, love, love how she captures emotions and details. I think she has a real eye for what makes a great shot. She was a little out of our price range, but I think she is worth every cent.

Rehearsal Dinner Location: EVOO

EVOO is a special place for us. It is, after all, where we went for our engagement dinner celebration. The food is really spectacular and really reasonably priced. I also highly recommend Za, the restaurant next door, and their amazing pizza. They really took care of us as a group and even called us immediately when I left my credit card there the night of the rehearsal.

Cake: Cakeology

Cakeology makes really, really, really good cupcakes—I mean, look at how delicious they look, and they taste even better than they look. All of our guests raved about how delicious the cupcakes were, and they were very reasonably priced. They set up everything with the cupcake tower and put the wrappers around the cupcakes without batting an eye.

I just have a few minor grievances: 1) we ordered five flavors and only got four, 2) the top tier was not how I asked (and paid for) the cake to be decorated, 3) somehow the gluten-free cupcakes got mixed with the other cupcakes and so our gluten-free guests didn’t get a chance to eat cupcakes before other people took them (mistaking them for the fifth flavor of cupcakes that were supposed to be there, and gluten-free probably shouldn’t have been mixed with the other cupcakes anyway…).

Grand scheme of things, no big deal, but I can’t pretend it didn’t happen either. I would still recommend them, just need to better summarize any changes you make throughout the planning process.

Justice of Peace: Gayle Smalley

Hands down, Gayle was one of my favorite people to work with during the wedding-planning process. She is so sweet and so smart. She really understands how wedding ceremonies work and really got to know us as a couple. She worked really hard to write our ceremony to be a reflection of us. Many guests have commented at how beautiful our ceremony was and how Gayle really seemed like there was nowhere else she would rather be. I think we really lucked out with Gayle, and I highly recommend her.

Music: Tony Malionek

Tony came recommended by The College Club. He happens to be the guy who maintains the piano there and has done many events there previously. He also is the vendor that I had the least amount of contact with—I believe we had a five-minute conversation where I told him our processional and recessional songs…and then I let him do his own thing. He plays beautifully and is very talented.

How did you pick your vendors?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
The Fast and the Furriest
How to Be a Good Wedding Guest
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  1. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:45 am

    I’m glad all of your vendors worked out! 🙂

  2. camel Bee
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 5:19 pm

    Everything was just so beautiful. I love your venue so much!!

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    OKJC 98 posts, Worker bee @ 5:48 pm

    Sounds like a great success! Great robe – was it from plum pretty sugar? I’m trying to make sense of the sizing and whether it’s worth it to purchase from them 🙂

  4. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:42 pm

    @OKJC: the robe is actually from silkandmore on etsy! I really liked the robe, though it might have been just a tad too short

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    OKJC 98 posts, Worker bee @ 8:29 pm

    @Mrs. Panda: Thanks! 🙂

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    Caitlin, Guest @ 7:02 am

    Hi Mrs. Panda! I have loved all your recaps! I’m also in the boston area and I was wondering how far before your wedding you started the alterations with Chris O’Hare? Thanks!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:05 am

    @Caitlin: I think I started my alterations about two months ahead of time and then had the last one about three weeks before our wedding date. I know she gets kind of busy around wedding season so I’d at least call to schedule an appointment earlier than later.

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