@lululime: Hey! You just reply to their specific post by clicking on the reply link under their post, rather than commenting on the thread as a whole at the bottom.
Our wedding is taking place at Twin Oaks Garden Estate in San Marcos, so we are mostly North County based, but we did just get done interviewing vendors all over SD. Our venue only does one wedding a day (both ceremony and reception) and provides wedding coordination, which we LOVE! It makes everything so much easier since we have the venue for 10 hours on the day of the wedding and they set/clean everything up.
In fact, we actually just got done interviewing Aaron from A&S Photography and were not impressed. Aaron invited us into his home and has a cute family, but his personality was just kinda bleh…when talking to us, he acted really bored and not interested at all. His wife may be different though. We didn’t get to meet her. Hint: He will go down on his price by about a hundred if you mention that you have looked into other photographers who are charging you 100 less. At least, he did that for us when we mentioned it so he could be competitive with their rates.
We also interviewed Michael Lawrence Photography (you might want to check into him, he was our second choice!) and George Street Photography, whose photos we loved, but we didn’t like that we wouldn’t meet our actual photographer (just a consultant) until after we had booked.
I really wanted a photographer who could make me laugh and had a good vibe to him, so I felt comfortable in all of my photos. So, we ended up booking the recommended photographer from our venue, John Salgado. He is so awesome. He reminds me of the turtle from Finding Nemo. He also charges in the 1500 range.
For our other vendors, we are using DJ Herbie Smith from TreMedia (referral), Florist Jerri Disney (recommended vendor from venue), and Officiant Reverend Christopher Tuttle (recommended vendor from venue). I highly recommend Rev. Christopher, but this largely depends on where you are getting married and what type of ceremony you are having (in a church- religious, outside- non-religious, etc.). Catering, cake, and linens/tables/etc. is included with our venue.
Do you mind me asking where in SD you are getting married? Where did you look for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses? We should share details and help each other plan!